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Warm Audio WA73 Single Channel British Microphone Preamp

With 80dB of gain and a fully discrete Carnhill Transformer balanced signal path, there’s no recording, mixing or engineering task that the Warm Audio WA73 can’t handle.

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If there’s one style of preamp that professional engineers would unanimously agree has defined the tone of pop/rock records for decades, it would most definitely be the venerable '73-style of mic pre.  '73-style preamps have been massively used in recording and live applications for many years and are still considered to be the “Holy Grail” of preamp choices today.

The WA73 is a “Desert Island” boutique preamp, but it can also be classified as a studio and live work-horse. Classic '73-style preamps are known for being versatile tools that work with all kinds of microphones from Condenser, to Dynamic, to Ribbon. The WA73 equally shines on all types of microphones and sources including; vocals, acoustic/electric guitars, bass, drums, percussion, orchestras, keyboards, and even as a tone shaping tool to run partial or complete mixes through. With 80dB of gain and a fully discrete Carnhill Transformer balanced signal path, there’s no recording, mixing or engineering task that the WA73 can’t handle.

Hand Wired & Hand Assembled
Classic '73-style preamps were often hand-wired and so is the WA73!  Guru’s claim that a portion of the sought after classic British tone can be attributed to the hand-wired nature of the build.  The WA73 is hand-wired and hand assembled, including the PCB components that are all populated by hand.

UK Custom Carnhill Transformers
Enthusiasts unequivocally get excited about the components used in classic '73-style British preamps. The signal transformers are a common topic of conversation. Vintage units used various versions of transformers throughout the years, but the most coveted were the earliest versions.  These are regarded as the most desirable choice due to their fluid and forgiving nature.  They saturate sweetly when pushed, and have been known to make engineers cry when they hear how beautiful their mixes sound through them! Warm Audio worked closely with Carnhill Transformers of Cambridgeshire, UK, to design faithful reproductions of these most coveted, early version transformers.

Capacitors & Signal Path
An important part of classic British tone not often discussed are the different styles of capacitors and output transistor used in '73-style circuits.  We found it important to maintain integrity to early British designs by using tantalum and polystyrene capacitors in the signal path and an output transistor choice that is much smoother in the high gain settings than what is typically found in modern '73-style preamps.

​Features:
  • Single Channel, Class A, '73-style British Microphone Preamp
  • UK made Carnhill Transformers
  • Hand wired, hand assembled
  • 80dB of gain - resistor stepped gain switch
  • TONE button - Changes input transformer impedance for varying tone
  • 4 position inductor based hipass filter - 50, 80, 160, 300 Hz
  • Fully discrete
  • Polarity switch
  • 48v phantom power

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Just got this in the mail today and couldn't wait to plug it in. Biggest bang for the buck I've ever had in a pre. Super warm and full, yet crystal clear! Ran my Rode NT1 through it and it made the mic sound like a thousand bucks. Plugged in the bass through it and sounded awesome.

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