Warm Audio WA-8000 Large-diaphragm Tube Condenser Microphone

Based on a legendary tube microphone with an iconic design, the Warm Audio WA-8000 large-diaphragm condenser delivers a wide-open, up-front tone that imbues vocals with a radio-ready sheen. To emulate the spirit of the WA-8000’s inspiration, Warm Audio’s design team developed a bespoke K67-style capsule and turned to new-old stock 6AU6 tubes and custom Lundahl transformers. Like the original, the WA-8000 sits in a custom-designed external heat sink assembly that draws heat away from the microphone’s tube and electronics to optimize performance. Warm Audio has stunned engineers at Sweetwater with their incredible attention to detail, which includes outfitting the WA-8000 with a premium GAC-7 cable from industry-leading cable manufacturers Gotham Audio in Switzerland. For pop, hip-hop, R&B, and other genres where vocals take center stage, the WA-8000 large-diaphragm condenser microphone from Warm Audio is a knockout choice!

Precision-made K67-style capsule accurately captures any source

The inspiration behind the WA-8000 used a K67-style capsule, a multipattern-capable microphone capsule found in several of the world’s most renowned tube microphones. Warm Audio meticulously reverse engineered the original design, fine-tuning the frequency response and machining the capsule out of solid brass. The result is a responsive, highly detailed microphone that accurately captures the nuances of any source. While the WA-8000 is destined to become your go-to vocal mic, it also excels on acoustic guitars, pianos, and other full-spectrum instruments.

Custom-designed heat sink optimizes performance

Sure, it looks awesome, but the custom-designed external heat sink assembly on the WA-8000 does a lot more than just up your vocal booth’s prestige level. Engineered to draw heat away from the tube and microphone’s electronics, the heat sink helps maintain an ideal operating temperature, which lowers the noise floor for the cleanest possible recordings. Not only that, but it also makes tube swaps a snap, so your sessions won’t grind to a halt if a tube goes down.

Carefully selected new-old stock tubes and Lundahl transformers

Once again striving for authenticity, Warm Audio went back to the source in selecting the tube for the WA-8000. After testing numerous 6AU6 tubes from a variety of manufacturers, they settled on new-old stock tubes to give the WA-8000 its open tone and distinctive midrange. A custom-designed Lundahl transformer marries the tube to the capsule in a tried-and-true circuit design that has graced countless hit records.

Warm Audio WA-8000 Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone Features:

  • Based on a legendary large-diaphragm condenser mic featured on countless hit records
  • Custom all-brass K67-style capsule
  • Custom Lundahl transformer
  • NOS 6AU6 tube
  • Gotham Audio 5-meter GAC-7 7-pin tube microphone cable
  • 2 polar patterns: cardioid and omnidirectional
  • Maximum SPL: 131dB (cardioid); 134dB (omni)
  • Sensitivity: -34dB (cardioid); -37dB (omni)
  • Frequency range: 20Hz–20kHz
  • Output impedance: 100 ohms
  • S/N ratio: 76dB (cardioid); 73dB (omni)
  • External IEC grounded PSU

Warm Audio WA-CX12 Tube Condenser Microphone

Warm Audio continues their mission of reverse-engineering some history’s most renowned microphones with their WA-CX12 tube condenser microphone. The CK12-style custom, solid brass capsule houses premier electronics to rival its namesake’s glassy highs and boisterous midrange, producing a natural, balanced tone. With nine polar patterns, a 12AY7 tube, and boutique 7-pin GAC-7 tube cable, this high-powered mic is capable of handling just about anything you can throw at it, especially if you consider its high-SPL handling and frequency response range. Sweetwater’s pro audio gurus can confirm: if you’re looking for a robust all-around mic that doesn’t sacrifice quality for quantity, then the WA-CX12 is an obvious choice.

Versatile configuration, no hassle

The WA-CX12 is inspired by an ability to capture sound in a natural, airy manner — presence, not just substance. Want two voices on one mic? Figure-8. Hyper-precise, punchy drums? Cardioid. Ambient, lush piano? Omnidirectional. With a total of 9 polar pattern configuration options (including numerous in-between and mixed choices), you’ll never be short on recording arrangements. The custom edge-terminated capsule affords a versatility to this mic that can heighten recording possibilities to maximize flexibility while retaining a consistent recording nature.

Robust responsiveness

A max SPL of 149dB is already impressive, but a frequency response range of 30Hz to 20kHz, as well? Now we’re talking range. The dual-backplate design increases microphone sensitivity and frequency response, allowing for a nuanced capture of sounds at most registers, while maintaining a flatter midrange, leading to the unique vibrance of the middle frequencies. A premium 12AY7 tube connects to a boutique 7-pin GAC-7 tube cable from Gotham Audio. A professionally low 200 ohms of output impedance is attained, in part, due to the external IEC-grounded PSU. Encapsulated in an all-brass vintage housing, the WA-CX12 is a multi-purpose workhorse with the ability to capture classic sounds.

Warm Audio WA-CX12 Tube Condenser Microphone Features:

  • Custom edge-terminated, dual-backplate, all-brass vintage CK12-style capsule for era-accurate design
  • Custom TAB-Funkenwerk (AMI) USA output transformer provides reliable signal balance
  • Premium 12AY7 vacuum tube contributes active power for signal boost while keeping impedance consistently low
  • Five-meter boutique 7-pin GAC-7 tube cable (from Gotham Audio) supplies dependable power from external IEC-grounded PSU
  • 9 total polar patterns mean versatile configure options for recording
  • Frequency response range of 30Hz–20kHz permits accurate capture of numerous instruments
  • Max SPL of 149dB
  • Output impedance of 200 ohms
  • Total weight: 17lbs/7.71kg, Microphone only: 2lbs 7oz/1.11 kg

Warm Audio WA-47 Large-diaphragm Tube Condenser Microphone

Their acclaimed vintage-inspired compressors, preamps, and mics have famously upset the pro audio price/performance ratio; so when Warm Audio turned its attention to the granddaddy of large-diaphragm tube condenser microphones, you know it had to be good. And it is. With its discrete, transformer-balanced vacuum tube circuitry and custom reproduction capsule, the WA-47 nails the huge, bold sound of the beloved and revered ’47 — a sound heard on countless iconic recordings.

Flash back to any top recording studio in the 1960s. You’ll see the venerable ’47 everywhere. It was Sinatra’s vocal mic of choice and one of George Martin’s go-to microphones on Beatles sessions, and it now occupies a lofty perch in the pantheon of the greatest microphones ever made. It’s this classic circuit design — dating back more than half a century — that Warm Audio closely followed for the WA-47. But this is no mere clone, and innovations abound. Nine available polar patterns and robust 140dB SPL handling translate to incredible versatility; there’s literally no source the WA-47 can’t finesse with its inimitable seductive sonics. Engineers at Sweetwater who have worked with the iconic original are beyond impressed. And you will be, too.

Nine polar patterns = amazing flexibility

The WA-47’s nine polar patterns — cardioid, omni, and figure-8; plus six in-between patterns — give you amazing flexibility when it comes to exploring different recording techniques. Cardioid, with its moderate side and near-total rear rejection, is useful for just about any studio task. Omni is great for capturing room ambience along with your source. Use a figure-8 technique to overdub a sax with natural slap or record two singers on one mic (just be sure of the balance).

With two WA-47s, you can implement stereo techniques such as spaced pair (A/B), X-Y (including Blumlein), ORTF array, and mid-side (M-S). And don’t forget those six in-between pickup patterns, which open up yet another world of possibilities!

A ’47 for the rest of us

What can you achieve with the WA-47? Every studio needs at least one pair of high-quality large-diaphragm condenser mics, and the Warm Audio WA-47 is designed after a legendary one. You can use the WA-47 on anything — with world-class results. It’s simply stunning on vocals, acoustic guitars, double bass, electric guitar and bass cabs, piano, drums and percussion, strings, brass, woodwinds, and any other source you’d care to throw at it. In fact, you could mic an entire symphony orchestra with nothing but three judiciously placed WA-47s set to omni.

Considering its amazing price, it would be wise to at least double your value and get two for recording tracks in stereo. You haven’t lived until you’ve heard a grand piano spring to life when miked with a pair of ’47s. For drum room mics, use two WA-47s and nuke the stereo signal with a fast compressor. Positively explosive!

Quality components make the Warm difference

How does Warm Audio do it? They order parts and build in quantity, which keeps costs down and delivers amazing value, but they do not cut corners on parts. The WA-47 is built with premium all-discrete components, such as a JJ Slovak 5751 vacuum tube, Wima and Solen French capacitors, a TAB-Funkenwerk USA output transformer, and a custom reproduction of the capsule used in the vintage ’47, designed with the same hole configuration and frequency response.

A large part of any microphone’s sound is contributed by its capsule. The complexity of the k47 capsule used in the WA-47 requires a painstaking manufacturing process; such high quality is typically not found in affordable condenser mics. For Warm Audio, premium parts and meticulous design deliver a superior-sounding microphone — one that doesn’t cost a fortune. Stellar performance, top-shelf parts, and amazing value: that’s the Warm Audio formula — and the WA-47 nails it.

Warm Audio WA-47 Large-diaphragm Tube Condenser Microphone Features:

  • Custom reproduction ’47-style k47 capsule
  • TAB-Funkenwerk (AMI) USA output transformer
  • JJ Slovak 5751 vacuum tube
  • Wima and Solen French polystyrene capacitors
  • Polar patterns: 9 patterns — Cardioid, Omni, figure-of-eight + 6 mixed patterns
  • Self-noise: 11dBA
  • Dynamic range: 130dBA
  • Maximum SPL: 140dB (<0.5% THD)
  • Frequency range: 20Hz–20kHz
  • Output impedance: 200 ohms
  • Rated load impedance: ≥2k ohms
  • S/N ratio: 82dBA
  • Equivalent noise: 10dBA (IEC651)
  • External IEC grounded PSU
  • Gotham 5-meter GAC-7, 7-pin tube microphone cable
  • Includes wood presentation box, shockmount, and IEC power cable

Warm Audio WA-67 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

Warm Audio is on a mission to provide professional-quality studio gear to engineers, producers, and musicians at budget-friendly prices. With the Warm Audio WA-67, they’ve swung for the fences in faithfully re-producing a venerable studio classic using top-notch componentry — from a custom-made K67-style vintage capsule re-creation to boutique capacitors from WIMA and Solen. If you’ve been searching for the great big tube condenser sound featured on iconic recordings from the 1960s and 1970s, but are leery of spending thousands of dollars on the collector’s market, then the Warm Audio WA-67 is your mic. Engineers at Sweetwater put the WA-67 in front of a cornucopia of sources — vocals, piano, acoustic guitar, and more — and it excelled in all cases, delivering a rich and warm sound. And the WA-67 comes with a handful of deluxe accessories, including a spider shockmount, hefty power supply, and a premium 7-pin audio cable from Gotham, Switzerland. Grab your WA-67 today and get ready to take your recording game to the next level.

Professional performance at an affordable price

Favored by countless legendary engineers, producers, and musicians, the original 67 reigns supreme in the pantheon of classic tube condensers. Its larger-than-life tone relied on a renowned capsule design and pentode tube circuit, and the WA-67 goes out of its way to capture the spirit of its forebearer. Meticulously re-created, the WA-67 is certain to impress, with an undeniable tube character that can enliven sterile digital recordings. Vintage vibe and modern performance: the WA-67 has it all at a shockingly low price!

Your new studio workhorse tube mic

When people think of large-diaphragm tube condensers, the application that immediately jumps to mind is vocals. Without a doubt, the WA-67 is a stellar vocal mic, but you’ll find that it sounds great in nearly every application. At Sweetwater, we’ve found that it makes a killer overhead drum mic, especially when pushing a FET compressor. And it has incredible articulation and top-end detail, making it a no-brainer for use on any acoustic string instrument. There’s also enough SPL handling and a –10dB pad to handle big brass blasts, guitar amps, and bass cabs. And its three polar patterns — Cardioid, Omni, and Figure-of-Eight — increase this microphone’s already impressive versatility.

Explore the sonic possibilities

The WA-67’s three switchable polar patterns — Cardioid, Omni, and Figure-of-Eight — give you immense flexibility when it comes to exploring the sonic possibilities offered by different recording techniques. Figure-of-Eight (bi-directional) is perfect for capturing face-to-face recordings such as two background singers on one mic. This pattern also features aggressive side rejection, which makes it a useful option for miking backline amps and speaker cabinets. With two of these superb mics, you can implement stereo techniques such as spaced pair (A/B), X-Y (including Blumlein), ORTF array, and mid-side (M-S). You could even mic an entire symphony orchestra — plus the ambience of the hall it’s recorded in — with three judiciously placed WA-67 microphones set to Omni.

Quality components make the Warm Audio difference

Warm Audio doesn’t cut corners on components, but they do order parts and build in quantity, which keeps costs down and delivers amazing value. The WA-67 is assembled with premium all-discrete components such as an EF86 pentode tube, high-bandwidth polystyrene capacitors, and a custom large-core transformer from Lundahl, Sweden. The mic also features a custom reproduction of the renowned K-67 dual-diaphragm/dual-backplate capsule used in vintage 67s. Premium parts and meticulous design deliver a superior-sounding microphone — and it doesn’t cost a fortune. Give the WA-67 an audition in your studio: you’ll hear what we’re talking about.

Warm Audio WA-67 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone Features:

  • 3 switchable polar patterns: Cardioid, Omni, Figure-of-Eight
  • Designed after a classic, studio-standard large-diaphragm tube condenser mic
  • Incorporates a faithful reproduction of the original vintage 67-style circuit
  • Custom all-brass re-creation of a large K67-style vintage capsule
  • Exceptional build quality with premium, all-discrete components
  • EF86 pentode tube and WIMA and Solen capacitors
  • Custom Lundahl large-core transformer
  • Nickel-plated brass body; 10dB pad; 80Hz highpass filter
  • Diaphragm: 6 micron, 1-inch gold-sputtered membrane
  • Frequency response: 20kHz–20kHz
  • SPL (.5% THD): 132dB (pad engaged), 125dB (pad disengaged)
  • Premium 7-pin audio cable from Gotham, Switzerland
  • Includes shockmount, hard-mount, power supply, and wooden storage box

Warm Audio WA-47F Large-diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone

The Warm Audio WA-251 is a faithful replica of the classic ’251-style large-diaphragm condenser microphone. The original, introduced in 1960, is reverentially considered to be one of the most gorgeous-sounding mics ever made. With rare working-condition vintage ’251s going for big money, the WA-251 is a no-brainer if you’re after that uniquely smooth, present, and open sound you’ve heard on countless hits. Simply put, this microphone delivers sumptuous results on any instrument. Stock your mic locker with a meticulous rendition of a classic: the Warm Audio WA-251.

A sound heard on countless iconic recordings

Their acclaimed vintage-inspired compressors, preamps, and mics have famously upset the pro audio price/performance ratio, so when Warm Audio turned its attention to the godfather of large-diaphragm tube condenser microphones, you know it had to be good. And is it ever! With its discrete, transformer-balanced vacuum tube circuitry and custom reproduction capsule, the Warm Audio WA-251 nails the huge, creamy sound of the beloved and revered ’251 — a sound heard on countless iconic recordings.

No source the WA-251 can’t finesse

Flash back to any top recording studio in the 1960s, and you’d see the venerable ’251 everywhere. Now it occupies a lofty perch in the pantheon of the greatest microphones ever made. It’s this classic circuit design — dating back more than a half century — that Warm Audio closely followed for the WA-251. This faithful replica uses a custom all-brass true CK-12-style capsule. Three polar patterns and robust 132dB SPL handling translate to incredible versatility; there’s literally no source the WA-251 can’t finesse with its inimitable, seductive sonics. Engineers at Sweetwater who have worked with the iconic original are beyond impressed. And you will be too.

Explore the sonic possibilities

The WA-251’s three polar patterns — cardioid, omnidirectional, and figure-8 — give you immense flexibility when it comes to exploring the sonic possibilities offered by different recording techniques. With two of these superb microphones, you can implement stereo techniques such as spaced pair (A/B), XY (including Blumlein), ORTF array, and mid-side (M-S). For full orchestra, add a third WA-251 for the minimalist — and highly effective — Mercury Living Presence technique: three spaced omnis across the orchestral soundstage, centered above the conductor’s podium. Set all three channels for unity gain, trim for the loudest musical peaks, and leave those faders alone. Let the conductor balance the orchestra (as nature intended).

A ’251 for the rest of us

What can you achieve with the WA-251? Every studio needs at least one pair of high-quality large-diaphragm condenser mics, and the Warm Audio WA-251 is designed after a legendary one. You can use the WA-251 on anything — with world-class results. It’s simply stunning on vocals, acoustic guitars, double bass, electric guitar and bass cabs, piano, drums and percussion, strings, brass, woodwinds, and any other source you’d care to throw at it. In fact, you could mic an entire symphony orchestra with nothing but three judiciously placed WA-251s set to omni. Considering its amazing value, it would be wise to get two for recording tracks in stereo. You haven’t lived until you’ve heard a grand piano spring to life when miked with a pair of ’251s. For drum room mics, use two WA-251s and nuke the stereo signal with a fast compressor. Positively explosive!

Warm Audio WA-251 Tube Condenser Microphone Features:

  • Faithful replica of the classic ’251-style large-diaphragm condenser mic
  • Custom all-brass CK-12-style capsule
  • Custom CineMag USA transformer
  • JJ Slovak 12AY7 vacuum tube
  • Gotham 5-meter GAC-7 7-pin tube microphone cable
  • WIMA, Solen French, and polystyrene capacitors
  • 3 polar patterns: cardioid, omni, figure-8
  • Dynamic range: 125dBA
  • Maximum SPL: 132dB (<0.5% THD)
  • Frequency range: 20Hz–20kHz
  • Output impedance: 200 ohms
  • Rated load impedance: ≥2k ohms
  • S/N ratio: 80dBA
  • Equivalent noise: 12dBA (IEC651)
  • External IEC grounded PSU
  • Includes 7-pin cable, wood box, power supply, and shockmount

Warm Audio WA-47F Large-diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone

Warm Audio have established themselves as a premier source for high-quality, faithful re-creations of historic microphones, and the new WA-47F makes good on this tradition. Here, they’ve set their sights on the exceedingly rare, large diaphragm FET microphone — if you’ve ever used a classic ’47 FET mic, then you know what they’re after. An exceptionally high-SPL handling has made it a powerful, versatile mic, with vocal and drum sounds (kick drum, in particular) being primary use cases. The era-accurate K47-style capsule houses its premium components, with a 10dB booster pad and a 140 Hz low-cut filter. Vocals are especially enriched, thanks to a tight, veritable cardioid pattern with a unique pickup that makes its placement of vocals among live instrumentation a standout point. Engineers here at Sweetwater have used nearly every mic under the sun, and they wholeheartedly agree: if you’re looking to capture that hallmark ’47 sound, then this low-noise classic belongs in your studio.

Full spectrum recording

Drawing from its namesake inspiration, the WA-47F features a K47-style capsule. The meticulously reverse-engineered FET design has resulted in the faithful recreation of a condenser microphone whose high-SPL allows for a wide range of response without risk of overloading. For voice, a light scooping and not-overly-bright sound lets vocals sit smoothly in a mix of live instruments without losing nuance. The max SPL of 137dB can be upped to 147dB, thanks to the 10dB pad, making this a phenomenal option for miking drums, and amplified instruments. Plus, with the addition of a 140 Hz low-cut filter, low-end muddiness is eliminated without compromising on substance.

Electric feel

This workhorse mic may look great, but its inner electronics demonstrate that it’s got bark and bite. A gold-sputtered condenser creates exceptional conductivity for the large-diaphragm, single-backplate design. The custom TAB-Funkenwerk output transformer, premium Fairchild transistors, and wima polystyrene capacitors give this mic an output impedance of 150 ohms, making it ideal for a multitude of professional-quality uses, keeping noise low and power high. The cardioid polar pattern is pure, tight, and perfect for capturing the natural punch of louder sounds without flattening their more-nuanced faculties.

Warm Audio WA47-F FET Condenser Microphone Features:

  • Gold-sputtered, large diaphragm, single-backplate, K47-style capsule for era accurate design
  • High-SPL handling (Max 137dB, or 147dB with 10dB engaged) reliably captures kick drum and high-volume sounds without losing fidelity
  • Frequency response of 40Hz–16kHz means wide application with precise pickup capacity
  • Custom TAB-Funkenwerk USA output transformer, premium Fairchild transistors, and wima and polystyrene capacitors
  • Cardioid polar pattern is precise, and pure, ideal for nuanced details
  • Output impedance of 150 ohms, making this microphone low-noise and extremely versatile
  • 140Hz low-cut filter reduces muddiness while keeping low-end tight, retaining substance
  • Rated load impedance of >1k ohms
  • Lightweight, robust design (3.5lbs/1.6kg, mic only: 2lbs/0.91kg)

Warm Audio WA87 R2 Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone – Black

Their acclaimed compressors and preamps have famously upset the pro audio price/performance ratio. When Warm Audio turned its attention to microphones with the WA-87, they set a high target: one of the most iconic large-diaphragm, multi-pattern FET condenser mics in history. To say they succeeded would be an understatement: the original WA-87 was a best-seller here at Sweetwater. Now with the WA87 R2, Warm Audio have made their modern classic better than ever. Featuring a sleek new design with a rounded grille, optimized metalwork, and performance enhancements that include a genuine Cinemag transformer, the Warm Audio WA87 R2 is a workhorse mic that deserves a place in your mic locker.

Affordable modern incarnation of a legendary mic

Flash back to any top recording studio in the 1970s. You’ll see the venerable ’87 everywhere. On toms, overheads, guitar cabs, brass, congas, vocals — you name it. Sweetwater engineers who have worked with different generations of this perennial studio favorite know that the vintage ones have a warmer, more forgiving sonic character. It’s these circuit designs — dating back a half century — that Warm Audio closely followed for the WA87 R2. Stellar performance, top-shelf parts, and amazing value: that’s the Warm formula — and the WA87 R2 nails it.

What can the WA87 R2 do for you?

Every studio needs at least one pair of high-quality large-diaphragm condenser mics, and the Warm Audio WA87 R2 is designed after a legendary one. You can use the WA87 R2 on anything — with world-class results. It’s great for vocals. It makes drums sound huge. 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 any acoustic instrument — strings, brass, woodwinds, or percussion. We’ve even used it on kick drum (where the 10dB pad comes in handy)! It’s equipped with an 80Hz highpass filter that’s useful for killing low-end mud and rumble. And its three polar patterns further increase this microphone’s already impressive versatility.

Explore the sonic possibilities

The WA87 R2’s three switchable polar patterns — cardioid, omnidirectional, and figure-8 — give you immense flexibility when it comes to exploring the sonic possibilities offered by different recording techniques. Figure-8 (bi-directional) is perfect for capturing face-to-face recordings such as two background singers on one mic. This pattern also features aggressive side rejection, which makes it a useful option for miking backline amps and speaker cabinets. With two of these superb mics, you can implement stereo techniques such as Spaced Pair (A/B), X-Y (including Blumlein), ORTF array, and mid-side (M-S). You could even mic an entire symphony orchestra and the ambience of the hall it’s in with just three judiciously placed WA87 R2 microphones set to omni.

Quality components make the Warm difference

Warm Audio doesn’t cut corners on components, but they do order parts and build in quantity, which keeps costs down and delivers amazing value. The WA87 R2 is assembled with premium all-discrete components such as NOS Fairchild transistors, WIMA/Nichicon capacitors, and a genuine USA-made Cinemag output transformer. The mic also features a custom reproduction of the renowned K-87 dual-diaphragm/dual-backplate capsule used in vintage ’87s. Premium parts and meticulous design deliver a superior-sounding microphone — one that doesn’t cost a fortune. Give the WA87 R2 an audition in your studio: you’ll hear what we’re talking about.

Warm Audio WA87 R2 Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone Features:

  • 3 switchable polar patterns: cardioid, omnidirectional, and figure-8
  • Designed after a classic, studio-standard large-diaphragm FET condenser mic
  • Incorporates a faithful reproduction of the original vintage 87-style circuit
  • WA87-B-50V capsule reproduction of the vintage dual-backplate K87
  • Exceptional build quality with premium, all-discrete components
  • NOS Fairchild transistors and WIMA/Nichicon capacitors
  • Custom Cinemag USA output transformer
  • Nickel-plated brass body; 10dB pad; 80Hz highpass filter
  • Diaphragm: 6 micron, 1-inch gold-sputtered membrane
  • Frequency response: 20kHz–20kHz; Noise: -117dB
  • SPL (.5% THD): 132dB (pad engaged), 125dB (pad disengaged)
  • 24k gold-plated, 3 pin XLR (150 ohms)
  • Includes shock mount, hard mount, and wooden storage box

Warm Audio WA87 R2 Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone – Nickel

Their acclaimed compressors and preamps have famously upset the pro audio price/performance ratio. When Warm Audio turned its attention to microphones with the WA-87, they set a high target: one of the most iconic large-diaphragm, multi-pattern FET condenser mics in history. To say they succeeded would be an understatement: the original WA-87 was a best-seller here at Sweetwater. Now with the WA87 R2, Warm Audio have made their modern classic better than ever. Featuring a sleek new design with a rounded grille, optimized metalwork, and performance enhancements that include a genuine Cinemag transformer; the Warm Audio WA87 R2 is a workhorse mic that deserves a place in your mic locker.

Affordable modern incarnation of a legendary mic

Flash back to any top recording studio in the 1970s. You’ll see the venerable ’87 everywhere. On toms, overheads, guitar cabs, brass, congas, vocals — you name it. Sweetwater engineers who have worked with different generations of this perennial studio favorite know that the vintage ones have a warmer, more forgiving sonic character. It’s these circuit designs — dating back a half century — that Warm Audio closely followed for the WA87 R2. Stellar performance, top-shelf parts, and amazing value: that’s the Warm formula — and the WA87 R2 nails it.

What can the WA87 R2 do for you?

Every studio needs at least one pair of high-quality large-diaphragm condenser mics, and the Warm Audio WA87 R2 is designed after a legendary one. You can use the WA87 R2 on anything — with world-class results. It’s great for vocals. It makes drums sound huge. 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 any acoustic instrument — strings, brass, woodwinds, or percussion. We’ve even used it on kick drum (where the 10dB pad comes in handy)! It’s equipped with an 80Hz highpass filter that’s useful for killing low-end mud and rumble. And its three polar patterns further increase this microphone’s already impressive versatility.

Explore the sonic possibilities

The WA87 R2’s three switchable polar patterns — cardioid, omnidirectional, and figure-8 — give you immense flexibility when it comes to exploring the sonic possibilities offered by different recording techniques. Figure-8 (bi-directional) is perfect for capturing face-to-face recordings such as two background singers on one mic. This pattern also features aggressive side rejection, which makes it a useful option for miking backline amps and speaker cabinets. With two of these superb mics, you can implement stereo techniques such as Spaced Pair (A/B), X-Y (including Blumlein), ORTF array, and mid-side (M-S). You could even mic an entire symphony orchestra and the ambience of the hall it’s in with just three judiciously placed WA87 R2 microphones set to omni.

Quality components make the Warm difference

Warm Audio doesn’t cut corners on components, but they do order parts and build in quantity, which keeps costs down and delivers amazing value. The WA87 R2 is assembled with premium all-discrete components such as NOS Fairchild transistors, WIMA/Nichicon capacitors, and a genuine USA-made Cinemag output transformer. The mic also features a custom reproduction of the renowned K-87 dual-diaphragm/dual-backplate capsule used in vintage ’87s. Premium parts and meticulous design deliver a superior-sounding microphone — one that doesn’t cost a fortune. Give the WA87 R2 an audition in your studio: you’ll hear what we’re talking about.

Warm Audio WA87 R2 Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone Features:

  • 3 switchable polar patterns: cardioid, omnidirectional, and figure-8
  • Designed after a classic, studio-standard large-diaphragm FET condenser mic
  • Incorporates a faithful reproduction of the original vintage 87-style circuit
  • WA87-B-50V capsule reproduction of the vintage dual-backplate K87
  • Exceptional build quality with premium, all-discrete components
  • NOS Fairchild transistors and WIMA/Nichicon capacitors
  • Custom Cinemag USA output transformer
  • Nickel-plated brass body; 10dB pad; 80Hz highpass filter
  • Diaphragm: 6 micron, 1-inch gold-sputtered membrane
  • Frequency response: 20kHz–20kHz; Noise: -117dB
  • SPL (.5% THD): 132dB (pad engaged), 125dB (pad disengaged)
  • 24k gold-plated, 3 pin XLR (150 ohms)
  • Includes shock mount, hard mount, and wooden storage box

Warm Audio WA-14 Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone

Their acclaimed compressors and preamps have famously upset the pro audio price/performance ratio. When Warm Audio turned their attention to microphones, they set high targets: the most iconic large-diaphragm FET condenser mics in history. Behold the WA-14. It’s based on a studio classic. Flash back to any top recording facility in the late 1970s. You’ll see its venerable progenitor everywhere. On pianos, acoustic guitars, overheads, vocals, brass, percussion — you name it. Sweetwater engineers who have worked with this perennial studio favorite know that the all-brass, edge-terminated CK12 dual-backplate/dual-membrane capsule is a key ingredient in this mic’s legendary sound. Warm Audio closely followed this timeless design when they engineered their own LK-12-B-60V Lens Kondensator for the WA-14. Stellar performance, top-shelf parts, and amazing value: that’s the Warm formula — and the WA-14 nails it again.

What can the WA-14 do for you?

Every studio needs at least one pair of high-quality large-diaphragm condenser mics, and the Warm Audio WA-14 is designed after a legendary one. You can use the WA-14 on anything — with world-class results. It makes vocals shimmer. It makes pianos sit gorgeous in the track. It’s a must-have for acoustic guitars. It’s also an ideal choice for vibraphone, marimba, strings, and woodwinds. Its three polar patterns — cardioid, omni, and figure-8 — further increase the WA-14’s impressive versatility, letting you experiment with stereo capture techniques such as Spaced Pair (A/B), X-Y (including Blumlein), ORTF array, and Mid-Side (MS). With this mic, you can do no wrong.

Quality components make the Warm difference

Warm Audio doesn’t cut corners on components, but they do order parts and build in quantity, which keeps costs down and delivers amazing value. The WA-14 is built with premium components such as the LK-12-B-60V Lens Kondensator (a high-quality reproduction of the coveted vintage CK12 capsule) and a genuine USA-made Cinemag output transformer. It features an all-discrete signal path with tantalum, polystyrene, and WIMA capacitors. Premium parts and meticulous design deliver a superior-sounding microphone — one that doesn’t cost a fortune. Give the WA-14 an audition in your studio: you will hear what we’re talking about.

Warm Audio WA-14 Large-diaphragm Condenser Mic Features:

  • Large diaphragm condenser microphone with classic circuit topology
  • Cardioid, figure-8 and omnidirectional polar patterns
  • LK-12-B-60V Lens Kondensator CK12 capsule
  • Custom CineMag USA transformer
  • all-discrete signal path with tantalum, polystyrene, and WIMA capacitors
  • Frequency range: 20Hz-20kHz
  • 10dB/20dB switchable output pad
  • Impedance: 150 ohms
  • Requires 48V phantom power
  • Includes shockmount and 1-year warranty

Warm Audio WA-47Jr Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone – Black

Compared to tube-based microphones, solid-state microphones like the Warm Audio WA-47jr are prized for their detailed sound and resistance to distortion. These are the reasons transformerless FET mics with a U47-style capsule are so popular on kick drums and other percussion instruments, capturing their power and intensity with amazing fidelity. So naturally, the WA-47jr shines on percussion. That said, it’s also a go-to choice for acoustic instruments where capturing fast transients is critical, and it should be on your short list of mics to audition on vocalists, electric guitar cabs, and a whole lot more. Perhaps the more pertinent question is: what isn’t it great on?

Three polar patterns = impressive flexibility

The WA-47jr’s three polar patterns — cardioid, omni, and figure-8 — give you impressive flexibility when it comes to exploring different recording techniques. Cardioid, with its moderate side and near-total rear rejection, is useful for just about any studio task. Omni is great for capturing room ambience along with your source. Use a figure-8 technique to overdub a sax with natural slap or to record two singers on one mic (just be sure of the balance). And with two of these mics, you can implement stereo techniques such as spaced pair (A/B), XY (including Blumlein), ORTF array, and mid-side (M-S).

What can the WA-47jr do for you?

Every studio needs at least one pair of high-quality large-diaphragm condenser mics. You can use the WA-47jr on anything. It’s great on vocals, acoustic guitars, double bass, electric guitar and bass cabs, piano, drums and percussion, strings, brass, woodwinds, and any other source you’d care to throw at it. Considering its amazing price, it would be wise to at least double your value and get two for recording tracks in stereo!

Quality components make the Warm difference

How does Warm Audio do it? They order parts and build in quantity, which keeps costs down and delivers amazing value, but they do not cut corners on parts. The WA-47jr is built with premium all-discrete components, such as Toshiba FETs, Wima film capacitors, Panasonic electrolytic capacitors, and a custom reproduction of the capsule used in vintage ’47s.

A large part of any microphone’s sound is contributed by its capsule. The complexity of the k47 capsule used in the WA-47jr requires a painstaking manufacturing process; such high quality is typically not found in affordable condenser mics. For Warm Audio, premium parts and meticulous design deliver a superior-sounding microphone — one that doesn’t cost a fortune. Stellar performance, top-shelf parts, and amazing value: that’s the Warm Audio formula — and the WA-47jr nails it.

Warm Audio WA-47jr Large-diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone Features:

  • Fully discrete, transformerless signal path
  • Custom ’47-style k47 34mm gold-sputtered, dual-diaphragm, single–back plate, 6 micron Mylar capsule
  • Toshiba FETs, Wima film capacitors, Panasonic electrolytic capacitors
  • Cardioid, figure-8, and omnidirectional polar patterns
  • 10dB pad; 70Hz highpass filter
  • Self-noise: 9dBA
  • Dynamic range: 138dBA
  • Maximum SPL: 147/157dB (at 1kHz, 1 Kohm, 0.5% THD, 0/-10dB)
  • Frequency range: 20Hz–20kHz
  • Sensitivity: 10mV/Pa or -40dB
  • Output impedance: 100 ohms
  • Rated load impedance: ≥1 Kohm
  • Maximum output: 16dBu at 1kHz, 1 Kohm, 0.5% THD
  • S/N ratio: 85dBA (IEC651)
  • Equivalent noise: 9dBA (IEC651)
  • Dynamic range: 138dBA (IEC651)
  • 48-volt phantom powered
  • 3-pin gold-plated XLR connector
  • Includes shockmount, hardmount, and zipper storage pouch