Synth Site: Waldorf: MicroQ: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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sean crighton-hara a professional user from united kingdom writes:
i dont understand this people say that the microq is a clinical clean machine is there something wrong with mine, mine sounds extremely organic and very very very powerful, within seconds of getting the thing home i was creating sounds the like of which i'd not heard in years, big powerful synthwash's speaker ripping filter slides, to my ears this is a cracking good synth very organic and proberbly the best for price in its range, i'd say good for almost all types of music,but there are purists who say no only certain types. overall good strings, brass, bass's, wash's , etc, drums ok if you like bleep machine drums, and a doddle to program. good one waldorf.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-10-2003 at 10:50
epsy a professional user from USA writes:
I have owned my micro-q for almost 2 years now and it's easily the best synthesizer I have ever used. Waldorf has a knack for moving synthesizer technology forward instead of trying to mimic more expensive technology from the past into a more affordable rack. Like all waldorf products, the Q has a sound all it's own. I had to actually buy a more simpler synthesizer (novation k-station) to compliment the q because everytime I tried making a patch on the q, it was too hard to resist turning a good bass patch I made into an even cooler squiggly noise instead. I would probably go so far as to say that i'd probably replace this if it were broken faster than I would replace a failed kidney. Anyone who wants a synth that has it's own sound, but not so much that somebody who owns one could spot one a mile away no matter how hard you worked on a patch *cough* virus *cough*

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-28-2003 at 00:25
Ruslan a part-time user from Belarus writes:
microQ is not only "clinical" synth. It's vivid instrument - like violin or oboe - with fat, cold and romantic sound. From the age of sterile rooms and starships. ;) Free user forum sounds are better than factory presets. It's more than VA. Good for Kraftwerk-styled music.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-13-2003 at 20:48
a professional a professional user writes:
MicroQ, Q rack etc etc, sounds unique, this is the main feature.

the range of sounds it can produce it's enormous; it has a personal character, so someone could not like its attitude...

value/money speaking it's the best thing on the market.

i think it's a great synth for a lot of genres.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-15-2003 at 09:47
willum a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I had lusted after the Q for quite some time, and when I found out the MicroQ is essentially the same sound engine I had to have one. I've had my MicroQ Rack for almost a year now, and I love it more than ever. This synth can make a huge range of fantastic sounds, and like so many others have pointed out, the polyphony and multi-timbrality make it an incredible value. That said, I almost sold it a few months ago after some major problems getting SoundDiver to work properly. Programming on the unit itself is difficult; I wouldn't want to use the MQ without SoundDiver.

Another reviewer said this synth "can't teach you much". I disagree, it's taught me quite a bit. Each synth has its own character, it's up to the user to form a connection and extract the desired inspiration from the machine. Even my comparatively simple Juno 106 can reach pretty high levels of complexity (there are presets on there which I cannot make heads or tails of...thank God for SoundDiver!)

I am now in the process of overwriting all of the factory presets with my own creations. I'm forever saving incremental versions because it's so easy to get out of hand with all those programming options. One of the things I'm creating is patches that sound like the synth is malfunctioning. I used the random option to create a couple of patches that were stunning, but accidentally erased them due to inexperience. You really can make crazy dirty (in a digital way) sounds.

In conclusion, the MicroQ is a great value for the money, the documentation is great although a programming tutorial would be nice (like "how to create a set of init patches" or something). SoundDiver is absolutely recommended under any circumstances. It eases so many of the burdens associated with repeated knob-twiddling, matrix-muddling, and the creation of multis and drum maps. The drum sound presets are usable if not kind of thin, I haven't explored programming drum sounds yet but I plan to. I'm happy to have the MicroQ in my setup, and now that the adjustment period is over I wouldn't consider selling it.

Before buying any instrument, head down to your local music store and play it. Compare it with other similar units. Find the unit that resonates with your internal harmonics. If you have the money, buy one of each!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-10-2002 at 12:44
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