Waldorf Quantum Synth, Second-Hand Overview
Quantum is a synthesis powerhouse, seamlessly merging the raw might of a classic digital and analog hybrid synthesizer with cutting-edge sounds achievable only through contemporary software synthesizers.
Its three Oscillators each provide five synthesis algorithms, enabling a wide spectrum of sonic exploration:
- Waldorf-style Wavetables, incorporating the latest additions from Nave, featuring speech synthesis and audio-driven wavetable generation.
- Classic Synthesizer Waveforms, offering multiple waves to create rich, powerful sounds directly from the oscillators.
- Granular Sampler, supporting both multi-sampling and traditional sampling modes.
- Resonator, allowing for virtual sound sculpting.
- New Kernel synthesis, ranging from classic 6-operator FM to innovative audio-rate wavetable modulations.
Quantum’s remarkable flexibility arises from the potent oscillators and their intricate interplay. It enables a vast tonal range, spanning from analog warmth and precise sample playback to edgy and animated digital textures. It even extends to complex soundscapes and sequence clusters achievable with modular synthesizer systems.
The user interface of Quantum is both ergonomic and intuitive, tailored to streamline the artist’s creative process. Its array of high-quality aluminum knobs and encoders surrounds an ultra-high-resolution multi-touch display. The integration between the display and physical controls was meticulously fine-tuned by Waldorf engineers, setting a new standard in synthesizer interfaces.
Each control knob is equipped with multi-color LEDs to highlight functional relationships between parameters. This feature simplifies the adjustment of related settings and modulation parameters, even in complex sound design scenarios. With the central display acting as a precise guide, tweaking settings becomes effortless, much like using a cutting-edge tablet.
Developing Quantum was a laborious process that spanned several years. While certain aspects leveraged Waldorf’s extensive sound generation expertise, the synthesizer’s immense power pushed the team into uncharted territories. Quantum’s design not only delves into the realm of sound but also reimagines how musicians interact with the instrument.
Quantum is a product of the dedicated team at Waldorf in Germany. Every essential component has been conceived, manufactured, and assembled in Germany, ensuring unmatched build quality. Additionally, a talented group of sound designers has contributed to a diverse factory sound set that further highlights Quantum’s sonic capabilities.