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Warm Audio is ablaze with their innovative reproductions of revolutionary studio equipment. The WA-14CL is a true-to-spec recreation of an exceedingly rare version of a ubiquitous workhorse condenser. Noted for its truthful and exacting sound reproduction, the original second-gen C414 EB was a hit among engineers and artists seeking tones reflective of the performance, with minimal coloration from the mic used to record it. Inspired by that legendary ’70s microphone, the Warm Audio WA-14CL shares an all-brass capsule and, most importantly, the sonic signature with the unicorn condenser. An extra spark of analog goodness comes courtesy of the WA-14CL’s transformer-balanced output, provided by a premium supplier, CineMag USA. This all-around large-diaphragm condenser is a tinderbox for red-hot vocals, guitars, strings, overheads and nearly any other source you put in front of it.  

Warm Audio WA-14CL Capsule

Custom CK12-style Capsule

Warm Audio went to painstaking lengths to develop a custom CK12-style capsule that embodies the essence of a microphone famously preferred by artists like Freddie Mercury, The Smashing Pumpkins, Common, Green Day and The Police. Research and development led to a solid brass, dual-diaphragm capsule spec’d to match the detail, excitement and honesty of the original. The WA-14CL captures the same crystalline top end popularized by retro classics, making it a standard choice for vocals and acoustic instruments—intricate, intimate performances come alive through the Warm Audio reincarnation. Controlled bass, luminous mids and expressive highs lend themselves to a balanced, inspiring sound worthy of the “workhorse” designation.

Warm Audio WA-14CL Shockmount

Pro Features Match Every Source

Beyond first-class aural fidelity, a microphone’s utility is what makes it a studio fixture—always mounted to a stand and ready to record at a moment’s notice. To that end, the WA-14CL has three pickup patterns: cardioid, figure-8 and omnidirectional. These are useful for a variety of recording scenarios, from single-source close miking to mid-side stereo or ambient room capture. Warm Audio also included a stepped pad at 0dB, –10dB and –20dB for managing signal-to-noise ratio directly at the source. Multiple pickup patterns and SPL compensation help create better raw recordings, and subsequently better mixes, making the WA-14CL a reliable match for practically any instrument.    

Warm Audio WA-14CL Recording Package

Output Transformer Applies Analog Heat

A custom CineMag USA transformer balances the output of the Warm Audio WA-14CL, and imparts it with fullness and precision not found in any other reissues or emulations. This pivotal component coaxes the unmistakable character out of the brass capsule, enabling the WA-14CL to perform like a modern classic. Because transformers tend to subtly resonate at the bottom and top ends of the spectrum, they shape a sense of richer lows and airier highs in microphones. The WA-14CL is still a predominantly transparent condenser, sympathetic to its inspiration, but with just enough analog distinction to be a desirable complement to ultraclean digital recording systems.

Warm Audio WA-14CL Condenser Microphone

Meticulous Testing, Quality Guaranteed

The final stage in the Warm Audio production process is a thorough test and inspection at the company’s headquarters in Austin, Texas. A team of seasoned pros checks every WA-14CL for quality assurance, so by the time it’s in your hands, you don’t have to worry about anything but creating music. It’s part of the Warm Audio mission that mics like the WA-14CL contain premium components for class-leading caliber at the best possible value.

The Warm Audio WA-14CL is an authentic recreation of the most truthful studio condenser microphone of all time. Abandoning the more pervasive nylon material for a solid brass capsule—just like those found in the earliest, most-favored 414s—the WA-14CL gives current-day engineers the opportunity to experience a recording icon. At your local Guitar Center, our insightful store associates would be happy to help you find the next multipurpose condenser for your professional, home or project studio.

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  • Variable pad and three polar patterns (cardioid, figure of eight, omnidirectional)
  • Custom CineMag USA transformer
  • Features custom WA-12-B-60V edge-terminated, dual-backplate, all-brass Vintage CK12-Style capsule
  • Accessories included: Shockmount, hard mount and protective pouch

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  • Frequency Range: 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Output Pad: 0dB, –10dB, –20dB
  • Output Impedance: 150 ohms
  • Polar Patterns: Cardioid, Figure of Eight, Omnidirectional
  • Self Noise: –115dB

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