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Warm Audio WA-87 Condenser Microphone

The Warm Audio WA-87 Condenser Microphone is a large diaphragm, multi-pattern studio microphone that excels on vocal recording. Despite its’ name, The WA-87 aims NOT to be a replica of the current U87 by Neumann. Warm Audio have delved back in history, to draw inspiration from the earliest design schematics - now nearly 50 years old, to create a microphone similar to the earliest commercially available U87s. The WA-87 incorporates Fairchild FETs, Cinemag output transformer and their own Lens Kondensator k-87 capsule. The WA-87 features a -10dB pad and three fixed polar patterns: cardioid, figure-8 and omnidirectional. It ships with a unique shock mount and wooden case.

    • Warm Audio WA-87 Features:

      The classic ‘87 is arguably the most widely-used large diaphragm condenser microphone in pop recording history.  Rather than base our WA-87 circuit on current incarnations of this mic, we decided to closely follow the early circuit designs that date back nearly half a century.  As is true with many classic microphones, engineers who have worked with different versions of these microphones often prefer the warmer, more forgiving nature of the earlier commercially available models.  The desire to re-introduce the warm tone of this classic mic at an affordable price to an all new generation of recording artists was the inspiration behind the Warm Audio WA-87.

      Quality components make a better mic:
      The WA-87 features all discrete, premium components such as Fairchild FETs, tantalum, polystyrene, and WIMA film capacitors, and is rounded off with a Cinemag USA output transformer.  The WA-87 proudly uses our own Lens Kondensator custom reproduction of the classic K-87 dual backplate/dual diaphragm capsule, as found in early ‘87 mics.  

      It all starts with the microphone:
      The importance of a good microphone cannot be understated; but unfortunately, finding a truly great microphone within a budget has always been a challenge for aspiring engineers. There are very usable microphones available for those on a budget; but top shelf, classic studio microphones have simply been out of reach for most people.  We applied all that we know about bridging this barrier into crafting a microphone that reaches the level of quality and sonics mostly found only in top-shelf products, yet sells for a price that is down to earth.
    • Warm Audio WA-87 Specifications:

      Microphone includes shock mount, hard mount and wood box.
      Microphone type: condenser
      Polar patterns: cardioid, figure of eight, and omnidirectional
      Capsule: LK-87-B-50V reproduction of classic dual backplate (four wire termination) K87 capsule
      Diaphragm: 6 micron thickness, 1 inch diameter, gold sputtered membrane
      Frequency Response: 20hz – 20khz
      SPL: .5% THD at 120db (without pad) or 130db (with pad)
      Pad: -10db
      Output: 150 ohms, 24k gold plated, 3 pin XLR (pin 1 = gnd, pin 2 = +, pin 3 = -), Cinemag USA mic output transformer
      High Pass Filter: 80hz
      Noise: 15db self noise, 80db s/n ratio
      Color: nickel (painted)
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