Warm Audio WA-47 Large-Diaphragm Tube Condenser Microphone

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97 out of 100. Incorporating 175+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$949
Warm Audio WA-47 Large-Diaphragm Tube Condenser Microphone
Warm Audio WA-47: Highest Rated Large-Diaphragm Condenser Mic Under $1000 - 2021.04

Gearank High Notes

Specifications

  • Type: Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid, Figure-8, Omni (6 additional mixed patterns)
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Impedance: 200 Ohms
  • Max SPL: 140dB SPL
  • Applications: Recording vocals and acoustic instruments
  • Power Requirements: Warm Audio External Power Supply (included)

Gearank Recommended

The WA-47 appeared on our recommended list for Large Diaphragm Condenser Mics Under $1000 from April 2021 through March 2022.

It has also appeared on our recommended list for Vocal Studio Mics since April 2021.

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Overview

Warm Audio's flagship offering, the WA-47 is the company's take on the legendary U47 Microphone.

With the originals and reissues going for upwards of $8000, the WA-47 aims to bring sweet tube microphone tone within the reach of every audio engineer.

Compared to the price of the inspiration, the WA-47 is relatively affordable as many users have come to appreciate.

Since the componentry of the originals are no longer in production, the WA-47 was tweaked with modern components to sound as close to the originals as possible. This includes Warm Audio's own painstakingly recreated version of the original capsule.

A characteristic inherent with the U47 is having a rounded high end without being dull, which the WA-47 is able to replicate adequately.

The WA-47 is a premium mic. Paired with a good preamp, the sound from the WA-47 sounds good as-is and requires very little post-processing.

Hands On Reports

Website Source *Rating Value
Music Connection Barry Rudolph 96/100
Mix Steve La Cerra 96/100
MusicTech Mike Hillier 100/100
Sound On Sound Sam Inglis 92/100
*Displayed values are prior to the Gearank Algorithm's adjustments it makes when evaluating the source.

Warm Audio WA-47 Frequency Response and Polar Pattern Charts

Warm Audio WA-47 frequency response chart

About the Author

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I've been an audio engineer for 20 years specializing in rock and metal recordings, and also I play guitar and produce original music for my band and other content creators.