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 5, 2012 @ 2:40 am
Wanted to add that anyone interested in the 30 voice expansion for your XT or Q, look for subject in forum electro-music.com there's people planning on having expansion board's cloned as no longer available. Even with 10 voices on my XT combined with other synths in set-up, have never found 10 voices as constricting. Put the XT in Unison and you will test just how good your headphones or monitors really are--is kinda the case with the XT generally. HARDWARE RULES! German's simply are ahead of pack--Waldorf, Access, Radikal Technologies, et al.
May 5, 2012 @ 2:29 am
This is a sound designer/programmer's dream synth! If you are a "preset jockey", this is not for you! This synth is SO deep that people that have owned it since release are still discovering new things. yes, it's digital and if one needs extra filtering, well, there's Sherman and others to suppliment but the XT can in fact generate some really fat sounds, even warmth. However, it's strong point is it's versatile shaping/sculpting of never before heard sounds. From lush ethereal to the downright industrially nasty. Only instrument my Maine Coone is frightful of...oh, better have gr8 monitors!
March 2, 2012 @ 10:02 pm
Hey affx. I have had an XT for about 5 years. I recently got a Blofeld and realized how good my XT already was. I sold the Blofeld, it doesnt have the aural punch and snap that the XT has. I got a Fatar to put the XT on and trigger it with a midi solutions 2in 1 out mid merger so I can jam on it while also sequencing it from my DAW. I finally found a way to keep in in my current gear circulation. Get the XT or XTk, it has an invigorating sound. VA need not apply here, it's all about the wavetables on this one.
March 2, 2012 @ 4:05 am
Have the opportunity to buy one of these soon but am a bit curious about how many more years of life it would have in it. Any insight appreciated.
John Difool
February 27, 2012 @ 9:41 pm
This is not a VA synth...it's a wavetable synth! Yes, it can do analog too since all it's wavetables contains classic waveforms like triangle, square and sawtooth. But a VA it is not. Thank God for that!
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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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