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MicroWave XTk, Digital Synth from Waldorf in the MicroWave series.


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Waldorf MicroWave XTk tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Waldorf
  • Model:MicroWave XTk
  • Series:MicroWave
  • Category:Digital Synths
  • Added in our database on: 01/29/2012

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Waldorf MicroWave XTk user reviews

Average Score:5.0( 5/5 based on 4 reviews )
 3 reviews75 %
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Waldorf MicroWave XTk
Lots of features, much more depth than an 'ordinary' VA. A nine because i wish it had a vocoder.

Price paid

AU$ 1650

UTILIZATION

The manual was alright, didn't use it much, still don't unless i'm stuck. They should have included the wavetable charts with it. It's reasonably easy to use, the extra knobs help compared to a microwave 2, but my only real complaint is to have 16 modulation patches and knobs for only 2 of them.

never had to use their support, although i've heard it's quite good. Buttons seem a tad gummy, but otherwise quite robust, a solid chunk of metal. Would probably gig with it.

SOUNDS

Sound is great. You have to work a bit harder to sound warmer, but it can be done. The natural zone of this instrument is digital weirdness but it can go other places.

OVERALL OPINION

I Love it, it is a synth after my heart. For the centre of my setup, supplemented by samples, BassStation and NI pro 5. Get the 30 voice expansion though or you'll get frustrated.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Unknown ( 1-, 2003)
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fwedewe10/25/2014

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

Waldorf MicroWave XTk
4-octave keyboard
2 oscillators + 4 + 2 LFO envelopes with a configurable multi pan and loopable + 1 + 1 multimode filter filter 6dB / oct + effects + template optimized for any modulation

The instrument is very well built, looks very solid (it's really heavy for a keyboard of this size) and is beautiful with its orange color, special screen printing and wooden sides.

UTILIZATION

The handling of such an instrument requires some prior knowledge in analog synthesis and wavetable synthesis. Once these two parameters are controlled in part, this synthesizer provides a good overall ergonomics, thanks to the many potentiometers accessible and willing as well as clearly defined menus. All this contributes to the rapid creation of rich and interesting sounds.
Reliance on manual may be necessary to uncover some hidden as possible modulations on certain types of filters features. Overall, it is possible to do without.

SOUNDS

The sound world of wavetables is special but so interesting and rich. The multitude of sounds that can emerge encourage research and creativity. The scanning of the waves is a key point of this synthesis which results in constant motion sounds.
The sound overall is a bit "cold" but the dynamics of this keyboard is still a very good level (especially if very powerful filter Sin (x) -LP a used !!!). Both oscillators obey the same table selected, unlike Blofeld wave, which can be frustrating sometimes. Similarly, the addition of a third oscillator, the basic waveforms such as the Q of the brand, model lacks in some cases as it would sit a little more serious when the register of creating sounds low, for example. However, these limitations shall not prevent quickly get the sounds of a very high quality with rich and dynamic textures.
On filters, the first is kind of multimode. It also allows, select the eternal LP, HP, BP, 12dB or 24dB in / oct, but also adds other types such as Sin (x) -LP, the FM filter or Waveshaper which will have a direct influence on the harmonic spectrum of sounds. By selecting and changing a key parameter affecting them, found in the sub-menus, the start-up sound will win additional harmonics. However, it should not be abused, according to the table and wave / waves choice (s), because the effect can be devastating. But this setting adds real value to this synthesis as experiments are even more numerous. The second filter, a slope of 6 dB / oct and only LP or HP, has a much more limited interest. It may possibly eliminate some harmonics smooth to slightly tweak a sound. Personally, I never use it.
LFOs are classic but configurable at will.
Envelopes are four in number. As the Q, graphically there is no visual difference between the filter housing and that the amplitude of only a small stroke of the two separating means. When I see Waldorf put a red knob to specify the Cutoff on synths, I think the brand could create a small hallmark between these two parameters - any personal appreciation. No big worries in absolute terms but sometimes it happens that my fingers are involved on the wrong dial (Virus is a damn better on this side). Apart from this concern, totally minor, must emphasize the importance of two additional envelopes, especially those with 8 sides: it allows any kind of complex modulation and can become, by closing one of these sections, a third LFO whose form wave is ultimately defined from scratch by the user. This allows for dramatic effects in terms of sound.
The modulation matrix to assign a large number of settings and poses no limitation in terms of connections. Only your mind certainly experience a limit in the interconnection of modules.
The effects section is a little dated: chorus, flanger, and wah are not convincing. The overdrive is ugly and spoils the sound. Only the time is used for my taste.
It should be noted that there are also outside the effect module, another chorus. It has the distinction of not being customizable, it's "On / Off". It thickens much sound and also tends to reinforce a little intensity. In some cases, this is significant, other times it is a bit exaggerated because the important modulation distorts the patch we created in the beginning. Waldorf damage that was not thought to offer this chorus with two or three predefined levels, much like a Roland Juno 60.

OVERALL OPINION

The MicroWave XTK is an exciting synthesizer. Rich in terms of creativity, thanks to its sound engine, some of his originals and a variety of modulations limitless filters, it can effectively escape the ordinary world of "Sin / Tri / Saw / Sq." Certainly a bit "cold" by its generally metallic sound, because of wave tables that refer to those embedded in the illustrious PPG, it requires a different approach and needs to spend time to get interesting sounds and of great wealth (like a Yamaha DX7). Out sound "Pads" type does not come as easily as other synthesizers but by being persistent, not only can be achieved, but in addition, we can transcend by creating a scalable texture. And that's when you discover the personality so specific to this instrument. Note that there is a memory location to create its own wavetables; this requires the use of a software.

For my part, I suggest plugging a module to more current effects in order to really enhance its sonic potential (nothing a little reverb and an effective and configurable at will Chorus)

A collector to own who is passionate about the synthesis and synthesizers:-)
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fwedewe10/23/2014

fwedewe's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"An exciting instrument"

Waldorf MicroWave XTk
4-octave keyboard
2 oscillators + 4 + 2 LFO envelopes with a configurable multi pan and loopable + 1 + 1 multimode filter filter 6dB / oct + effects + template optimized for any modulation

The instrument is very well built, looks very solid (it's really heavy for a keyboard of this size) and is beautiful with its orange color, special screen printing and wooden sides.

UTILIZATION

The handling of such an instrument requires some prior knowledge in analog synthesis and wavetable synthesis. Once these two parameters are controlled in part, this synthesizer provides a good overall ergonomics, thanks to the many potentiometers accessible and well laid out and the menus clearly defined. All this contributes to the rapid creation of rich and interesting sounds.
A handbook may be necessary to discover some features such as the possible modulations on certain types of filters. Overall, it is possible to do without.

SOUNDS

The world of sound wave table is special but so interesting and rich. The multitude of sounds you can get out encourage research and creativity. The scanning of the waves is a key point of this synthesis which results in constant motion sounds.
The overall sound is a bit "cold" but the dynamics of this keyboard is still a very good level (especially if very powerful FM !!! a filter is used). Both follow the same oscillators selected, unlike Blofeld wave table, which may be sometimes damage. Similarly, the addition of a third oscillator, the basic waveforms such as the Q model of the brand, sometimes lacking as it would sit a little on the bass. However, these limitations shall not prevent quickly get the sounds of a very high quality with rich and dynamic textures.
On filters, the first is kind of multimode. It also allows, select the eternal LP, HP, BP, 12dB or 24dB in / oct, but also adds other types such as FM filter or Waveshaper that will have a direct influence on the harmonic spectrum of sounds . By selecting and modifying a key parameter affecting the start-up sound will win additional harmonics. However, it should not be abused, according to the table and surge / waves choice (s), because the effect can be devastating. But this setting adds real value to this synthesis as experiments are even more numerous. The second filter, a slope of 6 dB / oct and only LP or HP, has a much more limited interest. It may possibly gently remove some harmonics to slightly tweak a sound. Personally, I never use it.
LFOs are classic and customizable at will.
Envelopes are four in number. As the Q, graphically there is no visual difference between the filter housing and that the amplitude of only a small stroke of the two separating means. When you put a red knob to the Cutoff, there may be a small distinguishing mark between these two parameters - any personal appreciation. No big worries in absolute terms but sometimes it happens that my fingers are involved on the wrong dial (Virus is a damn better on this side). Aside from this concern, totally minor, we must emphasize the interest of two additional shells, especially that with 8 sides: it allows any kind of complex modulation and can become, by closing one of these sections, a third LFO in the form of wave which is defined. This allows for dramatic effects in terms of sound.
The modulation matrix to assign a large number of settings and poses no limitation in terms of connections. Only your mind certainly experience a limit in the interconnection of modules.

OVERALL OPINION

The MicroWave xtk is an exciting synthesizer. Rich in its sonic possibilities, with its sound engine, some of his originals and a variety of modulations limitless filters, it can effectively escape from the usual world of "Sin / Tri / Saw / Sq." Certainly a bit "cold" by its generally metallic sound, because of wave embedded tables, it requires a different approach and requires spending time to get out an interesting sound and great wealth (much like a Yamaha DX7). Out sound "Pads" type can not be obtained as easily as other synthesizers but by being persistent, not only can be achieved, but in addition, it can transcend by creating a scalable texture. And this is where we discover the personality so specific to this instrument. A collector to own who is passionate:-)
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Skeuv08/27/2002

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

Waldorf MicroWave XTk
Keyboard synth good dynamic octave 4
All controllers are usable, very powerful in terms of modulation
2 times 128 sounds, editable, hacks, storable ... queqlues correct effects
Pilot in pro tools, no special prob
a note from an audio peutt we move to cut off, reso .....
for polyphony, I have never grows up to max so I do not know

UTILIZATION

Setup has to do with attention
edition sounds super easy
the manual could have been a little better

SOUNDS

The sounds are good for hip hop, techno, and all that need strange noises
Very good ground and low,
fx will ...
The only prob is that xt is so sharp at the level of sounds after having barely touch 2 or 3 pots, you get the sound of kilometers from its base. When you really want to create a sound, the hard c to stop and say, good, ok c (so they can hack)

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 2 years, and I love it!
I prefer, fishing c sounds
what a little fishing, c of that you put yourself in multi sounds (sounds of an audio output and a lautre the second exit, sounds lose their sins, but not good cata c
so before playing on the waldorf, I had a lot of synth (especially korg and roland)
and waldo, it has a sound that has nothing to do with other brands
I would do this choice (see sample above Now I know XTK)
c good Becane which we do not turn in a few hours ....
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