The Warm Audio WA-8000 Tube Microphone is a true reproduction of a 90's modern-classic that delivered R&B, hip-hop, and rap hits - for an unprecedented value! Whether recording vocals, or stringed acoustic instruments, the WA-8000 is a solid choice for a classic sound!
The inspiration to Warm Audios latest release is a highly sought-after and revered design of the early 1990s. The WA-8000 lives up to the sonic legacy that continues to foster die-hard fans to this day. Boasting a natural, open top end, supremely clear midrange, and the ability to render detail in a vocal performance unlike most other mics on the planet, let alone in this price range. Engineered true to spec, the WA-8000 meets all of the critical specifications of the original, giving you the true sound of modern R&B and Hip hop for an unprecedented value.
True reproduction of a 90s modern-classic
The WA-8000 is a nod to a very special large diaphragm tube condenser microphone that made its way onto countless platinum recordings starting in the early 90s and continuing today. The sound of this mic has delivered hits for artists ranging from Dr. Dre, Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men and Brian McKnight to Eminem, Rihanna, Drake and more. The original stood out, boasting a natural and open top end, supremely clear midrange, and the ability to render detail in a vocal performance unlike most other mics on the planet. The WA-8000 rises to the occasion and delivers all that top end, beat by beat, at a price that will leave you hypnotized.
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 they 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.
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
Warm Audio 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.
Warm Audio WA-8000 Tube Microphone Features
- New Old Stock 6AU6 tube: Rigorously tested, military-grade 6AU6 tube.
- Custom transformer from Lundahl Sweden: The highest grade transformers for the widest soundscape and most detail.
- All-brass K67-style capsule, wired straight to the tube: Custom machined out of solid brass. Optimized to capture subtle nuances
- External tube mount + heat sink: Lowers self-noise and draws heat away from internal components for optimal operating temperature.
- Boutique 7-pin GAC-7 tube cable from Gotham Switzerland: Vintage-correct construction methods, highly upgraded components, near-perfect signal transfer.
- Includes hard carrying case for all components: Safely transport your mic anywhere with the ultra-durable Warm Audio carrying case.
Warm Audio WA-8000 Tube Microphone Specifications
- Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz
- Polar Patterns: 2 Patterns - Cardioid, Omni
- Dynamic Range: 113dBA
- Max SPL: 131dB (cardioid), 134dB (omni)
- Output Impedance: 100 ohms
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 76dB (cardioid), 73dB (omni)
- Sensitivity: -33dB/Pa (cardioid), -36dB/Pa (omni)
- Self-noise: 15dB (A-weighted) cardioid, 17dB (A-weighted) omni • Tube: 6AU6
- Power Source: External 7-pin power supply (included)
- Total Weight: 13.3Lbs
Warm Audio WA-8000 Tube Microphone Includes
- WA-8000 Tube Microphone
- External power supply
- IEC Cable
- Shock mount
- Protective carrying case
- Gotham 7-pin cable
What We Think
The Warm Audio WA-8000 Tube Microphone is inspired by the iconic Sony C800, and is designed to bring a high quality tube mic to market that can reach a wider audience, and provide a sound that is in the vein of the C800. The WA-8000 provides a full range, high fidelity sound with elevated clarity that will help a vocal cut through a mix, and float on top with a smooth tube vibe. Whether recording vocals, or stringed acoustic instruments, the WA-8000 is a solid choice in and of itself. Being inspired by the C800 makes it that much cooler. I
-Ryan Ferris, Pro Audio Sales Manage
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