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
Jimbo Jones
March 30, 2011 @ 4:29 am
I owned one until very recently.

They don't do what they say on the tin. If you want a synth to be a Virtual Analogue (or Analog) as they're described, then DON'T buy a Waldorf Q. They really sound nothing like a real Analogue synth. They're also a bit over priced / over valued.

What they do do a fantastic job of sounding like however, is a sharp and gritty 1980's Palm Waldorf "PPG". If that's what you buy one for, then they are a fantastic synth. Just not one for me. But a Blofeld is way cheaper and does 90% of this and a few things it can't
January 7, 2011 @ 11:24 am
I like the bass on Q, but for that purpose, Waldorf Pulse is more recommended cause of its analog nature. Typical bass programming needs to be tamed by a high pass filter for relevant results. It can do it, but it's not its best feature.
January 1, 2011 @ 6:08 pm
So how is the Q for bass? haven't heard any decent examples of this
December 16, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
I was sold my micro Q and now i want a q rack version.

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November 21, 2010 @ 10:22 am
Also used by NIN from The Fragile era up until the big EBAY studio purge a couple years ago.
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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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