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
July 23, 2010 @ 4:23 am
Q+ hardware problems has finally been solved... one of the greatest polysynth ever made!
Really good oscillators, extremely fast envelope and LFO, very hot and flexible filters, sophisticated modulations and a tons more... in two words: great sound!
In my opinion not a "simple" VA but a "real" Synthesizer!
July 11, 2010 @ 8:49 am
Waldorf is still producing Q series as "Phoenix Edition". Unfortunately Q+ 's have hardware problems (as of 11.07.2010) and they don't sell them until they fix it.

Waldorf Q Phoenix Edition is still selling with 32 voice expansion option. (OS 3.02) Eagerly waiting for the keyboard to arrive.
March 17, 2010 @ 6:16 pm
I have owned a Q Rack for a number of years and yesterday I brought a second hand Q keyboard, I also have the Pulse, I love these great VA synths, and for me the Q is the best of all the VA synths available, I have a Virus A and although it does sound really warm and very analogue it does not match the Q for shear programming power, if you see one on e-bay then I would say buy it quick, you will not regret it I promise you.
December 25, 2009 @ 5:41 am
I have the same problem with the cutoff knob. Emailed Waldorf for it and they told me that if the synth is not used for a while the lubricant inside the knobs hardens... They said it can disappear by turning the knobs during 30 seconds in each way. This might be a solution in some cases, but its also a thing of this kind of (optical?) endeless encoders...I think they are still being sold as well...
But this is a great synth! I love my 32 voices Q!
December 1, 2009 @ 12:00 pm
I have a Q and it has the problem where the knobs no longer go smoothly but jump values around. I've heard this is common after a while. Anyone know how to fix it? Thanks.
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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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