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Waldorf Zarenbourg Electric Piano
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When Waldorf introduced the Zarenbourg in 2006, it was one of a small minority. It had dawned on Waldorf that few contemporary instruments offered el...Click To Read More About This Product
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Classic and modern blended perfectly into a single instrument.
Handling is intuitive, not inquisitive. No more fussing with cords for this and that; simply power up, play, and possess instantly satisfying sound for player and audience alike. Its aluminum hood offers a sturdy perch for your other favorite instrument, and its integrated speaker system can render the piggybacked device’s signal. Let your laptop roost on this tower of power, and you can control plug-ins via USB and monitor the results via the Zarenbourg’s audio input.
Searching for the perfect speaker system, Waldorf turned to Michael Seipel, owner of EMES, a prestigious maker of studio monitors. He agreed to develop a 2.1 speaker system for the Zarenbourg. The two full-range front speakers aim for the spot where the sound is sweetest for the player. The omnidirectional woofer brings up the bass to round out the rig. Combined with a high-performance power amp and a precision digital crossover, this setup is the calibrated reference system for its class. Its sound is crystal-clear and transparent. Even chords pounded with a very heavy hand and strident bass notes on the sampled Steinway B grand piano come across ear-pleasingly clean and crisp.
Next, a quest for the optimum keyboard. It took us to Italy, and to Marco Ragni of Fatar, the world’s leading manufacturer of premium-grade keyboards for electronic musical instruments. We wanted a perfectly balanced e-piano keyboard with a comfortable feel, not too heavily weighted, and a good repetition mechanism responsive enough for fast, precise playing. The perfect counterpart to the Zarenbourg was the TP 100. As an added bonus, it has the lightest hammer action keybed on the market.
Waldorf sought to create an instrument people would covet; an instrument so close to technical and visual perfection that cannot be improved upon; an instrument people will want to keep for many tomorrows to come. The Zarenbourg is that instrument, the stuff of many a keyboardist’s dreams. And to make it all yours, you can add a personal touch with the optional hood color that strikes your fancy.
- LCD-free User Interface
- Physical Modeling for E-Piano Sounds
- Direct Nand Streaming Sample Playback for Pianos and user content
- True FM synthesis
- 4 Gigabyte Nand Flash for Samples
- 76 keys weighted hammer action keyboard
- Three way active monitor system by EMES
- External Stereo Input
- Dedicated external volume knob
- Digital crossover network
- 7 Presets and 21 user Sounds
- Chrome plated stands
- SD Card slot for firmware and sample upgrade
- USB, MIDI in/out/through
- Stereo Line out
- Digital S/PDIF output
- 7 Effects (Chorus,Flanger,Phaser,Echo/Reverb,Auto Wah,Equalizer,Overdrive)
- Unlimited combination of Effects
- Tremolo, both Stereo and Mono
- Continuous Sustain Pedal allows for dynamic pedaling
- Assignable Expression Pedal
- High performance Dual core Digital Signal Processor
- Editor Software for Windows and Mac (available 2014)
- 7 Preset Sounds
- 21 User Sounds
- Precision-welded aluminium hood
- Massive Aluminium frontpanel
- Standard color "Offwhite"
- optional Colors: Tangerine Orange, 3D Kevlar Black
It is the perfect keyboard instrument for many players.
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- Easy to Use
- Realistic Sound
- Responsive / Good Action
- Touch Sensitivity of keys not uniform
Comments about Waldorf Zarenbourg Electric Piano:
I investigated this keyboard for months, pouring through YouTube videos of demos and specs, hoping it would be a good addition to my home studio.
The craftsmanship quality of the piano itself is superb. It is solidly built and very stable with the 4 legs that come with the unit. The key bed action is excellent. It has the feel of a real piano. The sounds generated for the electric pianos (Rhodes & Wurlitzer) are about a close as you can get without owning the real thing.
The acoustic piano sound falls flat for my taste and I was a bit disappointed with that sound. If you are thinking about using this piano for playing gigs, it will be a 2-person job. Not only is it heavy, due to the depth of the piano, it is very awkward for one person to lift it easily.
The only reason that I returned this piano had to do with an issue concerning the evenness of the velocity sensitivity of the keys. I purchased this piano as a "used / returned", but in mint condition unit. So, I cannot confirm that all of the Waldorf Zarenbourg pianos have this issue or not. When playing the acoustic grand piano, all of the white keys responded evenly to being played. However, when I hit a black key with the same velocity and it was much louder. This is an even more serious issue when playing the Rhodes or Wurlitzer sounds because they actually change in tone depending on how hard or soft the keys are played. Hard playing gives a "growl" sound from both the Rhodes & Wurlitzer. Soft playing gives more of a bell tone. It was impossible to play any song that was a soft ballad without getting the "growl" sound when I played any black key at the same velocity as the white keys. Since I play a ton of soft ballads in my performances, I considered the piano unplayable for this reason.