Blofeld vs XT?

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Blofeld vs XT?

Postby Soundwave » Sun Oct 12, 2008 5:50 pm

Apart from the obvious extras and losses in features with both machines I've read that some say the original XT still has a beefier sound than the Blofeld with it's better D/A converters on the outputs then on the other side I've read the presets on the Blofeld aren't great and the new distortion curve feature can beef things up a treat just like the XT.


Anyone tried both and is there any weight to this argument and can both machines sound pretty much the same with mainly extra internal features on the Blofeld and extra external features on the XT?
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Re: Blofeld vs XT?

Postby redroomrecordings » Sun Oct 12, 2008 11:37 pm

i own both and personally much prefer the blofeld. i find it is a lot more felxible, has better filters, a fantastic arpegiator and an over all thicker and more dynamic sound. the blofeld can produce some incredibly strong sub bass as well as complex thick soundscapes. personally i would go with the blofeld, not only do i like the sound more but i find it a lot more user intuative and easier to program.

also the random patch generates really great sounds %90 of the time.
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Re: Blofeld vs XT?

Postby Soundwave » Mon Oct 13, 2008 1:24 am

I hear that the wavetable envelopes are missing on the Blofeld?

Isn't this a very important feature of the XT?

Also has the multimode been sorted out yet as I'm planing to use several sounds via my Monomachines sequencer?

Thanks :)
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Re: Blofeld vs XT?

Postby Joey » Mon Oct 13, 2008 8:13 pm

the blofeld lacks the wave envelopes as well as the sine X lp filter of the XT

think of the blofeld as more of a successor to the Q series rather than the microwave...

if you want the XT sound, go for the XT or any of the other microwaves
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Re: Blofeld vs XT?

Postby Soundwave » Mon Oct 13, 2008 9:29 pm

Cheers bud.

If only that XT was still on ebay (sigh) :(
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Re: Blofeld vs XT?

Postby aeon » Mon Oct 13, 2008 10:17 pm

A trustworthy guy on the AH mailing list was selling a 10-voice XT for 399 euro.

That said, my 30-voice XTk will be going nowhere. :lol:


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Postby crystalmsc » Tue Oct 14, 2008 8:28 am

aeon wrote:my 30-voice XTk will be going nowhere. :lol:

precisely the same here :wink:
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Re: Blofeld vs XT?

Postby Joey » Tue Oct 14, 2008 9:45 pm

aeon wrote:A trustworthy guy on the AH mailing list was selling a 10-voice XT for 399 euro.

That said, my 30-voice XTk will be going nowhere. :lol:


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Re: Blofeld vs XT?

Postby GeneralBigbag » Fri Oct 17, 2008 2:24 am

Soundwave wrote:...I've read that some say the original XT still has a beefier sound than the Blofeld with it's better D/A converters on the outputs...


Having owned the XT, and played the 'feld, I really can't agree with that.
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Re: Blofeld vs XT?

Postby 8bit9bot » Tue Mar 31, 2009 4:49 am

Soundwave wrote:I hear that the wavetable envelopes are missing on the Blofeld?

Isn't this a very important feature of the XT?



Couldn't you just use the modulation-matrix to control the wave-scanning via envelope?
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Re: Blofeld vs XT?

Postby Joey » Tue Mar 31, 2009 5:38 am

the wave envelopes are special in that they are level and time for 8 stages, which are much more complex than standard ADSR

plus the blofeld lacks all the great filters in the XT, sine x lp, s&H, waveshape, etc

i'd go with the XT
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Re: Blofeld vs XT?

Postby GeneralBigbag » Tue Mar 31, 2009 6:44 am

Joey wrote:plus the blofeld lacks all the great filters in the XT, sine x lp, s&H, waveshape, etc


Actually, the Sine X and Waveshape are in the drive options for both filters, and the S+H is available as an effect (with no filter after, which is annoying, but you have mix control).
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Re: Blofeld vs XT?

Postby xpander » Tue Mar 31, 2009 6:52 am

interesting thread. i bought an xt late '07 but never really got into it as i was somewhat disappointed in it's lack of multidimensional wavetables. i should really delve into it more, it's been sidelined over a year. sounds like it still may be the great wavetable synth to this day.
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Re: Blofeld vs XT?

Postby GeneralBigbag » Tue Mar 31, 2009 7:30 am

I kind of wish I hadn't sold mine - I do miss the natural grit it had, but I much prefer the envelopes of the Blofeld and the fact that I can use VA to back up the wavetables. Plus the drive curves. Really, it's more a case of 'if the blofeld had wavetable degradation options, it would be perfect' than 'I wish I could get an XT again'
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Re: Blofeld vs XT?

Postby Joey » Tue Mar 31, 2009 7:47 am

i find the XT does VA very well... if you use the True PWM wavetable you can get some good pwm stuff, and it has the standard saw pulse tri sine as well


thats good to hear that the blofeld has those as drive curves, i was wondering why waldorf would take such a great feature out
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