Sweetwater Sound – Warm Audio WA-87 Mic and WA-412 Preamp Review

Mitch Gallagher presents a sweet-sounding recording chain from Warm Audio: the WA-87 condenser microphone, and the WA-412 microphone preamplifier.

Every studio needs at least one pair of high-quality large-diaphragm condenser mics, and the Warm Audio WA-87 is designed after a legendary one. You can use the WA-87 on anything – with world-class results. It makes vocals pop. It makes tom toms sound gargantuan. It’s a must-have for adding a bit of room to complement a close dynamic or ribbon on a guitar cabinet. It’s an ideal choice for vibraphone, marimba, strings, and woodwinds. We’ve even used it on kick drums (the 10dB pad comes in handy here)! Its highpass filter is useful for killing low-end mud and rumble, and its three polar patterns – cardioid, omni, and figure-8 – further increase the WA-87’s impressive versatility.

The Warm Audio WA-412 delivers the vintage magic of a venerable American console preamp. With its fat, punchy bass and sweet, open high end, the 4-channel WA-412 preamp/DI packs the classic sound of rock ‘n’ roll into a sleek 1RU chassis. Warm Audio gear has famously upset the pro audio price/performance ratio, and the WA-412 carries on the tradition with its discrete, transformer-coupled through-hole component topology.

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