Waldorf Micro Q

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The power of the Q synthesizer is now available in an affordable 2-unit rack module. Sound quality is not compromised, it sounds just as great as the more expensive Q! The main limitation is that there are only 6 knobs; however these knobs provide access to dozens of parameters at the push of a button. The Q's powerful arpeggiator is also on-board. There is no sequencer, but a rack module is usually destined for use with an external sequencer or controller anyway. There are two independent filters with low-pass, band-pass, high-pass, notch and comb filters. The filters are resonant and can self-oscillate too! There's also a Modulation Matrix where you can route your signal through flexible and complex processes to really shape your sounds. There's also a stereo vocoder and ring modulator on-board. A Voice Expansion board can boost polyphony in the Micro Q up to 75 voices!

The Micro Q is not an analog synth, but it can emulate them very well. It is great for punchy analog bass, 303 lines, synth leads, trance pads, swirling effects, analog drums, percussion, beats, and lots more! It's worth a listen! Wonderful preset sounds, a challenge to program...bottom line is affordable, incredible sounds! It has been used by Somatic Responses, RadioBomb, and Hardmakz.

Waldorf Micro Q keyboard

The Micro Q Keyboard is identical to the Micro Q, but packaged in a handy and portable 37 note keyboard. It also adds pedal inputs, pitch/mod wheels, and some front panel numeric buttons.

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63 Visitor comments
January 18, 2009 @ 3:53 pm
I bought my yellow rack one last week, payed 270 euro. Very easy to program although it has only 4 knobs in the parameter matrix; built like a tank; nice sounding preset sounds and a large amount of other presets downloadable from waldorf's website. It is capable of very rich and complex sounds, while it stil has its own personality. It is definitely worth its cost, especially if you are looking for a nice first synthesizer which isn't limited when you musically grow up; 16 part multitimbrality is a very nice plus while in studio, although you probably won't get 16 sounds at once because of 25 note polyphony which decreases using complex sounds. The Omega has 75 voices and wouldn't probably suffer from the polyphony reduction.
I would definitely buy it again.
January 14, 2009 @ 1:02 pm
I got the keyboard version mint in the original box three days ago. I was a bit sceptic of the programming, and since I don't like to mess with presets (especially when they are too techno or whatever) I initialized all sounds and got down with building my own. This way I had to learn it the hard way. And I got it down super fast, I think it's simple to use. Have only owned one synth before (the mikro-KORG, a disappointment I passed on). The sound is awesome, I originally wanted an analog synth, but came over this deal and I'm very satisfied with it! Deep powerful sine-bass with a little lo-passed sawtooth on top, yummy!
Con Baltas
December 27, 2008 @ 7:16 am
Waldorf are a German company and make very good synths. I have the yellow Micro Q rack version, here in my studio and I must say its a really rich and complex sounding synth. Unlike many of the older synths, the bundled presets that come with the Micro Q are not only excellent, but very useful for most forms of dance / pop music. It has a bright yet warm sound, due in part to its snappy filters. Digital or analog?, there both right here.
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  • Demos & Media
  • Audio Clip 1 - Hear a bit of a Demo. Thick pads, resonant distorted basses, airy perc sounds, arpeggios and beats!

    Manual - Waldorf have made manuals for many of their products available on-line!

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 25 voices, expandable up to 75 voices
  • Oscillators - 5 oscillators per voice (Pulse with Pulse Width Modulation, Sawtooth, Triangle, Sine, 2 wavetables with 128 waves each and sub-oscillator per alt-wave); Noise generator
  • Memory - 300 single programs, 100 multi programs, 20 drum-maps
  • Filter - 2 Filters (including FM and distortion): Low Pass (12dB/24dB), Band Pass (12dB/24dB), High Pass (12dB/24dB), Notch (12dB/24dB), Comb Filter (positive/negative feedback)
  • VCA - 4 envelopes, enhanced ADSR configuration with loop and one shot function, bipolar; different trigger modes for each envelope, poly, mono, dual, unison, manual trigger etc.
  • Modulation - 3 LFOs up to audio range; Modulation Matrix with 16 slots, freely routable, pre-routed modulation destinations, sources selectable
  • Effects - 2 effects per program, up to 5 effects in Multimode (Effects: Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Distortion, Delay, 5 FX, Vocoder)
  • Keyboard - 37 keys (Keyboard model)
  • Arpeg/Seq - Arpeggiator with 16 preset plus 1 user pattern, including accents, timing information, swing, glide, chords and more
  • Control - MIDI In/Out/Thru (16 parts)
  • Date Produced - 2000-2001

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