Warm Audio WA-251 Large-Diaphragm Tube Condenser Microphone

Warm Audio WA-251 Large-Diaphragm Tube Condenser Microphone

Warm Audio's WA-251 is an homage to the venerable classic 251 tube mic, right down to the CK12-style capsule, JJ 12AY7 vacuum tube and CineMag transformer.

Overall User Ratings (based on 4 ratings)
Overall:
5 out of 5 stars
Sound:
5 out of 5 stars
Features:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Ease of Use:
5 out of 5 stars
Quality:
5 out of 5 stars
Value:
5 out of 5 stars
Manufacturer Support:
5 out of 5 stars
The Wow Factor:
5 out of 5 stars
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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Submitted February 12, 2019 by Jordan S in Seattle, WA
"Hi-Fi sound with a vintage color"
Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
The WA-251 has a clear and airy high-end, smooth and creamy mids, and a warm low-end that all come together to create a truly beautiful sounding mic. I work in a studio near Seattle, and have used mic’s that are triple the price of the WA-251, and I gotta say the WA-251 definitely can hold its own next to some big name mic’s. I think the magic of this mic is the clear and open top end that really shines on R&B and Pop vocals. The mic is particularly great when you need something to cut through a mix without being aggressive or harsh. One of the challenges I face when selecting vocal mic’s is trying to find that balance of warmth and clarity, and the WA-251 seems to have found that sweet spot. I must say, on its own, the mic may show a little too much detail and that can throw some vocalist off at first. But trust me, you’ll find it works great within the context of a song! Plus, if you Pair it with a warm EQ and 1176, you’ll get that classic vintage HI-Fi sound that’s so iconic on many records.
Musical Background:
15 years in the music industry. Singer for 15 years, Session musician for 6 years, engineer for 5 years.
Musical Style:
Rock, Pop, Blues, Singer-Songwriter, soundtracks.
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Submitted February 12, 2019 by Lashon Evans in Cleveland, OH
"BUY A WARM AUDIO WA-251 & BUY A WA-47 !"
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
Verified Customer zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
I'm an absolute fan of the Warm Audio brand. I own the WA73+EQ, WA76 Compressor, WA2A Compressor, & WA-EQP (Pultec Tube EQ)! I also own the 47 & 251 which I would consider as must haves for any upcoming studio if you can't afford the originals. The 251 is silky smooth in the top end & pushes the mids forward well. The lows are very detailed & don't sound muddy. Overall I made the leap to add this to my locker and zZounds got it out to me quickly! P.S I recommend a tube swap adding a GE 6072 ! It truly adds to the 251 style sound they captured!
Musical Background:
I'm A Professional Recording Engineer, Artist & Songwriter From Cleveland, Ohio
Musical Style:
Hip-Hop, R&B & Pop
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Submitted February 28, 2021 by William A in Bogota, NJ
"Great mic, even better with an NOS tube"
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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I love this mic. I own also the QA-47, which is also superb. But this is my favorite mic now. Especially once you upgrade the stock tube with an NOS unit. I pretty much only use this on vocals, but may also try it on acoustic guitar later. The sound is sweet, with a small amount of hiss that will probably disappear in the mix. While I find the WA-47 to be better for my wife's vocals, this one checks all the right boxes for me. If you've got a beefy low voice, this mic is for you.
Musical Background:
Professional musician for 33+ years
Musical Style:
Rock, progressive rock, Jazz, Classical
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Submitted April 5, 2019 by Craig Albright in Richmond, TX
"If you buy one, be careful"
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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Because you will want to buy a second one the second you hear it. I tried it on a few different sources- Piano, Acoustic guitar, vocals and drum overhead. For acoustic guitar, it could be recorded completely flat and sound amazing. For drums, roll off the bass a bit and its perfect. I needed a touch of eq for piano, but the overall sound was fantastic. This is a great all around mic and feels well built. I mainly had cheap condensers and SM-57s prior to this, and this mic has made a huge difference in what my recordings sound like.
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