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Item Reviews for: Waldorf Blofeld 49 Key Keyboard Synthesizer  -  WDF BLOFELDKYBD LIST

An absolutely killer synth
By: Steve from San Diego, CA      Submitted: 11/7/2012

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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.
Blofeld will bow your mind!!!
By: Robbo from Cleveland, OH, napets@aol.com      Submitted: 5/3/2012

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Very well made solid and sturdy Features What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could? This is a very powerful synth with deep programming capabilities The sonic power is rich warm and deep 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? Don't really need the manual the dials and functions or intuitive Sound How is the tone? Unique synth tone backed by a Famous Legacy of synth music..... Value Was this item an overall good value? Great deal just a really fun synth for the buck....
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