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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65 Visitor comments
October 25, 2010 @ 3:22 am
Of course it has keytrack modulation ... I have this synth at home for about one month and it´s really great synth any problems with it (esp. in multitimbral)

manual is here:

http://www.waldorfmusic.de/en/archiv/micro-q-series/downloads/documentation /612-mqallenglweb.html
October 7, 2010 @ 5:15 pm
I have a big dude about this superb Synth;

- ¿¿it have a keytrack modulation ??
August 22, 2010 @ 8:10 pm
As far as I Know, the Micro Q Rack doesn't have keytrack modulation. Sometimes it is bad, making it dificult to create a stereo image. You must use chorus spread ou delay.
August 21, 2010 @ 7:13 pm
It sounds metallic and heavy, has very good and precise high and low end, and beautiful filters. Sometimes it is heavy in a good way (subwoofer), sometimes it is metallic in a bad way. Good arpeggios, bells, plucked, CS80 emulations, brasses are beautiful, some basses are usefull. Bad: sustainable sounds (strings and pads are sometimes unusable), leads are sometimes weird in a bad way, sometimes are fine, the organs, electric pianos, acoustic emulations and the especial effects aren't good also. I know it’s a VA, and you can program it to make every kind of sounds. But the problem is the sustainable sounds, they sound bad to my ears. It can't emulate TB303 and TR808 well. It produces noise, you must use eq to handle it. The effects [beep] s. In my setup it doesn't sinc with Sonar very well (Blofeld doesn’t too). Use power conditioner and don't buy it without the original power supply. It is difficult to fix in case of damage. But the moment you listen to it you will never forget.
July 19, 2010 @ 11:14 am
The voice expansion only works on the blue series models from what I am told.
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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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