Updated and Upgraded
In 2016, Warm Audio introduced one of the most talked-about 87-style FET condenser microphones in the industry with the release of the WA-87, and at just $599 USD it made the looks and authentic vintage sonics of this style of mic affordable to customers for the very first time. Simply put, the release of the WA-87 changed the industry's perception of what could be achieved at an affordable price.
Based on classic 60s circuitry, the WA-87's rich sound became a favorite of countless producers, engineers, and home recordists everywhere. It was Warms' first microphone and a verifiable hit, and in recent years Warm have followed it with many other successful and ground-breaking designs.
Since the release of the WA-87 in 2016 Warm have learned a bunch more about microphone manufacturing, and Warm have proven that they can shatter the industry's quality expectations at affordable prices. That experience drove us to see if they could improve the WA-87 in tangible ways without having to raise the price, and the result is the new WA-87 R2 (Revision 2). Warm have used everything Warm have learned about recreating vintage microphones in the last five years to bring it even closer to the sound, vibe and performance of the original 60s classic they all know and love. They're ecstatic to bring you the result - in short, the new WA-87 R2 is bigger, bolder and just plain better!
- Large diaphragm studio condenser microphone, with a faithful reproduction of the original vintage 87-style circuit.
- All discrete premium components, including NOS Fairchild transistors and WIMA/Nichicon capacitors.
- Custom Cinemag USA output transformer.
- WA-87-B-50V capsule - reproduction of classic dual backplate (four-wire termination) K87 capsule.
- Large diaphragm studio condenser microphone, with a faithful reproduction of the original vintage 87-style circuit
- All discrete premium components, including a NOS Fairchild transistor and WIMA/Nichicon capacitors
- Custom Cinemag USA output transformer
- WA-87-B-50V capsule - a reproduction of the classic dual backplate (four-wire termination) K87 capsule
- Nickel-plated brass body
- -10dB pad and 80Hz high pass filter
A Faithful Reproduction with Top-Shelf Components
The WA-87 is based on a classic 60s circuit that is widely considered to be one of the greatest studio microphones ever designed. They spent countless hours trying to get even closer to the sound of the vintage version than they had with the WA-87, so the new WA-87 R2 uses top-quality components like a NOS Fairchild transistor and high-bandwidth polystyrene and film capacitors from Wima. The WA-87 R2 uses a custom-wound Cinemag USA output transformer like the original WA-87 did, with the new version providing a slightly increased output level and improved frequency response. They also employed the same capsule the WA-87 uses, which was designed to the exact specifications of the ones found in the vintage mics. The result is an incredibly accurate sonic replica of arguably the widest-used studio microphone in popular recording history!
The Most Versatile Mic in your Locker
Just like the vintage microphone, the WA-87 R2 excels at recording virtually anything. Three polar patterns (cardioid, omni, and figure 8) make sure you're covered for a wide variety of applications, and an 80Hz high pass filter reduces low-frequency rumble if needed. The switchable -10dB pad comes in handy when you want to record extremely loud sWarms'ces and not overload the internal electronics.
The WA-87 R2 works brilliantly on vocals, drum overheads, guitars, piano, auxiliary percussion, brass, strings, and more. Not only that, it's the same price as the original WA-87, so you can afford to have several in your mic locker!
Stunning in Sound and Appearance
The WA-87 R2 is now encased in a heavier, stronger and larger nickel-plated brass body, and the new rounded head basket shape adds additional space around the capsule for a more pleasing sonic signature. With authentic vintage warmth and a smooth detailed top end, they truly believe this mic performs on par with microphones costing five times as much or more. No matter what else you've got in your mic locker, the WA-87 R2 is sure to become one of your favorite go-to microphones!