Cardioid Pattern Precision Microphone

Audio Excellence On A Budget

$ 399.00 £ 349.00 € 399,00 MAP RRP RRP
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Audio Excellence On A Budget

With the OC16, Austrian Audio introduces a brand-new microphone in the “Open Condenser” large-diaphragm series equipped with Open Acoustics technology.

The transparent and natural sound of OC microphones, which has been highly praised by the press and users, is the result of the combination of the patented CKR capsule and the “Open Acoustics” design approach developed by Austrian Audio.

Equipped with the handmade in Vienna CKR6 capsule, the OC16 is an extremely flexible all-rounder and can be used on a wide variety of instruments: From drums to electric and acoustic guitars, pianos, wind and string instruments to vocals.



Key Features

Handcrafted CKR6 ceramic capsule

handmade in Vienna, like the CKR12 capsule, but with single diaphragm

Rugged Design

Metal housing, cap, and grille

High precision cardioid pattern

directional characteristic

Switchable high pass filter

40 Hz (2nd order), 160 Hz (2nd order)


For $399 you get a designed-in-Austria large-diaphragm condenser microphone that will easily go head to head with more expensive mics. In terms of value for money, I think very few mics can match the OC16.
Das Austrian Audio OC16 ist eine stimmige Budgetversion des OC18. Klanglich und technisch fast auf Augenhöhe, kann man für ein paar kleinere Kompromisse viel Geld sparen.
All in all, this is a hugely impressive product. Yes, you can buy even more affordable large‑diaphragm capacitor mics — but how many of them have a European‑made capsule, let alone one with this heritage or quality level?
Sound on Sound
The Austrian Audio OC16 offers a fantastic entry point into the clear and natural classic workhorse family of studio mics.
Recording Magazine

The heart of the OC16

CKR6 Ceramic Capsule

Making Passion Heard

We bring passion to everything we do, and nobody brings more than our engineering team. Every CKR6 ceramic capsule is handmade in-house at our facility in Vienna and now we are developing the next generation of transducer and microphone builders to serve our expanding customer-base.


Spec Sheet, Manuals, Frequency Charts & Patterns

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OC16 Studio Set

OC16 Studio Set

Studio Set


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Technical Specifications

Directional characteristics:
275 Ω
Polar pattern:
Load impedance:
> 1 kΩ
Frequency range:
20 Hz - 20 kHz
Supply voltage:
48 V (< 2.2mA)
11 mV/Pa
Main Connector:
XLR 3 pin
Equivalent noise level:
14 dB SPL (A)
Max SPL:
148 dB SPL
157 x 66 x 34 mm
335 g
Analog Low Cut filter:
40 Hz, 160 Hz