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Warm Audio WA12 500 MKII Discrete Mic Preamp

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Warm Audio WA12-500 MKII Discrete Mic Preamp overview from GAK

Designed to shape and breath life into your signal, the WA 12-500 MKII preamp from Warm Audio uses a discrete op-amp, the X731, which is their faithful reproduction of the classic Melcor 1731.

Excellent for any number of recording applications, the WA-12-500 MKII is a discrete, high voltage preamp featuring dual transformers with high gain (+71dB), low noise and high headroom. An integral piece of studio kit if you wish to bring unprecedented warmth, size and clarity to your recordings.

The WA 12-500 MKII features professional-grade input and output CineMag USA transformers, whilst the discrete 6-pin socketed 1731 style opamp can be replaced with other '2520 foot-print' opamps to change the tone of your sound.

You get a distinct tone when playing various instruments through the WA12 via a 1/4" jack, this is because the 2 Meg Phm True HI-Z input sends the signal through the entire available circuit via BOTH CineMag transformers and the opamp.

The front panel features a TONE button that switches the input impedance level to change the tone of both the mic and HI-Z inputs, other buttons include switchable 48v phantom power and smooth action gain and output knobs.

  • 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.
  • 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.
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