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, 2013 @ 2:27 am
The XT is proudly digital, it has a crispness + frequency range that is unmatched on any other I have used. It excels at sonic manipulation -- ie. completely twisting, bitcrunching and creating new sounds out of former ones.

It may initially be underwhelming if you don't tweak, but once you get into the menus and start changing parameters, you will be amazed at the possibilities. Highly recommended.

Here's some ambient XT demos I made:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Rm4QaX njc8
November 3, 2013 @ 2:58 am
Proper wavetable synth, even more powerful with editors which supports custom wavetables. Get the 30 voice version if you can.
August 4, 2013 @ 8:12 am
It's got a great sound, allright, but all the knobs on it makes somewhat of a false first impression, as you generally need to menu dive quite a lot to edit the necessary parameters. It's a wonderful sounding synth though, but programming it can be a bit painful at times.
January 22, 2013 @ 7:44 pm
This is a sound designer's dream. I've had mine for 1 year now and it's fantastic ! It sounds so rich and complex at times. It doesn't cut through the mix like an analog poly, but then again, it's not trying to be one. I use this to make everything from bass drums to deep house chords to arpeg screeches. Got mine for 501EUR off ebay.de. If you find one, i suggest you don't let it pass.
January 16, 2013 @ 11:49 am
WOW I just got an XT and let me tell you I cannot stop playing with it. I have tweaked every single preset and its amazing how some of the sounds change so much in texture with simple tweaks. The chorus and flanger are useless but the delay and amp chorus are beautiful. The presets are all garbage, you need to get in there and play around. Some sounds change a lot some not so much. I wish there were more than 2 banks, I already almost ran out of room!
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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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    Thanks to Chris Coccia for providing some information.

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