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Waldorf Blofeld 49 Key Keyboard Synthesizer

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Product Description

The little villan grows up!
Introducing the next line released by Waldorf Blofeld. The Waldorf Blofeld 49 Key Keyboard Synthesizer has all of the functions of the original Blofeld now in a keyboard. Besides the virtual analog synthesis and the classic wavetables it sports a whopping 60 megabytes of sample memory. Play your sound creations on the high quality keyboard with velocity and aftertouch. Pitchbend and a modulation wheel are at your disposal and of course you can connect a optional sustain pedal

With the countless oscillator and filter modulations, just imagine adding vocal-like noise spectrums to a typical Wavetable pad or spice-up a virtual-analog solo sound with a strong attack sample or just process any other sample. All this is packaged in a sleek metal enclosure with a big graphic display, endless stainless steel rotaries and an internal power supply.

And this all comes at a great price and we add that something very special. From Waldorf with Love!

Product Specifications
Waldorf Blofeld Keyboard Specifications
  • 60 MB Sample memory
  • High-quality weighted keyboard with 49 keys, velocity and aftertouch
  • Virtual analog, Wavetable and sample-based Oscillators
  • Internal power supply (100-240V, 50-60Hz)
  • Pitchbend wheel
  • Modulation wheel
  • Sustain pedal connector
  • Octave Up / Down buttons
  • Freely programmable button
  • Sturdy metal enclosure
  • 7 endless stainless steel dials
  • Graphic display 128 x 64 pixels, black and white background LED
  • More than 1000 Sounds
  • 3 Oscillators per voice
  • Frequency Modulation between Oscillators
  • All Q Oscillator models
  • All Microwave II/XT/XTk Wavetables
  • 2 independent multi mode Filters per voice
  • Filter FM
  • 2 Drive stages per voice with selectable Drive Curves
  • 3 fast LFOs per voice
  • 4 fast Envelopes per voice
  • Powerful Arpeggiator
  • Freely programmable Arpeggiator Pattern with up to 16 Steps per Sound
  • MIDI LED
  • Volume control
  • Power switch
  • Stereo output
  • Headphone output
  • MIDI Input / Output
  • USB interface for MIDI In /Out
  • Uses standard USB MIDI Driver provided by host computer OS
  • Windows ME minimum, Windows XP or newer recommended
  • Mac OS X 10.2 minimum, Mac OS X 10.3 or newer recommended
  • Weight approx. 8 kg (17.65 lb)


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Phone:  Warranty:  1 Year
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An absolutely killer synth
Quality
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
Construction quality is very high with the curious exception of the connectors not being mounted to the chassis. The entire chassis is rolled steel that feels marvelously robust, but it took 2 tries to get me a working model. The first one sounded like it had a blown D/A converter.
Features
What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could?
For the money the features are unbelievable. Three words: User. Created. Wavetables. The combination of VA, wavetables, and sampling is just unbeatable. A 16-slot mod matrix with 4 arithmetic-based modifiers in addition to the dozens of baked-in modulation options makes this thing a programmer's dream. Some features I wish it had: Individual output controls for each filter, the ability to control any FX parameters (even just the mix % would be nice), delay and reverb options in effect slot 1, and better quality delay and reverb. It would also be cool to get things like harmonic scale pitch bend from the Microwave II.
Ease of Use
How easy is this product to use? How easy is the product to use with other products? Did it take long for you to learn to use this product? Was the manual helpful? How playable do you consider this product to be?
For me this is a remarkably easy synth to use. Coming from the Kurzweil/JX-8P camp, this thing is a walk in the park for me. If you're used to a lot of knobs and/or are averse to programming you'll still get far on the 1,000+ presets, but you may have a hard time getting around.
Sound
How is the tone?
Gorgeous. Stunning. The VA oscillators are wonderfully rich and the "Brilliance" control is just that. Wavetables sound awesome and the sampler sounds just fine. There's a certain "hi-fi" sheen to everything. The filters are amazing. Call up an init patch with two sawtooth oscillators and slap the 24db/octave filter on it and you've got one seriously sweet pad. The PPG filter is awesome. Envelopes are snappy and LFOs go well into the audio range. My only sonic complaints are in the effects. The delay is a little stilted and the reverb is ... not good. There. I said it.
General
Your general opinion of this product.
Overall this is the total package. I could easily sell my modest keyboard collection and be satisfied with just the Blofeld. Not just today, but well into the future. If you can get a grasp on the user interface and if the sound works for you, it's just magic.
Value
Was this item an overall good value?
When I really think about this price point and what I expect for a synth that sells for less than $1,200, the Blofeld Keyboard seems like a no-brainer bargain. There's tons of action at and below it, such as the Novation Supernova and the Roland Gaia, but they're just not in the same class. As far as I'm concerned, the closest true competitors are the Clavia Nord Wave and the Virus TI2, both of which cost twice as much. I believe that the Blofeld Desktop is the better absolute bargain, but the Keyboard is a beautifully-made instrument at a great price that -- to me -- sounds as good as it gets.
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