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
May 3, 2011 @ 5:23 am
Received an omega (75 voice) micro Q rack last week, and am totally blown away by the sonic possibilities - can´t believe it sells for around 300 EUR - highly recommended.
Use the freeware java editor for creating/editing patches, which is very useful to design sounds.
Regarding the minimal control surface of the rack: the four encoders are ok for live playing (modify filter cutoffs, adsr changes) after the patch has been created in the editor.
Layering patches is a dream - really no sonic limits here, if one patch is not expressive enough, create and layer a slightly different patch.
Rob Ocelot
March 26, 2011 @ 11:27 am
Something to watch out for is the Micro-Q Lite which is a stripped down version with more limited polyphony (max 12), less effects, and some other differences. This was software upgradeable to a full Micro-Q much like how the current Blofeld has a sample memory option (ie the full hardware is there, you are limited by firmware).

I've noticed Micro-Q keyboard prices have weirdly soared recently. The keyboard was made for a short time (less than a year) but it never really was a high demand item. I wonder if Blofeld owners are driving up the price trying to get a Blokeys on the cheap?
March 25, 2011 @ 7:14 pm
Its no secret that Waldorf is my favorite synth company and has always been. That said the MicroQ was my first Waldorf synth and i have owned 3 of them since. Programming one of these takes some time getting used to, especially if your pots are dirty and it skips values.

They also tend to be noisey when you use a 3rd party power supply - so by all means attempt to get an original power supply.
These things are beasts, hands down they can out perform even most modern VAs out there. The BP filter on Waldorfs are my fav out of any company, and the Comb Filter rocks. Def worth owning.
February 23, 2011 @ 12:26 pm
I wish we could edit these comments. The MicroQ can reach 75. It's right up there. Duh. I've committed my bonehead error for the day. It should be smooth sailing after this.
February 23, 2011 @ 12:23 pm
Since most Waldorfs are not expanded and expansion cards no longer exist, then the average MicroQ actually has more polyphony (25) than the average Q (16). Even expanded, the Q maximizes at 32 while the MicroQ can reach 50. If you need greater polyphony for complex layered sounds, it's better to go with a MicroQ than a Q. The VSE indicates they sound the same. And MicroQs are so much less expensive. However, if you feel the need to show off... well, that's your business.
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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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