Warm Audio WA-8000 Large-Diaphragm Multipattern Tube Condenser Microphone

Product #91240 | SKU WA-8000 | Warm Audio
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Features

  • Inspired by Iconic R&B and Hip-Hop Mic
  • Cardioid and Omni Polar Patterns
  • All-Brass K67-Style Capsule
  • Military-Grade NOS 6AU6 Tube
  • Custom Lundahl Transformer

Description

The Warm Audio WA-8000 is a nod to a very special large diaphragm tube condenser microphone that made its way onto countless platinum recordings starting in the early 90s and continuing today. The sound of this mic has delivered hits for artists ranging from Dr. Dre, Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men and Brian McKnight to Eminem, Rihanna, Drake and more. The original stood out, boasting a natural and open top end, supremely clear midrange, and the ability to render detail in a vocal performance unlike most other mics on the planet. The WA-8000 rises to the occasion and delivers all that top end, beat by beat, at a price that will leave you hypnotised.

The team at Warm audio did not take lightly the task of bringing a microphone with this legacy to market. It’s not enough to simply measure components and hit “print” - and that's why the WA-8000 has a custom K-67 inspired all-brass capsule, Lundahl Sweden transformer, NOS 6AU6 tube and the most premium 7-pin cable solution from Gotham Switzerland.

The WA-8000 is easily recognisable by its open top end, crystal clear midrange, and an uncanny ability to capture every detail of acoustic sources. While most commonly known for modern R&B, Rap, and Hip-hop, the WA-8000 gives you that unmistakable “airy” and polished sound associated with some of the most hi-fidelity recordings of the 90’s and beyond. While vocals and voiceover work may immediately come to mind, the WA-8000 also makes an incredible room microphone for sessions demanding an unparalleled level of detail. Not exclusively a microphone for Rap/Hip-Hop and R&B, the WA-8000 is a true studio workhorse equipped to capture any voice or acoustic instrument with elite results.

Key Features:

Custom K-67 Inspired All-Brass Capsule

Using an upgraded all-brass, custom K-67 inspired capsule coupled with the original circuit design, the WA-8000 is able to achieve true-to-spec results. The capsule is a significant part of the WA-8000’s ability to capture every subtle nuance of vocal and acoustic performances.

Transformer From Lundahl, Sweden

We paired the true-to-spec capsule and circuit design with a large-core transformer, custom made for the WA-8000 from Lundahl in Sweden. Transformer selection plays a critical role in the open top end and enormous soundscape that listeners quickly recognise when selecting the WA-8000 to capture an intricate performance.

Rigorously Tested Tube And Cooling System

The WA-8000 uses an NOS (New Old Stock) 6AU6 vacuum tube to match the tonal character of the original. Paired with the tube is a custom-designed heat sink that is essential in reducing heat inside the mic, allowing the tube to operate at optimal temperature. When the tube can operate without overheating, self-noise and distortion virtually disappear, adding to the mic’s astonishingly clean sonic character.

Premium Cable From Gotham Switzerland

Often overlooked, the cable connecting a tube microphone to its power supply is quite a critical element of the signal chain. The WA-8000 uses a custom GAC-7 7-pin cable from Gotham, Switzerland. The design and build quality of this cable increases top end presence and the overall size of the recorded image in the stereo field by reducing phase shift and the parasitic effect often found in poorly built cables.

Specifications

Microphone
Primary Applications Studio Recording
Form Factor Large Diaphragm Mic / Stand/Boom Mount
Intended Sound Sources Vocals, Instrument
Sound Field Mono
Operating Principle Pressure Gradient
Capsule Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid, Omnidirectional
Pattern Selection Switched (Adjustable on Mic)
Orientation Side Address
Circuitry Tube (6AU6)
On-Board Controls Polar Pattern
Performance
Frequency Range 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL Cardioid: 131 dB SPL
Omnidirectional: 134 dB SPL
Impedance 100 Ohms
Load Impedance ≥ 1000 Ohms
Sensitivity Cardioid: -33 dBV/Pa
Omnidirectional: -36 dBV/Pa
Dynamic Range 113 dB A-Weighted
Signal-to-Noise Ratio Cardioid: 76 dB
Omnidirectional: 73 dB
Equivalent Noise Level Cardioid: 15 dB A-Weighted
Omnidirectional: 17 dB A-Weighted
Connectivity
Output Connectors (Analogue) 1 x XLR 7-Pin Male (on Mic)
1 x XLR 3-Pin Male (on Power Supply)
Headphone Connector None
Cable Length 5 m
Power
AC Input Power (PSU) 115 to 230 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
Physical
Colour Black
Mounting Shockmount (Included)
Included Case Hard Case
Construction Material Aluminium, Steel
Dimensions ø: 5.8 x L: 19.1 cm
Weight 0.61 kg

In The Box

  • Warm Audio WA-8000 Large-Diaphragm Multipattern Tube Condenser Microphone
  • Shockmount
  • 7-Pin Tube Microphone Cable
  • External Power Supply Unit
  • Power Cable
  • Hard Shell Carrying Case

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Details

  • Product: Warm Audio WA-8000 Large-Diaphragm Multipattern Tube Condenser Microphone
  • Manufacturer: Warm Audio
  • Model: WA-8000
  • SKU: WA-8000
  • RM Product #: 91240

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