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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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RIP a professional user from USA writes:
The keyboard version is very cool. I just got one and Im totally stoked with the feel of this baby.....THE SOUND is insanely good for this price. You cannot go wrong! The rack unit was great too, but I wanted the keys and Im glad I waited to find one. Im very pleased. Waldorf is simply pure class all the way!! One of the best outfits in the synth mfr biz. Other mfrs could learn a lot from Waldorf!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-11-2002 at 23:05
WM a part-time user from USA writes:
Just got the Micro Q keyboard version too!! WOW!! Im impressed with quality of the construction!! This is the chunkiest heaviest piece of small keyboard Ive ever seen...and the sound is remarkable. Tweek for hours and dont get tired. Small footprint but HUGE sound and lush is an understatement. I love this board!! The random sound feature it very cool for experimenters and the arpeggiator is kick butt!! This is my third piece of Waldorf gear. I also own the Pulse and the MiniWorks Analog filter. Waldorf blows me away. Any synth they produce is dripping with quality...and the Micro Q keyboard is way cooler than I had even expected it to be. Get one and you will fall in love like me.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jul-08-2002 at 16:50
David Krsitian a professional user from Canada writes:
Waldorf Micro Q Keyboard, O/S 2.14

I’ve never owned anything by Waldorf before this… I had heard many good things concerning the Microwave XT and the Q, and I had played around with a pulse, but most of the bigger machines were kinda pricey, and I figured I had enough analogue synths.

I was looking for a decent polysynth, which would allow me to create lush atmospheric pads etc, and keep me busy programming wise. I haven’t played keyboards in a while, and I thought this would be a good break from all the tabletop sequencer/synth boxes I’ve been playing with of late.

The Micro Q Keyboard impressed me from the first time I saw and touched it. Kudos to Waldorf for the user-friendly controls, the nice rubber wheels, the INTERNAL power supply, and nice feeling keyboard. More importantly, this unit is built like a tank. Good design all around, everything on the Micro Q screams quality, including the sounds.

What’s really interesting here is that you have a basic Minimoog style layout in terms of components, but thanks to the built-in modulation matrix, you can create the kind of patches you would normally expect out of a well-featured FM synth, or even classic Oberheim machines such as the X-Pander etc. The sounds are loud and deep, and have incredible range, from short aggressive percs to lush endless clouds of drones. Furthermore I really enjoyed tweaking the arpeggiator, which gives you more options than usual, including rhythmic structuring, and programmable glide.

The effects in O/S 2.14 are a vast improvement over those found on the previous incarnation on the Micro Q. The reverb is good enough to add dimension to the sound, and I’m sure I’ll enjoy the 5.1 delay if I ever make my studio a real film post production facility. The search engine is a nice addition, although most of the sounds I have made using the Micro Q are in the “?” category.

As far as preset sounds are concerned, I’ve never been a fan of them, but there are exceptions to this rule, and Waldorf’s factory patches are the exception. They were right to add the initials of the programmers next to the sound names, as each sound reflects that a great amount of care has been taken in creating it. As a huge John Carpenter fan, I was pleasantly surprised to find a patch called “The Fog”. Although I may not end up using the presets, most of them are great staring points to create my own sounds, and they have been a great help in figuring out the machine’s possibility.

Another really interesting feature is “Random Sound”, which, as the name implies, allows you to randomly generate patches, which do not follow any kind of logic, so therefore yield interesting, and sometimes inspiring results. I use this feature instead of initializing a patch, and while that may seem like cheating, it’s actually a great way of unlearning what has now become part of my synth programming routine.

All in all, the Micro Q is a reasonably priced, easy to use, sturdy, intelligent little keyboard synth, and one that will remain in my studio for quite some time. The only weak part of this machine remains the effects, but the Prophet 5 and Memorymoog did not have any onboard effects, and we still thought they were great synths. Use this with an good outboard effect units and hear it come to life.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jul-08-2002 at 14:37
Folco Peroni a part-time user from Italy writes:
Well, well, well......I sold my MicroQ about 3 months ago....and even if it is a really great sounding machine at a very competitive price I still don't regret what I did....I got a Nord Modular :-)....Micro Q has a great sound engine indeed but it is still another VA that actually doesn't "teach" you that much. It is flexible and usefull with polyohony, great arp...blah...blah...blah... but it is built like shit with the most horrible response of knobs, if you turn slowly no problem..but if you want fast sweeps from 0 to say 127 it will hardly get to the final value in 1 stops around 90 or so and you need an extra turn to "open" enterely the parameter...well that sucks (or was it a problem with only my unit?).Still it sounds good and it is a good plus in any studio..but...if you are thinking of buying something micro then go for the Clavia will thank me for the rest of your days....(they are totally different machines the NM not suitable for everybody maybe but then this is also why I reccomend it...if you are thinking in a VA then I presume you don't work in a pianobar...) Respect Folco

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-16-2002 at 08:31
Markus a professional user from Germany writes:
I´ve been looking around for a good and affordable virtual analogue synthesizer for quite some time. I listened to mp3-demos on the internet and tried a few instruments in the shops and am very happy to have finally bought the Waldorf Micro-Q-Keyboard. If you want REAL analogue-sound though, my experience was that you won´t find it on any virtual analogue synthesizer. Neither the Access Virus nor any Nord Lead nor any Waldorf Synth has the same quality, depth and warmth of sound wich is unique to real analogue synthesizers - maybe the Oberheim OB-12 comes closest but it is dicontinued and there will be no software-updates and support any more. So if you want real analogue sound, buy a used Roland Juno 106 or Waldorf´s own Pulse first. But if you are looking for an affordable synthesizer that offers a very big variety of high-quality sounds, that is very easy to program, easy to carry around, that has an excellent 37-key-keyboard with aftertouch: buy a Waldorf Micro-Q. Just try it out and then try the Access Virus Indigo. The Indigo is far more expensive, but the Waldorf sounds better and is EASIER to program because of it´s very intelligent user-interface-layout. While the Indigo seems aimed mainly at Top-10-chart-pop the Waldorf offers interesting presets as well as endless possibilities to program it yourself with FM-synthesis and the typical Waldorf wavetable-sythesis on top of the classic virtual analogue pulse-, saw-, sine- and triangle-stuff. And then there are the Waldorf filters ... are there any better? I don´t think so. So: German kids are terrible at school, we are not able to solve the unemployment-problem, are not able to win an international soccer-game any more and French cars are much better value than any Mercedes or Volkswagen but the best synthesizers in the world are still build in Germany ;-) - this seems to be the last thing we can be proud of ;-).

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-01-2002 at 19:46
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