Cardioid True Condenser Microphone

Pristine Sound

$ 449.00 £ 399.00 € 399.00 MAP RRP RRP
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Austrian Audio have created a state-of-the-art microphone ready for modern recording applications yet with the timeless sonic character appreciated by all. The CC8 cardioid small-diaphragm true condenser microphone is hand-built in Vienna and created with professionals in mind.

At the heart of the Austrian Audio CC8 microphone beats the newly-developed OCC7 small-diaphragm condenser capsule. Inspired by the legendary CK1, the OCC7 delivers all the benefits of that classic design updated to meet the demands of today. Shaped by the past; built for the future.

The OCC7 capsule and transformerless output gives the CC8 a remarkably linear frequency response, handling extremely high sound pressure levels (SPL) of up to 156 dB, without distorting.

The CC8 sounds natural and open without becoming harsh or spiky, even at extreme volumes. The mids and highs are silky smooth, never exaggerated. This makes the CC8 the ideal microphone for the detailed recording of various acoustic instruments, such as stringed instruments, woodwinds and brass, and orchestral percussion, in addition, instruments like acoustic guitar, piano, snares, hi-hat, and entire drum sets.

Before leaving the factory, each microphone is measured to a tolerance of max. +/- 0.5 dB sensitivity at 1 kHz. This means that any CC8 can be match-paired with any other, regardless of production dates.

Made in Austria. 


Key Features

Handmade OCC7 condenser capsule

Inspired by a legend, this newly developed capsule takes on the heritage with the benefits of the classic and the demands of today.

High precision cardioid pattern

directional characteristic

Rugged Design

Metal housing, cap, and grille

Switchable high pass filter

60 Hz (2nd order), 120 Hz (2nd order)

Two different types of analogue pads

Pads (0, -10 dB, -20 dB) to enable to pick up sound up to 156dB

Match-paired out of the box

Each microphone is measured and tuned to a tolerance of max. +/-0.5 dB sensitivity at 1 kHz.


The CC8 is a brilliant small diaphragm condenser microphone, especially at its price point.
Das Preis/Leistungsverhältnis ist für diese Verarbeitungs- und Klangqualität als sehr gut zu bezeichnen, besonders wenn man mal den Klang gegen deutlich teurere Mikrofone vergleicht. Auch wenn man die CK1-Kapsel als Vorbild genommen hat, ist es nicht einfach nur eine klangliche Kopie der CK1. Man kann halt auch Gutes noch besser machen.
Im Test überzeugt das anthrazit-farbene Stäbchen mit einem „großen“, ausgewogenen Charakter, der die Mitten und Tiefmitten fokussiert. Die Transientenwiedergabe ist schnell und akkurat, an Hihats und an der akustischen Gitarre sorgt der in österreich gebaute Schallwandler für präzise, musikalische Ergebnisse.
Klanglicher Überflieger für wenig Geld. Das Austrian Audio CC8 ist ein Kleinmembranmikrofon höchster Güte und eignet sich im Studio sowie Live für vielfältigste Anwendungen.
A future Austrian classic. I sincerely hope the CC8 becomes one of those rare modern mics that we’ll still be using and talking about in 30 years. The Austrian Audio CC8 is that well-built and sounds that good on just about anywhere you crave a clean, silky, natural, focused capture.
Recording Magazine
One aspect where the CC8 excels at is its astonishingly low self-noise. This, I feel, adds to the sense of inky-black silence that occurs between musical passages and individual notes, creating a finely-etched sound with plenty of detail without added brightness or hyped treble.

The heart of the CC8

OCC7 condenser capsule

Making Passion Heard

The OCC7 condenser capsule was developed in Vienna and is the heart of Austrian Audio’s small diaphragm microphone series. Inspired by the legendary CK1, the newly developed capsule takes on the heritage with the benefits of the classic and the demands of today. Shaped by the past, built for the future.

The OCC7 small-diaphragm capsule with true condenser technology, developed and built in Vienna, is the heart of the microphone. The capsule’s three micron thick gold-coated polyethylene naphthalate (pen) diaphragm is much more robust than conventional Mylar alternatives.

The OCC7 has an impressive linear frequency response. The capsule can withstand extremely high sound pressure levels. Combined with very low self-noise, this results in an impressive dynamic range. It always sounds natural and open, and even at extreme volumes it is neither harsh nor sharp. The mids and highs are always silky smooth and are not overemphasised.

Each capsule is hand-built in Vienna and measured and tuned in the in-house anechoic chamber.

Accessories & Sets

CC8 Microphone

CC8 Microphone

Single Set

CC8 Stereo Set

CC8 Stereo Set

Stereo Set

DPH12 Drum Holder

DPH12 Drum Holder

Mic holder/clamp for OC7/OD5/CC8


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Technical Specifications

Directional characteristic:
Frequency range:
20Hz - 20kHz
15 mV/Pa
Equivalent noise level:
16 dB SPL (A)
Max. SPL:
156 dB SPL
HP filter:
60 Hz (2nd order), 120 Hz (2nd order)
Switchable pad:
-10 dB, -20 dB
275 Ω (symmetrical)
Load impedance:
> 1 kΩ
Supply voltage:
48 V (< 3 mA)
Main Connector:
XLR 3 pin
140 x 23 x 23 mm