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Warm Audio Makes a Great Mic Even Better, Issues a Preamp in Black

When Warm Audio brought into the world its WA-87, an especially affordable 87-style mic based on legendary ’60s-era studio condenser microphones, the response was immediate, resounding, and enthusiastic. However, its popularity didn’t stop the company from pursuing an even closer match to the coveted and vintage original. Enter the WA-87 R2 (Revision 2), available in a studio-standard nickel or a brooding black finish. Another new and newsworthy item for Warm Audio is the WA12 MKII Black, a single-channel, dual-transformer mic preamp that replaces the orange WA12 MKII. 

Like its predecessor, the WA-87 R2 incorporates high-quality discrete components and relies on the WA-87-B-50V capsule—a custom reproduction of the classic K87 dual backplate capsule—to provide cardioid, figure-8, and omnidirectional polar patterns, making it a stunner on anything from up-close vocals to big, roomy drums. So, how is the R2 different than the first version?

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