Warm Audio WA-87 R2 Condenser Microphone
The Warm Audio WA-87 R2 Condenser Microphone is based on classic 60s circuitry and features a rich sound that became a favorite of countless producers, engineers, and home recording enthusiasts everywhere.
Since the release of the Warm Audio WA-87 in 2016 Warm Audio learned a bunch more about microphone manufacturing, and they have proven that we can shatter the industry’s quality expectations at affordable prices. That experience drove the 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. They used everything they 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 we all know and love. They are ecstatic to bring you the result – in short, the new WA-87 R2 is bigger, bolder and just plain better!
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. We spent countless hours trying to get even closer to the sound of the vintage version than we 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. We 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 sources 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, we 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!
Warm Audio WA-87 R2 Condenser Microphone Specifications
- Large diaphragm studio condenser microphone, with a faithful reproduction of the original vintage 87-style circuit
- Custom Cinemag USA output transformer
- WA-87-B-50V capsule - reproduction of classic dual backplate (four-wire termination) K87 capsule
- Nickel-plated brass body
- Three polar patterns: cardioid, figure-of-eight, and omnidirectional
- -10dB pad and 80Hz high pass filter
- Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz
- SPL: .5% THD @ 125dB (without pad), 132dB
- Diaphragm: 6-micron thickness, gold-sputtered membrane, NOS mylar (PET film)
- Noise: -117dB
- Weight (Fully Boxed): 6.5 lbs / 3 kg
Warm Audio WA-87 R2 Condenser Microphone Includes
- WA-87 R2 Condenser Microphone
- Wooden storage case
- Hard mount
- Shock mount
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This is a great sounding microphone. It is detailed and the frequency response is quite nice on my tenor voice.
Just like the rest of the Warm Audio gear I've used this is a great clone of the origonal for an unbeatable price. I have a pait of these and use them for drum overheads, vocals, organ, and guitars. They work on everything and have all the switches you need. 4 stars because the mount and screw on base could be a little nicer.