Warm Audio Delivers the Legendary Sound with the WA-44 Ribbon Microphone

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The world of professional audio recording is steeped in tradition. Renowned microphones, meticulously crafted and coveted for their distinctive sonic character, have become the workhorses behind countless hit records. Warm Audio, a company dedicated to recreating these legendary pieces at accessible prices, has unveiled their latest offering: the WA-44 ribbon microphone.

WA-44 – A Faithful Recreation of a Studio Icon

The WA-44 pays homage to the RCA 44BX and RCA 77DX, revered ribbon microphones known for their smooth, airy sound and exceptional transient detail. These vintage mics graced the recordings of artists like Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and Ella Fitzgerald, leaving an undeniable mark on musical history.

Warm Audio meticulously captures the essence of these iconic mics. The WA-44 features a 2.5-micron thick aluminum ribbon, meticulously measured at 4.7mm x 59.7mm. This design ensures the microphone’s signature warmth and detailed high-frequency response. A powerful neodymium magnet provides the necessary sensitivity for capturing delicate performances.

At it’s heart lies a custom-wound CineMag USA transformer. Renowned for their quality audio components, CineMag transformers are known for their transparency and fidelity. This critical element ensures the faithful reproduction of the nuances of your source, while adding a touch of vintage character.

Technical Specifications:

Frequency Response: 30Hz – 15kHz

  • Polar Pattern: Figure-of-Eight
  • Sensitivity: -50dB ± 2dB (1kHz at 1 Pa)
  • Impedance: 300 Ohms
  • Maximum SPL: 132dB (at 0.5% THD)
  • Weight: 2.2 lbs (1 kg)

The WA-44’s figure-of-eight polar pattern offers excellent off-axis rejection. This means the microphone primarily picks up sound from directly in front and behind it, minimizing unwanted bleed from other instruments or sources in the recording space.

The WA-44’s impressive sensitivity of -50dB makes it ideal for capturing a wide range of sound sources, from delicate vocals and acoustic instruments to brass sections and percussion. The high SPL rating ensures the microphone can handle loud sources without distortion, making it versatile for drum recordings or capturing the roar of a guitar cabinet.

Unveiling the Sonic Character of the WA-44

The true magic of the WA-44 lies in its sound. Ribbon microphones are known for their smooth, airy character, often described as “silky” or “buttery.” This is due to the way the thin ribbon vibrates in response to sound waves. The WA-44 captures this essence beautifully, delivering a sound that is both detailed and flattering.

Ideal Applications:

  • Vocals: The WA-44’s smooth character is perfect for taming harshness in vocals, while preserving breathy details and adding a touch of vintage warmth.
  • Acoustic Instruments: From the delicate nuances of a violin to the full-bodied resonance of a cello, the WA-44 captures the natural beauty of acoustic instruments.
  • Electric Guitar: Whether you’re aiming for pristine cleans or want to add a touch of air to your overdriven tones, the WA-44’s detailed high-frequency response is a perfect choice.
  • Brass and Woodwinds: Ribbon microphones excel at capturing the complex harmonics of brass and woodwind instruments. The WA-44 is no exception, providing a rich and detailed sonic picture.
  • Drum Overheads: The WA-44’s ability to handle high SPLs and its figure-of-eight polar pattern make it a great choice for capturing drum overheads. It provides a clear picture of the entire drum kit, while minimizing bleed from cymbals.

When paired with a high-quality microphone preamp, the WA-44 can elevate the sonic quality of your recordings.

The WA-44: A Legacy of Quality Within Reach

Warm Audio’s dedication to capturing the essence of legendary microphones at accessible price points makes the WA-44 a compelling choice for studios of all sizes. Whether you’re a seasoned audio engineer or an aspiring musician, the WA-44 offers a gateway to the world-renowned sound that shaped countless musical masterpieces.

The WA-44 joins Warm Audio’s impressive lineup of microphone recreations