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Waldorf Blofeld Keyboard

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The Waldorf Blofeld Keyboard provides flexible and simple to use sample memory, setting this keyboard apart from the rest. You can import your own sa...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 12-18-2017

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Virtual analog, wavetable, and sample-based oscillators combine for more musical opportunity.

The Waldorf Blofeld Keyboard provides flexible and simple to use sample memory, setting this keyboard apart from the rest. You can import your own sample libraries for endless sonic and creative possibilities. The semi-weighted Waldorf keyboard provides a professional feel with velocity and aftertouch. Along with the prize-winning features of the current Blofeld module, the Waldorf Blofeld also delivers virtual-analog synthesis and classic wavetables, a large graphic display, sustain pedal connection, numerous oscillator and filter modulation, modulation wheels, an internal power supply, and countless stainless steel rotaries “ complete in a smooth, sleek metal package.Also included is Spectre, the free tool for creating and transferring sample content for the Waldorf Blofeld Module (with License SL upgrade installed) and the Waldorf Blofeld Keyboard (License SL not required for keyboard). Note: this is NOT a patch editor. Download the Mac or PC version and manual at: http://www.waldorfmusic.de/en/archive?relPath=blofeld/spectre

FEATURES
  • 60MB sample memory
  • Virtual analog, wavetable, and sample-based oscillators
  • High-quality semi-weighted keyboard with 49 keys, velocity, and aftertouch
  • Internal power supply (100-240V, 50-60Hz)
  • Pitchbend wheel
  • Modulation wheel
  • Sustain pedal connector
  • Octave Up / Down buttons
  • Freely programmable button
  • Sturdy metal enclosure
  • 7 endless stainless steel dials
  • Graphic display 128 x 64 pixels, B/W, white background LED
  • More than 1000 sounds
  • 3 Oscillators per voice
  • Frequency modulation between oscillators
  • All Q oscillator models
  • All Microwave II/XT/XTk wavetables
  • 2 independent multi mode Filters per voice
  • Filter FM
  • 2 Drive stages per voice with selectable Drive Curves
  • 3 Fast LFOs per voice
  • 4 Fast Envelopes per voice
  • Freely programmable Arpeggiator Pattern with up to 16 steps per sound
  • Up to 25 voices
  • 16 part multitimbral
  • More than 1000 sounds
  • 8 buttons
  • MIDI LED
  • Volume control
  • Power switch
  • Stereo output
  • Headphone output
  • MIDI Input/Output
  • USB interface for MIDI In/Out
  • Uses standard USB MIDI driver provided by host computer OS
  • Per Voice
    • Poly, Mono, Dual, or Unisono Mode with selectable Voice Count
    • Frequency modulation between the oscillators
    • Oscillator synchronization
    • Ring modulator for Osc 1/2
    • Noise Generator with Noise Colour
    • Virtual analog models:
    • Pulse with Pulse Width Modulation and adjustable Brilliance
    • Sawtooth with adjustable Brilliance
    • Triangle
    • Sine
    • Wavetables:
    • Q Alt 1 and Alt 2 Wavetable with adjustable Brilliance
    • All wavetables from Microwave II/XT/XTk Series with adjustable Brilliance
    • Separate Wavetable selectable for Oscillator 1 and 2
    • 2 independent Multi Mode Filters:
    • Filter FM
    • Resonance up to Self-Oscillation
    • Low Pass 24dB/12dB
    • Band Pass 24dB/12dB
    • High Pass 24dB/12dB
    • Notch 24dB/12dB
    • Comb Filter with positive/negative Feedback
    • PPG Low Pass Filter
    • 2 Drive stages per voice with adjustable Drive Gain and selectable Curves:
    • Clip
    • Hard
    • Medium
    • Soft
    • Sine Shaper
    • Etc.
    • Modulation Matrix with 16 slots, freely programmable:
    • Modulation Speed far into Audio Range
    • Modulation Sources include all internal Modulation Sources plus various MIDI messages
    • Modulation Destinations for almost all continuous sound parameters
    • Various pre-routed Modulation Destinations with selectable sources:
    • Pitch Modulation
    • Oscillator 1/2/3 Frequency Modulation
    • Oscillator 1/2/3 Pulse Width Modulation
    • Filter 1/2 Cutoff Modulation
    • Filter 1/2 Frequency Modulation
    • Pan 1/2 Modulation
    • Amp Modulation
    • 4 Modifiers for transforming Modulation Sources with various Algorithms
    • 3 fast LFOs:
    • Syncable to MIDI Clock
    • Note Retrigger with adjustable Start Phase
    • monophonic LFO
    • Keytrack
    • 4 fast Envelopes with selectable types
    • Single Trigger / Retrigger per Envelope
    • ADSR
    • ADS1DS2R (2 Decay/Sustain stages plus adjustable Attack Level)
    • One Shot
    • Loop S1S2 (Loop between Sustain 1 and 2)
    • Loop All (Loop over all stages)
    Per Part
    • 1 Effect slot per part 1-4
    • Powerful Arpeggiator:
    • Hold and One Shot modes
    • Syncable to MIDI Clock
    • Direction Up, Down, Alternate
    • Range up to 10 octaves
    • Various methods to modify Note Sort Order
    • Freely programmable Arpeggiator Pattern with up to 16 steps per sound
    • programmable per Step:
    • Accent
    • Timing
    • Length
    • Glide on/off
    • Pause
    • Chord
    • Previous note
    • Random not from Note List
    • First and/or last note from Note List
    • 1 Effect slot globally for all parts Effect types:
    • Chorus
    • Flanger
    • Phaser
    • Overdrive
    • Triple FX (S&H, Ring Modulation, Chorus)
    • Delay (only available on global Effect slot)
    • Clocked Delay (only available on global Effect slot)
    • Reverb (only available on global Effect slot)
    SPECIFICATIONS
    System Requirements
    • Windows ME minimum, Windows XP, or newer recommended
    • Mac OS X 10.2 minimum, Mac OS X 10.3, or newer recommended
    • Weight: approx. 17.65 lb.
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    WaldorfBlofeld Keyboard
     
    4.5

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    5.0

    Amazing

    By blackbody

    from San Francisco

    Comments about Waldorf Blofeld Keyboard:

    I'll keep it short and sweet: I highly doubt anything else around this price range will generate the programming bliss you can find on the Blofeld. I've had it for awhile now, and I'm still smitten. Again, the key word is bliss. If you can afford it, grab it. Small, but heavy, beautiful and clean. So much to discover in this thing. Amazing!!!

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    4.0

    Excellent Synth and Terrific Value

    By FrankKeyC

    from Brentwood, Tn

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    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Has Aftertouch
    • One User Arp Per Patch
    • Responsive / Good Action
    • Solid construction
    • Sounds Great
    • Touch Sensitive Keys

    Cons

    • Cheap Pb And Mod Wheels
    • No Editor From Vendor
    • Sample Loading Time

    Best Uses

    • Electronic Music
    • Sound Deisgn

    Comments about Waldorf Blofeld Keyboard:

    I received this synth from MF a couple of days ago and have to say that I am impressed. It is a good synth overall and I doubt anyone will find a better synth in this price range.

    I love that it has a user-editable arpeggio for each patch and that in multi-mode, multiple arps can play back simultaneously. Its mod matrix is robust to say the least. Too much to fit here. Its envelopes are fast and its filters are as smooth as silk.

    Its build quality is great overall. However, why they chose to put such cheap feeling pitch bend and modulation wheel controls on this unit is beyond me. Everything else is so nicely constructed from the metal chassis to the stainless steel knobs but I have controllers that cost a 10th of this unit that have better feeling pitch bend and mod wheels. I feel they could have put better quality PB and MOD controls on this board.

    The action feels great and it supports aftertouch as well. If I were to compare it to other synths I would have to say that it is comparable to Yamaha's synth feel.

    Being able to use samples as oscillators is great. However, all the samples have to be loaded at once which takes about 45 minutes for a full sample set (60 MB). The samples do survive a power cycle so that is nice. Since this process takes so long, I think most will select their favorite samples, load them once and forget about it for a while. But that's just my opinion. Once the samples are loaded into the unit, it works with them nicely. Waldorf also provides a fairly decent application (Spectre) which makes the mapping and loading of samples a breeze. Unfortunately, Waldorf does not provide a patch editor. Fortunately, SoftKnobs and a few others have released editors but I would like to see one come from Waldorf.

    My four star rating is due to the quality of the PB and MOD wheels and lack of a editor from the vendor itself. Overall I am very pleased with this unit. It is a terrific buy for the money IMHO and I believe it will serve my studio well for many years to come.

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