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Added: 17-Feb-00  |  Author: admin

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The highly rated Waldorf Microwave II is a 'Spectral wavetable synthesizer' using digital waveforms in Rom & Ram... Waldorf make some of the cream of digital synths, and this model is no exception...


  • Multi Mode with 8 individual instruments
  • 10 voices
  • 128 multis
  • 256 sounds
  • 64 ROM wavetables
  • 32 RAM wavetables
  • 64 waves per wavetable
  • 500 waves
  • arpeggiator, syncable to MIDI Clock
  • programmable arpeggiator rhythm pattern per sound
  • 4 integrated effect units (1 Chorus available for any instrument in multi mode, 1 separate effect for each of the first 3 instruments in multi mode)
  • all parameters real time controllable through MIDI continous controller
  • 1 dial for page access
  • 4 dials for parameter changes
  • 1 Play / Shift button
  • 5 buttons for mode selection (3 buttons for "Sound", 1 button for "Multi", 1 button for "Global")
  • 1 Standby button with alert function to assure that all edited sounds are stored
  • MIDI In / Out / Thru
  • 2 stereo outputs
  • 19"/2U

Parameters Per voice

  • 2 oscillators
  • oscillator synchronization
  • oscillator FM, fully modulatable
  • 2 wave generators
  • noise generator
  • ring modulator
  • adjustable quality levels for aliasing, interpolation and clipping
  • mixer, all levels (Wave 1, Wave 2, Noise, Ring Modulation, External In) modulatable with high resolution
  • 2 multi mode filters, connected serially

  • filter 1:
    • low pass 12dB
    • low pass 24dB
    • band pass 12dB
    • high pass 12dB
    • sinus shaper with low pass filter 12dB
    • wave shaper with low pass filter 12dB (selected wavetable determines the available shaper waves)
    • Sample & Hold with low pass filter 12dB (real time sample rate reduction down to 23Hz)
    • dual parallel filter with 12dB low pass and 12dB band pass, cutoff offset parameter for band pass
    • 12dB low pass filter with filter FM (cutoff modulation through oscillator 2)

  • filter 2:
    • low pass 6dB
    • high pass 6dB

  • stereo amplifier, fully modulatable
  • 8-time/level wave envelope with loop function, "one shot" mode, times and levels modulatable
  • ADSR filter envelope, each phase modulatable separately
  • ADSR amplifier envelope, each phase modulatable separately
  • 4-time/level free envelope, bipolar, one shot mode, times and levels modulatable
  • all envelopes work with separate trigger- and voice-modes, either monophonic or polyphonic:
  • single trigger with zero return
  • single trigger with return to last level
  • retrigger with zero return
  • retrigger with return to last level
  • dual mode (two voices per note)
  • unisono (all free voices at once)
  • two LFOs, each with different shapes, syncable to MIDI clock, LFO 2 can be synced to LFO 1
  • modulation matrix with 16 slots, all sources and destinations of the MicroWave and the Pulse plus new connections
  • 4 freely usable modifiers with several operators and algorithms

Other Microwave II/XT OS features:

  • Adjustable Aliasing: "listen to aliasing distortion just like in the dawn of the first digital musical instruments like the PPG Wave or the first Microwave."
  • Adjustable Time Quantization: "sometimes one might wish to add additional harshness to the lower end, just like the first microwave did, and this is what Time Quantization is for: The wave interpolation is overridden in five steps to get this extra fizziness."

  • 2 Clipping Modes:
    • Saturate - "This is the kind of distortion classic analog circuits will generate."
    • Overflow - "The polarity of the signal's part above the maximum level will be negated."

  • Random Patch Generator added (OS 1.303)
  • Oscillator FM added (OS 1.307) - Osc1 is Carrier and Osc2 Modulator
  • Arpeggiator Notes can be sent to MIDI out. (OS 1.500) - Adjustable globally in Sound Mode or by Instrument in Multi Mode.

Well... all I can say is... I wish I had one... Comments please...

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Product:  Waldorf - MICROWAVE 2
Name: ashley
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Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 29-Mar-00

just buy one, i have seen them advertised new for 599. you wont get bored using a mw, yes it obvious when you use one they can cut through any mix. but you can also make them sit quietly in any track or even dance around the edges. they havent got infinate polyphony but how much do you need going on at once? this is a classic synth, from a classic manufacturer, with a great history and it has a big red knob.

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