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Warm Audio WA12 500 Series Mic Pre

Microphone Preamplifier

  • 1 Channel with CineMag transformer
  • 71 dB Gain
  • Tone button for switching the impedance of 600 ohms to 150 ohms for mic and Hi- Z input
  • 48V Phantom power
  • -20 DB Pad
  • Front side Hi-Z instrument input: 6.3 mm jack
  • Design: 500 module

Further information

Pre-Amp Yes
48 V Phantom power Yes
compressor No
limiter No
equalizer No
De-Esser No
other processors No
Rack/Frame No
supplies No
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Excellent value!

Tonehaven, 05.03.2015
This is a really high quality mic pre for the money! fat and warm, the 'tone' button gives a useful extra dimension, it doesn't sound cheap at alll? especially great on snare, and bass too!
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Very nice API 312 Style PreAmp

Markus M, 20.01.2014
After reading some positive reviews, I got the WA12 500, because I wanted a few more aggressive, punchy preamps for drumrecordings.
And I am extremely satisfied with the WA 12. It is absolutely valuable processed, the Poti runs evenly, the push buttons wiggle not synonymous - fits.
There is little to say about the operation and the features: there is a gain potentiometer, optional phantom power, phase inversion, a Hi-Z instrument input, a 20dB pad and, in fact, an on / off switch.
The PreAmp provides a very direct, punchy signal, which can easily be used in the mix. Really "warm" does not sound, but absolutely vintage, without however somehow must sound muffy and dull. This sound character is even more pronounced when you press the Tone button, which lowers the impedance: the signal becomes louder and a bit more centered (but not topfig).
I am very enthusiastic about the WA12 on kick and snare, also bass and rock vocals succeed very well. Balladenvocals - rather no.

The API312 is not an output attenuator, so you have to take care that you do not exceed the DAW input, which will go over the PreAmp in a targeted way in order to express the sound character and then go back to a reasonable level with OutputGain So unfortunately not, then one must then be equipped with a downstream damping element or a pad in the desk or interface. Something a pity, the likes of the 312s of CAPI already good. But the original did not.
Also a LoCut switch would have been quite nice, but also here is true: the original has not synonymous.

All in all, a great PreAmp, which provides very present and nuclear signals and also gorgeous "vintage" can. Just for the price a real bargain!
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