Waldorf Music teases with the slogan “welcome back, old friend”, will we see a new microwave Synthesizer with analog filters on Superbooth 21?
The Superbooth 21 is just around the corner. Synth Anatomy will be there. Yes, a real synth event with real people and instruments. Not virtual event with broken sounds. And it is traditional that companies start teasing in advance what they are showing at SB 21.
Waldorf Music is starting this year with a very interesting teaser photo on Instagram.
Waldorf “Welcome Back, Old Friend”
You see a picture. It shows a part of an interface of a possible new Synthesizer with a red button. And the photo has the title: “Welcome back, old friend“. Red button what does that remind us of? Exactly, to various popular Waldorf synthesizers from the past. Among other things, the Q or the Microwave series from 1989.
The latter was a rack wavetable Synthesizer with 8 voices that and a full analog Filter section based on the legendary Curtis chips. A forerunner of many of today’s hybrid synthesizers. It is still very much loved by many musicians today because of its unique character. For me it’s a combination of the harmonic richess of the PPG wavetables and of the analog filters that gives the sound a very punchy, warm sound. Beside the Microwave, there were also very special synths in the Q series.
If you interpret the teaser, Waldorf is probably working on a modern Synthesizer with the Q factor. Thus, on a digital wavetable core with an analog filter section. Similar to the Quantum but different. It would be exciting if it becomes a mid-range priced synth and in the format of the Modal Electronics synths.
Or Software (Plugins)
Waldorf Music also makes plugins like the Nave, Largo, PPG Wave 3.V, and others. So it can also be that they are working on an Q emulation as a plugin. Wouldn’t be bad either, but not as special as a new hardware Q. Synthesizer.
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We will see what Waldorf will announce on Superbooth 21 on September 15th at the latest. Stay tuned for the full details and a first look video.
More information will follow here: Waldorf Music