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Old November 6th, 2013, 06:54 AM   #1
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Will this sound TOO warm?

I'm considering getting a Warm WA-12 pre amp for either a AT 4047 or a Mojave MA 201 for voice overs, both fairly warm mics.

My question is, since the WA-12 is known for warming up sound, will that make the recording TOO warm? Since I'm combining a warm mic with a warm pre amp, will that cause some sort of imbalance and make it sound muddy/bad?

Does the WA-12 have any way of disabling it's warmness boost?

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Old November 6th, 2013, 05:59 PM   #2
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Re: Will this sound TOO warm?

The only way you can tell is to record the voice talent reading the actual script with the mic and preamp in question and then make an artistic decision to answer the question "Is this material being rendered in the sound I want it to have to convey the message my production is intended to convey?" What is appropriate for narration of explorers trekking across an Arctic ice flow might be totally out of place as narration over a scene of lovers in a gondola on a Venetian canal.
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Old November 7th, 2013, 07:19 AM   #3
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Re: Will this sound TOO warm?

Does the WA-12 have any way of disabling it's warmness boost?
> According to the published specs, it has an impedance switch which would change the tonality.
FWIW, the published specs look impressive.. but typically test parameters are tweaked to appear impressive. Nothing like a hands-on demo, one should try it out to hear if it meets their personal criteria.
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Old November 10th, 2013, 04:58 PM   #4
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Re: Will this sound TOO warm?

I wouldn't consider either of those microphones to be exactly "warm" microphones. I don't know that pre, but beware of preamps that have too much color. Color can be a great thing, but it's also like reverb. You have too much and you can't reverse it.

Looking at the specs on this pre, it is supposedly based off the API 312 design which is a very nice pre (it's the pre that is used in the API A2D preamp). It depends on how close it matches, but this is what I can tell you about the API: It is very flexible, but not terribly extended on the top end. There are 2 pads on the API which massively affect tone- the 2:1 switch and the pad. The pad gets a much less transient, almost squishy sound and the 2:1 tends to give you a bit more punch to the sound. The unpadded signal is nice, but definitely on the darker and less extended side of things. Compare to something like an A Designs Pacifica, the Pacifica is a bit more 3D and is definitely more extended on top.

I use the API on vocal mics a fair amount and it tends to work pretty well. The pad state will change depending on the style of vocal and the mic used.

Again, I don't know how well this matches to the 312, but they claim that it is modeled after it... My experiences with the 312 may or may not translate to this one.

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