Waldorf Microwave XTk

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The Microwave XTk is a keyboard version of the powerful Microwave XT. It's a great big orange polyphonic performance synthesizer with 49 full sized velocity sensitive keys. There are 44 rotaries of knob-laden heaven and lots of control. All of the knobs transmit MIDI information as well! It's perfect for performance and studio work.

The Microwave XT synthesizer engine is relatively the same as the Microwave II and Wave synths that came before it. Digital wavetable synthesis and FM synthesis in which waves are mixed and combined into new sounds. The Microwave XTk can easily emulate the sounds of the PPG wavetable synths as well as create squelchy acid-303 lines or boomy Moog bass.

Other great functions include a programmable arpeggiator, 4 integrated digital effects and stereo audio inputs. A sinus shaper 12dB low pass filter, a wave shaper 12dB low pass filter, sample & hold with a 12dB low pass filter, dual parallel filters with 12dB low pass and 12dB band pass, a 12dB low pass filter with filter FM (cutoff modulation through oscillator 2). Top that off with 8 part multitimbrality, 256 sounds and 128 multi-patches for one mega-powerful performance synthesizer perfect in any live or studio application where fat analog sounds are needed!

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22 Visitor comments
October 15, 2011 @ 1:09 am
I remember playing on one of these at a Guitar Center back in like 2000. I wasn't even into digital synths at the time but the sounds this thing made were pretty out of this world. Unfortunately this must be one of the rarest synths of its era - almost impossible to come by these days. BUT, recently I picked up a Blofeld - and though its been a long time since I actually heard the XT I can say its coming pretty close to that magical feeling. So if you're looking for one of these, definitely check out the Blofeld - it has all of the same wavetables and even an extra oscillator!
January 10, 2011 @ 11:57 am
Oh, and the really weird thing is, the guy selling it also had a custom colored Andromeda A6, with prototype blue color paint and knobs, a one of a kind. Together, those synths went for $11,111.11 exactly. How weird is that? I swear it's true.
January 10, 2011 @ 11:49 am
And no one's used this? Where's your research, man? I know Nine Inch Nails used this board during the Fragility tour, and especially during the 1999 MTV music awards. You can see it in the video of their show performance. Only, they did not want that cheerful charlie orange on stage with them., so they ordered two special Shadow XTks, slate gray with only lighter gray graphics. Only two were made, and I saw one on eBay just about a month ago. It went for over eight grand.
September 12, 2010 @ 4:25 am
Very first synthesizer i ever bought. Just because it was orange; how little did i know... It's not a starter instrument for sure. Now with 100+ synths experience i can say it's totally unique and will keeps it's place in my studio for ever!
December 30, 2009 @ 11:06 am
+ unique design
+ lots of knobs
+ free Env & wave Env
+ best onboard Delay i ever heard
+ crazy modulaton abilities with mathematica functions
+ extra-juicy crazy filters
+ super warm sound
+ edit buffers, which contains current sound
+ soft switching between sounds

- no buttons for changing values. only knobs.
- no headphone output.
- no reverb fx
- i can't modulate/fast-control parametres in FX-block.
- one wavetable for both Osc
- i can't see stored patch name, when i want to store my current patch.
- price...

but it's my favourite synth.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 10 voices (expandable to 30)
  • Oscillators - 2 oscillators per voice, 64 ROM wavetables, 32 RAM wavetables, 64 waves per wavetable, 500 waves
  • Memory - 256 sounds, 128 multi-patches
  • Filter - 2 multi mode filters, filter 1: low pass 12dB/24dB, band pass 12dB, high pass 12dB and more; filter 2: low pass 6dB, high pass 6dB; Filter envelope ADSR
  • LFO - 2 LFOs with MIDI sync
  • Keyboard - 49 velocity sensitive keys with aftertouch
  • Arpeg/Seq - Arpeggiator with MIDI sync
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1999
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