The Warm Audio WA-412 is a four channel pre-amp loosely based on the classic API consoles. The pre-amps have a slightly colored tonal character, with a big bottom end and a smooth transient response. The WA-412 features a discrete signal path on each channel. Discrete op-amps that are 6-pin socketed - meaning you can swap them out for others and personalise your unit as you see fit.
The WA-412 provides 4 channels of classic American console preamps in a sleek 1RU design. This style of preamp is often referred to as "the sound of Rock n' Roll" for its BIG punchy low end and smooth open top end. The price/performance ratio of the WA-412 is almost unfathomable to the experienced studio engineer who has possibly paid much more for preamps of this style during their career. Featuring fully discrete socketed 6-pin opamps and custom wound Altran USA input and output transformers, the WA-412 leaves nothing to be desired. If you are looking for multiple channels of world class tone in an affordable package, the WA-412 is the right choice for you.
Inspiration behind the WA-412. When I first started holding regular studio sessions years ago I always desired to have more channels of high-end mic pre's. I could only afford to have one or two in my studio at a time, which was never enough to record a full band or drummer. I knew very well that if signals were not recorded well "on the way in" they wouldn't be salvageable later, but my budget constrained me, so many of the sources were recorded through poor-quality mic pre's. If the WA-412 was available back then I likely wouldn't have had to settle for poor, low-quality tone. The WA-412 was designed "for the people" (if you will) and we believe it will become a serious work-horse in many professional and home studios. - Bryce Young (founder)
Warm Audio WA-412 Specifications:
4 Channel Microphone Preamplifier + Instrument DI. Fully discrete, transformer coupled, through-hole component topology. Altran USA custom wound, premium input and output transformers. X520 discrete op-amp in every channel, socketed for convenience. (Can be user-replaced with most 6 pin, discrete op-amps for varying flavor & tone.) 65db of gain. Inputs - Microphone XLR & Active Instrument 2Meg ohm HI-Z. Outputs - Transformer balanced XLR & TRS. TONE button – Input impedance switches from 600 ohms to 150 ohms (affects the tone of both the mic and HI-Z inputs). -20db pad - pads both mic and instrument DI inputs. +48 volt phantom power. LED metering. Internal power supply (grounded, 3 pin IEC cord).