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New Waldorf synth M

Post by jonne74 » Mon Sep 06, 2021 1:37 pm






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Big red knob on their IG, "We missed you Welcome back old friend." Incredibly exciting if it's true.


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Re: Waldorf is teasing return of The Wave?

Post by BlinkyLights » Mon Sep 06, 2021 1:39 pm

I'd be happy with just the big red knob separately.

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Re: Waldorf is teasing return of The Wave?

Post by Rex Coil 7 » Mon Sep 06, 2021 1:56 pm

BlinkyLights wrote:
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I'd be happy with just the big red knob separately.

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Re: Waldorf is teasing return of The Wave?

Post by everydaycurry » Mon Sep 06, 2021 3:16 pm

Putting my bet on a VST rather than a new hardware Wave.

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Re: Waldorf is teasing return of The Wave?

Post by sduck » Mon Sep 06, 2021 4:17 pm

I'd love to get a keyboard version of any of the flavors of wave synths. The original Wave was a beautiful thing, and modern version with the various bugs worked out would be an instant buy. Or another version like the XTK, also an instant buy. Despite having about the most "digital" and "thin" sound of any synth, with all the quirky aliasing, they still have so much character.

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Re: Waldorf is teasing return of The Wave?

Post by BlinkyLights » Mon Sep 06, 2021 5:26 pm

Rex Coil 7 wrote:
Mon Sep 06, 2021 1:56 pm
BlinkyLights wrote:
Mon Sep 06, 2021 1:39 pm
I'd be happy with just the big red knob separately.

For fun, as a patchable Attenuator.
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Re: Waldorf is teasing return of The Wave?

Post by Nelson Baboon » Mon Sep 06, 2021 5:35 pm

i rather doubt that they would revisit a huge (in both physical size and prize) synth that might sell a very few. What would make a new Wave cheaper now? (honest question)

the big red knob - maybe it means that they are finally updating the XT? or something like that?

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Re: Waldorf is teasing return of The Wave?

Post by Stice » Mon Sep 06, 2021 5:37 pm

Blue background, makes me think Wave more than XT.


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Re: Waldorf is teasing return of The Wave?

Post by Nelson Baboon » Mon Sep 06, 2021 5:41 pm

maybe the original microwave - analog filters. I'd be incredulous if they'd put out the Wave, and refer to it as an "old friend". did they even sell 100 Waves?

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Re: Waldorf is teasing return of The Wave?

Post by J3RK » Mon Sep 06, 2021 5:42 pm

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i rather doubt that they would revisit a huge (in both physical size and prize) synth that might sell a very few. What would make a new Wave cheaper now? (honest question)

the big red knob - maybe it means that they are finally updating the XT? or something like that?
I imagine FPGA, modern DSPs, existing software to work from, and other modern manufacturing processes, could save quite a bit actually. (assuming certain chip shortages aren’t in the way). Modern analog ICs from SSI and Curtis reissues, etc. can help too. Not to mention their relationship with Korg if that’s still the case.
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Re: Waldorf is teasing return of The Wave?

Post by Stice » Mon Sep 06, 2021 5:48 pm

I’m having a hard time imagining them bringing the Wave back too. I’d love an updated XT even more :D

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Re: Waldorf is teasing return of The Wave?

Post by Stice » Mon Sep 06, 2021 5:49 pm

:lol: Maybe it’s a new microQ

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Post by SkyWriter » Mon Sep 06, 2021 6:01 pm

Maybe it's just a VST. :0(
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Re: Waldorf is teasing return of The Wave?

Post by Sir Ruff » Mon Sep 06, 2021 6:03 pm

Nelson Baboon wrote:
Mon Sep 06, 2021 5:39 pm
but it doesn't make any sense (to me) that they'd put out a $7k synth.

Yeah seems unlikely but who knows. The quantum is an incredible synthesizer in every way inc wavetables plus analog filters, Arguably the quantum doesn’t really do the more Lofi side of the wave stuff, nor does it have the weirdo microwave II/XT filters. But would they really base an entirely new synthesizer around that pretty limited niche?
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Re: Waldorf is teasing return of The Wave?

Post by Nelson Baboon » Mon Sep 06, 2021 6:18 pm

obviously "who knows?". but I mean, a new wave would be close to double the price of the quantum, and i'll bet you that by "old friend" they are referring to a more popular (in the sense of many more sales and continued discussion) instrument.

In fact the XT was unfinished business - they never updated the keyboard version to fix some bugs (can't remember what they were). But now that they've gotten back into putting out digital oscs + analog filters, if i had to put in a best guess....I'd say an updated microwave 1, with a much better ui.

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Re: Waldorf is teasing return of The Wave?

Post by target_destroyed » Mon Sep 06, 2021 8:11 pm

Stice wrote:
Mon Sep 06, 2021 5:49 pm
:lol: Maybe it’s a new microQ
That's what I was thinking, lol. Or maybe a new Q+.


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Re: Waldorf is teasing return of The Wave?

Post by Studio-ES » Mon Sep 06, 2021 9:16 pm

Looks a bit too small to be a Wave, Q, or Microwave alpha dial?
Hmmm, it looks like the smaller red dial from the Pulse or Miniwerks...Or is it a button? What is that skirt below it and to the right?

But a successor to the Blofeld with FPGA-generated oscs/wts would be nice...A knobby Waldorf in the Novation Peak's price-range.

All-digital should keep costs down? I'm likely in the minority but I preferred the MWII's digital filters/waveshapers over the MWI's analog filter. And multitimbrality sure would nice in this day and age.

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Post by anselmi » Mon Sep 06, 2021 11:19 pm

Look Waldorf have 3 synths now that are in the 2.5 to 4.5 K range, they need something cheaper.
So I think it´s a microwave-look, small blue, desktop format synth with some knobs, more like a Blofeld than a XT
If they put analog filters and an upgraded wavetable engine it could be a nice product to reach a lower end of the market than they can with the actual ones.
It could be a good begginer synh but also the nostalgia and legacy look would help to sell it to old farts like me too

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Re: Waldorf is teasing return of The Wave?

Post by Navs » Tue Sep 07, 2021 1:32 am

The speculation at sequencer.de and gearspace is that it's a Microwave. One poster quotes a source/tester confirming that it is hardware, probably a desktop unit:

https://gearspace.com/board/electronic- ... sizer.html

https://www.sequencer.de/synthesizer/th ... ve.159680/

Recent posts on Waldorf's IG show the original Axel Hartmann designs for the MW and old MW adverts.

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Re: Waldorf is teasing return of The Wave?

Post by rowsbywoof » Tue Sep 07, 2021 3:35 am

That’s so odd. That looks nothing like the big red knob on any old Waldorf. Totally agree it looks like a button. Not sure what to make of it. Either way, my Microwave and XT are staying in the rack. Waldorf told me years ago they had nothing of the old machines, pre bankruptcy. No service manuals, no old chips, nothing, so if they’re redoing a Microwave, it’s probably from scratch, but that could be very cool. Whatever they’re cooking up, I’m interested, but I don’t have a clue what I’m supposed to get out of that button. It’s vaguely red-knob-like, but definitely looks off to me.

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Re: Waldorf is teasing return of The Wave?

Post by jonne74 » Tue Sep 07, 2021 4:48 am

rowsbywoof wrote:
Tue Sep 07, 2021 3:35 am
That’s so odd. That looks nothing like the big red knob on any old Waldorf. Totally agree it looks like a button. Not sure what to make of it. Either way, my Microwave and XT are staying in the rack. Waldorf told me years ago they had nothing of the old machines, pre bankruptcy. No service manuals, no old chips, nothing, so if they’re redoing a Microwave, it’s probably from scratch, but that could be very cool. Whatever they’re cooking up, I’m interested, but I don’t have a clue what I’m supposed to get out of that button. It’s vaguely red-knob-like, but definitely looks off to me.
The "old friend" is what makes it intriguing. A new MW would be very welcome.

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Re: Waldorf is teasing return of The Wave?

Post by kinkujin » Tue Sep 07, 2021 8:40 am

I have a real fascination and love of things Waldorfian. So far it is with synths on the far cheaper end - Blofeld, Pulse 2, Largo and Nave. All of it yells quality to me. So, I’m watching this with interest and hopeful that it may end up within reach for me.

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Re: Waldorf is teasing return of The Wave?

Post by Decimal » Wed Sep 08, 2021 3:37 pm

Hope it's not a VST.
If it's a new wavetable synth, Let There Be Analog Filters.
A Quantum Mini would be nice, perhaps with fewer options and no big touchscreen.
Whatever it is, I'm sure it will be great. Love just about everything Waldorf do.
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