PolarPilot has a clean and simple GUI that displays the selected pattern so that you can get a visual cue as to how the pattern is capturing your audio source (and rejecting everything that isn't). The app allows for control of the Pad and HPF status of the OC818 so that you can fine tune your gain structure whilst being next to the preamp and without disturbing the mic’s positioning. You can also name the microphone for identification purposes if you have multiple OC818’s!
As we mentioned, the app's meter displays the last 60 seconds of audio passing into the mic and indicates if there has been any clipping of the mic's circuitry - particularly useful when trying to identify where clipping may be occurring within a full signal chain.
Once you find a Pad, HPF, and polar pattern setting that works well for your desired purpose, you can store that as a named preset from within your iOS/Android device and then recall the setting when it is next applicable.
In addition, PolarPilot always writes your last setting to separate flash memory inside the OC818. It is stored in the “Black Circle” or “Preset” setting so can be recalled without the need for PolarPilot to be connected.
Due to the limitations of Bluetooth, it is not possible to connect multiple OC818’s to the same iOS/Android device, however you can copy and paste settings from one OCR8 to another by disconnecting and reconnecting your bluetooth devices - perfect if you need to quickly apply one pattern setting to a second mic for dual mic’ing/stereo applications.
So, now that the mic is being controlled remotely, what can you do with 255 polar patterns at your disposal?!