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capture. Also, the CC8 does not have
a modern crisp or clinical bone in its
body. I find all of the above surprising,
as the one detail I left out so far is that
the CC8 is a transformerless design.
Take it to the stage
I was sent the stereo CC8 set, and my
first use was as a spaced pair of drum
overheads in a live house of worship
setting, recording a variety of drummers
(including myself). Here I very much enjoyed
the tight control and side rejection
offered by these mics. They offered a
very complete, full snapshot of the kit,
from the lows of the kick and toms all the
way up to the cymbals. Focused as they
are, these are not mics that highlight
the sound of the space around the kit.
A telling moment came as I kept trying
to turn down an aggressively loud snare
drum in the mix, only to discover that it
was coming through the overheads-the
natural sonics of the CC8 on full display.
The kit blended impeccably, with the
cymbals showing a lovely satin sheen
vs. a crisp bite. In the player's position, I
was impressed by the detail and nuance
I could hear through my in-ears and how
easily I could dial in the perfect ride tone
with the CC8 pair just by listening while
moving them into their ideal positions.
The studio
Back at my studio, I tried to get my
hands on a vintage AKG 451 body
with a CK-1 capsule, and I got close,
but my friend's old vintage mic was
having issues so I settled for some sideby-side
comparisons with a pair of
vintage Neumann KM84 mics. Tonally
they both exhibited a similar low and
midrange fullness and neutrality, but
the upper mid push of the CC8 made
the KM84 sound a touch pushed back
and less forward-focused. The CC8 was
also much cleaner, with a more substantial
output. Getting down to work, the
CC8 did a great job on acoustic guitars,
auxiliary percussion, and mandolin. The
CC8 also made a nice electric guitar
amp mic for clean jazz and smooth R&B
tones-think honesty, focus and a lovely
and silky top end.
The CC8 with its included windscreen
did an impressive job on vocals as well.
Note, as with most small diaphragm
mics, the windscreen is vital as the capsule
is easily stressed by not only plosives
but blasts of breath and air.
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. To use a now-exhausted
yet popular internet meme: The price
might shock you! As such, take my advice
and pick up a pair.
Frequency Range: ....20 Hz - 20 kHz
Impedance: ...... 275 Ω (symmetrical)
Sensitivity: .........................15mV/Pa
Equivalent .... Noise Level: 16dB SPL
Max SPL: ................................156dB
Self Noise: ......... 16dB (A weighted)
Price: $479 (single); $949 (pair)
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Soundware Showcase: Toontrack Fields of Rock SDX
A Family of Microphones Compared: The AKG P Series
Austrian Audio CC8
Stewart Copeland: Don’t kill the talent with the technology…
Akai MPC Studio Controller and MPC 2 Software
Soundware Showcase: Boz Digital Labs Claps, Stomps and Snaps Bundle
Inside the Box with Joe Albano: Drum Plugins and Processing
Avantone Pro: Gauss 7 Two-way Powered Reference Monitor
Plugin Outlet: PSP Audioware Saturator
Inside the Studio with Mark Hornsby: The Memphis Drum Sound
Soundware Showcase: Spitfire Audio Hammers
API Select T12 Tube Mic Preamp
Session Log: Frank Kimbrough tribute recording session
Audio-Technica AT2040
Plugin Outlet: IK Multimedia T-RackS TASCAM Tape Collection
Readers' Tracks
sE Electronics V Pack Arena Drum Microphone Package
Plugin Outlet: BABY Audio TAIP
Fade Out: Both Sides of the Glass Things
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Recording January 2022 - A Family of Microphones Compared: The AKG P Series
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Recording January 2022 - Stewart Copeland: Don’t kill the talent with the technology…
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Recording January 2022 - Akai MPC Studio Controller and MPC 2 Software
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Recording January 2022 - Soundware Showcase: Boz Digital Labs Claps, Stomps and Snaps Bundle
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Recording January 2022 - Inside the Box with Joe Albano: Drum Plugins and Processing
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Recording January 2022 - Avantone Pro: Gauss 7 Two-way Powered Reference Monitor
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Recording January 2022 - Plugin Outlet: PSP Audioware Saturator
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Recording January 2022 - Inside the Studio with Mark Hornsby: The Memphis Drum Sound
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Recording January 2022 - Soundware Showcase: Spitfire Audio Hammers
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Recording January 2022 - API Select T12 Tube Mic Preamp
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Recording January 2022 - Session Log: Frank Kimbrough tribute recording session
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Recording January 2022 - Audio-Technica AT2040
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Recording January 2022 - Plugin Outlet: IK Multimedia T-RackS TASCAM Tape Collection
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Recording January 2022 - Readers' Tracks
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Recording January 2022 - sE Electronics V Pack Arena Drum Microphone Package
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Recording January 2022 - Plugin Outlet: BABY Audio TAIP
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Recording January 2022 - Fade Out: Both Sides of the Glass Things
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