The WA-47 is an all vacuum tube, large diaphragm, transformer balanced, multi-pattern (9), large condenser microphone, based on the classic 47 that has been used on countless hit records for the last 50+ years. The WA-47 is designed for pro studio, home studio, live, and broadcast applications and sounds great on vocals, acoustic/electric guitars, acoustic/electric bass, drums, piano, strings, brass/woodwind instruments, and an array of other sources. The classic 47 became extremely popular in the 1960s and is now considered one of the greatest microphones ever made.
The classic 47 is still widely used today in professional recording studios but have become extremely rare and expensive to acquire. Designing the WA-47 to sound like the classic 47 was no easy task, especially considering that some of the vintage components are no longer available. We compared and listened to 2 different vintage 47 mics and found that they both sounded amazing but also sounded a little different from each other. These comparison tests became the benchmark for tailoring our WA-47 sonics to sit right in with these 2 vintage 47 mics. We are pleased to release such a gorgeous sounding classic to the market at a price thats reachable to more people than ever before.
We are also proud to mention that the WA-47 sounds legitimately indistinguishable to the vintage 47s we auditioned on several sources. As with all Warm Audio products, we focus heavily on quality components to ensure we release the best sounding product possible. The WA-47 is packed with top end components that are carefully sourced from many of the top pro audio component suppliers in the world.
The WA-47 utilizes a custom reproduction of the vintage k47 style capsule that was used in the classic 47 microphone - designed with the same hole pattern and frequency response. Every Warm Audio capsule is made in the same small assembly house in a clean-room environment, and packaged in its own protective jewel case until the moment it is loaded into the microphone.Each capsule is visually inspected and electrically tested for imperfections. A large part of any microphone's tone comes from its capsule, and the true k47 style capsule used in the WA-47 is not easily manufactured or typically found in affordable condenser microphones. We are proud to be using such a faithful recreation of this classic part in an affordably priced'47 style microphone. When designing our first microphone we knew that the single greatest challenge would be to offer a capsule that was built to a high standard and priced in a range that every-day musicians and engineers could afford. We already knew where to find great microphone transformers, precision resistors, polystyrene, tantalum and WIMA film capacitors; but we came to realize that a quality affordable microphone capsule that met our specifications simply wasnt out there. We knew we would have to develop our own line of capsules.
The WA (Warm Audio) brand of capsule is the result of several years of research, a lifetime of listening, and a passion for great sound. Above all else, Warm Audio capsules came from the desire to give customers far more quality/value than what they are used to getting in an affordable microphone. Every capsule visually inspected and electrically tested for imperfections. Every capsule is also made with all brass parts (no teflon or other cost saving material), and is carefully skinned from the same supply of high purity NOS Mylar (PET film).
We are confident that you will be just as pleased with our microphone capsules as we are to offer them, and that they will give you a lifetime of great recordings and enjoyment. The WA-47 Tube Condenser Microphone & WA-47 jr FET Condenser Microphone utilizes a custom reproduction of the vintage 47-style capsule that was used in the classic 47 microphone - designed with the same hole pattern and frequency response. The WA-87 Condenser Microphone proudly uses our own custom reproduction of the classic K87 dual backplate/dual diaphragm capsule, as found in early 87 mics. The WA-14 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone features our high quality custom WA-12-B-60V capsule, which is a stylized after the vintage CK12, all-brass, edge-terminated dual backplate/dual membrane capsule. A Slovak Republic JJ 5751 vacuum tube is a lower gain, low noise tube that forces much of the sonics of the capsule and transformer to be heard more significantly than some higher gain tubes might allow.
We auditioned 4 different tube brands and fell in love with the JJ 5751. The frequency response of the JJ 5751 and the way it contributes to the circuit is tonally smooth and vintage in nature.The WA-47 utilizes an American made TAB-Funkenwerk (AMI) USA transformer with large core imported German laminations. This transformer helps provide the creamy smooth top end, and the LARGER THAN LIFE bottom end one would expect from a'47 style condenser microphone.
One component of a tube microphone often overlooked is the 7 pin cable that connects the microphone to its power supply. When auditioning the WA-47 and other tube microphones we learned quite a bit about 7 pin cables and how the shielding and wire gauge size can drastically change the sonics of a tube microphone.We have partnered with Gotham Audio in Switzerland to use their very carefully built top-end 7 pin GAC-7 cable. Using this cable increases top end presence and the overall size of the recorded image in the stereo field, by reducing phase shift and the parasitic effect often found in poorly built cables.
Gotham Audio is very expensive and boutique in nature and should not be considered a small addition to the WA-47 package. The WA-47 uses a polystyrene coupling capacitor for uncompressed top-end response from the capsule, wima film capacitors throughout, and an imported Solen French capacitor on its output driving the TAB-Funkenwerk (AMI) USA output transformer. Custom true'47 capsule reproduction (k47 style) - Model# WA-47-B-80v. Capsule makeup : Gold sputtered, dual large diaphragm, single backplate, 6 microns NOS mylar (PET film). TAB-Funkenwerk (AMI) USA output transformer.
JJ Slovak 5751 vacuum tube. Gotham 5 meter GAC-7, 7-pin tube microphone cable. Wima, Solen French, and Polystyrene capacitors. Polar Patterns : 9 patterns - Cardioid, Omni, figure-of-eight + 6 mixed patterns. Maximum SPL : 140dB (<0.5% THD).
Frequency Range : 20 Hz20 kHz. Includes : Microphone, Wood box, PSU, Shockmount, Gotham 7 pin GAC-7 cable, IEC power cable. The item "Warm Audio WA-47 WA47 Vacuum Tube Condenser Mic Large Diaphragm Microphone" is in sale since Friday, July 13, 2018.This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Pro Audio Equipment\Preamps & Channel Strips". The seller is "bargainbrokers" and is located in Salt Lake City, Utah. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, China, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Sweden, Belgium, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Ukraine, Croatia.