Warm Audio WA-47 Large-Diaphragm Studio Tube Condenser Microphone

Warm Audio WA-47 Large-Diaphragm Studio Tube Condenser Microphone

Believe your ears! Warm Audio's affordable answer to one of the finest mics ever made, this '47 delivers tube warmth, creamy highs, and larger-than-life lows.

Overall User Ratings (based on 6 ratings)
Overall:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Sound:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Features:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Ease of Use:
5 out of 5 stars
Quality:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Value:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Manufacturer Support:
5 out of 5 stars
The Wow Factor:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Submitted July 23, 2018 by Chris B in Minot, ND
"Warm Indeed"
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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Tracked my first demo vocal session with this microphone, and I really am impressed. I don't own a real U-47 and I honestly don't care how close this gets to that sound; all I care about is whether this mic sounds A) Good and B) different from my other microphones. A) It really does sound good. I haven't had time to try it out on a big variety of sources yet, but on a male vocalist who, on many mics, has a somewhat shrill, ice-pickey thing going on with his voice, this worked wonders. I actually ended up adding a 2dB shelf around 12KHz, and that was the only EQ the vocal needed. B) I guess I kind of addressed this point already in the A-portion of my review, but I'll reiterate: while I can't tell you if it sounds exactly like a stupifyingly expensive vintage Neumann, I can tell you that it doesn't sound like anything else in my (as of now, very modest) mic locker. I don't own any other tube mics, so it's possible I could have gotten similar results with the Rode NTK or K2 and saved some money. But I did like Warm Audio's reputation for quality, and maybe if it turns out their recreation of the old Neumann U47 IS spot-on accurate, maybe... just maybe... it will make me sound like Frank Sinatra. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ One last note on my first impressions of build quality: This microphone is heavy (which obviously doesn't on its own necessarily speak to quality, but it does evoke something of a premium-ness in the overall presentation). It feels like it's well-built. Only time will tell if it's as solid inside as it is outside, but I'm relatively confident that, if taken care of, this microphone will outlive my particular breed of sound-nerd (you know who you are, with your closet full of black T-Shirts and your social awkwardness and your daily diet of Taco Bell and Mountain Dew). The microphone's wooden storage box is a nice touch, though I do really wish Warm would have included a storage solution for the whole ensemble. A little wooden box looks lovely on the mic shelf, but a case that could hold the power supply and shockmount and the fancy Gotham Audio cable would be even better. I (and I believe most potential buyers) would be willing to pay an extra $100 AND forgo the wooden box for an all-inclusive case of some sort. For now, guess I'll store everything in the cardboard box it all came in, though I have a feeling this mic is going to spend most of its time on a stand.
Musical Background:
I gig semi-professionally and record semi-amateurly
Musical Style:
Country, Rock, Pop
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Submitted May 13, 2020 by Jesse M in Moline, IL
"Way better than expected"
Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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I got this mic with reasonable expectations and it has exceeded them. Don’t think of it as a clone. Think of it as a Warm Audio LDC tube mic. It sounds like it’s in the same family as the legendary 47 but with its own personality. I have not run into any of the QC issues I’ve read about in forums. The shockmount holds the mic firmly with no slippage. The power cord to the power supply fits nice and snug. It’s a solid mic with a powerful sound. I’ve heard people say it has a noisy floor. I did the 50 hr. burn in before use and haven’t run into that issue. Sure I can crank up the gain and really make the floor grainy but who records at those levels anyways. I would buy another one with absolutely zero hesitation. It’s affordable and it’s quality.
Musical Background:
Recording for over 20 years. Play guitar, bass, piano, drums and a mean kazoo
Musical Style:
It’s all over the place
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Submitted June 17, 2019 by Louis Adams-Diaz in Porter, TX
"Amazing microphone!!!"
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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I love this mic!!! I’d recommend to everyone... it has such a warm sound and all my vocals come out amazing.... whether I am talking or singing I get the perfect vocal every time. Check out louis Adams diaz on YouTube to hear vocals recorded with this mic.
Musical Background:
Texas country artist, recording artist, producer
Musical Style:
Country, pop, worship.
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Submitted April 20, 2022 by a customer from yahoo.com
"do a little research first"
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
I am responding to the review titled "This ain't it chief". His comment was "Not good for hiphop vocals that need to be bright and forward in the mix. Literally one of the most difficult mics to make work. I seriously got better results with a cheap AKG. If that's what a U47 sound like I don't ever wanna hear it again." I suggest the reviewer is like many people who buy products without researching what they are looking for relative to what they are buying. The U-47 rolls off the top end and is considered a warm and big sounding mic, the exact opposite of what the reviewer said they wanted. Perhaps they need to educate themselves more on mics in general. Based on their review I cannot imagine how their mixes sound. But this review gives a false image of what the mic is intended to do and I felt obligated to point it out. I don't own either mic so I can't do a direct comparison. I can only say that both are considered warm mics, not bright, up front type mics.
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Submitted September 20, 2020 by a customer from aol.com
"Love warm audio"
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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I have the WA47jt, 87 and this 47. My Lord this mic sounds amazing. Worth double the price
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Submitted May 18, 2021 by a customer from gmail.com
"This ain't it chief"
Overall: 3 out of 5 stars
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Not good for hiphop vocals that need to be bright and forward in the mix. Literally one of the most difficult mics to make work. I seriously got better results with a cheap AKG. If that's what a U47 sound like I don't ever wanna hear it again.
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