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Waldorf Wave

Wavetable Digital Synthesizer

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Waldorf Wave
Waldorf Wave
20 000.00 street price

Wave is probably the most refined creation of Waldorf in the history of this German company, which appeared in 1993, in the era of the vector synthesis and workstations. It’s a hybrid synthesizer which has a digital waveform generator based on wavetables, but features analog filters. Wave has 16 to 48 voices (polyphony is expanded by additional cards), an analog bipolar high-pass filter (12dB) and a four-pole low-pass filter (24dB).

The memory of the presets offers 256 multi-timbral programs and 256 single-patches. Wave is equipped with 3 pairs of outputs (main pair and two additional ones), inputs and inputs for third-party audio processing, an input for a sustain pedal and 2 inputs for assignable pedals. The synthesizer has full General MIDI support, in/thru and 2 MIDI outputs.
The 5-octave keyboard is velocity sensitive with aftertouch. Front panel - lifting, with a mass of individual controllers for all provided functions and a large monochrome LCD.

Waldorf Wave operated side by side with PPG Wave 2.2/2.3 and competed with the digital synthesizers Prophet VS, Korg Wavestation, Roland JD-800. Nevertheless, time has put everything in its place and collectors hunt only for this unit and PPG Wave, leaving the Japanese (and even American) mainstream to the amateurs.

The instrument didn’t have a direct successor, except for Microwave XTk. In general, Microwave series had similar, but more humble functionality for a more affordable price (less polyphony, fewer presets, not such a detailed interface, more limited connectivity).

Country of origin / production: Germany

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Usage area
Synthesizer 
Performance Synthesizer 
Usage Design/ Form Factor
With Keys 
Archetype
Digital (D) 
Polyphony
Voices48
Tone Generator / Sound Synthesis
Synthesis Method Wavetable
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) White Noise
Programs/ Voices/ Timbres
Single Voice Preset256
Multitimbral Preset256
Filter
Voltage Controlled Filter (VCF) 
High-pass Filter (HPF) 
Low-pass Filter (LPF) 
2-pole 
4-pole 
12dB 
24dB 
Resonance 
Filter auto-oscillation 
MIDI
General MIDI (GM) 
MIDI in/ out
IN 
OUT 
THRU 
Keys
Type Synth Action
Velocity Sensitivity 
Aftertouch 
Size5
Number of Keys61
Display
Display type TFT
External controllers
Sustain foot pedal 
Foot Controller2
Audio out
Stereo 
Analogue: 1/4" (6.35mm)6
Audio in
Analog 1/4"4
Case/ body
Metal&wood 
Color
Black 
Blue 
Production start1993
Production ended

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