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 Astral Projection, The Crystal Method, Mirwais, and Cirrus.

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41 Visitor comments
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.
January 13, 2011 @ 11:19 am
There is no place to get the polyphony increased on these any more. I checked with Waldorf tech support and the parts needed are no longer available. If you get this or any other legacy Waldorf synth with minimum poly, that's all it will ever be. If you want one with the maximized poly, you'll have to beg, buy, borrow, or steal one from someone who already has one. It is a very nice sounding machine, but most if not all of its abilities can be replicated by other machines old or new. It just depends on what kind of kit you want to put together.
December 24, 2010 @ 10:18 pm
I see this synth as a modern VCS3. It's one of the fews that can sound like real concrete sounds. My percussive patches can evoke nails rain or the sound of an an ever falling bookshelf. Sounds can go from vintage analog to messed-up digital whithin fractions of seconds. Carefully programmed, it can classified among the weirdest accoustic phenomenas in the world. Sounds especially good external analog effects.
Chris Faur
December 22, 2010 @ 1:15 pm
It doesn't have a step sequencer like the Evolver does. You can program the arp tho.
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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
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Perfect Circuit Audio.

    Thanks to Chris Coccia for providing some information.

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