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Warm Audio WA-412

Four-channel Microphone Preamplifier
Published January 2018
By Neil Rogers

Warm Audio WA-412

Find out how Warm Audio’s API-inspired preamp compares with the real thing.

Warm Audio have become well known for their affordable recreations of classic mics, preamps and processors. I’ve enjoyed using one of their Pultec-style EQ’s in my studio for a while now, and I’ve heard lots of good things about their 1176 and LA-2A compressor clones. When invited to evaluate their new WA-412 four-channel preamp, I was happy to do so, as the equivalent API unit, the 3124+, has been an important part of my setup for years — but sometimes I’d like a few more channels. As Warm Audio’s offering comes in at less than half the price of the API, I was keen to discover how the two would compare.

First Impressions

The WA-412 is a four-channel microphone preamplifier, housed in a 1U 19-inch rackmounting enclosure. Each channel has the usual complement of controls...

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Published January 2018