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
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February 18, 2013 @ 2:08 pm
This synth is excellent for sound sculpting. Run it thru some fx. Infinite possibilities..
January 31, 2013 @ 4:41 pm
WOW! Added yellow Qrack recently! Very deeply programmable synth like no other and compliments a Virus, DSI MonoEvolverKeyboard, and yes, a Blofeld--the Q really is a synth still ahead of its time! Microwave XT is a completely different beast and what the Q cant do, the XT can. This is a programmer's synth with a wonderfully laid out interface. Huge sound to point have learned quickly unlike many synths, it's not neccessary to use up to the 5 osc's avail to you (3 osc's and 2 Alt-wavetable osc's can act as sub osc's), less is best. Random sound generator tons of fun and XMorph--alien territory
November 3, 2012 @ 11:06 am
After a couple of months of playing exclusively my SCI Prophet600 I was afraid of turning the Q on again... To my surprise I keep thinking it sounds stellar.
July 15, 2012 @ 12:03 pm
I had the Q+ phoenix addition but it sounded thin to my ears and eventually i switched to the Virus TI and did not look back. The comb filters were nice but the VIRUS has those now anyway. I didn't thing the analog filters were that spectacular. I do like the Microwave but do not think the Q to be special, at all.
April 10, 2012 @ 3:37 am
The q rack is an immediate buzz for my ears and able to fit in a mix very nicely. I enjoy all the knobs and for once I find that the available patches are actually useful and hard to improve on sometimes. This is a work of art IMHO and a great synthesiser.
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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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