Record rich sounds with this Warm Audio 73-style preamp. The fully discrete Carnhill transformers provide a balanced signal path, enabling intensive recording and mixing, while the complex dual switch potentiometers in the EQ sections offer reliability during usage. This Warm Audio 73-style preamp is hand-wired and hand-made for quality and durability.
Single-channel, class A, '73-style British microphone preamplifier
Equally shines on all types of microphones and sources, including vocals, acoustic/electric guitars, bass, drums, percussion, orchestras, keyboards, and even as a tone shaping tool to run partial or complete mixes through.
Allows you to boost or cut low, mid, and high band frequencies.
80dB of gain and fully discrete Carnhill transformer balanced signal path
There's no recording, mixing, or engineering task that WA73 can't handle.
Changes input transformer impedance for varying a tone.
Hand-wired and hand-assembled
Classic '73-style preamplifiers were often hand-wired and so is WA73. It is hand-wired and hand-assembled, including the PCB components that are all populated by hand.
Four-position, inductor-based high-pass filter
Includes 50, 80, 160, and 300Hz settings.
XLR microphone input, line level TRS input, TS send/receive insert jacks, XLR and TRS line level outputs, and direct-in, instrument input.
Warm Audio Single-Channel British Microphone Preamplifier with Equalizer
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great mic preamp
Great preamp with useful I/O options and versatile sound sculpting. I’ve been using a Shure SM7B into a Cloudlifter CL-1 into a Focusrite Clarett interface for the last three years. I recently decided I wanted something with more guts, a preamp with more gain and flexibility for future mics. I also wanted to simplify my signal routing. My mic input was still on the low side without cranking up my audio interface’s gain. When using my mic for regular voice chat (Discord), sound was lackluster. My solution was loop audio back through a Pro Tools session and send the processed vocal to Discord. This meant always needing to open Pro Tools and keep a session running when I wanted people to hear me. I will no longer need the added complexity. I send the output of the preamp straight into my audio interface and speaking level has enough gain to transmit cleanly through Discord.
I was able to unpack, plug in, and rack mount my WA73-EQ in minutes. I loaded up a recent Pro Tools session and instantly went to work recording some vocal takes and comparing to before. This thing can add punch or color. It’s subtle, yet deliberate. I cannot wait to further dial in my settings for regular use.