Warm Audio have unveiled the WA‑CX12 and WA‑47F, two new recreations of iconic microphones that will be showcased at NAMM 2022 in Anaheim, California.
The WA‑CX12 is a large-diaphragm tube condenser based on one of the world’s most sought-after microphones, the AKG C12. The microphone is based around a hand-selected 12AY7 valve, and features a CK12-style capsule paired with a TAB-Funkenwerk USa output transformer.
Warm Audio say the WA‑CX12 cuts no corners in emulating the sound of the original, and has been designed to provide clarity in the mid-range whilst smoothing out any high-end harshness, delivering professional solo vocals, piano performances, and epic, natural room sounds.
The second new addition is the WA‑47F which, as the name suggests, is a recreation of Neumann’s U47 FET. Using a premium reproduction of the K47-style capsule used in the U47 FET, the manufacturer says the microphone faithfully recreates the expansive dynamic range, immediate transient response and detail associated with the original.
Capable of handling SPLs of up to 137dB (147dB with the 10dB pad engaged), Warm Audio say the WA‑47F is ideal for capturing drums, horns, and cranked amps. The microphone features a built-in hard mount, and comes supplied with a premium wooden box.
We’ve had both models here at Sound On Sound for an in-depth review, with the WA‑CX12 making an appearance in the July 2022 issue of the magazine (on sale 23 June 2022).
The WA‑47F is available from launch, priced at $799£759 including VAT. The WA‑CX12 will be available to pre-order with shipping planned for July 2022, and will cost $999£999 including VAT.