(Last updated 02/08/2019)
Mirek Stiles, Head of Audio Products at Abbey Road Studios in the
I was blown away by the clarity and sense of spatial resolution. When
I was informed of the street price, my thoughts were this is going to be
a game changer. I recently experimented with composer Stephen Barton and
the LSO in Studio One with the OctoMic placed just above the
conductor's head. Once encoded into the ambisonic format, the orchestra
spread beautifully over everything from binaural headphones right
through to the Abbey Road Dolby Premier accredited ATMOS Mix Stage.
This is an awesome piece of hardware for any spatial audio engineer to
have in their arsenal!
John Leonard, the respected sound designer in London (U.K.),
Probably the best 1st Order Ambisonic mic that I've owned and now a
superb 2nd Order Mic. Excellent customer service and brilliant products.
Bruce Wiggins (University of Derby) wrote:
Just had a quick listen to this with our MSc students (in our 32
speaker listening room). The 2nd order mic is a marked improvement
compared to the tetra mic. Sounded really good (especially noticeable in
the coughing/talking moments, but more natural sounding and better
localisation quality throughout!) Great job, well done!
I have been using an Octomic under VR rigs for several weeks now and
it is the smallest and easiest to hide Ambisonics mic I have seen! It
also sounds amazing!
A few months later he wrote:
Loving the Octomic. Extremely detailed and great for VR production!
I can say that it indeed makes first order obsolete. I own an
OctoMic, and have used first order mics before, and the spatial accuracy
you get with the OctoMic is much better.
B.M., formerly of a national radio network, wrote:
Let me say that I am pleased with the results I have been able to
attain using the Octomic and [the VVEncode] software. In terms of
resolution, it is definitely a step up from FOA of the Ambeo mic. I also
appreciate its portability and that it works well with my Sound Devices
Attached for your enjoyment is an excerpt from Sunday night's OctoMic
recording of our Nine Lessons and Carols Christmas service at my
It's a joy for me to hear the choir in such detail, with only one
microphone stand to set up.