More Waldorf Q info

From Mark Pulver
Sent Thu, Sep 17th 1998, 19:46

Below is some more information on the upcoming Q that has been pieced
together from some Questions and Answers on the Waldorf list. 

The answers are coming from Wolfram Franke, the key support dude at Waldorf.


The Q is due out mid-November at a MSRP of US $3495.

The topic at play here was "Will it have/I want it to have":

Q: Modulation possibilities - the crazier the better; the more LFOs and
ADSRs and routings the better...

A: Isn't that true for any Waldorf synth?

Q: An analog-type interactive "real-time" sequencer - we all crave one of
those: a good model would be the Doepfer MAQ series

A: Sure.

Q: A variety of filter types as found on the XT or the Matrix 12/Xpander

A: Sure.

Q: A disk drive - yes, even though computers are an alternative, some of 
us prefer to keep the two apart once in a while

A: No. But the Q will get a card slot. The nice thing about it is that the
cards will be very cheap! Not as cheap as a floppy disk, but "very".

Q: A control pad similar to that found on the Z1 - have X, Y, and Z
(pressure) control over the sound

A: No. Too expensive for us. We are not japanese. Sorry.

Q: Self-powered knobs/sliders or a reasonable alternative to knowing the
current values of the knobs for a patch: perhaps have the knobs do
double-duty as buttons like on the Z1's knobs under the LCD

A: Endless rotaries.

Q: Two modulation wheels apart from the pitch wheel

A: One Mod Wheel. But 2 CV inputs and 2 switch inputs to use external
controllers like foot pedals etc.

Q:Keys that feel similar to those on the Kawai K5000S - very smooth action

A: No, but the Q keyboard will feel almost identical. We needed a shorter key
size and so we decided to take a different keyboard. BTW: the Wave has the
same keyboard as the Kawai K5000. BTW2: the keys aren't as short as on
Roland synths, just *a little* shorter than on the Wave.

Q: Powerful voice-allocation as found on the Matrix 12/Xpander - allow us
to decide how many voices certain things take-up

A: Maybe. At least dual and unison.

Q: A back-lit display that is tilted slightly forward like on the VS-1680

No. It's flat.

(I've asked for verification if this means that it's backlit but not
tilted, or not backlit and not tilted)

Q: Digital output (or as an option) for recording purposes

A: Yes.

Q: If there is an external input, have a dedicated knob for the input level

A: No.

Q: An arpeggiator that can be applied to values other than pitch (e.g.
filter settings) - similar to that found on the EMU Audity 2000

A: The step sequencer will at least do so.

Q: Interesting mathematical functions to be used for modulation other than
classical LFO shapes or ADSR curves - e.g. exponentials and polynomials:
I've done this on some software synths, and the results can be very

See: Microwave II/XT modifiers.

Q: If there is an external input, the possibility to use it as a source of
modulation (in terms of audio level, or perhaps pitch?)

A: Not yet decided. Depends on the processor power it would consume.

Q: Fine timing control of the sequencer would be awesome!

We have a "Timing Factor" control and each step is adjustable in 7 
different timing ticks (plus a "random" timing)

More as I learn more...

Mark Pulver - Home of the "MIDI 2nd Bedroom Featuring the Modular Closet" - Nord Mod: