Warm Audio WA12 MK2 Mic Preamp

1-Channel Microphone Amplifier

  • CineMag USA Transformers in input and output
  • 71db gain with completely discrete signal path
  • Discrete 6-pin socket with 1731 style opamp
  • TONE button toggles the input impedance from 600 ohms to 150 ohms, changing the tone of the micro and HI-Z inputs
  • 2 MegaOhm True HI-Z input on front panel
  • Sends instrument signal throughout the circuit, including both Cinemag transformers and discrete opamp, well suited for guitars, bass, keyboards, and other instruments that have a 6.3mm output jack
  • Mic level balanced input: XLR
  • Balanced outputs: XLR and 6.3 mm TRS
  • 48 Volt Phantom Power
  • The output attenuation control (after the CineMag output transformer) allows the preamplifier and transformers to saturate
  • Gain indicator: LED meter
  • 20db pad
  • External power plug

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 No
External effect loops No
Analogue Outputs XLR, jack
Digitale Outputs None
Headphone connection No
Level Meter Yes
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Towards API and great as it is

troobaadoor, 03.08.2017
I bought this unit to use as a live guitar mic preamp. It works great and the sound is pleasant and solid. Output knob makes a big difference since I have to adjust the volume before it goes into a Primary sound enhancer (smart gate). I like Warm Audio vibe. I wouldn't be suggesting that this unit is a 100% copy of API, but it's a good piece of equipment on it's own. Very capable and rich in sound and features.
Bought it together with Golden Age Project Pre-73 MKIII Plus. If you are choosing between these two units, I would say that they are both of high quality and might be used in different setups, so it's more a matter of what's on your recording agenda. The boxes in which two devices came are identical ? same factory, obviously. No problem, as long as the quality control is strict. Which seems to be the case.
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Very happy.

Diego Zeta, 17.07.2017
I am very happy with the product.
It is my first quality preview, beyond the typical ones of the typical sound card.

I was amazed at the hardware finish, I found it very good and not cheap at all.

I bought this model because of the fact that I had a LED indicator and above all by the potentiometer of the Output that I thought it was fundamental to play with the gain and to achieve different results.

The "Tone" button provides a very characteristic and full sound.

The only bad thing is that I have observed a bit of latency, since I use the A / D converter of my card, but setting the DAW well, without any problem.
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