Warm Audio WA-87 Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone

Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone with 3 Switchable Polar Patterns, Highpass Filter, and 10dB Pad - Nickel
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An '87 for the Rest of Us

Their acclaimed compressors and preamps have famously upset the pro audio price/performance ratio. When Warm Audio turned its attention to microphones with the WA-87, they set a high target: one of the most iconic large-diaphragm FET condenser mics in history. Flash back to any top recording studio in the 1970s. You'll see the venerable '87 everywhere. On toms, overheads, guitar cabs, brass, congas, vocals — you name it. Sweetwater engineers who have worked with different generations of this perennial studio favorite know that the vintage ones have a warmer, more forgiving sonic character. It's these circuit designs — dating back nearly half a century — that Warm Audio closely followed for the WA-87. Stellar performance, top-shelf parts, and amazing value: that's the Warm formula — and the WA-87 nails it.

What can the WA-87 do for you?

Every studio needs at least one pair of high-quality large-diaphragm condenser mics, and the Warm Audio WA-87 is designed after a legendary one. You can use the WA-87 on anything — with world-class results. It makes vocals pop. It makes toms sound gargantuan. It's a must-have for adding a bit of room to complement a close dynamic or ribbon on a guitar cabinet. It's an ideal choice for vibraphone, marimba, strings, and woodwinds. We've even used it on kick drums (the 10dB pad comes in handy here)! Its highpass filter is useful for killing low-end mud and rumble, and its three polar patterns — cardioid, omni, and figure-8 — further increase the WA-87's impressive versatility.

Quality components make the Warm difference

Warm Audio doesn't cut corners on components, but they do order parts and build in quantity, which keeps costs down and delivers amazing value. The WA-87 is built with premium all-discrete components such as Fairchild FETs (field effect transistors); polystyrene, tantalum, and WIMA film capacitors; and a genuine USA-made Cinemag output transformer. The mic also features a custom Lens Kondensator reproduction of the renowned K87 dual-diaphragm/dual-backplate capsule used in the earlier '87s. Premium parts and meticulous design deliver a superior-sounding microphone — one that doesn't cost a fortune. Give the WA-87 an audition in your studio: you'll hear what we're talking about.

Warm Audio WA-87 Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone Features:

  • Designed after a classic, studio-standard large-diaphragm FET condenser mic
  • 3 switchable polar patterns: cardioid, omnidirectional, and figure-8
  • LK-87-B-50V capsule reproduction of the vintage dual-backplate K87
  • Diaphragm: 6 micron, 1" gold-sputtered membrane
  • 20Hz-20kHz frequency response
  • SPL (measured at .5% THD): 130dB (pad engaged), 120dB (pad disengaged)
  • 10dB pad; 80Hz highpass filter
  • Genuine USA-made Cinemag output transformer
  • 24k gold plated, 3 pin XLR (150 ohms)
  • 15dB self-noise, 80dB signal-to-noise ratio
  • Includes shockmount, hard-mount, and wooden storage box

Additional Media

Studio Microphone Buying Guide
Warm Audio WA-87 Mic and WA-412 Preamp Review

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid, Omni, Figure-8
Diaphragm Size 1" (25.4mm)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 125 dB SPL (0.5% THD @ 1kHz)
Output Impedance 150 ohms
Low Cut Filter 80Hz
Pads -10dB
Power Source 48V phantom power
Color Nickel
Connector XLR
Manufacturer Part Number WA 87

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
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5/5

Nice!

This is retiring my AT 4033 from years ago. Sounds incredible. I'm ordering a few more soon!
Music background: Producer
5/5

Believe the hype

Anything good you've heard about this mic believe it. If you ask me this thing can easily hang with the bigger names no problem especially with the right set up and mixed right. Thought I would regret hitting the complete purchase($ is a lot of money for me lol) but this thing more exceeded my expectation. I'm running it through a Mogami Gold cable into and Audient id22 with Studio One 3(old setup was a Scarlett 2i4 and NT1) and I swear it(and the Audient) have taken my recordings and mixes to a whole new level. Highend is crazy smooth compared to my NT1 which sounds really harsh on the high end to me(which is why I upgraded still was a decent mic for the price). But seriously....get this mic. Especially at this price its a no brainer imo.
Music background: Rapper/Singer/Producer
5/5

Luv my 87

This mic lives up to all the hype. Hearing is believing. I can't express enough my happiness with this magic mic. Thanks Mark Chapman!
Music background: Musician
5/5

WA-87

I'm more pleased with the WA-87 than I could have expected. Finally, after decades, I have a vocal mic at my disposal that faithfully emulates the qualities of a U87. I've tested it in cardiod mode with the low rolloff, as one would normally record vocals. I can mix it flat or with a high shelf boost with no irritating sibilance, no blaring, no boominess, no mud, no harshness whatsoever, just transparency. I have several large diaphragm condensers -- a Studio Projects B1, a couple of C-3000s, which are just ok, and a Perception 200, which is not too good (unfortunately not one Neumann among them) -- as well as a vintage RE-20 that I have been relying on a great deal, but they all require particular eq settings, limiting at 4 kHz, 8 kHz, and often around 200 Hz, along with tons of compression. Not surprisingly it's a miracle when after all that processing it still sounds like a natural voice. Not to mention all the time spent tweaking. I've played back recordings done with the WA-87 through all of the speaker systems in my control room, including near field Tannoys, EV Sentry 500s, and JBL PA speakers which always reveal harsh high frequency transients and low and mid coloration; as well as AKG K 240 cans, with consistently excellent results. I only regret that nobody came out with this product sooner, before I recorded countless hundreds of vocal tracks with inferior microphones. If you're like me and you can't afford an actual U87 but you can handle reasonable monthly payments, this is the next best thing.
5/5

Outstanding

I'm more pleased with the WA-87 than I could have expected. Finally, after decades, I have a vocal mic at my disposal that faithfully emulates the characteristics of a U87. I've tested it in cardiod mode with the low rolloff, as one would normally record vocals. I can mix it flat or with a high shelf boost with no irritating sibilance, no blaring, no boominess, no mud, no harshness whatsoever, just transparency. I have a few large diaphragm condensers -- a Studio Projects B1, a couple of Austrian C-3000s, which are ok; and a Chinese-made Perception 200, which is not too good (unfortunately not one Neumann among them) -- as well as a vintage RE-20 that I have been relying on a great deal. But they all require particular eq settings, limiting at 4 kHz, at 8 kHz, and often around 200 Hz, along with tons of compression. Not surprisingly it's a miracle when after all that processing it still sounds like a natural voice. Not to mention all the time spent tweaking. I've played back recordings done with the WA-87 through all of the speaker systems in my control room, including near field Tannoy PBM 6.5, EV Sentry 500s, and JBL JRX215 PA speakers which always reveal harsh high frequency transients and low and mid coloration; as well as AKG K 240 cans, with consistently excellent results. I only regret that nobody came out with this product sooner, before I recorded countless hundreds of vocal tracks with inferior microphones. If you're like me and you can't afford an actual U87 but you can handle reasonable monthly payments, this is a fine choice.
See also: Condenser Mics, Warm Audio, Warm Audio Condenser Microphones