Highly anticipated Waldorf Kyra synth is finally here!
Original claims were calling it “one of the most powerful synths ever built”, the Waldorf Kyra is finally here.
The original concept of the Waldorf Kyra was teased over a year ago – the manufacturers set out to create a synth that makes use of the processing power of FPGA chips.
The result is pretty incredible, with up to 128-voice polyphony or 8-part multitimbral patches with 32 voices per part. Each part consists of two oscillator groups, each containing up to five oscillators each, two multimode filters and an advanced modulation matrix and a variety of modulation generators.
Each of the oscillators has varying waveform modes – Saw, Pulse, Wavetable or Noise, with over 4000 built-in wavetables. The oscillator groups can be cross-modulated between each other, with various different modes to choose from – FM, Hard Sync and Ring Mod.
Each part features three envelopes, one for the VCA, one for the filter and another that is freely assignable, however you can assign each of them to any destination in the matrix.
Same with the three LFOs, which each have 128 different shapes to choose from. Speaking of the modulation matrix, there are six channels, each with three destinations.
The effects capabilities…
The Waldorf Kyra features nine stereo effects modules per part, that means you can have a total of 72 effects running simultaneously in a single patch!
The effects section features everything you need from the basic equalizers and reverbs, to more experimental formant filters and distortions.
The synth features an internal audio interface that streams all eight stereo parts directly to your DAW, there are also four pairs of balanced stereo hardware outputs which you can freely-route any parts to.
Considering the sheer power and capabilities of this synth, a retail price of USD $2299 (Around R35k excl. duties) is not bad at all!
For more information on the Waldorf Kyra check out the website here.