We are excited to announce that Front End Audio is the exclusive dealer and distributor of Oktava Microphones in the USA. This partnership will align Oktava Russia with the US market and give US customers direct access and support to these legendary microphones. Per Shane Selby, the owner of Front End Audio,
“We are excited to be designated as the exclusive dealer and distributor of Oktava Microphones here in the USA. Oktava designs some fantastic microphones and we look forward to providing service and support to our US customers. We have been using Oktava microphones in our in-house studio for over 15 years and we can’t wait to help build the Oktava brand here in the States.“
Founded in 1927, Oktava combines the best practices of Soviet engineering with the latest engineering solutions to produce some of the finest microphones in the market. Requested by professional musicians, engineers and recording studios around the world, Oktava has been used by such artists as U2, Sting, Iron Maiden, Radiohead, Marilyn Manson, Vladimir Vysotsky, and many others. Most well-known, the Oktava MK-012 is a studio workhorse small diaphragm microphone that features interchangeable capsules. Per Ryan Ferris, Front End Audio’s sales manager,
“The MK-012 has been one of my go-to microphones for acoustic stringed instruments and drum overheads for nearly 20 years. The MK-012 has a fast yet slightly rounded transient response and a solid proximity effect, that creates a pleasant and full sound. Further, the interchangeable capsule system makes these highly versatile – the cardioid capsule has an amazing off-axis rejection. I highly recommend that every studio has at least a pair of MK-012’s in their mic locker.”
Starting in July 2021, Oktava will introduce updated packaging for all Oktava microphones. The new packaging will feature a high-end color printed flip box with magnetic closure and a rigid foam insert. This new packaging is designed to bring cohesiveness to the brand and provide the most protection for Oktava microphones during transportation and storage. The current wood box will be phased out as current stock levels are depleted.