The synth behind the teasing of the red knob has been dramatically revealed with M, a classy looking wavetable synthesizer from Waldorf.
8-voice, 4-part multitimbral wavetable synthesizer in a metallic blue case with a scattering of solid-looking black, silver and red knobs; you could almost call it breathtaking to look at and shattering to listen to. This is nice, really very nice and that’s just the trailer.
Each voice gets 2 wavetable oscillators, 2 LFOs and 4 envelopes which then gets poured into a fully analogue filter and VCA. The oscillators are pulled from both generations of the Microwave synthesizer and can switch independently between Classic Microwave 1 and Modern Microwave II/XT modes meaning that they act and respond differently depending on the mode. You’ll find all the original factory content as well as PPG Wave 2.3 sounds converted for the original Microwave. Hard sync is on offer for mode II/XT and there’s an advanced arpeggiator with 16 preset patterns and chord mode.
On the back you get 6 outputs for routing your parts, MIDI In/Out and Thru, USB and an SD card slot for saving data and transferring wavetables.
The sound demo sounds fantastic. There doesn’t appear to be any gimmicks or special wavetable stuff going on like sequenced modulation or crazy mighty morphing waveforms. There’s something wonderfully pure and exciting about these sounds – this is distinctly Waldorf. They are somehow warm, edgy, classic and modern. This is one elegant wavetable synthesizer.
Waldorf M is available now for €1,879 and it will be in booth Z170 at Superbooth.