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Waldorf Quantum Synthesizer 8 Voice Polysynth

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Waldorf is proud to announce a new chapter in their tradition of designing high-end ground breaking synthesisers. Starting with Waldorf’s famous wavetable technology developed decades ago, it was always a challenge to give our instruments a powerful flexible beating heart. Our digital oscillators coupled to the enormous power and efficient simplicity of our analog filters started the digital revolution back in the 80’s.

Quantum combines the raw power of a classic digital & analog hybrid synthesiser, with futuristic sounds that are only possible with today’s software synthesisers.

Its 3 Oscillators offer four synthesis algorithms each:

Waldorf-style Wavetables with the latest additions from Nave, including speech synthesis and wavetable generation from audio.

Classic Synthesizer Waveforms with multiple waves for an ultra fat sounds right out of the oscillators.

Granular Sampler with multi sampling plus traditional sampling mode.

Resonator for virtual sound sculpting.

Quantum OSCs

The flexibility emanating from Quantum’s powerful oscillators and their interaction with one another is simply breath-taking. Never before has it ever been possible to create such a wide sonic bandwidth with one synthesizer. Stretching from classic analog, with precise sample playback, through to harsh or animated digital sounds, escalating all the way up to sound and sequence clusters, that can only be achieved with a modular synthesiser system.

Quantum’s beautiful ergonomic and intuitive user panel supports an artist’s workflow with a previously unknown elegance. The carefully crafted array of aluminium knobs and encoders surround an ultra hi-resolution multi touch display. Waldorf engineers spent many long hours perfecting the interaction between the display and the physical control elements. The stunning display is a highly flexible extension of the tactile experience, and is light-years ahead of any synthesiser currently on the market today.

Quantum backperspec

To help understand functional correlations between one knob and another, each control knob is individually illuminated by a multi colour LED. This makes it instantly obvious when viewing complex settings and modulation settings, where related parameters can be adjusted quickly and efficiently. With the help once again of the gorgeous central display, precise settings can be handled with ease, much the same as the experience when using your cutting edge computer tablet.

When the Waldorf engineers decided to develop Quantum, little did they realise it would take several years of painstaking work. There were areas of Quantum that our years of experience with sound generation were bought to the fore. But Quantum is so powerful it took our team into uncharted territory, involving both sound and the way it was felt the musician would interact with it.

Quantum was designed and developed by our dedicated team in Germany. All essential components have been designed, manufactured and assembled here in Germany. This has allowed us to manufacture Quantum with an unparalleled build quality. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank a world class array of sound designers that have contributed to a multi-facetted factory sound set.

Technical Specifications
Type: Analog, Digital
Synthesis: Granular, Subtractive, Wave Table
Oscillators: 3
Waveforms: Pulse Variable, Saw Down, Saw Up, Sine, Square, Triangle, Wave Table, White Noise
ROM Size: 4GB
Osc Modulation: After Touch, Envelope, Glide / Portamento, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Mod Wheel, Oscillator, Pitch Wheel, Sync Hard, Velocity
Oscillator Notes:
Four synthesis sources:
+ Wavetable
+ Waveform
+ Particle granular sampler
+ Resonator sound modeling
4 GB storage for preset waves and samples
Sampling: 24 bit, 44.1 kHz, Granular, Loop, One Shot (Phrase), Multi-Sample
Sampling Notes:
+ 2GB sample memory
+ 1GB factory samples
Envelopes: 6
Envelope Notes::
+ Envelopes specs TBA
Filters: 2
Types: 12dB Slope (2-pole), 24dB Slope (4-pole), Band Pass, Comb, High Pass, Low Pass, Notch, Resonance
Filter Modulation: After Touch, Envelope, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Mod Wheel, Pitch Wheel, Portamento
Filter Notes:
+ 2 x Analog filters
+ Digital filtering
+ Parallel, serial and other filter modes
LFO: 6
LFO Parameters: Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Saw Down, Sine, Square, Triangle, Clocked, Delay, Freerun, Key Sync
LFO Notes::
+ LFO specs TBA
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 8
Timbrality: 8
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Polyphonic, Split, Unison
Patches RAM: 10,000
Storage: Internal, SD Card, USB
Editing: USB
7 modes up, down, random etc.
Octave range
7 Sort Orders
3 Velocity Modes
+ Digital Effects types: Overdrive, Bit crusher,
+ Upto 3 effects per patch
Case: Keyboard
Keyboard: 61 keys, Non-weighted, Plastic
Controls: Aftertouch, Velocity, Buttons, Knobs, Mod - Wheel, Pitch -Wheel, Modulation - Audio Input, Pedal - Sustain, Pedal - Volume, Tempo Tap, Arpeggiator, Sequencer
Display Type: LED, TouchView, Backlit
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main, Stereo 2, Stereo Headphone
Audio Output Count: 6
Inputs: 2 x 1/4" audio inputs
CV Ports: CV IN
Year Released: 2018
Design Notes:

Alex Hartmann

Product Links
Company Product Sites:
[+] waldorfmusic.com
MSRP List Price: 3,900 Euros Estimated - convert

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