This synth rack is part of a generation of hybrid analog to digital control. Allowing it to have this great personality in his remaining analog. And power controller midi all modulation parameters and synthesis, as well as save presets (99 presets in all, including 40 user presets which you can store the edition).
It has 3 VCO, the first two are syncronisable and the pulse width of the pulse waveform is modulable.LE VCO2 waveform has the CRS (crossmodulation) which is a combination of the pulse waveform of Oscillators 2 and 3 (this is more clearly explained in the manual with a diagram and all), this is a great feature that allows a given modulation frequency in both VCO and performs great.
The VCO3 has waveforms triangle, pulse and saw (but without the pulsewidth).
Two ADSR envelopes used independently as a modulation source.
Two LFO with a syncronisable the clock noon.
A arpégiatteur, a portamento (legato or not), 4 trigger mode, a modulation of the pitch which the source can be chosen as well known for the frequency filter, the intensity of the envelope filter, the output volume . And of course a modulation matrix with 4 assignment from any source to any destination. Sources and destination are clearly listed next to the screen of the synth.
Pulse of the buttons are quite fragile, it is better not to touch live, and preferably the controller via an external interface. But they are still the road, I edit my sounds with 3 years and I have not had a problem, and at worst it can be repaired ...
This synth is monophonic and monotimbral.
The setup is rather simple, we made it very quickly. You must travel in the matrix editing and set all the parameters with the same 6 buttons, but the whole array appears in frontage, there is not to worry about sub menus, the screen is only used to display the value that is selected and it is more than enough to do so. These restrictions and allow small to have an excellent synth for a small price.
The sound is great whatever you're looking to do, the possibility of being extended are making an effort of imagination (as for many other synths for that matter). Right now I use it to make percussive sounds kind of line snares, I control with a midi step sequencer and I can make really elaborate rhythmic phrases, etc. contrasting slamming. The sound of a huge pulse peiche, both in acute and in his deep bass very serious and powerful. The filter is very beautiful and very effective, envelopes very sharp and very peichues. He may be accused of losing some volume when mounting the resonance, becuase you can not do scream in acid sounds way TB, but that said we can still make sounds acids, I done and they have proven very effective, very fat and organic, and the fact that loss of volume when mounting the resonance can be also be an advantage if you want to temper some strident harmonics that could be painful to the ears when is a little too loose on the filter resonance.
The sound of this synth really great personality, he is unlike any other I've tried, and it is replaceable by any emulation. This is a true analog sound with a lot of unpredictability (despite the numerical control), burrs, etc., and that's what's good! Which does not work with a style also very clean, we can make beautiful leads very clear, very powerful and subtle. In short it is a great synth, it may be appropriate to an infinite number of taste and styles. There is absolutely no obligation to restrict itself to one of the 80 typed sounds, it's a real synth, you can do whatever you want, as I said above, provided they make an effort of imagination, this synth offers immense freedom and satisfaction! I love it!
I use it for 3 years, I am with very different sounds, I tested a lot of things, and whatever I do I always filled. It sounds good everywhere, a presence and an outstanding personality. I do not have a lot of basis for comparison because before him I had mostly digital machines, and workstations, the groovebox etc., and it's really not comparable. on the other hand I've been after him for another add to my set, and I always enjoy his personality, his timbre and irreplaceable. It has a place in my instruments forever !
The value for money is unbeatable, of course we can not find it new but I got it for 300 euros which is more than reasonable.
The biggest downside is the fragility of the buttons, but we made it very well, you just have to be careful, and to live it is better to use a controller that's all. Obviously this choice I would do, but anyway I think never separate myself from what I have, and if it came to be broken, I need urgently the same!
This synth is a killer! ! ! : D
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Blacky's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
2u rack synth classic.
Side connections: it is not Peru, but that is a synth monophonique.une output stereo jack and the classic trio midi.il pulse is also a "+" with cv-gate control and access to the filter jack also .
there are six rotary controllers front, a button for this shift in the matrix edition, and two buttons to move through the memory and do the cut / copy / compare.
The screen is a bit dated but as it passes edition is simple.
no effect ... dommage.une LED witness noon.
Finally, as often in waldorf, there is no power button! which is quite irritating ... to have to rummage through the racks in the nodes and identify the correct power supply when not in use
Inside, three oscilloscope and a filter (lp only), 2 envelopes and 2 lfos.largement enough.
there is a dedicated software via midi edition of "pulse editor", but the configuration is sufficiently clear
I never use it.
access to a series on the filter would have been welcome.
Edition of the matrix in waldorf is simple but requires all the same, a little time to adapt. But once we understood the trick, it goes very fast.
there are 5 "patch" or modulation is selected the source, destination, and the "amount".
there are two specific for the pitch and the filter.
for the rest of the edition, it's nya turns knobs and supported at times of shift to access other functions. it's a little "Synth School"
at MIDI it is very simple, being monophonic, it is assigned a channel or it is left on omni. can send sysex messages via an external controller or a sequencer to make the edition even more user friendly.
managing the memory: memoirs -40 99 users
-1 Memories "random" that generates new sounds that are going on.
to save, it's easy you press "store" and they selected a site between 1 and 40 and here.
the manual is clear but it's so simple that I do not use it.
The sounds are very kind and grain of the machine recognizable.
the pulse generates large or very heavy bass leads, one can also make fx not too bad and sounds of drums not bad but its field is especially large bassline.
sounds can still be a good idea of the capabilities of the machine: it sounds really fat, analog with a grain thick, it's enough to take off your speakers! yeahhh!
for use, It can be any style of electronic music.
if you want the sound of fisherspooner, vitalic ... is a pulse for you!
the filter is really good with many parameters, but loses much of its momentum when you push the resonance.
Since it is monophonic, it will be ironing tablecloths for!
I use it for 6 months, I immediately catches the sound of that I branch.
It is extremely easy to use, everything sounds and it's hard to stop on a config.
sound, huge, really its strong point. construction is correct and there will still many years, I hope! I use another synthe waldorf, the "rackattack" which also sounds very hard but that does not heat the analog pulse.
I bought 300 euros in hand, I find the quality / price unbeatable for an analog
memory and connection complete twelve o'clock. if he fails, I buy a without thinking.
I do not put that 9 / 10 overall score in this story because of the power button gets on my nerves ...