Just Play It

At, we are very excited to offer the Warm Audio WA12 microphone pre amp.  At first listen to a mix recorded on a desk with 312 style pre amps, I was in love at first listen. The WA 12 offers quality components, including boutique Cinamag Transformers, and 71Db of usable gain that you can coax into sweet compression... just what the doctor ordered... and the transparency of this style pre-amp... is just lovely.  We will have some video/audio samples soon.

We are asked all the time, “Hey man whats a good mic pre to pair with this mic.”  I usually ask, “Hey what is your budget.”  Now I have to say this 312 style mic pre is well worth three (3) times the cost if not more.. and a no brainer.

If you have limited funds, and want premium tone from a dynamic to a passive ribbon, the WA12 is the pre-amp to buy.   Cheers, Doyen      

WA12 Specs

  1. Bullet71db of Gain

  2. BulletCUSTOM DESIGNED Cinemag input and output transformers MADE IN THE USA!

  3. Bullet150 ohm, and 600 ohm input impedance for varying tone – available for both the mic and HI-Z inputs

  4. BulletFully Discrete                                                                                                   

  5. Bullet48 volt Phantom Power

  6. BulletMic level balanced input: XLR or 1/4″

  7. BulletBalanced outputs: XLR or 1/4″

  8. BulletTrue HI-Z input: 1/4″ Front panel – sends instrument signal through entire circuit including both Cinemag Transformers and the discrete op amp

  9. Bullet20db pad

  10. BulletExternal power supply for low noise

“The Warm Audio WA12 is based on the Classic 312 style preamp and uses unique component choices that give it a very warm, exciting, opulent tone.  The WA12 uses more unique and expensive component choices than many pricier models.  You will be hard pressed to find anything as good under $1,000, and many will enjoy it more than $2,000+ pieces.

All component choices have been carefully selected and some even customized.”   

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The Warm Audio WA76 Limiting Amplifier is a reproduction of the legendary 1176 (Rev. D) Compressor. The goal was to recreate the original design as identically as possible, including the use of CineMag (formerly Reichenbach) transformers.

The 1176 was a milestone in limiter technology, featuring a solid-state design though offering performance in a standard previously held by tube-based units, creating a unique sound and setting the bar for others to aspire to, as they do to this day. The signature fast attack and solid sound have attracted major artists and producers to demand the 1176 for almost a half century.

Warm Audio built the WA76 to emulate this performance, operational quality and warm sound personality by first paying close attention to the components that made it possible in the original, while offering more updated connectivity, like both XLR and TRS plugs for I/O, combined with features from the original design, like a Class A line level output amp and Cinemag transformers.

Things You Will Get:

  1. 1WA76 Limiting Amp

  2. 2Internal power supply

  3. 3external 24v AC power transformer

  4. 419″ Rackmount chassis, 2U

  5. 51-year warranty

   Please Note we have 220v European UK voltage transformers available for all applicable Warm Audio Products.

Other WA76 Features

True to the Classic 1176 compressor in design and performance

Completely discrete signal path Modeled after the D revision

Utilizes USA made CINEMAG input and output transformers

Supports the famous “all buttons in” ratio setting

Ultra fast attack time

Class A line level output amplifier

Input impedance - 600 ohms, bridges-T control (floating)

Frequency Response ± 1 dB 20 Hz to 20kHz

XLR and TRS inputs. XLR and TRS outputs

55db of gain

Less than 0.4% total harmonic distortion from 50 Hz to 20 kHz with limiting

Signal to noise ratio is greater than 74 dB at +25 dBm

EIN -104.1 dbm

Attack time, 20 microseconds to 800 microseconds

Release time, 50 milliseconds to 1 second

Meter provides dB gain reduction and dB output

Internal power supply, external 24v AC power transformer




19" Rackmount, 2U

TB12 ToneBeast Features

- Discrete 312 preamp design with coupled CineMag Transformers

- 71db of gain

- Transformer selection provides both Steel and 50% Nickel CineMag output transformers for varying character

- Transformer bypass switch allows for removal of the output transformer from the circuit

- Discrete Opamp selection provides both the classic 1731(vintage) and 918(cleaner) style opamps.  These are socketed/swappable with your choice of 2520 6 pin footprint opamps.

- Impedance switch labeled TONE to switch between 150 and 600 ohms input impedance

- Capacitor selection between Tantalum and Electrolytic for different characters

- 80hz hipass filter

- Polarity Reverse

- +48V phantom power

- Output attenuation allowing for saturation flexibility of both the opamps and transformers

- ¼” insert for the use of inline compressors, eq’s etc..

- Balanced XLR mic (front and back), balanced TRS line, and ¼” instrument inputs

- Balanced XLR and TRS outputs

- -20db Pad

- LED VU Meter

- 19” rackmountable

- External line-lump 24V AC power transformer for low noise

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