Raising The Volume.
A lot of preamps on the market do a good job of raising the volume of mics and instruments. With modern technology/design many pres are doing just that, raising volume. The often proclaimed “Super clean” designs tend to leave the the signal exiting the preamp sounding much the same as it did entering it.
I personally like to use a preamp that makes my recordings sound different than they did entering the pre. I like preamps that shape my tone with warmth, character and vibe. If you are looking for a preamp to improve and shape your signal you will probably love the WA12. The WA12 is designed to transform plain instruments and vocals into exciting tone. If your mixes lack depth, struggle to sound alive, or are just missing that professional touch you’ve always wanted, there is a good chance you will love the WA12.
Packed With Performance.
The WA12 MKII is a completely discrete, high voltage, dual-transformer microphone preamplifier designed for high gain (+71dB), high headroom, low noise, and an exciting sonic performance – great for all types of recording applications. A high quality mic preamp is one of the most critical pieces needed to achieve the elusive ‘larger than life’ sound, and the WA12 MKII is more than capable of delivering.
The WA12 MKII is based around a discrete op-amp, the X731, which is our own reproduction of the vintage classic Melcor 1731, considered by some to be the warmer predecessor to the modern 2520-style op-amp. The X731 can achieve vibrant, clean and lifelike tones; but can also be driven into mild saturation at much higher gain levels. The effects can be subtle, but very pleasing to the ear. The WA12 MKII can also accept any discrete op-amp on the market which conforms to the +/-16v, 2520 pinout standard.
Utilizes premium grade input and output USA CineMag transformers.
71db of Gain, fully discrete signal path.
Utilizes a discrete 6-pin socketed 1731 style opamp. Can be replaced with other 6-pin «»2520 foot-print»» opamps for varying tone/flavor.
TONE button – Switches the input impedance from 600 ohms to 150 ohms. Changes the tone of both the mic and HI-Z inputs.
2 Meg Ohm True HI-Z input on front panel. Sends instrument signal through entire circuit including both Cinemag Transformers and the discrete opamp. Great for guitars, bass, keyboards and other instruments that have a 1/4″ output jack.
Mic level balanced input: XLR.
Balanced outputs: XLR and 1/4″/TRS.
48 volt Phantom Power.
Output attenuation control (after the CineMag output transformer) allows for driving the preamp and transformers into saturation.
LED Meter gain indication.
External power plug.
Premium Components in every Warm Audio product.
When developing the WA12 my ears played a big part in the design process. I encourage you to listen to the sound samples with your ears 🙂 and see what you think. People all over the world are loving it and I’m sure you will too.
Several of our dealers allow flexible returns and payment plans making it easy to try out a WA12, so don’t hesitate to take one for a test drive. And feel free to contact me directly with any questions.
The WA12 challenges the $1,000 glass ceiling theory, many are enjoying it above $1k-$2k designs.
The WA12 uses CUSTOM DESIGNED Cinemag input and output transformers MADE IN THE USA! *Cinemag transformers are used in high-end products like the Presonus ADL-600, A-Designs Pacifica, Universal Audio LA-610, and Fink Audio’s CS2-FA.