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Warm Audio WA-87 Condenser Microphone  From Warm Audio

Offering an impressively accurate interpretation of the classic warmth and performance of one of the most famous microphones in existence, the WA87 LDC mic comes in at a price point any engineer could afford!

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87-Style Female Vocal Mic Shootout: Neumann U87Ai vs Warm Audio WA87 vs Peluso P87, Quick n' Dirty

In this video we present an 87-style microphone shootout on female vocals using the Warm Audio WA87, the Neumann U87Ai, and the Peluso P87. Can you tell which one's which? If you are interested in hearing the results and/or getting ahold of the audio files from this shootout, give us a shout, we'd love to hear from you!

Manufacturer's Description from Warm Audio

Coming this December...

The classic ‘87 is arguably the most widely-used large diaphragm condenser microphone in pop recording history.  Rather than base our WA-87 circuit on current incarnations of this mic, we decided to closely follow the early circuit designs that date back nearly half a century.  As is true with many classic microphones, engineers who have worked with different versions of these microphones often prefer the warmer, more forgiving nature of the earlier commercially available models.  The desire to re-introduce the warm tone of this classic mic at an affordable price to an all new generation of recording artists was the inspiration behind the WA-87.

Quality components make a better mic.

The WA-87 features all discrete, premium components such as Fairchild FETs, tantalum, polystyrene, and WIMA film capacitors, and is rounded off with a Cinemag USA output transformer.  The WA-87 proudly uses our own Lens Kondensator custom reproduction of the classic K-87 dual backplate/dual diaphragm capsule, as found in early ‘87 mics. 

It all starts with the microphone.

The importance of a good microphone cannot be understated; but unfortunately, finding a truly great microphone within a budget has always been a challenge for aspiring engineers. There are very usable microphones available for those on a budget; but top shelf, classic studio microphones have simply been out of reach for most people.  We applied all that we know about bridging this barrier into crafting a microphone that reaches the level of quality and sonics mostly found only in top-shelf products, yet sells for a price that is down to earth. 

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About Manufacturer

Warm Audio's goal is to put high-end gear in the hands of the world’s greatest artists, talent deserves to be properly expressed. Many great musicians are never heard in the right light due to budget restrictions, Warm Audio hopes to change this by bringing fully professional designs to all studios at affordable prices. Don't let our price tags fool you, all of our products have completely discrete signal paths and feature custom USA made CineMag transformers that are found in only the best designs in pro audio.

I am asked often how Warm Audio is able to produce such high quality gear at affordable prices, many assume corners must be cut somewhere.  My answer to this question continues to be "NO".  Warm Audio stays true to original discrete schematics and does this without cheapening components such as our continued use of world class Reichenbach/CineMag transformers.

Specifications

  • The microphone includes shock mount, hard mount, and wood box.
  • Microphone type: condenser
  • Polar patterns: cardioid, figure of eight, and omnidirectional
  • Capsule: LK-87-B-50V reproduction of classic dual backplate (four wire termination) K87 capsule
  • Diaphragm: 6 micron thickness, 1 inch diameter, gold sputtered membrane
  • Frequency Response: 20hz - 20khz
  • SPL: .5% THD at 120db (without pad) or 130db (with pad)
  • Pad: -10db
  • Output: 150 ohms, 24k gold plated, 3 pin XLR (pin 1 = gnd, pin 2 = +, pin 3 = -), Cinemag USA mic output transformer
  • High Pass Filter: 80hz
  • Noise: 15db self noise, 80db s/n ratio
  • Color: nickel (painted)