Waldorf Microwave XT

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The Microwave XT is a great big orange polyphonic rackmount synthesizer. While combining the power of the Wave and the compact design of Waldorf's Microwave II, the XT adds a bit of knob-laden heaven. At first glance the top section completely resembles the 2-space rackmount version of the Microwave II. And then there are three more rack-spaces full of knobs and lots of knobs means lots of control.

As far as enhancements, the XT model has 20-bit DSP functions but that's about it. Its true power and features lie in the 44 hands-on knobs which make editing in real-time quick, easy and perfect for performance and studio work. All of the knobs transmit MIDI information as well!

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The Synthesizer engine is relatively the same as the Microwave II and Wave synths that came before it. Digital wavetable synthesis and FM synthesis in which there are 64 waves that are mixed and combined into new sounds. The Microwave XT can easily emulate the sounds of the PPG wavetable synths as well as create squelchy acid-303 lines or boomy Moog bass. Also onboard is a nice arpeggiator, digital effects and more. The Microwave XT is definitely a powerful rackmount synth that can generate some highly unique and quality sounds. It is used by Nine Inch Nails, Danny Tenaglia, Underworld, Astral Projection, The Crystal Method, Mirwais, and Cirrus.

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44 Visitor comments
May 13, 2010 @ 4:58 pm
Next to my Nord modular G2 this synth is a sound design heaven.
It is actually difficult to create bad or boring sounds with this thing. Whatever you throw at it, it puts its own color on there and makes it sound like nothing else.
I recommend getting a software editor as it helps in Patch organizing and sound design.
Modern classic!
Ryan Washburn
March 26, 2010 @ 11:26 am
I agree with Chris Faur on this...extreme character and lushness define this synth. Subtle knob movements can make big changes in the sound and the Waldorf filters have the deepest yet clearest sound of any digital synth I've ever heard. This synth complements the brashness of my Nord Lead & with these two I can make pretty much any synth sound I want. Waldorf synths are amazing!
June 22, 2009 @ 5:56 pm
The MW XT was also used by Art of Noise (album entitled The Seduction of Claude Debussy).
Crab Nebula
June 12, 2009 @ 5:13 pm
I was originally going to buy a Microwave II but ended up deciding to pay extra and get the XT. This synth is truly amazing it only when you get into the menus you realize the power of this beast and the attention to detail things like ability to set the phase of oscillation on each oscillator and both of the LFO all independent of each other delay of the LFO's keytracking on everything you can think of.

Its only when you spent months with this synth you start to realise the true reality of what your working with and then theres the creating your own wavetables the sky is the limit its a sonic wonder of the world a master piece.
Chris Faur
June 4, 2009 @ 3:19 pm
Very nice and unique synth. I have the 30 voice expansion but I wish I had a keyboard version. I would trade my 30 voice rack for a 10 voice keyboard if I could. Solid quality..you know the Germans make good stuff...And the sound is simply incredible.....Extreme character and lushiness....8 stage envelopes....for insane evolving textures....if you like synths that you must have this one....Forget the Virus TI or other VAs....this is better sounding and more fun. One of the best digital Synths out there....
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 10 voice (expandable to 30)
  • Oscillators - 2 oscillators per voice of DSP wavetable synthesis; 1 Ring Mod; 1 Noise Source
  • Memory - 256 internal patches, 64 external card
  • Filter - 6/12/24 LP/HP, FM Filter, Sin (x)-LP, Dbl LP/HP, 24/12 BP, Band Stop, Waveshaper
  • VCA - 1 VCA, VCA ADSR, 1 Free Envelope
  • LFO - 2 LFO's, sine, tri, square, random, S&H
  • Effects - Chorus, Flanger 1 & 2, Autowah BP, Autowah LP, Overdrive, Delay, Amp Mod
  • Keyboard - none
  • Arpeg/Seq - 16 steps, 128 patterns
  • Control - MIDI (8-parts)
  • Date Produced - 1998
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