Inspired Re-creation of a Legendary Small-diaphragm CondenserTheir acclaimed compressors and preamps have famously upset the pro audio price/performance ratio. When Warm Audio turned its attention to the granddaddy of small-diaphragm FET condenser microphones, you know it had to be good. And it is. Flash back to any top recording studio in the 1970s. You'll see the venerable '84 everywhere. 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-84. Stellar performance, top-shelf parts, and amazing value: that's the Warm formula — and the WA-84 nails it.Quality components make the Warm differenceWarm Audio doesn't cut corners on components, but they do order parts and build in quantity, which keeps costs down and delivers amazing value. Featuring a meticulously crafted vintage reproduction capsule, WA-84 is built with premium all-discrete components that include Fairchild transistors, Wima capacitors, and a CineMag USA transformer. Designed for professional commercial and home studios, live sound reinforcement, and broadcast applications, the WA-84 has the uncanny ability to finesse a wide range of sources, such as acoustic guitars, double bass, drums and percussion, piano, strings, brass and woodwinds, and more.What can the WA-84 do for you?Every studio needs at least one pair of high-quality small-diaphragm condenser mics, and the Warm Audio WA-84 is designed after a legendary one. With its versatile cardioid polar pattern and 10dB pad, you can use the WA-84 on any instrument — with world-class results. It makes snares and tom toms sound huge. It's great for drum overheads, capturing cymbals with warmth and vibrancy. It's perfect for adding a bit of room to complement a close dynamic or ribbon mic on a guitar cabinet. Engage the pad, and move the mic right up on the speaker grille.Double your value with a pair of these excellent micsThe WA-84 is an ideal choice for piano, vibraphone, marimba, congas, strings, woodwinds, and so much more. The list goes on, but suffice to say: You haven't lived until you've heard a grand piano spring to life when miked with a pair of WA-84s. For drum room mics, use two of them and nuke the stereo signal with a fast limiter. Positively explosive! Considering its amazing price, it would be wise to double your value and get (at least) two for recording tracks in stereo.Warm Audio WA-84 Small-diaphragm Condenser Microphone Features:
Cardioid polar pattern
Fully discrete signal path
Vintage reproduction capsule
CineMag USA Transformer
48V phantom powered
Frequency Range: 20Hz–20kHz
Sensitivity: -39dB or 11mV/Pa @ 1kHz
Output Impedance: 200Ω
Rated Load Impedance: ≥1kΩ
Switchable Pad: -10dB
Maximum SPL: 123/133dB @ 1kHz, 0.5% THD, 0/-10dB
S/N Ratio: 78dBA (IEC651)
Equivalent noise: 16dBA (IEC651)
Dynamic range: 107dBA (IEC651)
Connector: 3-pin gold-plated XLR
Includes microphone, cardioid capsule, shockmount, mic clip, windscreen, carrying case
A look inside the WA-84
The WA-84 utilizes a custom vintage-style capsule designed to emulate classic componentry and design techniques. The WA-84’s capsule is carefully manufactured by an Australian capsule supplier and is precisely reproduced to vintage specs. We are pleased to offer such a high quality capsule in this microphone which allows us to nail the sonics of the most important component of any microphone.
The WA-84 is a fully discrete Class A design that utilizes a CineMag USA transformer, polystyrene and Wima capacitors and a Fairchild FET.
The WA-84 utilizes an American made CineMag USA transformer that contributes to the legendary creamy smooth top-end and the BEEFY mid to bottom-end one would hope to get from an 84-style small diaphragm condenser microphone.
The WA-84 proudly utilizes Wima, polystyrene and tantalum through-hole capacitors throughout.