Waldorf Q Phoenix

Waldorf Q Phoenix

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Q Phoenix, Analog Modeling Synth from Waldorf in the Q series.

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Waldorf Q Phoenix tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Waldorf
  • Model: Q Phoenix
  • Series: Q
  • Category: Analog Modeling Synths
  • Added in our database on: 01/14/2007

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Waldorf Q Phoenix user reviews

Average Score:4.0( 4/5 based on 2 reviews )
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jahqua's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Waldorf Q Phoenix
Without detailing all the specs of the Q + who are online at the site of Waldorf, we can just remember that it is an expanded version of Q: 100-voice polyphony + 16 real analog filters.
Clarification: this is not the Q + analog synth, the remaining digital sound generation.
The annotated version here is the Q + Phoenix Edition: This is a limited version of the revamped and Q +.
Originally, in 2002 - 2003, Q + is released ruby ​​workshops Waldorf. Four - five years later, it is black screen with red ashes, more beautiful after all.
"Limited Edition" = hold on you to have one! Already in the Waldorf delivery times are downright wacky - even scandalous - but here we must be dreaming!
"Revamped version," it also means we are on the design a bit dated: no USB, no editor comes with the machine so the sequencer to load sound banks, memory cards like credit card to order from one of the active members of the Waldorf community of users, so we roll up our sleeves ...


The general configuration is complex, it is in any case a complex machine as a whole.
Editing of sounds, however, is simple and intuitive: a maximum thrills and fun guaranteed!
That same edition of sounds may be hyper rich and complex, however, when we go into the details, and that's good for the life of the instrument.
The manual is ... old. It dates from the output of the instrument, so the 2002 / 03.
Fortunately, there are lovers:


The Waldorf Q + ... how to say it? HUGE sound at any tearing. You can make bass sounds cut with machetes, pads bigger than all of Vangelis and Jarre Soundset gathered, weird noises and sounds etc etc etc.
There is the range of Q filters, and then they can direct to an analog filter or even use both simultaneously. There, the sound becomes warmer, also deaf, and resonance works miracles and hurt eardrums.
BUT: the original presets show that Waldorf has developed some specific sounds in Q +. There are many sounds of Q, which do not use the analog filters.
In addition, there are sounds very "old school" (like fans of Tangerine, without denigrating eh, but hey ... it is far from the sounds of a Virus TI latest).
See also precision in the "global opinion".


I have this synth since September 2007, almost a year ago. Except ... he went almost four months in SAV in Waldorf.
This is where I want to stress one important point:
you see in this opinion it is a very good machine, with awesome sound etc etc, but we can not really recommend to anyone buying a Q + (Phoenix or not). Indeed, as usual on the machines of this brand, the OS is loaded with bugs, inconsistencies, problems and varied. Stupid example: you should not store its user sounds above a certain memory location, this could disrupt the flash memory of the synth ... Other examples: the allocation of effects that show the famous bug of the absence of notes with the filters analos which requires rebooting, not to mention the difficulty to synchronize the arpeggiator midi ... Short! The list is long, and at this price - higher still - we are right to say damn.
A very good (better late than never, you say): free circuits Waldorf change the Waldorf Q + Phoenix and with modest sum of those old Q + that could be a problem. This fixes some bugs audio, but not the bugs of the OS.

Waldorf Q +, Classic or Phoenix: user friendly, know ...

julolive's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Waldorf Q Phoenix
General Features

up to 100 voices on Q + (up to 32 voices on Q)

16 part multi timbral
300 Single Program
100 multi Programs
100 step sequencer patterns
20 drum maps
58 endless dials
39 buttons for editing
2 x 20 character display
5 octave keyboard
1 Pitch Bend Wheel, Modulation Wheel 1
2 Control Buttons
6 analog outputs (3 stereo outs)
2 analog inputs (1 stereo in)
1 coax S / PDIF output (44.1kHz)
MIDI In / Out / Thru
2 Switch Inputs (eg Sustain Pedal, Gate In etc.).
2 CV Inputs (eg Foot Pedal, external controller etc.).
Built-in universal voltage power supply
Dimensions: Width 995mm, Height 135mm, Depth 360mm
Phoenix Edition color scheme

Per Voice:
up to 5 Oscillators per voice
Pulse with Pulse Width Modulation
2 wavetables with over 128 waves EACH Sub Oscillator per Alt Wave
FM, Oscillator sync
Noise generator
Ring Modulator
Mixer with Balance, EACH signal source (oscillator, noise, RingMod, external audio material) Can Be Individually balanced Between 1 and filter 2 filter
2 independent multimode filters with different types Including comb filter and a fat legendary PPG filter
16 analog filters with resonance and analog distortion (Q Plus only)

Modulation Matrix with 16 slots, Freely routable
Pre-routed Modulation destinations, sources selectable
modulation update frequency in audio range to allow the oscillators to Be Used as modulation sources
4 Modifiers
Arpeggiator with user pattern, Including accents, timing information, swing, glide, chords and more
Step Sequencer with 32 steps, polyphonic, different controller values ​​per step
3 LFOs up to audio range (> 2500 Hz)
4 envelopes, enhanced ADSR configuration with loop and one shot function, bipolar
Poly, Mono, Dual, Unisono modes
HMT for realtime tuning
2 Individual high-quality effects per sound
Effect Types:
2 x Surround Delay
Tap Delay
5 FX
Vocoder with 25 bands
and lots lots more ...


EXELLENT very friendly


Analog Synthe his techno trance etc. ....
No limitation has creativitee


8 months of use.
J adore

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