The classic ‘87 is arguably the most widely-used large diaphragm condenser microphone in pop recording history. Rather than base their WA-87 circuit on current incarnations of this mic, Warm Audio 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 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 Lens Kondensator custom reproduction of the classic K-87 Dual Backplate/Dual Diaphragm Capsule, as found in early ‘87 mics.
The importance of a good microphone cannot be understated; but unfortunately, finding a truly great microphone within a budget has always been a challenge for aspiring engineers. Warm Audio applied all that they know about bridging this barrier into crafting a microphone that reaches the level of quality and sonics mostly found only in top shelf products, yet sells for a price that is down to earth.