Cardioid Pattern Precision Microphone

Professional sound. Outstanding quality.

$ 399.00 £ 349.00 € 349.00 MAP RRP RRP
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The perfect choice for an affordable, high-quality microphone

Legendary sound quality meets unrivaled state-of-the-art technology when you pick up the Austrian Audio OC16 large diaphragm condenser microphone.

This robust and powerful mic combines the patented CKR6 capsule and Austrian Audio’s “Open Acoustics” design approach to deliver an utterly transparent and natural sound that has been highly acclaimed in the press.

Each handmade CKR6 capsule is tested and measured in-house before leaving the factory in Vienna, ensuring superior precision and quality.

The OC16 performs with impressive versatility, capturing pristine sound on any instrument – from drums to acoustic instruments, electric guitars, pianos, wind and string instruments vocals, podcast recordings, live streaming to broadcast applications.

For sound engineers, recording artists, musicians, voice artists, and content creators looking for professional sound and outstanding quality, look no further than the Austrian Audio OC16 large diaphragm condenser microphone.



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

for precise performance

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.


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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