Waldorf Quantum

8-Voice Hybrid Synthesizer

  • 61 Keys Fatar TP8 keyboard
  • 5 Master effects, each with a separate section
  • Compressor for main output
  • 3 Digital oscillators per voice
  • Selection between the following sound generators: Wavetable, Classic Waveforms, Granular Sampler, Resonator
  • 6 LFOs in polyphonic and global mode
  • 2 Analog lowpass filters and 1 digital filter per voice
  • Touchscreen
  • 6 Envelopes
  • Modulation matrix with 40 slots
  • Load and save presets via USB and SD card
  • 4 GB Internal memory
  • Import option of Nave presets
  • Main output 2x 6.3 mm jack
  • AUX output 2x 6.3 mm jack
  • Line input 2x 6.3 mm jack
  • Headphone output 6.3 mm jack stereo
  • Connection for expression and sustain pedal
  • USB host connection
  • USB (MIDI)
  • MIDI In/out/Thru
  • Integrated power supply

Further Information

Number Of Keys 61
Touch-Sensitive Yes
Aftertouch Yes
Split Zones Yes
Modulation Wheel Yes
Number of simultaneous Voices 8
Sound Engine Digital Analog Hybrid
MIDI interface 1x In, 1x Out, 1x Thru
Storage Medium SD Card, USB to Host
USB-port Yes
Effects 5 Master Effects
Arpeggiator Yes
Number of Analog Outputs 4
Digital Output No
Display Yes

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Nami Hyo, 05.09.2019
I’m a big fan of Tangerine Dream and owning a Waldorf Quantum gave me the opportunity to use a wavetable synthesiser ( as well as waveform, particle and granular synthesis) and try and emulate PPG-type sounds with hardware. I will,use this to make Berlin School music for my personal pleasure and for short film soundtracks etc.

This is a solidly built (pressed steel) LED-emblazoned thing of beauty. Even the pitch and expression wheel are metallic! Viewing it in subdued lighting transports me (pun intended) to,the bridge of a SciFi flight deck: It’s thrilling. The keyboard has a nice positive feel. It’s a very heavy device which again lends it a feeling of quality. On powering it up, I updated the firmware as suggested before delving into the sounds.

Most of the patches are....harsh, digital, abrasive sounds perfect for soundtracks and scaring ones underwear off at night! There are a few bell-like ringing sounds but there are no really smooth string-like pads which is a great shame. To be honest I feel these patches were developed to show off the extreme sounds the Quantum is capable of producing rather than acting as starting points from where one can develop usable sounds. Slime will like that, others will find it tiresome.

I have experienced some software glitches such as screen going white, clicks and buzzes when standing idle, expression being stuck in the on position all of which required the Quantum to be rebooted.

The user manual is pretty useless and I rely on the Waldorf forum members for help. They are a great resource, helpful and SO knowledgable .

In conclusion the Quantum has military-standard construction, a temperamental firmware, digitally harsh sounds (use Youtube to hear some of the patches), but the vast flexibility means I’m going to have years of fun developing sounds and exploring its capabilities.
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