WA-251 will be launched this February by Warm Audio. It is a large condenser microphone—an all vacuum tube that features sound with its large diaphragm, transformer balanced, multi-pattern.
Based on the classic ‘251 of Warm Audio that has been used in different music production to create the hit records, WA-251 is designed for all kinds of music production—for pro studio, home studio, live, and broadcast applications for use on vocals and for different musical tones, may it be acoustic/electric guitar tones, acoustic/electric bass, drums, piano, strings, brass/woodwind instruments, and an array of other sources.
Compared to the composition of the WA-251, the WA-12-B-60V is an all-brass, edge-terminated capsule that uses a variant CEK-12. This variant has a back plate as a basis, with the purpose to overcome the manufacturing limitations of the original CK12 capsule. This features excellent element such as its composition: its o-ring and housing are all made from brass (no Teflon parts), and the diaphragm is 24k gold sputtered 6 microns, NOS PET film (mylar). Because of that component, it matches the music frequency, sound response, and tonality of the 1970’s classic capsule. And fun fact: A Slovak Republic JJ 12AY7 vacuum tube is also used in the WA-251.
Meanwhile, the WA-251 has different but efficient elements, utilizing the CineMag USA transformer and a Gotham Audio 7 pin “GAC-7 cable”. Because of this particular cable of WA-251, it increases the top end presence and the overall size of the recorded image in the stereo field by reducing phase shift. The mic also uses polystyrene coupling capacitors, wima film capacitors throughout, and an imported Solen French capacitor on its output.
The WA-251 is priced at $799 USD / €899 INC VAT. And it will be available soon, this coming February 2019.