Warm Audio began when founder Bryce Young had a desire to help aspiring musicians & engineers gain access to fully professional recording equipment. Warm Audio manufactures classic analog recording gear that many musicians only dreamt of owning just a few years ago. Warm Audio takes a “no corners cut” approach to their design and quality and is able to reach low prices through high volume manufacturing and low markup. Warm Audio has quickly generated a fanatic fan base and is becoming a movement that is changing the pro audio industry.
The WA76 Discrete Compressor is a modern reproduction of the Classic '76 Revision D. The WA76 has a fully discrete signal path and uses the original Reichenbach Engineering's (now CineMag) transformer design. The classic '76 was a major breakthrough in limiter technology, and has been used on hundreds of hit records since its inception. Engineers have craved the ultra-fast attack time and trademark sound of the '76 for decades, and now it is finally affordable!
The goal was to make a compressor of this pedigree affordable for the first time, without compromising the quality and design parameters that make this type of compressor so desirable.
No plug-in or other compressor type quite compares to the warm, forgiving, fluid qualities of the classic '2A optical compressor. For decades, the renowned ‘2A style circuit has been the go-to device for seamlessly handling vocals, bass, and a wide variety of other instruments and program material in an effortlessly smooth way.
Releasing the WA-2A would be for nothing if it couldn’t be made affordable. So don't let the price tag fool you. Try the WA-2A for yourself and experience that full-bodied, warm, but straight-forward leveling that only a '2A unit can produce.
The classic ‘87 is arguably the most widely-used large diaphragm condenser microphone in popular recording history. Rather than base the WA-87 circuit on current incarnations of this mic, it was decided to closely follow the early circuit designs that date back nearly half a century. As is true with many classic microphones, engineers who have worked with different versions of these microphones often prefer the warmer, more forgiving nature of the earlier commercially available models. The desire to re-introduce the warm tone of this classic mic at an affordable price to an all new generation of recording artists was the inspiration behind the WA-87.
The WA-87 features all discrete, premium components such as Fairchild FETs, tantalum, polystyrene, and WIMA film capacitors, and is rounded off with a CineMag USA output transformer. The WA-87 proudly uses Warm Audio's own WA-87-B-50V custom capsule reproduction stylized after the classic K87 dual backplate/dual diaphragm capsule found in the early ‘87 microphones.
There are very usable microphones available for those on a budget, but top shelf, classic studio microphones are financially out of reach for most people. Well, not anymore.