NAMM 2018: Waldorf Quantum synthesizer hybrid sound demo
The mysterious Quantum synthesizer from Waldorf finally made its mark as a finished product at NAMM this year. Although we’ve seen it at Superbooth this is the first time we’ve been able to have a proper go.
Quantum combines the raw power of a classic digital and analog hybrid synthesiser, with futuristic sounds that are only possible with today’s software synthesisers. Each of its 3 oscillators offers 4 synthesis algorithms. It can be a Waldorf-style wavetable with added possibilities from the Nave synthesizer, classic synth waveforms, granular or a resonator.
From their more or less anything is possible. But as with any synthesizer, it all comes down to how easily those sounds can be found, manipulated and flow from the interface. The Quantum combines an array of aluminium knobs and encoders with a multi-touch, hi-res display. The interaction between the two is at the heart of the interface architecture. Each knob is individually illuminated by a multi-coloured LED helping you navigate the complexity of a modular system. It’s the sort of thing every synthesizer or module needs.
It has a sound to be reckoned with and in the video below you’ll get a taste of what’s possible through a short but illuminating demo.
Quantum has a price tag of €3499 and should be available any time now.
- Waldorf Quantum webpage.
It sounds like something out of Roland these days, at double the price.