Warm audio is a company that prides itself on manufacturing cost-effective alternatives to rare and highly sought after audio outboard hardware and microphones. Don't let the price tags fool you, all their products have completely discrete signal paths and feature custom USA made CineMag transformers that are found in only the best designs in pro audio. Warm Audio stays true to original discrete schematics and does this without cheapening components.
Initially Warm Audio formed in 2008 under the name Sledgehammer Audio, building one off boutique mic-preamps with premium circuitry. In 2011 Sledgehammer Audio became Warm Audio, and within a year they released the WA12 mic-preamp.The WA12 closely resembles the API 312, but Warm Audio were able to design and manufacture it at a fraction of the cost. Based in Austin, Texas Warm Audio is still relatively small company, helping them to keep overheads low and pass the savings on.
After the WA-12, Warm Audio continued to expand their product line into the Tone Beast channel strips, compressors, EQ units, and 500 format modules too. Key products include the WA-76; an FET stereo compressor based on the legendary 1176, and the WA-2A Opto Tube compressor derivative of the Teletronix LA-2A. In 2015 Warm Audio produced the EQP-WA EQ - A tube hardware EQ based on the infamous Pultec EQP-1A. Most recently, Warm Audio have ventured into microphones, and released a clone of the Neumann U-87 - the WA-87. Definitely worth checking out