Warm Audio WA12-500 MK2

High voltage, dual-transformer microphone preamplifier
  • 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.
RRP: $660.00
$630.00
SKU
565086L

The WA12 - 500 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 - 500 MKII is more than capable of delivering. The WA12 - 500 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 - 500 MKII can also accept any discrete op-amp on the market which conforms to the +/-16v, 2520 pinout standard.

Key features:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 20db pad.

Specifications

Specifications
Brand Warm Audio
Gross Shipping Weight - Volumetric (kgs) 1.5000
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