Warm Audio WA12 500 Series Mic/Instrument Preamp


One of the best values within the 500 Series "colored" preamps, the WA12 features American made Cinemag I/O transformers to achieve it's warm, vibey, and rich tones.

What we think:

The first thing that jumps out about this piece is price. Personally, I’ve never been interested in items that drag around the “bang for the buck” moniker, so needless to say I was a little bit skeptical of the WA12. There are some really great Neve clones out there that, on top of nailing the sound of the 1073, also nail the fit and finish right down to the texture of the knobs. These can be very expensive and for the no compromise enthusiast, worth every penny. For the more budget minded who are less concerned with visual aesthetic and more about capturing that classic musical tone, they need look no further. 
I tried it on a rock vocal where I quickly and easily was able to get a warm and vibey Neve-ish tone that took minimal effort to sit properly in the mix. Simple, tried and true design coupled with better than you’d expect electronics yields a better than expected result!

Manufacturer Description:

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.

I personally like to use preamps that make my signal sound different than it did entering the pre.  I like preamps that shape my tone with warmth,  character and vibe.  If you are looking for a preamp to improve and shape your signal you will most definitely love the WA12.  The WA12 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.

When developing the WA12 our ears played a big part in the design process.  I encourage you to listen to the sound samples with your ears and see  what you think.  People all over the world are loving it, and we are confident you will too.

The WA12 challenges the $1,000 glass ceiling theory, many are enjoying it above $1k-$2k designs.

The WA12 uses CUSTOM DESIGNED Cinemag input and output transformers MADE IN THE USA! *Cinemag transformers are used in high-end  products like the Presonus ADL-700, A-Designs Pacifica, and Universal Audio LA-610.

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