In 2011, a company was born with great analog gear and musician budgets in mind. Since then, Warm Audio has grown immensely and cater to professional studios, live music venues, home/project recording studios, broadcast facilities and many, many more. With such a saturated market of recording gear available, Warm Audio has broken through the cracks by making serious recording gear at such affordable prices.
In today's article, we're going to highlight a few Warm Audio pieces hand-selected by us and give a short description about why we selected it.
Ben's Choice - WA-2A
"The WA-2A would be one of my first choices for a compressor. I would love an WA-76 for a great overall use compressor, but could also really use a WA-2A as well for certain applications like vocals and guitars. Or even two linked together for a buss. I really like the fact that you can compress so much while still not distorting the signal. It sounds incredibly smooth even after taking out a ridiculous amount. Optical compressors are such a great way to control dynamics while still being discrete the actual use of the compression. They tend to have a smooth thick sound that is great on certain sources and can act like a "glue" on the mix.
The WA-2A sounds great and is pretty closely matched in all the shoot-outs with the originals that I've checked out. The WA-2A sounded just a bit brighter to me, but was close and sounded great. And the price point compared to the original LA-2A is a very appealing factor!"
Tay's Choice - WA-251
"The newly announced WA-251 tops my favorite Warm Audio product right now. Being able to harness the classic tube sound of this large diaphragm condenser microphone is very inspiring to me as well as having absolute confidence in the Warm brand. The WA-251 radiates total class. Just looking at this aesthetically pleasing microphone gets my creative gears turning!"
"The TB12 is definitely my go to warm audio favorite. The ability to dial in just the right tone with the tone control is just steller. It also has this nerdy feature that lets you swap out your own opamps to create your own unique sound."
"For me, I chose the WA76 because I think it's a superb reproduction of the original 1176 for a great price. It's a sublime compressor for most situations. The cool thing about this compressor is that, the more you understand compression, the greater the results you can get from this compressor. Let's face it, there's a reason you find 1176 style compressors in every single professional studio, and that's that they sound awesome, and are very versatile."
The WA76 compressor was also very high on David and Ben's list as well.
David's Choice - WA-412
"I absolutely love these mic pres. I like to use a lot of mics on drum kits (up to 4 overheads) and I can honestly say I have never had a better cymbal sound. Everything sounds so 3D and clear. My trick is to drive the input to just before the signal starts to clip, then attenuate with the output knob.
I also like the fact that this has enough gain for my SM7B. We ended up keeping the vocal scratch tracks in a session because we were so happy with the sound. Everything was super punchy and right up front. The DI is killer on bass too - lots of bite when saturated. A serious API sound with more flexibility!"
As you can see, we quite like rack gear. Warm Audio has tons of incredibly priced pieces and we have a bunch in stock! Click here to see all of the Warm Audio gear.
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