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Their acclaimed compressors and preamps have famously upset the pro audio price/performance ratio. When Warm Audio turned its attention to microphones with the WA-87, they set a high target: one of the most iconic large-diaphragm FET condenser mics in history. Flash back to any top recording studio in the 1970s. You'll see the venerable '87 everywhere. On toms, overheads, guitar cabs, brass, congas, vocals — you name it. Sweetwater engineers who have worked with different generations of this perennial studio favorite know that the vintage ones have a warmer, more forgiving sonic character. It's these circuit designs — dating back nearly half a century — that Warm Audio closely followed for the WA-87. Stellar performance, top-shelf parts, and amazing value: that's the Warm formula — and the WA-87 nails it.
Every studio needs at least one pair of high-quality large-diaphragm condenser mics, and the Warm Audio WA-87 is designed after a legendary one. You can use the WA-87 on anything — with world-class results. It makes vocals pop. It makes toms sound gargantuan. It's a must-have for adding a bit of room to complement a close dynamic or ribbon on a guitar cabinet. It's an ideal choice for vibraphone, marimba, strings, and woodwinds. We've even used it on kick drums (the 10dB pad comes in handy here)! Its highpass filter is useful for killing low-end mud and rumble, and its three polar patterns — cardioid, omni, and figure-8 — further increase the WA-87's impressive versatility.
Warm Audio doesn't cut corners on components, but they do order parts and build in quantity, which keeps costs down and delivers amazing value. The WA-87 is built with premium all-discrete components such as Fairchild FETs (field effect transistors); polystyrene, tantalum, and WIMA film capacitors; and a genuine USA-made Cinemag output transformer. The mic also features a custom Lens Kondensator reproduction of the renowned K87 dual-diaphragm/dual-backplate capsule used in the earlier '87s. Premium parts and meticulous design deliver a superior-sounding microphone — one that doesn't cost a fortune. Give the WA-87 an audition in your studio: you'll hear what we're talking about.