Waldorf Quantum 8-Voice Analog/Digital Hybrid Synthesizer

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Waldorf Quantum 8-Voice Analog/Digital Hybrid Synthesizer
Key Features
  • 61-Key Fatar TP8 Keybed
  • 8-Voices + Multitimbrality
  • Three Digital Oscillators per Voice
  • Four Synthesis Algorithms per Oscillator
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The 8-voice Waldorf Quantum is the company's flagship polyphonic analog/digital hybrid synthesizer, well suited for sound designers, musicians, and synthesizer enthusiasts. The Quantum combines the raw power of classic digital and analog synthesizers with futuristic sounds that are only possible with today’s intensely programmable soft-synths, in a sleek and accessible user interface with a multi-touch display, which features an on-screen spectrum analyzer and oscilloscope for deep, visualized editing.
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Waldorf Quantum Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2General Features
  • 3Sampling Capabilities
  • 4Arpeggiator Parameters

The 8-voice Waldorf Quantum is the company's flagship polyphonic analog/digital hybrid synthesizer, well suited for sound designers, musicians, and synthesizer enthusiasts. The Quantum combines the raw power of classic digital and analog synthesizers with futuristic sounds that are only possible with today’s intensely programmable soft-synths, in a sleek and accessible user interface with a multi-touch display, which features an on-screen spectrum analyzer and oscilloscope for deep, visualized editing.

Each of the instrument's eight voices utilizes three digital oscillators and two analog filters, adding up to a whopping 24 oscillators and 16 analog filters. For even more versatility, the voices can be split or layered multitimbrally between two parts, while the two sets of stereo outputs (main and aux) were designed specifically for use in multitimbral mode. Additionally, there are five master effect slots for each timbre, providing the full breadth of sound design options.

Each oscillator is capable of four synthesis algorithms including Wavetable, Waveform, Particle, and Resonator. What's more, the instrument can generate custom wavetables using audio that can either be routed into the Quantum’s audio input, or loaded from the internal memory or removable sample memory.

The Quantum has a massive modulation section with six LFOs, six multi-stage envelopes that are loopable, an onscreen step sequencer, an arpeggiator, and a chord play mode with hold and latch. The 61-key Fatar TP8 keyboard features an advanced, synth-weighted keybed for a durable and high-quality playing experience.

Additional features include an SD card slot for importing and exporting samples and sounds and performing software updates. Also on board is a USB computer connector (Type-B) and a USB controller connector (Type-A) for further expansion and control. The Quantum has an integrated power supply unit and includes a standard IEC power cord.

General Features

  • Digital-analog hybrid architecture
  • 61-key Fatar TP8 keybed
  • Eight-voices, plus two-part multitimbrality
  • Three stereo digital oscillators per voice, each capable of four synthesis algorithms
    • Wavetable: Waldorf style with latest additions from Nave including speech synthesis, wavetable generation from audio, and other features
    • Waveform: Up to 8 simultaneous waves per Oscillator in detuned or chordal mode with hard-sync, warp, and PWM
    • Particle: Granular sampler with multi-sampling and traditional sampling mode
    • Resonator: Exciter plus filter bank sound model
  • Wavetable creation from audio and sample based synthesis
  • Two analog low-pass filters per voice
  • Visualization and deeper sound editing via multi-touch display
  • High-quality key controls, arpeggiator, and step sequencer
  • Multistage LFO/Env Modulator:
    • Six LFOs
    • Six loopable envelopes
  • Mater effect rack with five slots for each timbre including reverb, phaser, flanger, chorus, drive, EQ, and more
  • Extensive Suite of Inputs and Outputs:
    • Main Output: 2 x 1/4"
    • Aux Output: 2 x 1/4"
    • Headphone Output: 1 x 1/4" with separate level adjustment
    • Inputs: 2 x 1/4" for sample recording and real-time processing
    • USB Computer: Type-B
    • USB Controller: Type-A
    • High-Quality 24-bit A/D and D/A converters
    • Sustain pedal input
    • Control pedal connector also capable of CV input (0-5V sensitivity)
    • SD card slot for sample/preset exchange and software updates
    • DIN MIDI: In, Out, and Thru
    • Integrated power supply unit
  • 4 GB internal Flash memory for presets, samples, and wavetables plus expandable SD slot for firmware and samples

Sampling Capabilities

  • Each of the 3 Oscillators of a single timbre can be used in one of three modes using samples
    • Stereo Multi-Sampler with looping
    • Granular Sampler with extensive parameter set
    • Resonator model using sampler as exciter
  • Samples are organized using key and velocity maps, selections rules like round robin, random etc., and individual pitch, gain and pan settings
  • Samples are stored in internal Flash memory of about 2GB capacity pre-filled with over 1GB specially made for Quantum factory samples
  • New samples can be recorded from external stereo audio inputs, or from self-recording Quantum's own engine
  • Samples can also be imported and stored to internal Flash via SD card using WAV file format (44.1kHz sample rate)
  • The Quantum allows for a huge range of sample-based sound design capabilities from classical synth sounds to uncharted territories. It’s worth noting that the sample use in the Quantum is always within a synthesizer's sonic context, and it is not meant to work as a “bread and butter” sample keyboard to play back like traditional sampling instruments or third party libraries

Arpeggiator Parameters

  • Seven algorithms to choose from including up, down, random etc.
  • Octave range
  • Seven sort orders
  • Three velocity modes
  • Gate length
  • Swing
  • BPM
  • Beat division
  • Rhythmic patterns
  • Reset modes
  • Keyboard Latch: Chordal and non-chordal
  • Individual patterns can be created in the step-sequencer including transpositions and scale quantizations

Waldorf Quantum Specs

Keyboard61-note Fatar TP8 keybed
Polyphony8 voices
MultitimbralDual Timbral: Split or layered mode with separate stereo audio outputs
Oscillators3 x digital oscillators per voice, each capable of four synthesis algorithms

Wavetable: Waldorf style with latest additions from Nave including speech synthesis and wavetable generation from audio
Waveform: Waveform with up to 8 simultaneous waves per oscillator in detuned or chordal mode with hard-sync, warp & PWM, as well as tunable noise
Particle: Sampler in traditional and granular mode using multi-samples or live input
Resonator: Exciter using multi-sampling plus filter bank sound model
FilterAnalog Filter: 2 x low-pass, each with 24/12 dB configuration
Digital FilterDigital Former: Additional digital algorithms per voice like comb, high-pass, band-pass & notch filters (Nave, Largo or PPG models), bit-crusher, drive, and more
ModulationComplex multi-stage LFO/envelope modulators
6 x LFO in poly and global mode with extensive parameter set
6 x loopable envelopes
Komplex: Multistage LFO/envelope modulator
Extensive modulation matrix with 40 slots and easy control assignments
Intuitive modulation assignment via panel control LEDs
EffectsMaster effect rack of 5 slots for each timbre choosing from FX like phaser, flanger, chorus, reverb, drive, EQ, and more
Main Output: Compressor
Step SequencerStep sequencer with step recording, parameter automation and scale-based pitch quantization
TuningMicrotonal pitch configurations capable of importing Skala scl files
ArpeggiatorYes
ChordChord play mode with hold and latch
Unison ModeYes
PresetsModule-based preset system for effects, oscillators, and Komplex modulators
ControlsSingle-function potentiometer and encoder controls for intuitive editing Mod Wheel: Assignable to any parameter which can be modulated in the matrix or via quick assign
Pitch Wheel: Assignable to each oscillator individually
DisplayVisualization and deeper sound editing via context-sensitive high-resolution capacitive multi-touch display
Spectral AnalyzerSpectrum analyzer and oscilloscope at various processing stages
MemoryInternal Flash Memory: 4 GB for presets, samples and wavetables
Up to 10,000 sound patch capacity organized by banks, attributes, author, and patch number
Favorites lists for quick recall of sound patches like for set-lists
Pre-loaded with wide variety of patches by acclaimed sound designers like Howard Scarr
Pre-loaded with more than 1 GB sample data
Inputs and OutputsMain Output: 2 x 1/4" / 6.3 mm
Aux Output: 2 x 1/4" / 6.3 mm
Headphone Output: 1 x 1/4" / 6.3 mm
Inputs: 2 x 1/4" / 6.3 mm
Sustain Pedal Input: 1/4" / 6.3 mm
Control Pedal Input: 1/4" / 6.3 mm
 
SamplingRecording of samples from audio inputs or self-recording of audio outputs
USBComputer: Type-B
Controller: Type-A
MIDIConnectors
Input: 5-pin DIN
Out: 5-pin DIN
Thru: 5-pin DIN

MIDI output of local keyboard, wheels and assignable panel elements
Automation of sound parameters from MIDI inputs via MIDI CC learn function
SD Card SlotExport & import of presets, samples, wavetable, and software updates
Import of Nave presets
PowerSupply Voltage: 100 to 240 VAC / 47 to 63 Hz
Maximum Current Consumption: 1.3 A
Maximum Power Consumption: 50 W
Dimensions (W x D x H)39.6 x 15.8 x 5.2" / 1006 x 401 x 131 mm
Weight39.2 lb / 17.8 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight77 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)44 x 21.88 x 9.88"
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