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Waldorf MicroWave

MicroWave, Hybrid synthesizer from Waldorf in the MicroWave series.

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Moog.Fighter 07/30/2005

Waldorf MicroWave : Moog.Fighter's user review

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The series of Microwave has gone through several versions: Microwave 1, 2, XT, XTK. Of all these versions only the Microwave 1 is provided of the famous real 24dB low pass analog filter of Waldorf as on his great ERRF the Wave. Its analog circuits are:
8 CEM3389 VC Signal Processor (4 pole lowpass and 4 VCAs VC)
EMC 5508H 8 Octal Sample & Hold
All the following versions of Microwave (2, XT, XTK), same if their technical specifications are richer (polyphony wavetable numbers, types of filters), however, are ... Fully Digital Riquer. The Difference? The kind of sounds good sr. The Microwave is a share in the Microwave SERIES. It has the richness of synthse wavetable and warmth and color binding analog. A shuffled Dtonn!
Powerful bass sounds harsh, dirty, "Acid" or ... the subtlety comparable to the Yamaha DX. Versions of postrieures Microwave (2, XT, XTK) although trs rich and powerful in terms of synthse, sound more numrique.
The MW1 excels in the leads, pads, basses and big effects, and sounds sr evolutive typical synthse wavetable.
Beware the two versions of OS MW1 existed OS 1.25 and OS 2.0. Prfrez OS version 2.0 with greater possibilities.

UTILIZATION

There are a programmer for the hardware manufactured by a Microwave Access. It is used to control much of paramtres with knobs and live like on the XT. Needless to prciser it is an indispensable tool to make the bottom of the BTE. The programmer is rare and sought but not found. I found mine on ebay for $ 400.

8 / 10 with the program

SOUNDS

The Microwave is a share in the Microwave SERIES. It has the richness of synthse wavetable and warmth and color binding analog. A shuffled Dtonn!
Powerful bass sounds harsh, dirty, "Acid" or ... the subtlety comparable to the Yamaha DX. Versions of postrieures Microwave (2, XT, XTK) although trs rich and powerful in terms of synthse, sound more numrique.
The MW1 excels in the leads, pads, basses and big effects, and sounds sr evolutive typical synthse wavetable.
Beware the two versions of OS MW1 existed OS 1.25 and OS 2.0. Prfrez OS version 2.0 with greater possibilities.

OVERALL OPINION

For me, Microwave synthesis is a "hybrid" wavetable / analog I gladly class in the range of "vintage" like the PPG. Microwave The following are great synths, powerful but although its a "typquot; Waldorf sound for me too" numriques "or digital and can certainly be one day be replaced by the quivalant in soft.
Finally there is little prs the same type of diffrence between a Waldorf Q (filter numriques) and Q + (analog filters).