Warm Audio WA12 MKII Microphone Preamp (Black)

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WA12 MKII | Microphone Preamp

  • Fully discrete design with a robust 71dB of gain to power all your mics — even ribbons
  • High-voltage X731 operational amplifier, based on the classic Melcor 1731
  • Tone button gives you tonal versatility by switching input impedance from 600 to 150 ohms
  • 48-volt phantom power, 20dB pad, and polarity invert switches
  • Mic level balanced input: XLR or 1/4″ TRS
  • Balanced outputs: XLR and 1/4″ TRS
  • 2 Mohms true hi-Z input on front panel — great for guitars, bass, keyboards
  • Custom-designed Cinemag input and output transformers
  • LED gain indicator

A lot of preamps on the market do a good job of raising the volume of microphones and instruments, but many pres today are doing only that: raising the volume. These “super clean” designs often leave the signal exiting the preamp sounding much the same as it did entering it, which ends up requiring a lot of work in post-production to get instruments to wake up and sound big in a mix.

If you’re looking for a preamp to actually improve and shape your signal instead, you will most definitely love the WA12 MKII Black. This preamp is designed to transform the tone of plain instruments and vocals into exciting sounds that can stand on their own – so if your mixes lack depth, struggle to sound alive, or are just missing that professional touch you’ve always wanted, the the WA12 MKII Black is the affordable answer.

Packed With Performance

The WA12 MKII Black is a completely discrete, high voltage, dual-transformer microphone preamplifier design with high gain (+71dB), high headroom, low noise, and exciting sonic performance – which makes it an ideal choice for all types of recording applications. A high-quality mic preamp is one of the most critical pieces needed to achieve that elusive ‘larger than life’ sound, and the WA12 MKII Black delivers on that promise every single time.

Premium Components

The WA12 MKII Black is based around the X731 discrete op-amp, which is our own reproduction of the 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 it can also be driven into mild saturation at much higher gain levels. While the effects of that saturation can range from subtle to obvious, they always remain very pleasing to the ear, and because it was designed around the X731 the WA12 MKII Black can accept any discrete op-amp on the market that conforms to the +/-16v, 2520 pinout standard

Specifications

Preamp Type: Solid State Mic/Instrument Preamp
Number of Channels: 1
Phantom Power: Yes
Pads: -20dB
Polarity Switch: Yes
EQ: Tone impedance switch
Analog Inputs: 1 x XLR (mic), 1 x 1/4″ (Hi-Z)
Analog Outputs: 1 x 1/4″ TRS, 1 x XLR
Power Source: Standard IEC AC cable
Height: 1.75″
Depth: 8.5″
Width: 10.5″
Weight: 0.99 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number: WA12 MKII Black

WA12 MKII | Microphone Preamp

  • Fully discrete design with a robust 71dB of gain to power all your mics — even ribbons
  • High-voltage X731 operational amplifier, based on the classic Melcor 1731
  • Tone button gives you tonal versatility by switching input impedance from 600 to 150 ohms
  • 48-volt phantom power, 20dB pad, and polarity invert switches
  • Mic level balanced input: XLR or 1/4″ TRS
  • Balanced outputs: XLR and 1/4″ TRS
  • 2 Mohms true hi-Z input on front panel — great for guitars, bass, keyboards
  • Custom-designed Cinemag input and output transformers
  • LED gain indicator

A lot of preamps on the market do a good job of raising the volume of microphones and instruments, but many pres today are doing only that: raising the volume. These “super clean” designs often leave the signal exiting the preamp sounding much the same as it did entering it, which ends up requiring a lot of work in post-production to get instruments to wake up and sound big in a mix.

If you’re looking for a preamp to actually improve and shape your signal instead, you will most definitely love the WA12 MKII Black. This preamp is designed to transform the tone of plain instruments and vocals into exciting sounds that can stand on their own – so if your mixes lack depth, struggle to sound alive, or are just missing that professional touch you’ve always wanted, the the WA12 MKII Black is the affordable answer.

Packed With Performance

The WA12 MKII Black is a completely discrete, high voltage, dual-transformer microphone preamplifier design with high gain (+71dB), high headroom, low noise, and exciting sonic performance – which makes it an ideal choice for all types of recording applications. A high-quality mic preamp is one of the most critical pieces needed to achieve that elusive ‘larger than life’ sound, and the WA12 MKII Black delivers on that promise every single time.

Premium Components

The WA12 MKII Black is based around the X731 discrete op-amp, which is our own reproduction of the 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 it can also be driven into mild saturation at much higher gain levels. While the effects of that saturation can range from subtle to obvious, they always remain very pleasing to the ear, and because it was designed around the X731 the WA12 MKII Black can accept any discrete op-amp on the market that conforms to the +/-16v, 2520 pinout standard

Specifications

Preamp Type: Solid State Mic/Instrument Preamp
Number of Channels: 1
Phantom Power: Yes
Pads: -20dB
Polarity Switch: Yes
EQ: Tone impedance switch
Analog Inputs: 1 x XLR (mic), 1 x 1/4″ (Hi-Z)
Analog Outputs: 1 x 1/4″ TRS, 1 x XLR
Power Source: Standard IEC AC cable
Height: 1.75″
Depth: 8.5″
Width: 10.5″
Weight: 0.99 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number: WA12 MKII Black

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Should the product you have ordered not be available, ICONS will endeavour to offer you an equivalent, or an upgrade where possible. Should we be unable to do so, Icons will refund your purchase.

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