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.

Waldorf Q Rack Image

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
Erotic Cabaret
November 13, 2010 @ 12:48 pm
@ Mark...it's better to use the 16 internal analog filters and have fewer voices. That way, you get 1 filter per voice instead of 1 filter for 32 voices.

I don't like using internal FX on synths, so how does this puppy sound dry?
October 13, 2010 @ 11:06 am
Q has "keytrack" as a parameter in its modulation matrix source.
October 7, 2010 @ 5:20 pm
I have a big dude about this superb Synth;

- ¿¿It have a keytrack modulation ??
( rack version or keyboard )
August 17, 2010 @ 5:09 pm
@ Mark Analogue poly synths tend to have one filter per voice whereas you have one filter vs the Q+'s 16 analogue filters. However, I'm not sure what the sonic difference is or why they are designed this way. It'd be good to know.
July 28, 2010 @ 4:46 pm
I have a Q rack 32 voice using a Virus KC as the keybed ! It's a nice set up! I also use the Waldorf X-Pole for analogue filtering....does this mean I have a more powerful set up than the Q+ ? as the q+ Polyphony reduces to 16 when using the analogue filters?? I'm running 32 voices with the same filters at under quarter of the price! Does the Q+ have more flters and flexibility with them than the Xpole?
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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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