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.

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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
November 7, 2009 @ 5:15 am
I have just about every new state of art synth and all older good ones, other then modular or a moog i have big list and use every one of my synths just about every day.. 2 VIRUS's dave smith polysynth, nord wave lead oberheims mpcs and a waldorf wave and waldorf q i bought here.. and i will tell anyone whos into making electronic music get a walforf q...waldorf q is prob one best sounding synths ever to me..it can make any sound for any kind of music u can tweak out of it... and it can make sounds were you put on a blindfold and just turn knobs lol that sound sick.. alot of knobs but if you understand even a little bit of synth programing you cant go wrong..its a beast.. i will never ever ever sell my waldorf q.. had it for long time and will get buried with it in my coffin so i can rock crazy pads and acid basslines after im dead for god or satan... whoever gets me in the draft pick haha.
July 27, 2009 @ 6:33 pm
The Q is the only synth I know where you can always tweak every parameter with always beautiful and surprising results. It is the best thing for experimental live setups. That's why it really needs all these hardware knobs!
Behind the knobs at the display there is the great mod-matrix and the xphorm soundmorphing and the vocoder and and and... The only bad thing with it are a few old strange bugs in the os. But Waldorf(music) is still alive and maybe they find the time for another firmware update.
I love my yellow Q 16 Voices. I really hope it never dies ;-).
June 29, 2009 @ 7:46 pm
The Q+ is a fabulous sounding synth - absolutely unique and very powerful. Easy to program and get great sounds out of too. My only gripe is the keyboard has got a little rickety - I guess it's seen a lot of action :-)
June 17, 2009 @ 6:46 pm
The Q is not out of production officially so I am not sure I would call it "Vintage". The micro-Q Phoenix edition was a limited edition run of 500 but the Q Phoenix keyboard is not a limited edition. One or two Q Phoenix keyboards will show up at select retailers from time-to-time. If you are willing to pay the money and are very lucky with your timing, you can get one of these. I just did and I think it was well worth it.
June 5, 2009 @ 6:22 pm
my original yellow waldorf q, a 32 voice version, is going to be buried with me. there is now way i am ever selling this monster...
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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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