2023 TEC Award Nominee | Microphones-Recording
Tube Condenser Microphone
True reproduction of the OG mic for rap, Hip-hop & R&B
True reproduction of a 90s modern-classic
True to the Legacy. True to the Sound
The team at Warm audio did not take lightly the task of bringing a microphone with this legacy to market. It’s not enough to simply measure components and hit “print” - and that's why the WA-8000 has a custom K-67 inspired all-brass capsule, Lundahl Sweden transformer, NOS 6AU6 tube and the most premium 7-pin cable solution from Gotham Switzerland.
As with all Warm Audio products, we focus heavily on quality components to ensure we release the best sounding product possible. The WA-8000 is packed with premium components that are carefully sourced from the top pro audio component suppliers in the world.
The Hits You Love Become the Hits You Make
The WA-8000 is easily recognizable by its open top end, crystal clear midrange, and an uncanny ability to capture every detail of acoustic sources. While most commonly known for modern R&B, Rap, and Hip-hop, the WA-8000 gives you that unmistakable “airy” and polished sound associated with some of the most hi-fidelity recordings of the 90’s and beyond. While vocals and voiceover work may immediately come to mind, the WA-8000 also makes an incredible room microphone for sessions demanding an unparalleled level of detail. Not exclusively a microphone for Rap/Hip-Hop and R&B, the WA-8000 is a true studio workhorse equipped to capture any voice or acoustic instrument with elite results.
a look inside
Custom K-67 Inspired All-brass Capsule
Using an upgraded all-brass, custom K-67 inspired capsule coupled with the original circuit design, the WA-8000 is able to achieve true-to-spec results. The capsule is a significant part of the WA-8000’s ability to capture every subtle nuance of vocal and acoustic performances.
Transformer From Lundahl Sweden
We paired the true-to-spec capsule and circuit design with a large-core transformer, custom made for the WA-8000 from Lundahl in Sweden. Transformer selection plays a critical role in the open top end and enormous soundscape that listeners quickly recognize when selecting the WA-8000 to capture an intricate performance.
Rigorously Tested Tube and Cooling System
The WA-8000 uses an NOS (New Old Stock) 6AU6 vacuum tube to match the tonal character of the original. Paired with the tube is a custom-designed heat sink that is essential in reducing heat inside the mic, allowing the tube to operate at optimal temperature. When the tube can operate without overheating, self-noise and distortion virtually disappear, adding to the mic’s astonishingly clean sonic character.
Premium Cable From Gotham Switzerland
Often overlooked, the cable connecting a tube microphone to its power supply is quite a critical element of the signal chain. The WA-8000 uses a custom GAC-7 7-pin cable from Gotham, Switzerland. The design and build quality of 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.
- Custom, All-Brass K67-Inspired Capsule
- Capsule Makeup: Gold Sputtered, Dual Large Diaphragm, Single Backplate, 6 Microns NOS Mylar (PET Film)
- Custom Transformer from Lundahl Sweden
- New-Old-Stock 6AU6 Vacuum Tube
- Gotham 5 Meter GAC-7, 7-Pin Tube Microphone Cable
- Wima Capacitors
- Self-Noise: 15dB (A-weighted) cardioid, 17dB (A-weighted) omni
- Polar Patterns: 2 Patterns - Cardioid, Omni
- Dynamic range: 113dBA
- Maximum SPL: 131dB (cardioid), 134dB (omni)
- Frequency Range: 20 Hz~20 kHz
- Output Impedance: 100 ohms
- Rated Load Impedance: ≥1kOhms
- S/N Ratio: 76dB (cardioid), 73dB (omni)
- External IEC Grounded PSU
- Total Weight: 13.3Lbs
- Mic Length: 7.5 Inches
- Mic Diameter: 2.5 Inches
- Includes: WA-8000 microphone, external power supply, IEC power cable, shock mount, Gotham GAC-7 cable, and custom hard case