Warm Audio WA73

1-Channel Microphone Preamp in British 1073 Style

  • Discrete Class A circuit
  • Carnhill transformer
  • 80 dB gain
  • Incremented potentiometer
  • Tone button for switching the input impedance
  • Switch for phase reversal
  • Low-cut filter 4-step switchable (50, 80, 160, 300 Hz)
  • LED meter
  • 48V Phantom power
  • XLR microphone input
  • Line input: 6.3 mm jack
  • Instrument input: 6.3 mm jack
  • Insert input and output: 6.3 mm jack
  • Line output: XLR and 6.3 mm jack
  • Integrated power supply unit (115/230 V)
  • Build: 19" / 1 U

Further Information

Channels 1
Number of microphone inputs 1
Instrument input Yes
Tubes No
Compressor/Limiter No
Equalizer No
De-Esser No
Phantom power Yes
Phase Reverse Yes
External effect loops Yes
Analogue Outputs XLR, jack
Digitale Outputs None
Headphone connection No
Level Meter Yes
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great sounding pre
Kar1l, 16.04.2018
I recently decided it was time to upgrade from the built in preamps in my Focusrite Sapphire to a 'real' external preamp. My budget was about 600 EUR. Afer a LOT of online research, I narrowed my options down to 6 preamps, in roughly the same price range. The preamps were:


ART Pro MPA II
Warm Audio TB12 Tone Beast
Black Lion Audio B173 Preamp
FMR Audio RNP 8380
Warm Audio WA73
Focusrite ISA One Analog

As I will be using the preamp mostly for vocals and bass, I tested both those signals.
I plugged my Ibanez 600 in passive mode into my BSS DI, into the preamp. For vocals, I hooked up my SM7B straight into the preamp, into Logic X. The results:


The Warm Audio WA73 is a great pre, and almost ended up being the preamp I chose. It sounds amazingly large, it has limited but great sounding tone options, and heaps of warm gain. I ended up going for the ART PRO MPAII, because it has that comparable warmth, but with two channels and more options.
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TonyDodos, 13.02.2019
Not what i was expected
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