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
December 1, 2011 @ 4:51 am
This was my last synth I bought before I went all virtual and laptop centered. I got it for both warm analog and nasty digital sounds. I used it for about 4 years but started reaching for VST synths because of the ease of use. Now it sits on a shelf waiting for me to re-connect with it someday. I've seen a lot of people saying that the filters aren't any good because they are digital; Don't fall for that! The filters are some of the best digital filters in a VA synth. And there are a lot of them to choose from. It's really a very well designed, classic and original synth.
October 24, 2011 @ 7:46 am
I recently re-acquired one of these. I sold the first one I had about 7 years ago, and regretted it ever since. This is truly a monster of a synthesizer, in nearly every sense of the word. Absolutely phenomenal sounds, and capable of an extremely wide palette of sonic possibilities. I owned a microQ before (sold that with the MW II XT), and own a Blofeld now, and although there are similarities, the MW II XT retains its uniqueness. Although I am more at home with traditional analog gear (i.e. jupiter or juno series), this synth will always be special to me, and I'll never part with it again.
October 18, 2011 @ 6:00 am
Possibly the best VA synth Waldorf ever designed, it is simply put an incredible synth, and the wavetables make this a sure evolving organic synth very reminiscent of the early true analogue units, check one out if you ca fine one now, they will become a classic a 5 years, beats the [beep] out of the Q and I have 2 of them :(
Angels In Bondage
August 2, 2011 @ 2:06 pm
Finally got my hands on one :) It is every bit as amazing as people claim - it can do ridiculously bassy sounds too (seriously watch your monitors/phones). 10 voice polyphony isnt as bad as a restriction as you think, because the voices seem to be allocated much more effectively than the MicroQ system. Great angry leads and pads and basses - alot of people complain about the envelopes not being punchy and i can see how that might be an issue - however you can work around this to make some brutal leads. Sounds great in mixes with the NL3 and Maudio Venom (makes up the low ends on the venom)
Jens Mehler
July 13, 2011 @ 7:02 pm
It's a powerful synth but I've never liked the casing. :( It looks like a Fischer Price toy or something.
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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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