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Waldorf Blofeld 49-Key Keyboard Synthesizer, White

Waldorf's Blofeld synth module + 49 semi-weighted keys + 60 MB of sample memory = one killer virtual-analog synth that's ready for any stage or studio rig! (8) Read 1 review for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

Get ready for 4 octaves of virtual-analog synth bliss! With the Blofeld Waldorf Keyboard synthesizer, Blofeld has taken their powerful Blofeld synth module -- with 1000 superb preset sounds, classic wavetables, and warm, organic-sounding Blofeld filters and effects -- and added an expressive semi-weighted 49-key keyboard with aftertouch. Need spot-on emulations of classic synths? They're all here, with 25-voice polyphony. What's more, with 60 MB of sample memory, you can add your own sounds to the Blofeld. With elegant stainless-steel knobs and a metal case, this analog-modeling powerhouse is a marvel of German engineering. MIDI I/O and USB 2.0 connectivity provide the hookups for any stage or studio setup. From monster basses to organic-sounding pads, the Blofeld Waldorf has you covered!

Analog Modeling Made Awesome

The Blofeld's oscillators deliver authentic circuit-models of analog waveforms. On Waldorf's Blofeld, you can pulse with sine, triangle, square, and sawtooth waveforms, as well as play with wavetables from classic Waldorf gear. With built-in brilliance control, you can really shape your sound to suit any style, be it smooth or gritty -- go from pure, warm, soft tones to edgy, punchy, biting tones. Ring modulation takes the sound-shaping ride to the next level, while a powerful arpeggiator with editable patterns helps you build interesting foundations for songs.

60 MB of Sample Memory: Bring Your Own Sounds

What distinguishes this Waldorf synth from others in its class is its 60 MB of sample memory, which allows you to expand your sound library and process the Blofeld's existing sound set to the extreme.

16-Slot Modulation Matrix

The 49-key synth's 16-slot mod matrix is your hub for connecting dozens of modulation sources to the Blofeld's sound generation parameters. Control everything using internal modulation sources or MIDI messages.

Manipulate and Distort with Multimode Filters

Two multimode filters per voice, each with its own Pan parameter, can be routed in series or in parallel. Choose from a variety of filter types, including low-pass, band-pass, high-pass, notch, FM, comb, and more to fatten your pads or create realistic instrument sounds.

Road-Worthy Design

Housed in a sleek, ruggedly constructed metal enclosure with a large graphic display, endless stainless steel knobs, and an internal power supply, the Blofeld is hands-down a prime choice for hands-on sound tweaking for any application.

Features:

- Semi-weighted keyboard synthesizer with 49 keys, velocity, and aftertouch
- 60 MB sample memory
- Virtual analog, wavetable, and sample-based oscillators
- Pitch bend wheel, modulation wheel, and sustain pedal connector for instant expression
- Max. 25 voices polyphony
- 16-part multimode
- MIDI I/O
- 7 endless stainless steel dials
- Freely programmable button
- Backlit graphic display
- Over 1,000 sounds
- 3 Oscillators, 2 filters 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
- Sturdy metal enclosure
- Class compliant USB/MIDI for Mac, PC, and Linux
- Internal power supply

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- Up to 25 Voices
- 16 part multitimbral
- More than 1000 Sounds
- Sturdy Metal Enclosure
- 7 endless stainless steel dials
- 5 buttons
- Graphic Display: 128 x 64 pixels, b/w, white background LED
- MIDI LED
- Volume Control
- Power Switch
- Stereo Output
- Headphone Output
- MIDI In
- USB Connector 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
- External Power Supply
- Weight approx. 8 kg (17.65 lb)
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
White
Shipping Weight: 20 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 32 x 15 x 7 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): WDF-BKY
Blemished, White
Shipping Weight: 20 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 32 x 15 x 7 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): WDF-BKY
Warehouse Resealed
Shipping Weight: 20 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 32 x 15 x 7 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): WDF-BKY
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 877-784-7383

Product Description

From Waldorf with love comes the 49-key Blofeld keyboard synthesizer. Besides its virtual-analog synthesis and classic wavetables, the Blofeld now sports a whopping 60 megabytes of sample memory. Add a vocal-like noise spectrum to a typical Wavetable pad, spice up a virtual-analog solo sound with a strong attack sample, or just process any other sample with the countless oscillator and filter modulations.

Play your sound creations on the high-quality keyboard with velocity and aftertouch. The pitch bend and modulation wheel are at your disposal and of course, you can connect a sustain pedal. All this is packaged in a sleek metal enclosure with a big graphic display, endless stainless steel knobs, and an internal power supply.

Features:

- 60 MB Sample memory
- Virtual analog, Wavetable and sample-based Oscillators
- High-quality semi-weighted keyboard with 49 keys, velocity and aftertouch
- 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, b/w, 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

Three Oscillators, Brilliance Control, and Ring Mod

Each of the three oscillators offers authentic circuit-models of analog waveforms: Pulse with variable pulse-width, sawtooth, triangle and, as found in relatively few analog synthesizers these days, sine wave.Furthermore, oscillators 1 and 2 feature the two wavetables that were introduced by the Waldorf Q and appeared shortly thereafter in the Micro Q series. Not only that, the Blofeld includes all ROM Wavetables from the mighty flagship Waldorf Wave as well as Microwave II/XT. Plus, the desperately requested "Upper Wavetable" from the good old PPG Wave! For the first time in the history of Waldorf and PPG, each of these two oscillators can have its own wavetable.

What's more, you have control over the brilliance of these wavetables -- especially important for waves with lots of harmonics in the bass end. You decide if you prefer pure and perfect harmonics or the same edgy timbre you know and love from the earlier Waldorf and PPG synthesizers. Brilliance also affects the sawtooth and pulse oscillator models. From warm and soft (for those typical L.A. string pads) to the hard shapes you need for punchy and biting bass sounds, Brilliance is not a simple filter applied after the oscillators -- the model itself is modified. Each of the three oscillators can be frequency-modulated by any of the other oscillators, the noise generator or one of the LFOs. With low FM amounts, you can add a little dirt to the oscillator sound, with higher amounts you get typical FM effects. On top of all that, oscillator 2 can be hard-synced to oscillator 3.

Oscillators 1 and 2 can be ring-modulated to create bell-like or metallic sounds, eerie sound effects as well as pumping basses and leads. The noise generator delivers white noise that can be filtered low or high pass, depending on the Noise Colour setting. The three oscillators, the ring modulator and the noise generator can be freely mixed into filter 1 and filter 2. This allows fine control over the harmonic content of each of the tone generators.

Multi-Mode Filters with Overdrive, Distortion, and More

The Blofeld has two multimode filters per voice that can be routed in series or in parallel. Each Filter has its own Pan parameter for easy creation of stereo sounds. The selection of filter types includes low pass, band pass, high pass and notch (band reject), each with 12 dB/octave or 24 dB/octave slope. The filter models are based on several famous Waldorf filter algorithms found in all their products. They offer resonance up to self-oscillation as well as frequency modulation (filter FM).

Furthermore, the Blofeld features the same comb filter types (with positive and negative feedback) that they first introduced in the Waldorf Q. These can be used to thicken bass and pad sounds or to create percussive, string or flute sounds reminiscent of physical modelling.

Overdrive, Saturation, Distortion, Shaping...You name it. The Blofeld offers a freely controllable "Drive" behind each filter with more than a dozen curves. These include such standards as the drive from the Q and Micro Q, low/medium/hard saturation, tube saturation, two types of electric pickups, a rectifier, digital overflow as well as esoteric stuff such as "binary distortion", a sinusoidal waveshaper and even a distortion controlled by oscillator 1. And because the Blofeld has two filters that can be routed in series, you can control the timbre of the drive output of Filter 1 by dampening or emphasizing certain frequencies with filter 2.

Controllable ADSR plus One Shot Envelope for Drums

Four envelopes with different types and trigger modes affect any sound parameters you choose. Each envelope can be either polyphonic or single trigger. This is especially interesting with the monophonic voice allocation, as the filter envelope can be set to be triggered only by the first note(s) while the Amp Envelope is triggered anew (i.e. on each note). Think "organ percussion register", for instance. The Envelope types include the standard ADSR as well as an enhanced ADSR-variant (with controllable attack level and two decay and sustain stages), two different loop envelopes and a "one shot" Envelope. The Loop types can be used to act as additional LFOs, while the One Shot is perfectly suited for percussion sounds (which typically ignore the note release).

16-slot Modulation Matrix

Here's where the real Waldorf power lies. Each and every instrument designed and built by Waldorf lets you connect dozens of modulation sources to all the important sound generation parameters. Individual or multiple oscillator pitches, their pulsewidths and waveforms, their levels and filter-balances, FM modulation amounts, individual filter cutoff and resonance, filter FM amounts and stereo panning, or just the good old sound output level -- everything can be controlled from internal modulation sources or from a variety of MIDI messages such as velocity, keytrack, continuous controllers (including wheels, breath and foot controllers), etc.

You can of course "modulate the modulators," i.e. control LFO speeds and individual envelope rates and levels. But in Blofeld, you can even specify that these sources modulate themselves -- recursive modulation! For instance, modulating an envelope rate by the same envelope (or another one) can alter the shape of the slope dramatically from the standard exponential curve to linear to inverse exponential.

And how many slots do you get in the mod matrix? Two? Three? Four? You get 16 freely definable slots plus all the pre-routed modulation destinations such as pitch, Osc 1, 2 and 3 frequency and PWM (pulse width modulation), filter 1 and 2 cutoff, panorama and amp level modulation. And don't forget that the filter envelope is already routed to filter 1 and 2 cutoff, and the amp envelope is routed to the amp level, for a total of 33 simultaneous connections,

What if you want something really crazy, like controlling a pitch vibrato done by LFO 3 with the modulation wheel. Although there are a few such composite modulation sources such as "LFO1*MW" (LFO 1 controlled by Modulation Wheel) and "LFO2*Press" (LFO 2 controlled by monophonic Aftertouch), there's nobody doing the "LFO3*MW" thing for you. That's where the Modifiers come into play. In seconds you can set up a modifier, with the two sources set to LFO 3 and modulation wheel, and the "operation" set to "*" (multiply). You can use such custom-made modulation sources in any of the modulation slots described above.

Waldorf Blofeld LFO

Each of the three LFOs offers sine, triangle, square and sawtooth waveforms, plus sample & hold and random. LFOs can be synchronized to MIDI clock, they can be polyphonic or monophonic, reset on key trigger to a freely definable phase, and the speed can be scaled by MIDI note (key follow). There are separate delay and fade in/out parameters for e.g. delayed vibrato (positive Fade values) or a burst of vibrato at the start of each note (negative Fade values). One important feature of the Blofeld LFOs is that higher rates reach well into the audio frequency range, thus making them useful extra FM sources. There are two basic modes: either linear FM as seen in classic digital synths, or logarithmic FM, which is primarily the domain of analog modular systems.

Powerful Arpeggiator, Editable Pattenrs

The Blofeld arpeggiator features variable clock divisions from 1/64 triplets to more than 1000 bars, with variable swing/shuffle and a range of up to 10 octaves. This arpeggiator gives you up, down and alternate figures, selectable play order from low to high note, low to high velocity, as played or reversed, variable note length, different velocity modes, and Hold or One-Shot. Most importantly, it has a powerful Pattern Editor. You can set each Step to either play the note it would do so anyway, to pause, to play the previous note again, play the first or the last note, play those together, play a chord consisting of all held notes or a randomly selected note. Then you can adjust the Accent of each step (including silence), activate or deactivate Glide for each step, set the timing to play a step ahead or behind its nominal time, and finely adjust the note length between short staccato and full legato.

Effects: Chorus, Flanger, Reverb, and More

The Blofeld has two effect slots with various types. In Multimode, the first effect slot is available per Part, while the second one is used for all 16 Parts (i.e. global) with controllable mix levels. Part 1 determines the settings of the second effect. The first effect slot offers such modulation effects as chorus, flanger as well as a combined type called "Triple FX". The latter gives you several effects at once, but with a reduced parameter set. The second effect slot offers all the same types as the first, but with the addition of delay, clocked delay and reverb.
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"Blofeld keys"
Sound: it sounds between digital and analog. I put some analog samples in the flashRoM and they sound super natural. Feature: most usefull for synth-like music. But have some accoustic samples loaded in flashrom and they sound good too! Ease of Use: you can put WAV of korg samples in 't en it boast of sounds (1000 sounds); wave-tabel is user editable. Editing program on the internet (freeware) Quality: I think it still works over a 50 years. Value: I think so. bought it SH for 450 euro's Manufacturer Support: yes, got response 1 day later on my mailaccount. Very friendly and they do aftersales and asked me some days later if i were satified... and yes I was. The Wow Factor: wow Overall: Build like a German tank, but sexy looking; super keys with aftertouch and sounding like heaven... best buy in years
Style of Music: rock, electronic
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