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Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 23 reviews )
 15 reviews65 %
 5 reviews22 %
 2 reviews9 %
Value For Money : Excellent
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emm-49's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent"

Waldorf Blofeld
Waldorf Blofeld Synthesizer
Warning: no midi out
Many of the infinite, all customizable and editable. Programming is very simple, very visual interface.
Connection very easy on Mac.


General configuration simple.
Manual clear whether they speak English or German (to my knowledge, not available in French)


Syntéhtiques sounds, if you want realistic sounds, then look elsewhere.
I love it.


I use it for a year. I tried two or three other models in the same price range, but the Blofeld is one that most closely matches my desires in terms of ease of use and versatility of the tyle.
Excellent value for money, even if some bugs are still to be deplored the latest OS.

swankfr's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" great synth but ..."

Waldorf Blofeld
Analog Modeling Synths semi-modular (modulation matrix 16X16)

16 by 50 multi-voice polyphony

by voice:

3 osc including all wavetables waldorf

FM + 2 multimode filters, three LFOs, four envelopes, two effects drive


Synthesis part easier to program if you are used to synthesizers modulation matrices.
However the multiplayer is a little less ergonomic and particularly buggy.
for my part I never needed to open the manual.


I never use the presets, as the appreciation is subjective, I will not believe it.
filters and envelopes are effective forms of many different waves (wavetable and the PPG Wave XT), the effects of distortion approtent additional colors for stamps.


I use it since May 2010, for its low price it's a VA synth really great if we merely use it in single mode, multi mode for the time being still very buggy. can be a next update to deliver the order in the multiplayer mode. in this case the Blofeld is a synth really exceptional for a ridiculous price, from 16 to 50 multi-voice polyphony to 380 € qd is the same dream!
I also appreciate the small footprint of the machine.

there is also an option that allows SL License to upload their own samples via an editor PC / MAC. I did not purchase this option (60 €). version of the Blofeld keyboard includes this option home.

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" most excellent!"

Waldorf Blofeld
already said lower


very very simple, there is a very good editor software to work, otherwise I find the general configuration: managed, simple, intuitive
Blofeld's screen is very readable drawings wave very well reproduced


ah come on to the interesting things, Waldorf in 2007 we presented the Blofeld, destop small, bright white, aluminum knobs, screen printing simple but effective, with inside a monster full of wavetable and grain to the Waldorf, after the famous microQ the Blofeld alone represents what Waldorf is doing well: A Synth!
After listening for the first time demos I fall to the ground and shouted "I want" I was among the first to spend the first day of my pre-order, 3 month wait! But the icing at the end .....
critics are put off this synth off dirty from the start by saying it was shit, an unstable OS, a low manufacturing qualitée (I read here on AF compared to the cover metal sheet to a common folded and painted for € 30!)
unlike the "when do we say" the Blofeld was well attended by Waldorf, the updates to the OS frequent, various improvements, and finally the OS version 1.15b SL that allows the injection of sample wav format again with the filters! demand that other people for less than € 600 over nine synth license? frankly?
I'm with deep bass to the limit of infrabass, leads to blush norlead "word games" ambient groundwater at will, the fx crazy is not it on to the piano accordion and bagpipes! but buy a synth for that? The Blofeld is made for synthetic sound design research


I put 10 to Blofeld is one of the few synths that I bought new and kept, I am not to throw for another,
I have another one from a MS2000 JP8080, a raft, a Micron, a Tetra, a supernova, an EX5, a Morpheus, and I just tell you it is different, does not duplicate, when I try to create a sound My first thought little special: THE BLOFELD!
with experience of course I would remake the same purchase

last word: bravo Waldorf

chapolin's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A great little synth"

Waldorf Blofeld
It's a real synthesizer for those who want to make the sound.

The utililtaire pc.


Very complex as any real musical instrument.
Many menus and sub menus but fluid and intuitive. With a little practice we found it fast enough.
The editor pc is really cool. (I emulates Linux).


The creative potential is immense and this is a superb machine and super serious.
It started in the ultimate synthesis sound but the beginner may be exceeded.
The sounds are good but frankly "small", they deserve further processing as a good compression output.


I have 2 years and I use it occasionally. Every time I find a little more interesting. It's true that at the beginning it was just shots in the head when you buy a synth, the kind the big analogue bass killer ... but to use this machine reveals many other possibilities.
For the price is unbeatable and I would do this choice without hesitation.

yoshi303's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" what sound! it is pure."

Waldorf Blofeld
+ I use it as an expander (......), is a real synth. (Not like my 303 ...)

- It lacks the "TAP TEMPO" for a "live performance, .. even the keyboard version have not equipped I believe ...


* The general configuration is simple?

yes should read the manual ... (Just to mention k'il be plugged into a USB MIDI and not to avoid the "noise "...) (unless it have been already corrected ...???)

* Editing of sounds and effects is easy?

we can not express ... on the other hand function is not "morph" to change effects ...

* The manual is clear and sufficient? ...

ke is still stuff I do not get it, even if the manual is provided.

(Hence my 7 / 10 ...)


* The sounds they are suitable to your style of music?

is not an expander!

+ Groundwater textures are ..... how can I say? ..

+ ............ I can say a lot ..

- On some bass sounds it sounds a bit 'electro' ... while others sounded downright acoustic! (Guitar, "guitars" .......)

- Sound effects "trash" or false ... but it takes away not a 10/10 its side ... (Just need a limiter / compressor behind ...)

- Note that I do not use the extension SL (which to play samples is unnecessary), I think next sampler is much better ... (But that is only my opinion, we'll see.)


* For how long have you been using it?

I use it for about a year even more ...

this is my first REAL keyboard (not a koi nimporte blofeld!).

So ... Raport excellent price / quality / ........

* Why this choice?

bein .... FM .... and 28-voice polyphony with multi therefore very versatile ... + The "creative side".

is a specialized synth "ds flexible" I think ... (Tablecloths organs, house, deep, progressive textures ...... ...)
it's been a little while even that ki does not exist. (But it can be very low on some VERY AGGRESSIVE ..)

I've never even touched a ki synth, I come out weird things even soundproof ,..... it's like meeting the 3rd type ds. :)

* What thing do you like most/least about it?


+ I would say 1 - ergonomics .. Pure and Simplicime, the "4" buttons and replace enough virus to 500 buttons ... (Is accessed by all - a touch of a button) 2 - very easy to transport ........ 3 - the design is more than nice ..

- There's no LED to light up the black ds, you need a lamp .... not very "class "......

conclusion, but as has already been said for the price you will find no better.

Olivar1's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Waldorf Blofeld
see manual


it is a very powerful synthesizer level synthesis and modulation matrix, but it can be used simply and gradually enter into the complex.

ergonomics screen / buttons is very well done, which makes editing "easy"

Manual is sufficient to understand


the factory sounds are not at all to my taste, but I bought this machine to mine!

through the modulation matrix, we can make the sounds very much alive (velocity, etc. ... Keytrack)

effects are not up to the rest, I prefer to pass the output of a multi-effect external Blofeld.

SL allows the license to use its own samples, which further opens the field of possibilities.

The filters are very good and allow a multitude of variations due to distortions included.


I possess 3 years,
I used it as a main synthesizer and now live as a sound source in a project of improvised music.
it has its own character but at the same time makes a huge sonic palette.

its price / quality ratio is excellent.

I do it again this election


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

Waldorf Blofeld
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The general configuration is not very complicated, but requires a little patience and go into the device.
Editing sounds is easy, but does not (as stated below) to techno dj live, but to the tonal style upscale.
The manual is in English or German is not what might be called the handbook of our dreams.


The preset sounds (1000) are already very interesting. You can change them to infinity.
For anyone who slows the keyboard problems, you type Shift + Global access to system settings. you can set the keys in linear and not "exponential" which eliminates the problem of keys stronger than others.
All sounds are pure analog.
Synth (keyboard or in rack) is well above the microkorg, roland gaia or alesis micron.
In my opinion, the best synth at this price, and sounds really upscale.
They can rework a vst later anyway. Finally, everything is possible with this type of machine.
The arpeggiator is certainly what is best and over the lot. Especially for the price.


I use it for a month and it's really good.
Do not believe the reviews on the forums on the keys. We must think about this set as you want. The problem is that everything is customizable, everything can be too much, and the failure of this synth while the metal will be fewer knob, and all submenus hidden. Some probably prefer to have more buttons and more direct access.
However, it is, I think to be reserved for professionals (keyboard version) and advanced users and rigorous (rack).
Some racks are easier to use.
But quality issue, whether the keyboard version and 700 Euros, or rack Motie cheaper, it's worth two or three times its price.

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

Waldorf Blofeld
Desktop Expander 2 mono 6.35 jack for audio output, a headphone jack 6,35, 1 in afternoon, 1 USB. Updating firmware via USB or MIDI (USB and PC recommended) banks A to H of 128 sounds each. Some sounds are muffled qualifier "mono" meaning that they are monophonic. For the rest see manufacturer's data.


The general config is very simple except for one thing: the update of firmwire. The downloadable pack on the waldorf site provides 2 MIDI files and an executable for mac. Nothing was found. Xp pc, same thing. I've finally succeeded in reading the file "slowmidi" with windows media player (as with cubase, even in slow tempo, it did not matter) The manual suffers from a flaw in my taste: no sound list of works, practical check her favorites. Editing sounds is very intuitive, it's true forte. +: Edition of sounds and perspectives of sound creations. +: Number of Sosna +: + materials used: design and compactness -: output converters -: sounds mixed (with respect to the gain) -: firmwire capricious, roof upgrade -: bugg on older versions of the bones


Ay it's the rub A PRIORI (Update: after having fiddled a little gear and make some settings, it is difficult to understand how a machine as small and inexpensive little do so !!!). Take time to edit at least the speed to win a little fishing (even to lose a little velocity) sounds quite a suitable one of my styles of music if they were not as unequal. I said. a sound al the other difference is enormous momentum, barely audible over the one with the gain and volume background, ready to blow the speakers on the following (especially in the high mids ...) It's a shame because the machine has the potential to edition, (added after a few days of use: an old korg stage echo just a colorful and thicken the sound, with a test tube preamps ... so the matter could be a bit steep initial become an asset if you take the time to find what we want to give her the craft) No sounds are not to be realistic because we are in an analog modeling synth has. The term is random, haphazard chance. on some rhodes, without playing with velocity, slamming some notes much louder than others (notement when you arrive at the end of the reasonableness of a prior note / / CF SHIFT Notice INGRES offering a solution to this pb)) significant differences depending on the version of os (added after a few days of use: I'm still on my first impression, the audio quality is slightly below the factory presets, but the results obtained by fiddling legerment gain, leaving on effects of vintage etc., suggests a potential for an excellent value for money despite these faults. In fact if the beast is "not finished", it is because it is our creativity to finish the job and to personalize the device. )


I used it for 6 days and therefore may be I'll have better ssurprises. It's time for the module that owns the sound quality output "right" the worst of my set while in the same time he has in his stomach as many sounds that I like. J have tried many models before, including some that I have acquired new or OCCAZ. (Korg x50, MicroX, emu orbit, roland jx3p ...) even some synths sound wider (DiscoDSP Discovery) My criticism on the relative coldness of her are closer to those made on their time sampler akai s1000; it their reproaches their coldness. But thanks to this neutrality, the matter is more malleable. It requires more work, but offers more possibilities. This flat is provided with a take precautions. J loves his compactness, however, metal, sboutons, beautiful screen. The value for money is not bad in nine (J stays more skeptical the first day), really good on occasion! The competition level compared alesis micron moved a small keyboard for the same price, korg MicroX buried level sound presence and control in real time, and has a variety of sounds and general compatibility gm. But once that rule is a bit more if it is waldorf obvious. Do not stop at the first impression ...) (but the waldorf edition has arguments which makes it even more rallied his lack of defects in layers of sounds. (Added after a few days of use: however, for edition of the sounds, the blofeld that buries the Korg, and I think that term can be quite a thing out of the machine is not cooked but c may be more creative ... - ) I understand better wash my predecessor, who directs the technomens to spend their way) For the small price and despite my short bursts of reds, it's still interested in a machine: s to initiate the synthesis has to go on a trip, and test with a wind controller, subject to a test for me very soon. In addition there is access to the Waldorf for a small fee. For nine leprix I advise trying to shop and compare with the alesis micron (same price) Mopho Dave Smith Instrument (same price) the korg MicroX (slightly more expensive) and according to your needs make informed question. On occasion a virus or access one of the first rack north could also be an alternative or even a roland jx3p. For my part I will ever have that choice time to tweak, but I do not recommend this purchase Musicians Press. (No more than did the real analog synths) Final Score: 9 for that time (I spend more time on it, jaime more and more I found how to correct small defects which bothered mavaient early) 6 for the Musicians Press.

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

Waldorf Blofeld
Small rack whose characteristics are available on the website of Waldorff


The configuration is very comfortable given the number of effective controls grace and generous screen printing screen. But obviously, with so few buttons, the edition is less comfortable than an instrument where each function has its controller.
The manual is clear.


The factory proposs sounds rather "lightweight" but by creating its own presets, you can go out pretty phat sounds.
The possibilities offertent by routing modulations, 4 envelopes, operators etc make huge possibilts in terms of sound design.


I use it for over a year. Regarding the power of Blofeld, I am fully satisfied. However, it is now suffering from a problem knob (infinite): one of the four main knobs "jump" alatoirement and very quickly when rotated. The instrument as still under warranty, it will go back bientt service after sale.
The quality-price ratio is very good.
With the experience, especially after purchasing a Andromeda A6, I'm not on the choice again, however, I do not regret my purchase.

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

Waldorf Blofeld
Nice unit, caring and enjoyable finish.
Technical specifications trs many INTERESTED Store: 3 oscillators, 3 LFOs, wavetable historical and new number, sample import, 2 multimode filters with filter PPG and comb, abundant modulation matrix , arpgiateur full effects ............


Use a comfortable thanks DEFINITIONS clear menus and buttons to select Defines well.
Only concern, I think: just 4 potentiomtres inciting to walk around in the menus at times and sometimes lead to wrong paramtre edit (especially for the heads up like me <img class="smiley" src="https://fr.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt="wink" /> ). Just over t knobs would be welcome but given the size and price .............( however inadmissible on the keyboard version)


Regular at the Microwave XT, Waldorf I find the universe, though some say. For me, I did not feel like a VST plug-in the hands but rather a good synth. His sound world is fascinating and rich due to the wavetable, its multimode filters and its modulation matrix for imports between (a true modular? ). It sounds crystal plutt of Manir qu&#39;pais but I noticed that it cre ds a bass sound basis for sawtooth and applying a good distortion output filter, has become quite massive and bold. That those who say it lacks punch, do not be lazy, do not limit yourself to the presets and put your hands dirty! If you fly, you will ct something.
The Blofeld possde a tighter range in the treble than the bass, the one o my Virus B, as I chris, fits the reverse. Moreover, the sawtooth and square waves through the sound clearer than in the Blofeld Virus, more mt. However, the low round deaf aisment obtained with more synth Access from home.

They wonder compltent


For those who want to engage in the Fast Fashion noise in the true sense of the term (that&#39;s boom boom and big bass sounds techno), the Blofeld is complete. It does not require that be programmed (you can do without the presets that are often arbitrary and do not value the potential of the machine). However, it will add it to a midi interface Annex bnficier over potentiomtres to gain a little time in handling.

J&#39;apprcie much this little Blofeld even if I blame him for things such as:
- The effects section except trs average distortions and delays: reverbration very intuitive program and to the result mdiocre, chorus / flanger many ways, phaser does not work on mine (ing stocky, trs leads on a strong modulation)
- Stereo fields just by my gots rtrci
- Arpgiateur ultra paramtres complete but some such as the glide does not work
- Missing MIDI OUT (USB cable blah, blah)
- Dynamic Drout sometimes, too much or not enough (I noticed that the mixing effects, as a chorus, the dynamics of its decline)
- A few bugs par-ci/par-l. With my squence (DP6), the arpgiateur not often catch the right timing and DCALL or the management of sustain pedals is catastrophic (when plugged directly into my matre keyboard everything works smoothly)

Apart from these few dsagrments, which catch the mix in a squenceur, the sound engine of Blofeld calls for it shall adopt. It is simply fascinating.

For hackers, do yourself a favor <img class="smiley" src="https://fr.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt="wink" />
For "techno-men", look elsewhere, a lack of buttons and presets really INTERESTED <img class="smiley" src="https://fr.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_sad.gif" alt="sad" />

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ADDITION OF 25 OCTOBER 2009</span>

In order to overcome the effects of mdiocres Blofeld, until I passed by the unit from Alesis MIDIVERB but that gave me little satisfaction. Today I plug the DCID Blofeld through the effects of my Motif XS and it is perfect. Not only the colored pattern perfectly the sounds of Blofeld with his large variety of FX but in addition, he brings a bit of punch and finally opens the damn fields Stereo, too Triqui my got. So, I feel like a Virus deuxime but with a color Waldorf. This is the APRS rvlation this afternoon in my home studio.
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If you have a Blofeld and a Motif XS, do like me and you will not be due. This is a new Blofeld I now discovering. <img class="smiley" src="/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt="wink" />