Waldorf M 16Voice: The Waldorf M gets a hardware upgrade
Waldorf has announced a new version of the M wavetable synthesizer. The M 16Voice builds in a whole other 8 voices to bring the total to 16.
Waldorf M 16Voice
The Waldorf M is the natural successor to the legacy Microwave synthesizers. It’s a four-part multitimbral, wavetable synthesizer with two oscillators, an analogue filter and an analogue VCA for each voice. It can pull in classic Microwave modes as well as Microwave II and XT, giving you a different experience with every mode.
Originally an 8-voice machine, Waldorf has nowbuilt in an extra 8 voices and slapped a big orange “16 Voices” sticker on the front. As far as I know, there are no other additional improvements.
The Waldorf M 16Voice will be shipping for €2,308. The original M is still available for £1,499.
What about existing Waldorf M customers?
You can’t add extra voices to a hardware synthesizer with a firmware update. However, Waldorf is making the 16 voices available to existing customers in the form of the M Voice Expansion. This does require you to take the back off your synthesizer and install the voice expansion board. It fits onto a couple of sockets that are already inside the M synthesizer and doesn’t seem too taxing.
The M Voice Expansion is available from Waldorf for €699.
Armed with your 16 voices, you will want to go gigging with your newly expanding M. Very handily Waldorf has a new “Waldorf M Backpack” that will also fit the Iridium and Kyra. Available now for €135.
- Waldorf M 16Voice: Waldorf M
- Waldorf M 16Voice Expansion: Waldorf
- Waldorf M 16Voice backpack: Waldorf
Having greatly enjoyed the sound of the M, I purchased an 8-voice expansion card a couple of months ago, a really worthwhile addition in my opinion. So the only problem is that mine doesn’t have the nice orange sticker on the front!
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