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Warm Audio WA-12-500 MK2 500 Series Microphone Preamp - image 1 of 3
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About this item

Highlights

  • Utilizes premium grade input and output USA CineMag transformers
  • 71db of Gain, fully discrete signal path
  • 6-pin socketed 1731 style opamp that can be replaced with other 6-pin opamps
  • 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

Specifications

TCIN: 76078740
Origin: made in the USA or imported

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Description

If are looking for a preamp to improve and shape signal will love the WA12-500 MKII. The WA12-500 MKII transforms plain instruments and vocals into exciting tone. If mixes lack depth, struggle to sound alive, or are just missing that professional touch ’ve always wanted, there is a good chance will appreciate the WA12-500 MKII. ​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. A high-quality mic preamp is one of the most critical pieces needed to achieve the elusive ‘larger than life’ sound the WA12 - 500 MKII delivers. The WA12 - 500 MKII is based around a discrete op-amp, the X731, which is Warm Audio’s 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. When developing the WA12-500 MKII, Warm Audio’s design team’s ears played a big part in the design process. Using CineMag USA transformers and an all discrete signal path ensured that the WA12-500 MKII would have the building blocks to compete with the best preamps on the market.
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