True To The Legacy. True To The Sound
The team at Warm Audio did not take the task of bringing a microphone with this legacy to market lightly. 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.
Simply put, the WA-8000 is packed with premium components that are carefully sourced from the top pro audio component suppliers in the world.
A Versatile, Detailed Workhorse in the Studio
The WA-8000 is easily recognizable by its open top end, crystal clear midrange, and 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-Fi recordings of the ’90s 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.
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 your vocal and acoustic performances.
Custom Made Large-Core Transformer
Warm Audio has 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 you will quickly recognize when selecting the WA-8000 to capture an intricate performance.
Rigorously Tested Tube And Cooling System
The WA-8000 uses a 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 microphone’s astonishingly clean sonic character.
Premium Cable From Gotham Switzerland
While 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. This cable's design and build quality increase 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 cables built poorly.