Waldorf Quantum synth update adds a new oscillator mode
The new flagship Waldorf Quantum synthesizer gets its first major firmware update, introducing a new complex FM synthesis engine.
The Waldorf Quantum was already capable of four different oscillator modes – Wavetable, Virtual Analog, Granular Sampler and Physical Modelling. Each of the three oscillators can be set to a different mode and using the advanced modulation matrix – there’s already some pretty in-depth sound design capabilities.
The new complex FM synthesis engine adds six kernels per oscillator, they’re calling them kernels because they’re unique to most traditional FM operators in that each of the kernels can draw waveforms from the Waldorf Quantum’s already extensive library. Each of the six kernels has an independent multi-stage envelope, and various settings for audio level and feedback to-and-from the other kernels.
Another unique aspect to the Waldorf Quantum’s new FM synthesis engine is that it is capable of more than regular FM, you can choose from five modulation modes – Phase FM, True FM, Ring Modulation, AM and Wavetable Position Modulation. Each of the kernels can be velocity and key-tracked, set to a ratio of another one of the kernels, or set to a fixed frequency all the way from LFO to audio range.
Where to get the new Waldorf Quantum firmware?
Just imagine the capabilities of stacking these up or layering them with the Waldorf Quantum’s already very capable oscillator modes. The touchscreen at the centre of the front-panel makes navigating the incredibly vast sound engine easy, all-in-all the Waldorf Quantum is a very powerful synthesizer.
Waldorf Quantum firmware v2.0 is currently in Beta test stage, however owners of the synthesizer can try it out and participate in the beta by contacting: email@example.com
In case you’re wondering, the Waldorf Quantum retails for EUR €3525 (Around R60k excl. duties), for more information check out the Waldorf website.