Waldorf Q

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The Waldorf Q is a professional virtual analog synthesizer well suited for demanding performance and studio work! The Q was a large and bright yellow beast but now they come in a sleek dark grey look. Through digital emulation the Q faithfully reproduces the sounds and programming characteristics of virtually any sophisticated analog synthesizer with state of the art control and precision.

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With 16 to 32 voices and 16 multitimbral parts, the Q is well adapted for reliable live use. Waldorf's excellent analog sound emulation is complemented by sophisticated yet familiar analog-type controls and parameters. There are 3 oscillators per voice, 3 LFOs with ramp, sine, square, etc. and 2 12/24dB Filters (Low pass, band pass, hi pass, notch, comb, ring mod and more). A powerful arpeggiator and sequencer are also on-board for creating complex accompaniment or arpeggios. There are 58 knobs to aid you in tweaking away at creating amazing sounds! All knobs and edit parameters are MIDI controllable. The Waldorf Q is topped off with 8 effects processors (2 per sound that include Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Overdrive, AM, Delay, Reverb, etc.), 2 analog audio inputs, 6 outputs and 1 S/PDIF output (44.1kHz / 48kHz switchable) and vocoding capability. The Q is a professional-grade virtual analog synth that combines the raw power of analog synthesis with modern technology, stability and creativity. It has been used by Überzone and Kekko.

Waldorf Q+ Image

In addition to the Q there is also a Waldorf Q+ (pictured above) synthesizer, wich is similar to the Q Keyboard but adds 16 analog filters and up to 100 voices polyphony.

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43 Visitor comments
March 30, 2014 @ 11:26 am
I am not selling mine at all, just commenting on the versatility of the Q. Comparing the Q to a larger modular I say, no, it's not as good. Nope. Sounds good beside one though. If your a owner of a fat workstation and a hundred Vsti's well your already past hope. =) Who cares what you like anyway....Q can be gory or glitter and cut like a bandsaw through a wall of Vsti. The problem is that it is very complex to program in a few seconds. With a Modular you might program for a day and get a couple of great patches and still not have the sound of squeaky bat wings hitting a door knob just ...so.
Sian Howard
November 25, 2013 @ 5:19 am
I bought a second-hand Waldorf Q rack about a year ago and it has become a useful part of my studio setup, although in fact I don't use it so much (I find my Prophet 08, Radias and the Virus C are more immediate when it comes to sound design). It does sound great though, it can do beautiful mellow pads like an OB or a prophet, and can also do very 'metallic' industrial sounds. But the knobs and pots are very sticky and one of the FX appears to have packed up altogether, so be careful if you are buying an old S/H one. I'd prefer the keyboard version but they never seem to appear second-hand.
November 11, 2013 @ 5:45 am
Ten months with Q Rack and although the rack is logically laid-out, having the immediate control of much more at once that the Q keyboard offers was too hard to resist. Just bought yellow Q kbd (16 voices as well) and plan to see if via MIDI can link the two because the analog-style excellent sequencer as well as ARP is still way more utilitarian than likes of Elektron Analog Four, which currently has absolutely no midi out. May even try to use my Polymorph with the rack...anyway, this synth still runs circles around Virus with massive modulation matrix. Love this synth!
September 1, 2013 @ 11:34 pm
Also used live by A-Ha
March 8, 2013 @ 11:13 am
Journey in my dream -demo Waldorf Q
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 16 to 32 voices
  • Oscillators - 3 per voice (sawtooth, triangle, sine, PWM, new oscillator algorithms, waves and a noise generator)
  • Memory - 300 single programs, 100 multi programs
  • Filter - 2 12dB/24dB Filters (Low pass, band pass, hi pass, notch, comb, ring mod and more; FM and distortion)
  • VCA - 4 envelopes (ADSR with loop and one shot function, bipolar)
  • Keyboard - 61 notes (velocity and aftertouch)
  • Arpeg/Seq - Arpeggiator: Many user patterns (accents, timing, swing, glide, chords and more); Sequencer: 100 user patterns; 32 steps per pattern, polyphonic
  • Control - MIDI (16 parts), CV
  • Date Produced - 1999
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