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Specifications

Power Supply

Nominal voltage: DC 12V
Supply Voltage 100 – 240 V
Maximum current consumption: 0.3 A
Maximum power consumption: 5 W

Dimensions and Weight

Width: 304 mm
Depht: 132 mm
Height (including knobs): 54 mm
Total weight: 1.3 kg

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Waldorf Blofeld Desktop Synthesizer w/ USB Connectivity

Price:
$499.99
SKU:
WDF-BLF1
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Product Description

The engine inside the heavy duty, full metal chassis of the Blofeld delivers the same fat and rich sound that so many Waldorf users worldwide love when they play their Pulse, Q, Q+, Micro Q, Microwave, Microwave II/XT, or even the flagship Wave.

Yes, you've heard it right. The Blofeld is not only capable of producing these warm, organic analog sounds known from the Q synthesizer line, it also sports a wavetable engine like its predecessors with "Wave" in their names.
This unique synthesis system is based upon the revolutionary PPG Wave synthesizers of the early 80s. So when you listen to the Blofeld for the first time, you will instantly recognize those edgy, hard-hitting and bell-like timbres that have been an integral part of so many world hits from the PPG era on, and become increasingly popular once more.
 
In fact it is amazing to realize that nowadays this complex technology fits into such a slim and elegant device. And for a price no-one would have imagined a couple of years ago.

Features

  • More than 1000 Sounds
  • Frequency Modulation between the 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
  • Up to 25 Voices
  • 16 part multi timbral
  • 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

User Interface

Selecting Sounds

The Blofeld has a gorgeous user interface with a huge graphic display giving you precise visual feedback. Seven endless rotaries plus a volume knob all made of steel invite you to explore the depth and power of Blofeld. Selecting sounds is a breeze. If you just want to browse through the available sounds, use the dial above the Play button. If you want to jump to a different soundbank, use the left dial under the display. Selecting a category with the right dial (under the display) causes Blofeld to show only sounds belonging to that particular category.

Quick Editing

Editing sounds to suit your needs is just as easy. The most frequently used parameters are laid out on the front panel. Just select the appropriate row with the four buttons to the left of the parameter matrix and turn the knobs.

This parameter matrix allows instant control over oscillator waveforms, semitone offset, detuning and levels – filter cutoff, resonance, type and envelope amount – envelope rates and levels (two of the four envelopes), LFO speed and shape (two of the three LFOs) – the modulation matrix, the effect mix – arpeggiator mode and clock.

Oscillators

Selecting one of the oscillators brings up one of the oscillator pages. Each oscillator, the ring modulator and the noise generator can be mixed freely into the two separate multimode filters. A special overview page displays this routing as well as the levels and shapes of the tone generators.

Filters

Of course the two filters have dedicated pages showing filter response curves. Even the comb filter types are displayed graphically.

Envelopes / LFOs

Next, there are the Envelopes, which can be the classic ADSR type, looped or without hold and release stages (one shot). All in all, there are five different types.The three LFOs offer separate parameters for delay and fade in/out.

Modulations and Modifiers

So what can you do with all these envelopes, LFOs and the other control sources? Apart from serving as direct modulation sources, you can easily connect them to other modulation destinations in the modulation matrix.

And if that's not enough, you can even create new modulation sources by modifying an existing one with algorithmic operations. Sounds too complicated? Maybe. But it is great fun even if you don't know what you are doing!

Arpeggiator

Last but not least, the Blofeld has a freely programmable arpeggiator that displays the pattern you have created.

SPECTRE

SPECTRE is a tool for creating and transferring Sample Content for Waldorf Blofeld with License SL and Waldorf Blofeld Keyboard. If you have none of the above, you are still welcome to explore Spectre and fantasize what it would be like to own one of the above instruments. Spectre is a free application for Windows PC and Mac. The complete administration of own sample content will be done by the SPECTRE application.

License SL Sample Option

License for activating the sample memory of the Blofeld synthesizer. License SL offers an extensive set of factory samples. License SL greatly expands the sonic potential of every Blofeld. With this license installed, 60 megabytes of sample flash memory become available for factory and user samples. These samples and multisamples go through Blofeld´s vast synthesis engine just like the standard oscillators. And like the oscillators, samples can be used as an FM source or destination. You can also apply ring modulation, dual filters and overdrive to go far beyond traditional sample playback technology.

Included Samples

Clav, Piano, Acoustic Gtr, Zither, E-Organ, Mixed Choir, Ney Flute, Marimba, French Horn, Kalimba, Strings, Tubular Bell, Pizzicato, Hi Hat Open, Hi Hat Closed, Ride Cymbal, Cymbal, Crash Cymbal, Cymbal Bell, Tambourine, Triangle, Guiro, Bongo Low, Bongo High, Agogo, Infinite Ending, Sad Strings, String Chord, Sweet String, Score Spectrum, Gong Spectrum, Soft Gong, Hose, Electricity, AC 230/50 Hz, AC 110/60 Hz, Machine, Shellak Viny Noise, Sonar, Spring, Impulse

Features

  • Activation of 60 megabyte non-volatile sample flash memory for the Blofeld desktop Synthesizer
  • Easy user installation done by software only
  • Support for single samples and multi samples with integrated loop points
  • Included: License SL activation code with user´s manual, factory sample content, Waldorf Edition LE    System Requirements for upgrading: PC or Mac computer with USB2 port, USB2 suited cable, SysEx capable software application like e.g. Cubase, Logic, MIDI OX odr SysEx Librarian, Blofeld desktop with OS 1.13 (included with License SL) or later, internet connection for online activation