Waldorf Iridium Desktop Synthesizer

Explore a never-ending world of sound with the Waldorf Iridium synthesizer. Its small size and vast functionality make it a great home production synth.
Waldorf Music's Iridium Synthesizer is a 'sibling' to the widely popular Quantum Synthesizer. Iridium brings the futuristic functionality and advanced tonality of Quantum into a compact functional desktop format. Living up to the high quality synthesizer standards Waldorf customers have come to know and expect, Iridium delivers a host of powerful sounds and controls, designed to inspire.

Take a listen to the Waldorf Iridium in this sound demo:

Five different synthesis modes

Iridium offers 5 synthesis modes for each of the three oscillators:

- Waldorf style with all the classic wavetable
- Speech synthesis and wavetable generation from audio
- Modulatable realtime spectral modifications and FX
- Innovative realtime modulation across wavetables
- Various interpolations modes
- Import and export wavetables from Nave format
- Import from multi- and single-cycle WAV-based wavetable files

Waveform (Virtual Analog):
- Waveform with up to 8 simultaneous waves per Oscillator.
- Detuned or chordal modes
- Internal high-quality hard-sync
- Modulatable waveform warping & PWM
- Tunable noise

- Rich stereo sampler in traditional and granular mode using multi-samples.
- High-quality pitch and interpolation algorithm for great sound.
- Flexible Key and velocity zones.
- Live input processing in granular mode.
- 2 GB internal user sample Flash preloaded with high-quality sample content
- Import of sample content via USB drive or Micro SD read more Card

- Exciter using noise or multi-sampling plus filter bank sound model.
- Many modulatable spectral parameters.

- 6 internal kernel operators per Osc using various FM, Ring-Mod, AM or wavetable-based audio-rate modulations
- Innovative macro-templates for quick and easy editing
- Rich low-level editor for additional detailed editing
- Each kernel with multi-stage envelope and keylevels
- 5 Macros based on Osc internal modulation matrix
- Import of classic FM sound patches


- 16 voices polyphony
- Fully stereo signal path
- Dual timbral: split or layered mode
- 3 stereo digital oscillators each capable of 5 synthesis algorithms
- Two digital stereo filters in various modes and configurations including innovative link modes
- Digital Former: Additional digital algorithms per voice like comb filter, Waldorf classic highpass, band-pass & notch filters from Nave, Largo or PPG models, bit-crusher, drive and more
- Flexible routing system for order of filters & digital former and individual oscillator routings
- 6 LFOs in poly and global mode with extensive parameter set
- 6 loopable envelopes with curve control and modulatable envelope timings
- Komplex: multi-stage LFO/envelope modulator
- Extensive modulation matrix with 40 slots and easy via-controller assignments
- Master effect rack of 5 slots for each timbre choosing from FX like phaser, flanger, chorus, reverb, drive, eq and more.
- Master Compressor
- Step sequencer with step recording, parameter automation and scale-based pitch quantization
- Pad button matrix for sequencer, arpeggiator, sampler or live performing control.
- Microtonal pitch configurations capable of importing Skala scl files
- Supports polyphonic aftertouch
- Mono and latch buttons
- Unisono mode
- Module-based preset system for effects, oscillators, step-sequencer and Komplex modulator
- Single-function potentiometer and encoder controls for intuitive editing
- Visualisation and deeper sound editing via context-sensitive high-resolution capacitive multitouch display
- Spectrum Analyzer and Oscilloscope at various processing stages
- Up to 7,000 sound patch capacity organized by banks, attributes, author, features and patch number.
- Favourites lists for quick recall of sound patches like for set-lists etc.
- Pre-loaded with wide variety of patches by acclaimed sound designers like Howard Scarr
- MIDI output of assignable panel elements
- Automation of sound parameters from MIDI inputs via MIDI CC learn function
- Recording of samples from audio inputs or self-recording of audio outputs
- Export & import of presets, sample & wavetable via USB Drive or Micro SD card
- Patch compatible to Quantum 2.0 patches, exchangeable in both directions
- Import of Nave patches
- Stereo audio output
- Stereo audio input for sample recording and real-time processing
- High-Quality 24bit A/D and D/A converters
- Headphone out with separate level adjustment
- 4 CV Continuous Control inputs
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- 16-voice polyphony, duo-timbral
- Compatible with the Waldorf Quantum synth engine

Oscillators: 3

Oscillator Modes:
- Wavetable
- Waveform (VA)
- Particle (Sampling and Granular Sampling)
- Resonator
- Kernels (up to 6 sub-oscillators which can be interlinked through FM at audio rate)

3 Stereo Filters per voice: True stereo path

Dual Digital Filter:
- Two filters with independent modes
- 12/24dB LP/HP/BP in all combinations
- Nave, Largo, PPG, Quantum and StateVariable models

Digital Former:
- Filter models from Waldorf Nave, Largo and PPG in HP/LP/BP/Notch
- Comb filter
- Bitcrusher
- Drive
- RingMod
- StateVariable mode
- Analyzer displayed in Filter view
- Filter curve moves when modulated (optional)
- Sophisticated filter routing options with modulatable panning and levels

- 6 Envelopes
- 6 LFOs
- Komplex Modulator (LFO/Envelope combination with user-definable shape)

Mod Matrix:
- 40 slots
- Fast assign mode
- One additional control amount per slot
- Identical Sources and Destinations can be used multiple times until the matrix is full

- 4x4 silicon pad matrix with RGB backlights
- Pads can play notes, chords, arpeggios and sequences
- Latch mode

Performance features:
- Arpeggiator
- Step sequencer with up to 32 steps for notes and parameters
- Favorites screen for quick patch recall
- Onscreen Mod Wheel, Pitch Bend and Aftertouch

Screen: Industrial-grade highly responsive touch screen

- Over 1000 factory sounds
- Capacity of 7000 patch memory slots (numbers 0000-9999 can be used)
- Patches from Quantum can be loaded and vice-versa
- Category filter for patch list
- 2GB user sample flash memory

- 2x TS output
- 2x TS input
- Headphones output with Gain control
- DIN MIDI In/Out/Thru
- USB host for storage and MIDI devices
- MicroSD slot
- Kensington lock

CV connections:
- 4 CV inputs plus Gate In, Trigger In, Clock In, Clock Out
- Inputs can be used as modulation sources in the Mod Matrix

- Sturdy metal case with aluminum knobs
- Dimensions (W x D x H): 17.3" x 12" x 3.35" (440 x 305 x 85mm) (including controls)
- Weight: 11.9 lbs (5.4 kg)
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 15.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 7 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): IRIDIUM
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 877-784-7383