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Rating and Reviews: Warm Audio WA-251 Mic

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.

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"Hi-Fi sound with a vintage color" submitted February 12, 2019

By Jordan S in Seattle, WA
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Musical Background: 15 years in the music industry. Singer for 15 years, Session musician for 6 years, engineer for 5 years.
Music Style: Rock, Pop, Blues, Singer-Songwriter, soundtracks.
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Overall: 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.
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"BUY A WARM AUDIO WA-251 & BUY A WA-47 !" submitted February 12, 2019

By Lashon Evans in Cleveland, OH
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Musical Background: I'm A Professional Recording Engineer, Artist & Songwriter From Cleveland, Ohio
Music Style: Hip-Hop, R&B & Pop
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Overall: 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!
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"If you buy one, be careful" submitted April 5, 2019

By Craig Albright in Richmond, TX
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Overall: 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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