All user reviews for the Waldorf Micro Q

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Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 7 reviews )
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FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Waldorf Micro Q
The micro Q is very powerful, but it does take a little patience to get used to. The parameters are all mapped out in a matrix fassion.

Price paid



I give it an 8 because, Waldorf did a great job mapping the information matrix out. Anyone should be able to pick it up fairly quickly.

Other than the midi-syncing issue, this thing is great.


It's more of an aggressive sound.


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Posted by: Unknown (January 1-, 2003)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Waldorf Micro Q
Lots of features for the money IMO, plenty of options in the synth engine but the FX could have been better, there are some midi syncing bugs with the LFO's and the delay FX but i can live with them

Price paid usd 800


Hmmm, The µQ is not the most intuitive synth out there IMO, it takes a while to know it, and there are lots of menus which can be confusing for some folks, I got sound diver to program it so I don't really care if it's difficult or not

So far mine is in perfect shape, but the knobs can get jumpy if you don't use them so twist them from time to time to make sure they work ok


A nice little synth with a very unique sound, more on the agressive side of things but it can also sound very smooth, some wonderful lush pads can be obtained with the Micro Q with some programming, the comb filters are great for dreamy sounds, the synth engine is also quite powerful, fast envelopes, lots of options, decent enuogh efx without any realtime modulation capabilities, it has a sound which you'll like or not, personally I dig it, but it's sometimes difficult to make it cut thru a dense mix, the sound is more hyped on the highs and lows so sometimes you have to eq it a bit to make it stand out


I like the µQ very much ... I don't think I'll sell mine, it's not perfect but it has that mojo, and now that waldorf is dead it's more of a collectors item for me

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Posted by: MusickMan (January 0-, 2005)

marzacdev's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Totally in love"

Waldorf Micro Q
I will not repeat here the list of possibilities DIFFERENT sound and technical characteristics of this vehicle standards that are relative beginners of all the hardware quality and years 80/90 I had the opportunity to test.

To get a good idea of the tense of'dition possible, simply browse through the user manual available on the site of Waldorf microQ category: archiv / micro-q-series.html
The Publishing


visualizing basic parameters of sound is clear and intuitive, we found it fairly easily and instantly using the LCD display screen processing rack. In terms of synthesis of Paramtres pousss a little more, it must go through a menu via the touch edition and you better have a quick throw it in the manual. In addition certain features involving many Paramtres and ask us to take a little time to understand their effects.

Personally, I find the manual very clear and direct thoughts with schmas and curves illustrating the operation of the module. Nevertheless have, there are some imprcisions or errors that may disturb.

It is unfortunate that there are no comprehensive and free editor for PC, the only currently available are either missing or version dmonstration really important feature. Sounds Plutt


or the sonority of the machine can agree a lot of styles.

As usual presets provided are not gg (orients very techno / trance) but availing oneself of this rack as many features and the sound that comes out is very clean and neutral, some would say cold, personally I prefer the neutral term, everyone can really make the sound that suits him.

The raction VLOC and the aftertouch and this parameter is actually a very expressive synth. The effects are sufficient to address some sounds and I like particulirement.


I use this rack for about a week.
I bought used a member of Audiofanzine APRS resale of my microKorg and I confess I do not regret this goes upmarket with my hardware.

I tried 8 of the Prophet DaveSmith (the Mopho or Evolver m'intressaient n'taient not available but the test), the Waldorf Blofeld (pluttdu this little box and afraid of bugs Module) ...

Finally, given the character of the multitimbral machine, its reputation, its rating occasion, I ended up cracking to replace my old VA.

What I love most: the possibilities of synthesis standard, the compactness of the rack, the apparent robustness of its manufacture.

What I like least: no USB port, no full editor free, user-friendly format rack that I can not find very convenient for the ride.

This synthesizer is a consultant for any lover of synthesis warned that likes to spend a good half hour shoot button to get the sound that goes well for this track such a place or a piece of super CRER custom special effects. I do not think it is a device for beginners.

For now, I'm very happy with my investment.

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

Waldorf Micro Q
functionality of y'en almost too ....
Oscilos 3, Sub, noise, fm, 4 envelopes, 2 filters, modulation matrix, arpeggiator, effects ...


in terms of ergonomics, j'tait quite skeptical at beginners and 4 knobs seemed sacrment limit.
trs well in the end it screwed up the bulk of paramtres be reached quickly, thanks deslectionenfaade matrix.

on the other hand need to go through an editor noon to configure all parameter.
we forget the flying of the facade in arpeggiator, for example.


cot it is clearly audible in the modlisation, moog n'esprerpar find under the hood!
the filters are digital and feel, but is by no means a flaw. Lersultatfinal gniale is a machine, powerful, open and fairly typical one is clearly in the register of the cold electronics.
range dessonoritsest trs rich, but the micro or Q excels when it comes to simple sounds sharp, variants, and distorted.
it's just a war machine, although it is capable of outputting sounds fine and mlodieux.
For my part I love the waldorf is incisive, space, and rich.


in my rack for 2 years, among many machines, it became a staple of my music. is the machine that I use for the sound that will take over in my tracks. it's a great machine, works well. is a bonneoccasion not CHRE, and no one has CHRE worth the money ...
so I do not regret having bought it, plus I'm pasprtde sell it.

the most:
wealth Settings,
stability of the machine
the price OCCAZ

the edition of some paramtres
pasd'diteurmidi mac / pc standard

kaos2323's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Waldorf Micro Q
View previous opinions! It features good audio inputs and outputs in sufficient numbers to be used as the main synth!


Good programming is not obvious especially in the beginning! The organization of the synth is clear and logical (as always with Waldorf!) But against the practice is much more complex the system of 'Matrix' assignment (the same as the Pulse of the same brand) is not obvious to manage given the number of parameters available for the synthesis ... That said for aficionados of the brand (including myself!) Is finally not such a big problem that a. .. After several weeks of frustration is starting to figure it out rather easily even if certain features are sometimes well hidden!

As against a debutant at risk of more complicated especially since this kind of usability issues can definitely dégouter!

They add a MIDI control surface dedicated it to this one machine (Behringer style) solves the problem but asked to agree to take the lead in a program before you can fully use it. Therefore not at the door of a newcomer to the world of synthesis and MIDI!

on the other hand for fans in those without the annoyances are worth the trouble in my opinion ...


Then against it by not bad at all considering the price (used) machine: as usual with the color palette Waldorf sound available is very wide and yet kind and original!

The sound is clean and smooth (sometimes a cold can!) But ultimately it's not as unpleasant in some Japanese brand (in my opinion of course!).

In fact after a while one begins to find that it is even an advantage because it can do everything rather well! The distos allow dirty violent sounds and some color filters have a 'digital' very special not found in any other brand (the resonators 'combs filters' for example!).

When the sound is a strictly analog approaches it without having the eppaiseur and the organic and living a real ... Yet in a mix of illusion works pretty good! In fact I'd buy just to make the final analog modeling and I use it more for its own creative qualities of the original sounds to make a modeling itself!

From a sound design for a real surprise for me especially as coupled with the excellent arpeggio we get to do evolutionary sequence of strange and very personal! Finally a full-fledged synth that should be useful for its own merits rather than for use as a give ... every time at Waldorf finally!


I use it for 3 years and it became one of the digital synths I use most regularly.

As indicated previously this is not a machine for beginners (because of its ergonomic ... mainly they should rather seek to remedy these shortcomings Q to use!) But if you're broke and looking for a versatile machine and can help you all do well (pads, leads, basses, fx, sounds' cheloux',...) and even to engage in sound research (combined filters and filter types Varis, matrix modulation powerful arpeggio interressant ,...) is a choice not to be overlooked.

We can still miss him repprocher slightly at first character of the issue, then once the effect of marketing spend 'analog modeled'il is attaching to its qualities that go far beyond a. ..

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

Waldorf Micro Q
I have a 25-way version, for now it is enough for me, the features are allchantes (2 multimode filters, envelopes 4 3 LFO + matrix)
Most are in sync oscilloscope and multi-mode filters with Comb.
Obviously the matrix permits full of DLIR.
LFOs can sync to the tempo.
Between audio.
Multi, drumMap, multiple outputs.


The edition on the synth itself is quite galley because you have to pass parameters directly to constantly shift parameters so it's difficult to get a hand on the keyboard and the other to change the settings, despite 4 pots.
For the matrix is ​​the horror, we do not visualize, so unless you go through all we do not know what was programmed.
You have to go through a program editor to draw sounds. I am a right now to MacOSX.
The manual is very good, with examples and tips.


The sound is generally good trs. The distortion of the filters can get dirty sounds.
Obviously it is not worth a lot but it is analog. The possibilities are standard.
The effects are pretty gadgets, it's better without it, except the phaser that I find quite a bit.
For solo sounds, I have mixed feelings because the filter has a funny running on the keyboard follow.
If I compare with my Matrix1000, it has many more sounds possible, but it is a little colder. As against the envelopes are faster and is better for sound sequences.


I use it for several months, in fact I spent more time programming the editor so I have not done a lot of sounds.
I bought it 350 euros. I think for that price it has a lot of opportunities, obviously no longer Waldorf j'espre so he will not let me go ...

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

Waldorf Micro Q
Virtual analog synth hardware
2U rack
300 presets in memory
For specifications see the Q
is almost the same except for:
Dsp-one instead of 3 on the Q
Routing-filter is fixed
Them dynamically allocate 25 votes (depending on the complexity of sounds)
-Effect can be a little worse (g unable to verify)
(These are the main differences with the Q)


Edition of the matrix is ​​not that bad, but a little time to adapt
is necessary
There is a freeware editor MQQ Pc (Q quick editor)
+ Scrambler to change the "pseudo-random" (it remains in digital) a preset

Remember that 6 + 2entrees separated out, it is not negligible for a synth
of this award


With up to five wavetables and oscilloscope with 2 filters per voice, I will say that one has
the margin
The sounds are obviously synthetic analogue with a penchant "cold"
Excellent for the New Wave, industry or "electro-clash" style 80's revival
However, we can make it sound pretty hot playing on multiple modulations
and routing filters
The oscilloscope is excellent in quality and harmonic richness general
And modulations!
: Lfo addition to a sin LFO2 saw a module that modulates osc 2 osc ....
There's even drum maps for those in need of kicks / snare
Finally, the vocoder, it's even more for the Q


550 euros for a nine "almost Q" at home: the microQ (6 letters not better)
Its strong point is the sound Waldorf, this synth can do, but certainly from analog
that a.