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Warm Audio TB12 Tone Beast Discrete Microphone Preamp

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The Tone Beast is a great mic pre with loads of gain that can effortlessly capture an array of sources very well. With top notch CineMag transformers and multiple discrete signal paths, it's hard to beat its big, bold, fully-professional sound at its price.

The Tone Beast is a mic pre that likes to be pushed and when pushed will colorize your signal ever so sweetly. The 2 opamps and 2 output transformers at the flip of their switches won't appear to be much different, but as one drives the pre into harmonic distortion, the unique character of each of these components becomes apparent. Additionally the Tone Beast is customizable and allows for other opamps to be sourced and easily swapped into the unit.

Achieve some the best tones from this pre right at the saturation point (as loud as the gain can be pushed before clipping). The output control on the TB12 allows you to limit the signal exiting the preamp even when pushing the gain to really hot levels, giving you maximum control.

Tone Shaping Mic Preamp w/ DI - Made Affordable
Warm Audio’s goal was to make a microphone preamplifier affordable for the first time, without compromising the quality and design parameters that make this type of microphone preamplifier so desirable.

Warm Audio TB12 Tone Beast Discrete Microphone Preamp Features

  • Utilizes premium grade CineMag USA Transformers
  • 71db of gain
  • Transformer selection provides both Steel and 50% Nickel CineMag output transformers for varying character
  • Transformer bypass switch allows for removal of the output transformer from the circuit
  • Discrete Opamp selection allows for choosing between a 1731(vintage) and 918(cleaner) style opamp. These are socketed/swappable with your choice of 2520 6 pin footprint opamps
  • Impedance switch labeled TONE to switch between 150 and 600 ohms input impedance
  • 2 Meg Ohm True HI-Z input on front panel sends instrument signal through entire circuit including both Cinemag Transformers and the discrete operational amplifier. Great for guitars, bass, keyboards and other instruments that have a 1/4 inch output jack
  • Capacitor selection between Tantalum and Electrolytic for different characters
  • 80hz hipass filter
  • Polarity Reverse
  • +48V phantom power
  • Output attenuation allowing for saturation flexibility of both the opamps and transformers
  • 1/4-inch insert for the use of inline compressors, eq's etc
  • Balanced XLR mic (front and back), balanced TRS line, and 1/4-inch instrument inputs
  • Balanced XLR and TRS outputs
  • -20db Pad
  • LED VU Meter
  • 19 inch rackmountable
  • External line-lump 24V AC power transformer for low noise


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Phone:  512-348-6585 Warranty:  1 Year

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Customer Reviews

Kellen Cleveland, kcleveland16@gmail.com Submitted: 2/24/2019
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Very nice piece of equipment
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I was looking for a change up from the tube amp sound and after I a bit of searching I ran into this bad boy! After going the ought many written and YouTube reviews I decided it was the right one. The amount of customization Nd variation the tone beast has sold me. Each knob has a purpose and can immediately be audibly heard. Whether your going for a clean or vintage sound the tone beast has plenty of options for you. The mid range price budget makes this a gem and well worth the money. I give it 5 stars!
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Billy K. Submitted: 2/2/2019
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Best Tone Ever.....but expected more flexibility.
What is your opinion of this product?
Best tone ever, of any preamp I've ever used. I am "sold" on Warm Audio products. However, there is not that much noticeable difference in tone, when changing the Op Amps/Capacitors/Transformers. I'm sure there's some way to make those work.....but I'm one of those people that wants results, "straight out of the box". Can't fathom spending that kind of money and not getting any use out of those extra features. Still, I was really impressed with the sound Warm Audio is able to do. Ended up getting the WA-273 instead, and am extremely happy with it.
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Jean Carlos Echeverri Submitted: 1/6/2019
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Best preamp
What is your opinion of this product?
Gives ur vocals a different feeling
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JRA Submitted: 11/6/2018
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Love it
What is your opinion of this product?
I've only had the TB12 for a couple weeks so I can't give a complete review but so far it sounds great paired with my Sm7b. Plenty of gain. Also love the tonal options. The TB12 is versatile.
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Michael K Mackey, mkmackey69@gmail.com Submitted: 8/27/2017
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Preamp for tech three way speaker what is the stamactics
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This has no stamatics preamp
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Greg Submitted: 9/8/2015
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"high end quality and sound at budget friendly prices"
What is your opinion of this product?
I did a lot of research before finally choosing the WA TB12 and could not be any happier. This is a "do it all" workhorse that is built with quality parts that produces a wide range of tonal options. Warm and vintage tone is what I was looking for and the TB12 delivers it in spades. If a clean sound is what you are looking for, fear not as the TB12 covers that with ease as well. With two Op amps and two transformers, a lot of tonal variations are readily available here. And the Op amps are switchable???? Just crazy at these prices. All in all, a must have for any budget minded studio. I'll be getting another one of these for sure. Superb sound at a superb price!
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Don (MrRiteNow) Mckethan Submitted: 6/17/2015
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Man this thing sounds great
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With the price point and the quality, this piece of gear is a no brainer. its clear, precise, and nice harmonics. I have to buy 3 more
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judson snell from louisville, ky Submitted: 2/7/2014
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The best pre I've heard under a grand by far.
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Tdawgg Submitted: 11/29/2013
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stacks up to UA
Your general opinion of this product.
Amazing value for the $
Built as good as my Vintechs
Extremely easy to understand and put to use, right out of the box
The ability to switch between transformers and op amps is brilliant. Very subtle changes in sound, but great versatility, come mix time
Kick ass tone. Holds up to my UAD pres
Built like the proverbial brick house
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Chris McG(Chicago) Submitted: 10/22/2013
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Great product-don't read Noob reviews before passing judgement
Your general opinion of this product.
This product is a great product. Preamps are not effects, so fore anyone new to audio recording or live sound the preamp to untrained ears is not super noticeable. But at the same time is super important. By reading Steve VKTM's review you can tell he has little experience in the audio industry, and might have thought that a preamp should be an effect. This is not the case. For more info on what a preamp should do and should not do go to gearslutz, or something. Also zenproaudio has a thing called a clipinator which can be helpful in deciding which color or uncolored preamp might be worth you looking into. Always try before you buy, and record different stuff with it, drums;bass;guitars;vox; synths; etc. This unit has quality parts and can do clean and variations of other sounds as well. Including API, Neve, ish type of sounds. It just verywell maybe close to a Slate Fox pre, which has different styles of pre's in it as well.
Yes
Easy as pie, turn knobs till it sounds good.
It's options and variable switching of opamps, and saturation.
Phat, clean, warm, gritty
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