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Rating and Reviews: WA12 500 Mic Preamp

Get Warm Audio's 312-style WA12 preamp in a 500-series footprint. With 71 dB of gain and loads of character, this sweet pre warms up any vocal or instrument.

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"wa12 is an essential in my studio" submitted November 8, 2014

By joshua c in tumwater, WA
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Musical Background: 10+ years gigging/recording. guitar, drums, vocals.
Music Style: Hard rock, pop rock, space rock
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Overall: This preamp rocks. Lots of clean gain if that's what you want, plus some grit if you need it. Rocks on bass di, perfect companion for a 57 micing a loud amp, nice for drum overheads, makes keys sound fat. Pros: -sounds huge. Adds a bit of girth to anything. I'd say it's fairly balanced, but sounds huge cause it lightly pushes or saturates lows and mids. -Nice feature set. Buttons for the usual phantom, phase, and pad, but also has a tone button, which really pours on the fat by pushing it a little louder and maybe slightly rolling of highs. Great for a ldc with a bit too much sibilance or on overheads to gently tame peaky cymbals. Nothing beats good Mic placement but this is just an added benefit. -Front panel instrument input. Nice to quickly plug and play. -Whole thing feels sturdy and looks sharp. Always get questions "what's that?!" and love showing it off. Cons: -Maybe a bit too hot. Could use an output control like the tonebeast has. Easy to clip your input of your interface/converter if not careful. -Would have liked to see an input meter also. Even a clip led. I suppose it makes you use your ears more though. Would definitely recommend. Can't wait to grab a few more to fill up my lunchbox.
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"Very Nice" submitted January 22, 2014

By Howard J in La Porte, IN
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Musical Background: Mixed
Music Style: Other
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Overall: I have a couple of Joe Meek (old UK made) pre amps and a pair of Ocean Audio pres to compare. This WA12 is outstanding in my book. Bags of clean gain. Warm but not mushy, very detailed. Tested with vocals & acoustic guitars only. Warms up nice with added gain. DI is good too. Very solid.
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