Gear Of The Year: Best microphone of 2021

There’s no shortage of great microphones coming out each year, but this one stole the show.

Warm Audio WA87 R2

WINNER: Warm Audio WA-87 R2

Price: £519.00
Contact: Warm Audio

The folks at Warm Audio know a thing or two about recreating vintage studio equipment, and this year, it’s set out to top its own reproduction of a true studio legend: the Neumann U87.

The WA-87 R2 is the second version of the large-diaphragm condenser, and it takes a bold step by redesigning its classic profile. Ultimately, this choice works to the mic’s advantage, as it helps it achieve an even more convincing U87 sonic signature than before.

But we all know what the WA-87 R2’s greatest selling point is: a £570 price tag against the £2,099 one of Neumann’s U87 Ai. This makes it just excellent for budding producers and musicians who want to add the sound of a legendary mic to their repertoire for a much lower cost.

Read our full review here.

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