When we at Warm Audio decided to release the WA73-EQ it was imperative that it met vintage expectation in both design and performance. The tone and sweet character that vintage'73-style mic preamps impart is so unique and familiar, that we had only the pure desire to release sonically accurate reproductions. After years ofR&D, careful reverse-engineering, and countless hours of auditioning, theWA73-EQ has been born! The WA73-EQ is a Desert Island boutique preamp, but it can also be classified as a studio and live work-horse.
Classic'73-style preamps are known for being versatile tools that work with all kinds of microphones from Condenser, to Dynamic, to Ribbon. The WA73-EQ equally shines on all types of microphones and sources including; vocals, acoustic/electric guitars, bass, drums, percussion, orchestras, keyboards, and even as a tone shaping tool to run partial or complete mixes through.With 80dB of gain and a fully discreteCarnhill Transformer balanced signal path, theres no recording, mixing or engineering task that the WA73-EQ cant handle. Enthusiasts unequivocally get excited about the components used in classic'73-style British preamps.
The signal transformers are a common topic of conversation. Vintage units used various versions of transformers throughout the years, but the most coveted were the earliest versions.
These are regarded as the most desirable choice due to their fluid and forgiving nature. They saturate sweetly when pushed, and have been known to make engineers cry when they hear how beautiful their mixes sound through them! Warm Audio worked closely with Carnhill Transformers of Cambridgeshire, UK, to design faithful reproductions of these most coveted, early version transformers. We at WarmAudio have not yet heard a modern day'73-style preamp sound as sweet and musical as does our WA73-EQ with these beautiful custom Transformers.Classic'73-style preamps were often hand-wired and so isthe WA73-EQ! Gurus claim that a portion of the sought after classic British tone can be attributed to the hand-wired nature of the build. The WA73-EQ is hand-wired and hand-assembled, including the PCB components that are all populated by hand. An important part of the classic British circuits not often discussed are the different styles of capacitors and output transistors used. We found it important to maintain integrity to the original design by using tantalum and polystyrene capacitors in the signal path and an output transistor choice that is much smoother in the high gain settings than what is typically found in modern'73-style reproductions. A great sounding'73-style circuit should be just as reliable as it is great sounding.
The complex dual concentric switch potentiometers in the EQ sections of the WA273-EQ are made in the UK by BloreEdwards who manufacture military spec switches and potentiometers. The use of Blore-Edwards components is no small inclusion for a'73-style preamp-eq in this price range.Single Channel, Class A,'73-style British Microphone Preamp with EQ. The UK made Carnhill Transformers. The UK made - Blore Edwards EQ dual-concentric switch potentiometers. 80dB of gain - resistor stepped gain switch. TONE button - Changes input transformer impedance for varying tone.
Inductor based 3 band EQ. Low Band Boost/Cut - 35, 60, 110, 220 Hz. Mid Band Boost/Cut - 360, 700, 1600, 3200, 4800, 7200 Hz. High Band Boost/Cut - 10, 12, 16 kHz.
Additional high band frequency EQ points added (compared to vintage 1073). 4 position inductor based highpass filter - 50, 80, 160, 300Hz. XLR mic inputs (front & back). XLR & TRS line-level outputs. Freq response 20Hz - 20kHz +/.
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