Warm Audio WA12-500 mkII

500 Series Preamp

CAP2: 0 $580.80
$484.00 ex VAT
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500 series single-channel mic preamp inspired by the legendary API312 mic pre and is designed to add tonnes of vibe to your signal.

At a glance

  • Utilises premium grade input and output USA CineMag transformers.
  • 71db of Gain, fully discrete signal path.
  • Utilises a discrete 6-pin socketed 1731 style opamp.  Can be replaced with other 6-pin "2520 foot-print" opamps for varying tone/flavour.
  • 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.
  • Mic level balanced input: XLR.
  • Balanced outputs: XLR and 1/4″/TRS.
  • 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.

The Warm Audio WA12-500 MkII is a 500 series single-channel mic preamp inspired by the legendary API312 mic pre and is designed to add tons of vibe to your signal.

The Warm Audio WA12-500 MkII uses a completely discrete design built around the X731 discrete op-amp, a reproduction of the Melcor 1731. A predecessor to the 2520 op-amps, the Melcor 1731 was known for its incredible warm tone. With the X731, the WA12-500 delivers the larger-than-life sound associated with some of the best mic preamps. For adventurous producers, the op-amps can be swapped with any 2520 pinout compatible op-amps offering a variety of tones.

The WA12 also uses Cinemag transformers on the input and output stages to ensure stunning performance with huge headroom.

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