Warm Audio WA12 MKII 1 Channel Microphone / Instrument Preamp

Warm Audio WA12 MKII 1 Channel Microphone / Instrument Preamp

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R 8,995.00
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Warm Audio WA12. A lot of preamps on the market do a good job of raising the volume of mics and instruments.

Unfortunately, many pres are doing only that, raising volume.  The “Super clean” designs of today often leave the signal exiting the preamp sounding much the same as it did entering it.

If you are looking for a preamp to improve and shape your signal you will most definitely love the WA12 MKII. The WA12 MKII is designed to transform plain instruments and vocals into exciting tone.  If your mixes lack depth, struggle to sound alive, or are just missing that professional touch you’ve always wanted, there is a good chance you will love the WA12 MKII.

Packed With Performance.

The WA12 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 MKII is more than capable of delivering.

The WA12 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 MKII can also accept any discrete op-amp on the market which conforms to the +/-16v, 2520 pinout standard.

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.

  • 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.

  • External power plug.

Premium Components in every Warm Audio product.

When developing the WA12 MKII our ears played a big part in the design process.  Using CineMag USA transformers and an all discrete signal path ensured that the WA12 MKII would have the building blocks to compete with the best preamps on the market.  We are very proud to offer such a robust/professional design in a small and affordable package.

 

Hook-up Diagrams

Note: It is important to use a line level input on your recording device as opposed to a microphone or instrument level input.

In this example, the WA12 MKII is being routed as an insert into a recording device. This is useful for using the WA12 as an “analog plug-in” or insert for mix-down. The recording device is feeding the WA12 with a balanced 1/4” cable via a line output. Then, the recording device is capturing the WA12 MKII via a LINE LEVEL input.

Warm Audio WA12. A lot of preamps on the market do a good job of raising the volume of mics and instruments.

Unfortunately, many pres are doing only that, raising volume.  The “Super clean” designs of today often leave the signal exiting the preamp sounding much the same as it did entering it.

If you are looking for a preamp to improve and shape your signal you will most definitely love the WA12 MKII. The WA12 MKII is designed to transform plain instruments and vocals into exciting tone.  If your mixes lack depth, struggle to sound alive, or are just missing that professional touch you’ve always wanted, there is a good chance you will love the WA12 MKII.

Packed With Performance.

The WA12 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 MKII is more than capable of delivering.

The WA12 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 MKII can also accept any discrete op-amp on the market which conforms to the +/-16v, 2520 pinout standard.

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.

  • 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.

  • External power plug.

Premium Components in every Warm Audio product.

When developing the WA12 MKII our ears played a big part in the design process.  Using CineMag USA transformers and an all discrete signal path ensured that the WA12 MKII would have the building blocks to compete with the best preamps on the market.  We are very proud to offer such a robust/professional design in a small and affordable package.

 

Hook-up Diagrams

Note: It is important to use a line level input on your recording device as opposed to a microphone or instrument level input.

In this example, the WA12 MKII is being routed as an insert into a recording device. This is useful for using the WA12 as an “analog plug-in” or insert for mix-down. The recording device is feeding the WA12 with a balanced 1/4” cable via a line output. Then, the recording device is capturing the WA12 MKII via a LINE LEVEL input.

Shipment processing time

  • All orders are processed within 2-3 business days.
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  • Standard/Free shipping does not include delivery on weekends or holidays.
  • Deliveries on weekend and holidays can be arranged at an extra charge to customer.

If we are experiencing a high volume of orders, shipments may be delayed by a few days. Please allow additional days in transit for delivery. If there will be a significant delay in shipment of your order, we will contact you via email or telephone. We appreciate your patience!

Shipping rates & delivery estimates

Orders below R850 does not qualify for free shipping.

Please factor in a nominal nationwide economy road 2-3 Day ETA charge of R150.

Shipment method

Estimated delivery time

Shipment cost

Economy Road

2-3 business days

Free / R850 and above

Everyday shipping as per Economy Road freight, we work with a few different courier companies and special services are available. Please request any service which’ll be the most convenient for you and Technical Sales will gladly investigate it and revert for your consideration.

* Overnight delivery is only available for orders with delivery addresses within South Africa and confirmed before 10AM the given morning.

Delivery delays can occasionally occur, your Technical Sales Rep will keep you up to date.