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Waldorf

WaldorfFor more than 30 years, the name Waldorf has been a synonym for high quality synthesizers made in Germany. Waldorf has established its position on the market for electronic musical instruments and has been rated the most famous German manufacturer providing superior innovation, not only for the past few years.

Waldorf continues the tradition of the legendary PPG synthesizers with its unique technology that is typical for Waldorf products. Professional and semi-professional sound studios worldwide are equipped with Waldorf brand sound generators. Many famous musicians and producers count on their unequalled sound aesthetics.

In addition, the unique Waldorf technology can be found in many products of renowned competitors, such as Digidesign Inc. (USA), Terratec (Germany), TC Works Soft- und Hardware (Germany), as well as one of the market leader for audio sequencer software: Steinberg Media Technologies AG (Germany).
 

Waldorf Product History
  • 1980 Development of the PPG Wavecomputer by Wolfgang Palm, creating the basis for the future Waldorf technology.
  • 1988 Foundation of Waldorf Electronics GmbH.
  • 1989 Microwave Synthesizer is released, bringing the the worldwide dominance of Japanese and American synthesizers to an end.
  • 1990 Release of the Midibay, a MIDI patchbay
  • 1992 The Wave is born – arguably one of the best synthesizers ever and a synthesist’s ‘object of desire‘ to the present day.
  • 1993 miniWorks EQ-27 is a compact 7-band EQ with memory
  • 1994 Special edition of Microwave: Mean Green Machine
  • 1995 The Pulse, a monophonic analog synthesizer, whose sheer power makes it many musician’s ‚Number One’.
  • Also released this year: miniWorks 4-pole filter module plus Gekko Chord and Gekko Trigger MIDI processors.
  • 1997 The Microwave II is Waldorf’s first completely DSP-based synthesizer and the legitimate successor of the discontinued ‘Microwave I’.
  • Another filter/VCA module meets the world: X-pole. Pulse is now available with analog filters: Pulse + and the Gekko Arpeggiator joins the family.
  • 1998 The Microwave XT combines the features of the ‘Microwave II’ with a luxurious operating interface.
  • Waldorf releases their first software: the filter D-Pole.
  • 1999 The Q was born, raising the bar for virtual-analog synthesizers. Also available as a rack module.
  • 2000 The Waldorf PPG Wave 2.V is a faithful virtual reconstruction of this legendary synthesizer of the 80es.
  • The microQ offers the approved Q technology at an unbeatable price-performance ratio.
  • 2001 microQ is now available as a keyboard.
  • Attack, a percussion synthesizer takes the popular percussion sounds of the 80es and 90es into the new millennium.
  • 2002 While other software companies make software recreations of hardware, Waldorf goes the other way and releases the RackAttack as the recreation of the Attack software in hardware.
  • The vocoder software D-Coder and A1 synth for Cubase see the light of the world.
  • Q+ unites the possibilities of the ‘Q’ with the inimitable sound characteristics of real analog filters.
  • 2003 AFB-16 Analog Filter Technology is implemented as a ‘Total Recall’ component in computer-aided music systems - the very first true analog plug-in with DAW integration.
  • Waldorf Edition bundles Attack, PPG 2.V and D-Pole.
  • 2006 Waldorf presents the NanoSynth, an expansion for CME keyboards.
  • 2007 The Blofeld conquers the world and forges sound and design into a price-performance ratio no one can beat.
  • 2008 Blofeld grows keys and samples – Blofeld Keyboard.
  • 2009 Q Phoenix Edition and microQ Phoenix Edition rise from the ashes.
  • Largo, an entirely virtual instrument, is ready to infiltrate every music computer.
  • 2010 PPG Wave 3.V faithfully recrates the sound of the PPG Wave as a virtual instrument.
  • 2011 Lector offers a new dimension of vocoding, based on software.
  • 2012 Zarenbourg thrusts into the market of high quality digital pianos.
  • 2013 Pulse2 succeeds the success model Pulse.
  • A synth that doesn't require rocket science is launched: the Rocket.
  • NAVE for iOS is introduced, in cooperation with Vision 4 Instruments.
  • 2014 Two modules join the product range: 2-pole, an analog filter and Streichfett, which recreates the sounds of 70's string machines.
  • 2015 Waldorf Edition 2 takes Attack, D-Pole and PPG 2.V to the next level.
  • NAVE is now available as a VST/AU and Attack gets a new version: Attack iOS.
  • nw1 makes wavetable synthesis suitable for Eurorack.
  • 2016 kb37 is a frame for Eurorack modules. To fill it up, dvca1 (dual VCA), cmp1 (compressor) and mod1 (AD3SR+ENV/LFO) can be used from now on.
  • 2017 vcf1 filter joins the Eurorack family.
  • 2018 Quantum, the new flagship synth with analog filters now leads the portfolio.
  • 2019 Kyra, the world's first fully FPGA-based synth, is introduced in cooperation with Manuel Caballero.