Lot of fun while reading about and working with the Waldorf Blofeld. Your Waldorf Team Hint. You can patch the Blofeld’s output signals directly to. Amazing powerhouse desktop synthesizer module from Waldorf. The engine inside the heavy duty, full metal chassis of the Blofeld delivers the same fat and rich sound that so many Waldorf users worldwide love when they play their Pulse, Q, Q+, Micro Q, Microwave, Microwave II/XT, or even the flagship Wave.

  • Jul 02, 2018  Sounds Of The Waldorf Blofeld Synthesizer This video, via Synthesizer Video Service, is a 30-minute demo of the sound of the Waldorf Blofeld synthesizer. The Blofeld, though it came was introduced over 10 years ago, still has many features that few synths offer – up to 25-voice polyphony, 16-part multitimbrality and deep.
  • The Waldorf Blofeld synthesizer module combines. For editing and management functions on the Blofeld. Still perfectly adequate for an evening of patch.
  • Waldorf Blofeld. Waldorf's Blofeld is benign and refreshingly. Each patch keeps its own Effect 1 setting and there's a mix level available to.

An Elegant, Versatile Analog-modeling Synth Module!

The Waldorf Blofeld synthesizer module combines incredible-sounding analog-modeled circuitry with the power, convenience, and accessibility of modern digital features. The elegant chassis is uncluttered and easy to use, with solid aluminum control knobs and well-placed buttons for accessing parameters and functions in the Blofeld. The large, easy-to-read display allows you to navigate through the Blofeld's 1,000-plus sounds and settings. In addition to its incredible tweakability, you get easy USB connectivity for editing and management functions on the Blofeld.

Waldorf Blofeld Analog-modeling Digital Synthesizer Module at a Glance:
  • A thousand sounds
  • Easy, effective interface
  • Analog sound, modern capability

A thousand sounds
The Blofeld synthesizer module gives you an incredible 1,000 fully-editable Waldorf sounds, allowing you to create an incredible array of tones and textures that's limited only by your imagination. It also includes USB connectivity, so you can easily edit and manage your sounds on your computer. Cemcade software download.

Easy, effective interface
Seven solid aluminum knobs and five buttons allow you to easily dial in and tweak the Blofeld's parameters, and a large, easy-to-read display lets you navigate easily through sounds and settings. The clean, uncluttered setup is as incredibly intuitive to use as it is elegant.

Analog sound, modern capability
Waldorf's reputation for building top-notch, great-sounding synths continues with the Blofeld module. The company's Analog Modeling Technology gives this unit the ability to effectively emulate analog circuitry for amazingly authentic sounds, while parameter access, a comprehensive effects range, and other modern amenities give this synth the kind of flexibility and versatility analog models could never touch.

Waldorf Blofeld Analog-modeling Digital Synthesizer Module Features:
  • Up to 25 voices
  • 16-part multi timbral
  • More than 1,000 sounds
  • Three oscillators per voice
  • Frequency Modulation between the oscillators
  • All Q oscillator models
  • All microwave II/XT/XTk wavetables
  • Two independent Multi Mode filters per voice
  • Filter FM
  • Two drive stages per voice with selectable drive curves
  • Three fast LFOs per voice
  • Four fast envelopes per voice
  • Powerful arpeggiator
  • Freely programmable arpeggiator Pattern with up to 16 steps per sound
  • Seven endless stainless steel dials
  • Five buttons
  • Graphic display (128 x 64 pixels)
  • Volume control
  • Stereo output
  • Headphone output
  • MIDI In
  • USB 2.0
  • External power supply
The Waldorf Blofeld gives you plenty of sonic colors for your synth palette!

Waldorf Music is a Germansynthesizer company. Best known for the Microwavewavetable synthesizer and Qvirtual analogue synthesizer lines developed and released by Waldorf Music AG, the original company declared insolvency at a German court on 5 February 2004. In Summer 2006 a new company Waldorf Music GmbH was officially established, although it is not a legal successor to the original company.[1]

WAVE (1993) atop yellow Q (1999). MicroQ keyboard (2001) left
Waldorf XTk (1999) above Waldorf Q+ (2002, with some special made multiple memory card expansion)
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Waldorf Music AG was founded in 1988 by Wolfgang Düren, who at the time was the German distributor of PPG. The Waldorf name refers to the German town Waldorf (near to the former capital of West Germany: Bonn) where the company was founded. The company was headquartered in Schloss Ahrenthal.


  • Wolfgang Düren, Managing Director

In alphabetical order:

  • Christian Bacaj (software, iOS development)
  • Holger Bahr (administration, network infrastructure and business software)
  • Ralf Bächle
  • Andy Busse (software R&D in the early days of Waldorf)
  • Jürgen Fornoff (software)
  • Wolfram Franke, developer
  • Florian Gypser, production & quality management
  • Axel Hartmann, industrial design and corporate identity
  • Chris Mercer
  • Frédéric Meslin (software, hardware)
  • Niels Moseley (software, hardware)
  • Martin Neideck, central buying & organisation
  • Frank Schneider, production manager
  • Holger 'Tsching' Steinbrink, Product Manager
  • Stefan Stenzel, R&D Director
PPG Wave 2.x series (1981-1987), designed by Wolfgang Palm, was a predecessor of Waldorf The WAVE and Microwave.

Waldorf Blofeld Keyboard

  • and some freelancers working in and outside the castle:
    • Claudius Brüse (product manager and manual of the WAVE)
    • Albert Huitsing (software)
    • Jörg Hüttner, (product support)
    • Thomas Kircher (circuit design)
    • Michael Marans (WAVE Manual Production and Design)
    • Oliver Rockstedt (Writer, Microwave 2 Manual)
  • Wolfgang Palm, designer of original PPG technology and the resulting 'Waldorf ASIC' used in the Microwave and Wave synthesizers. Not an employee of Waldorf Music!
  • Joachim Flor, sales
  • Jay Metarri (notable user)



Waldorf Microwave II (1997-)
  • Microwave. Rackwavetablesynth and developed from the PPG Wave.[3][4] Built in two different hardware revisions: the first ones had a backlit LCD. The later ones a lit character display. They use a different Curtis CEManaloglowpassfilterchips. Later called Microwave I due to the 1997 introduced Microwave II


  • Midibay MB-15. RackMIDIpatchbay and merger[5]
Waldorf WAVE (1993)


  • Microwave Waveslave. 1 HE voice extension for the original Microwave (adding another 8 voices)[6]


  • WAVE. A wavetablesynthesizer. This was a deluxe extrapolation of Microwave technology, with additional features for wavetable creation and resynthesis that even today is not available on any other synthesizer. Available in 4 colours. 61 or 76 keys. 16, 32, or 48 voices and expandable to 120.[7] Retail price in 1994 was $9000.00 with less than 200 made. The WAVE was used by for example Depeche Mode, Hans Zimmer and The Orb.
  • 4-pole. Table top analog filter box.[8]
  • EQ-27. Compact (table top) programmable and MIDI controllable stereo 7 band equalizer.[9]


Waldorf rackAttack (2002) in the earlier blue/gray color combination above Waldorf 'Mean Green Machine Microwave I (1994). A bit of a WAVE (1993) panel is visible here too.
Pulse (1995) atop 4-pole (1993) atop EQ-27 (ca.1993)
  • Microwave I V2.0 ROM upgrade, which added additional wavetables,[10] a facility to algorithmically create custom wavetables, a speech synthesizer, and numerous other improvements. The Waveslave was not compatible with this upgrade, but a trade-in program was offered where the user could upgrade to a full Microwave for a small fee.
  • A limited edition Mean Green Machine was released at the same time as this upgrade, being a Microwave with a new 'Nextel' rubberized finish in a green color, a certificate of authenticity, special cone-shaped metal feet, and comical silkscreening (the power switch was labeled Life, and the card slot was labeled Food.) Normal Microwave units from then on featured the Nextel finish in the usual blue color.


  • Gekko Chords and Gekko Trigger: Very compact passive powered MIDI tools[11]
  • Hohner Adam[12]
  • Pulse: Monophonicanalogracksynth[13]


  • Gekko Arpeggiator. Very compact passive powered Midi tool[14]
  • Microwave II. MotorolaDSP driven wavetable rack synth, containing many features of the original Microwave with improved mixing, modulation, effects processing, and multimode filter.[15]
  • Pulse+. Monophonic analog rack synth with additional audio in and MIDI / CV/gate interface[16]


  • x-pole. Programmable stereo (in/out) analog filter in a 2HE rack module. With full MIDI, CV/Gate and ACM support.
  • Microwave XT. Microwave II with 44 knobs and audio input, in 5HE package with bright orange color.[17]
  • Microwave XT Limited Edition. Microwave XT in charcoal gray/black color scheme, in a limited edition run of 666 units.
  • d-pole. VST filter plug-in[18][19]
  • Terratec Microwave PC. Synth module for the TerraTec EWS sound cards, featuring a fully functional Microwave II in a drivebay package.
  • Wavetable Oscillator for Creamware Modular
Waldorf yellow Q (1999)


  • Q. DSP driven virtual analog synth. 58 knobs! Colours: bright yellow 'sahara' and WAVE blue, the latter became popularly known as the Halloween edition.[20][21][22]
  • XTk. The Microwave XT with a 49 key keyboard[23]
  • Q rack. Rack version of the Q synth.[24] Fewer knobs. Yellow and dark blue.
Waldorf Q Halloween version
Waldorf Microwave XTk (1999)


Waldorf microQ yellow (ca.2000)
Waldorf microQ keyboard (2001)
Waldorf Q rack blue (1999/2001)
Waldorf RackAttack (2002)
  • PPG 2.VVST plug-in synthesizer to emulate the blue PPG. wave 2.x wavetablesynthesizers[25][26]
  • microQ. Even more compact and affordable Q rack with only 7 knobs and different DSP. Differences: 25 potential voices compared to the original models,[27] due to shared operation and effects chip. A 75 voice expansion is available. The upgrade must be done by Waldorf or licensed repair center. Typical usage depended upon complexity of patches, unlike the Q or Q Rack which feature 16 note polyphony, upgradable to 32 voices. The microQ did not include the step sequencer.[28]


  • Attack. VST drum-synth plug-in[29][30]
  • Color of the Q, Q rack & mQ changed to the classic (Microwave) blue
  • microQ keyboard. 3 octave keyboard version of the mQ. Classic blue coloured


Waldorf Q+ (2002, with some special made multiple memory card expansion)
  • D-coder. A TC Powercore synth and vocoder Plug-In
  • RackAttack. The VST in a microQ housing
  • Q+ A red Q featuring up to 100 dynamically allocated voices and 16 analog lowpass filters[31]
  • A1 VSTi software synth for Steinberg Cubase SX and Nuendo
  • Waldorf Filter for Halion
Musik Messe 2003: PC running ROT Analog Filter Step Sequencer. AFB-16 (2003) below. rackAttack (2002, here in the later color combination of blue/yellow) and microQ (2000, classic blue) below the speaker on the left. Q+ (2002) in the background


  • AFB-16. 16 analog filters to be used via USB for VST instrument and effects.[32]


  • On 5 February Waldorf Music AG declared insolvency at a German court.


  • In April 2006 Waldorf Music GmbH formed. Even though during August of that same year the website experienced intermittent availability resulting in multiple pronouncements of its demise, in November the Waldorf user mailing list/forum was resurrected.


Waldorf Blofeld (2007)
Waldorf Blofeld keyboard (2009)
  • Blofeld (released December 2007)
  • At the start of 2007, Waldorf announces their new line of synths and electric pianos. These include special editions of their famed Q, Q+ and Micro Q line relabled as the Phoenix Edition and the introduction of brand new synths the Blofeld and the Stromberg. This is also the first time that Waldorf have ventured away from synths and produced an Electric Piano with the new Zarenbourg.


  • Blofeld Keyboard (released January 2009) - The Blofeld Keyboard is a Blofeld housed in a compact metal case and features a four-octave semi-weighted keyboard and 60MB sample memory in addition to the Blofeld module.
  • License SL - Blofeld License SL Sample Upgrade, is a software license that expands the Waldorf Blofeld desktop module with 60 MByte sample memory
  • Largo - a software synthesizer that works as a VST and AudioUnit instrument.[33]


  • PPG Wave 3.V (released December 2010) - a software version of the PPG Wave keyboards that works as a VST and AudioUnit instrument.[34]


  • Lector - a software vocoder that works as a VST and AudioUnit plugin.


Waldorf Rocket (2013)
Waldorf 2-Pole Analog Filter (2014)
Waldorf Streichfett (2014) string synthesizer
  • Rocket - a paraphonic hybrid synthesizer.[35][36]
  • Nave - a wavetable synthesizer for the iPad.[37]
  • Pulse 2 - a paraphonic analog synthesizer.[38][39]


  • 2-Pole - an analog filter.[40]
  • Streichfett - a string synthesizer.[41][42]


Waldorf nw1 (2015)
Waldorf mod1 (2016)
Waldorf dvca1 (2016)
Waldorf cmp1 (2016)
Waldorf vcf1 (2017)
  • nw1 Eurorack Wavetable Oscillator - a digital Wavetable oscillator designed to be used in the Eurorack modular system.[43]


  • kb37 Eurorack - a eurorack based modular synthesis system that contains a 37 key keyboard with a mounting surface for modules up to 107 hp.[44]
  • mod1 - a eurorack based analog synthesis module that offers three types of modulation parameters.[45]
  • dvca1 - a eurorack based analog dual VCA circuit with input summing and parallel control of separate parameters.[46]
  • cmp1 - a eurorack based analog compressor module that offers both RMS and peak modes of operation.[47]


  • vcf1 - a eurorack based analog multimode filter module with distortion.[48]


  • Quantum - Waldorf's flagship analog/digital hybrid synthesizer.[49]

Distributed products[edit]

  • Emes Studio Monitors

Developed for Steinberg[edit]

  • SMP 24 (for Atari ST)
  • SMP II (for Atari ST)
  • Midex+ (for Atari ST)
  • Topaz (Harddisk recording, Mr. Wolfgang Palm was involved too)


  1. ^http://www.waldorf-music.info/en/
  2. ^https://www.docdroid.net/5H1Magm/waldorf-staff.pdf.html
  3. ^'Waldorf Wave'. Sound On Sound. July 1994. Archived from the original on 15 September 2014.
  4. ^'Waldorf Microwave'. Music Technology. Vol. 4 no. 2. January 1990. p. 64. ISSN0957-6606. OCLC24835173.
  5. ^http://till-kopper.de/midibay.html
  6. ^http://till-kopper.de/waveslave.html
  7. ^http://unofficial.waldorf-wave.de
  8. ^http://till-kopper.de/4pole.html
  9. ^http://till-kopper.de/eq27.html
  10. ^'Waldorf Microwave 2.0'. Sound On Sound. August 1995. Archived from the original on 7 June 2015.
  11. ^'Waldorf Gekko'. Sound On Sound. April 1996. Archived from the original on 7 June 2015.
  12. ^http://www.till-kopper.de/hohner_adam.html
  13. ^'Waldorf Pulse'. Sound On Sound. February 1996. Archived from the original on 7 June 2015.
  14. ^http://waldorf.synth.net/gekko.html
  15. ^'Waldorf Microwave II'. Sound On Sound. July 1997. Archived from the original on 6 June 2015.
  16. ^'Waldorf Pulse Plus'. Sound On Sound. February 1997. Archived from the original on 6 June 2015.
  17. ^'Waldorf Microwave XT'. Sound On Sound. October 1998. Archived from the original on 6 June 2015.
  18. ^http://www.waldorfmusic.de/en/archive/d-pole.html
  19. ^'Waldorf D-Pole Filter'. Sound On Sound. November 1998. Archived from the original on 9 April 2015.
  20. ^http://waldorfmusic.de/en/products/q_keyboard
  21. ^'Waldorf Q'. Sound On Sound. May 1999. Archived from the original on 8 June 2015.
  22. ^'Waldorf Q'. Sound On Sound. December 1999. Archived from the original on 9 June 2015.
  23. ^'Waldorf Microwave XTK'. Sound On Sound. March 2000. Archived from the original on 14 September 2014.
  24. ^'Waldorf Q'. Sound On Sound. June 2000. Archived from the original on 8 June 2015.
  25. ^http://waldorfmusic.de/en/products/ppg_wave
  26. ^'Waldorf PPG Wave 2.V'. Sound On Sound. September 2000. Archived from the original on 9 June 2015.
  27. ^'Waldorf Micro Q'. Sound On Sound. February 2001. Archived from the original on 2 January 2016.
  28. ^http://waldorfmusic.de/en/products/micro_q_rack
  29. ^http://waldorfmusic.de/en/products/attack
  30. ^'Waldorf Attack'. Sound On Sound. February 2002. Archived from the original on 9 June 2015.
  31. ^http://waldorfmusic.de/en/products/q_plus
  32. ^http://waldorf.synth.net/afb.html
  33. ^'Waldorf Largo'. Sound On Sound. November 2009. Archived from the original on 9 June 2015.
  34. ^'Waldorf PPG Wave 3.V'. Sound On Sound. April 2011. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015.
  35. ^'Rocket Synthesizer'. Waldorf Music GmbH.
  36. ^'Waldorf Rocket'. Sound On Sound. July 2013. Archived from the original on 6 June 2015.
  37. ^'Nave advanced wavetable synthesizer Overview'. Waldorf Music GmbH.
  38. ^'Pulse 2 analog synthesizer Overview'. Waldorf Music GmbH.
  39. ^'Waldorf Pulse 2'. Sound On Sound. February 2014. Archived from the original on 6 June 2015.
  40. ^'2-Pole analog filter Overview'. Waldorf Music GmbH.
  41. ^'Streichfett string synthesizer Overview'. Waldorf Music GmbH.
  42. ^'Waldorf Streichfett'. Sound On Sound. December 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  43. ^'nw1 overview'. Waldorf Music GmbH.
  44. ^'kb37 keybed specifications'. Waldorf Music GmbH.
  45. ^'mod1 specifications'. Waldorf Music GmbH.
  46. ^'dvca1 specifications'. Waldorf Music GmbH.
  47. ^'cmp1 specifications'. Waldorf Music GmbH.
  48. ^'vcf1 specifications'. Waldorf Music GmbH.
  49. ^'Quantum Overview'. Waldorf Music GmbH.

Further reading[edit]

Waldorf Blofeld Manual

  • 'Waldorf Microwave II'. Future Music. No. 59. Future Publishing. August 1997. p. 32. ISSN0967-0378. OCLC1032779031.
  • 'Waldorf Pulse'. Future Music. No. 41. Future Publishing. March 1996. ISSN0967-0378. OCLC1032779031.
  • 'Waldorf Microwave XT'. Future Music. No. 77. Future Publishing. December 1998. ISSN0967-0378. OCLC1032779031.
  • 'Waldorf Q'. Future Music. Autumn 1999. ISSN0967-0378. OCLC1032779031.

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Waldorf Synthesizers.

Waldorf Blofeld Patch

  • Waldorf UserFAQs (faq.waldorfian.info)
  • Archive containing manuals as PDF files, as well as all public OS versions of their products.
  • Stefan Stenzel Interview NAMM Oral History Library (2011)

Waldorf Blofeld Patches

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