Warm Audio WA-14 Classic 414 Style Large Diaphragm Microphone

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WA14

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Introducing the WA-14 Large Diaphragm Brass Capsule Condenser Microphone, which is based on the classic condenser microphone from the 70's that has been used on countless hit records. The WA-14 utilizes fully discrete classic circuit topology, including an all-brass CK12 style capsule design by Lens Kondensator and a custom premium CineMag USA transformer. The WA-14 can be used on an array of sources, which includes: punchy and warm intimate lead vocals, aggressive guitars and heavy percussion. The WA-14 provides a realism and thickness that is true to the vintage sonics, but now at an affordable price.

All-brass Capsule created by Warm

The LK12-B-60v is an all-brass, edge-terminated capsule that captures all the smoothness, rich top end, and other sonic qualities of the original CK-12 capsule. Using the backplate of the more modern CEK-12 variant as a basis, this capsule overcomes many of the manufacturing limitations of the original hand-made capsule which made it prohibitively complex and difficult to manufacture consistently or in high numbers. The o-ring and housing are all made from brass (no teflon parts), and our capsule diaphragm is 24k gold sputtered and skinned using 6 micron, NOS Japanese PET film (mylar). The end result is a very consistent, reliable capsule which matches the frequency response and tonality of the classic.

SPECIFICATIONS

• Large diaphragm condenser microphone with variable pad and three polar patterns
• Features our own "Lens Kondensator" LK-12-B-60V edge-terminated, dual-backplate, all-brass vintage CK12 style capsule
• Custom CineMag USA transformer
• Includes shock mount and hard mount
• Frequency range: 20Hz to 20kHz
• Output pad: 0dB, -10dB, -20dB
• Cardioid, figure of eight and omnidirectional patterns
• Impedance: 150 ohms
• Connector: 3-pin XLR
• Requires +48V phantom power
• Colour: black (painted)

As good as a vintage 4143 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreToronto (Bloor St.), Ontario
Purchased as a center mic for live bluegrass. As FOH for one of Ontario's premier clubs, I only purchase top tier equipment. This mic replaces a Neumann 103 in our typical bluegrass 3 mic setup. This mic is warm and forgiving, without the over-crisp high end of a modern AKG 414. Smooth natural vocals, and full sounding acoustic instruments. No harder to EQ than any top cond. mic for a loud stage, and the excellent shock mount keeps most of the stage noise out. Warm Audio has built a reputation for great mics, and this one delivers.
Posted by Paula Pykala on Jan 28, 2020
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Closest StoreEdmonton Whyte, Alberta
I do not believe in emulations. Or, to be exact, I do not believe in clones, but emulations are sometimes successful (a bit like Led Zeppelin vs Greta Van Fleet). Therefore to me the Warm Audio WA-14 is a fantastic microphone in its own right - emulation or no emulation - whose price is unbelievable for what it is capable of doing. Truly, you do get world-class quality here and almost unmatched versatility. It gives you a very accurate, clean, crisp sound if on a discreetly "warmer" side throughout, which personally I just love. I must say that initially I was much surprised by the pristine sound quality this microphone provides, now I am used to it and judge other microphones, even the much more expensive ones, by the WA-14 standard. I have two of them and use them for M/S recordings, which turn out exceedingly well. What I like the most is WA-14's faithfulness to the source - there is practically no colouration, the whole spectrum is reflected beautifully. This microphone shines, as the saying goes, on acoustic instruments (if I were to record string quartet I would not think twice about which mic(s) to chose!) and vocals/voiceovers. Although I work mostly with recording set-ups for classical music, I do know that WA-14 is equally successful in jazz, rock and country applications. One thing is VERY important to know: this mic needs a lot of juice! Using a so-so preamp with it will not do. You either have to have an interface with great preamps (such as Apogee Elements) or a solidly performing stand-alone preamp. I own the excellent Warm Audio's WA273 (I did not want the EQ version of that preamp, just bare bones) and the WA-14 works really seamlessly with it - they are made for each other. Interestingly, it is one of the few non-Neumann mics, which receive consistently the highest ratings - and deservedly so.
Posted by Piotr Grella-Mozejko on Jun 7, 2019
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