Inspired by a vintage ’70s mic, theWarm Audio WA-14large-diaphragm condenser microphone brings the sound of a popular studio staple to a price class that’s more accessible to musicians, singer-songwriters, and project studio engineers. Boasting a custom CK12-style capsule with dual diaphragms, the WA-14 delivers classic tone along with three selectable polar patterns—cardioid, omnidirectional, and figure-8—to allow the flexibility needed to handle anything from lead vocals to room capture.
In addition to the custom 1″ gold-sputtered capsule, the WA-14 utilizes tantalum and WIMA film capacitors and a CineMag USA transformer, completing the fully discrete signal path with high-quality components. Next to the polar pattern selector on the front of the mic is a switch for the pad, which can be set to -10 or -20 dB. At the -20 dB position, the WA-14 is capable of taking intense sound pressure levels up to 150 dB without distortion. Both a vibration-inhibiting shockmount and a space-saving hard mount are supplied with the WA-14 microphone.
Blast from the Past
Born Out of Need
When designing their first microphone, Warm Audio 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 everyday musicians and engineers could afford. They already knew where to find great microphone transformers, precision resistors, polystyrene, tantalum, and WIMA film capacitors, but they came to realize that they should develop their 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 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. Every capsule is 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).
Features at a Glance
- Lens Kondensator LK-12-B-60V edge-terminated, dual-backplate, all-brass vintage CK-12-style capsule
- Custom CineMag USA transformer
- Discrete signal path featuring tantalum and WIMA film capacitors
- Three polar patterns (cardioid, figure-8, and omnidirectional)
- Variable pad (-10 or -20 dB)
- Balanced, gold-contact, XLR 3-pin output connector
- Requires 48V phantom power
- Includes shockmount, hard mount, and protective zipper pouch