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Warm Audio Debuts WA-251 Tube Condenser Mic

Arriving in February, the WA-251 aims to remix a revered mic.

Austin, TX (January 3, 2019)—Warm Audio is releasing a new tube condenser mic, the WA-251, with the intention of paying homage to the revered sound and design of the early 1960s Telefunken 251 while giving it a new signature.

The WA-251 is an all vacuum tube, large diaphragm, transformer balanced, multi-pattern, large condenser microphone, and is intended for use in pro studio, home studio, live and broadcast applications on a variety of sources.

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Since many of the original 251’s components are no longer manufactured, Warm aimed for a mix of replication and reinvention. A Slovak Republic JJ 12AY7 vacuum tube is used in the WA-251, chosen after the company auditioned three tube brands and opted for the frequency response of the JJ tube. The new mic also sports an all-brass WA-12-B-60V edge-terminated capsule using a variant CEK-12 back plate as a basis. The o-ring and housing of the WA-12-B-60V are all made from brass, and the diaphragm is 24k gold sputtered 6 micron, NOS PET film.

The WA-251 utilizes an American-made CineMag USA transformer and a Gotham Audio 7-pin GAC-7 cable to connect the microphone to its power supply. The mic also has polystyrene coupling capacitors, wima film capacitors throughout, and an imported Solen French capacitor on its output.

Set for release in February, the mic will retail for $799.

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