Synth Site: Waldorf: MicroQ: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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dz writes:
Sold my Clavia Nord Rack 2 and got this. Im not going to compare them because nord has much better interface, but Micro Q has LOT more parameters, effects etc. So other is better in some things and so on. Micro Q is my best deal after Microwave XT. Im big fan of Waldorf (Pulse,Microwave XT, Microwave I).

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-14-2001 at 05:51
Wretch a professional user from Westminster, CO, USA writes:
Whoa. I was not expecting this. Hands down, phat bass, unique sound, can do ppg, wavestation, virtual analog, and FM. Oh my. Metallic, bright, deep, buzzy, warm, think. Pads, Strings, Leads, Arps, Bass. Endless. The comb filter is as unique as the band pass on a SH-5. This is worth every penny i spent. Editing is not hard at all, actually way cooler than the pulse. So far my favorite Virtual. Fits perfect in a mix.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-14-2001 at 05:24
nubey a professional user from usa writes:
I love mine too, almost as cool as my OB Xpander.

Can be a little hard to coax out some bass from it, but perserverence and you'll get some nice floor shaking bass too.

Best bargain out there as far as synths go, I hear the Virus rack is crippled, which makes this the essential synth to own.

-Nubey

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-08-2001 at 21:53
Kris a hobbyist user from San Francisco, USA writes:
I just got my Micro Q two days ago and I am addicted!! This thing sounds amazing. And it's dead simple to program.

I already own the Wave XT and the Micro Q adresses many of the XT's shortcomings. Example, the mQ has two seperate filters (to correct a previous reviewer)and each osc now has a seperate wavetable, and it doesnt have the primitive 'stepped' quantized sound on certian parameters based on patch type. No, I'm not getting rid of my XT.

The filters sound excellent!!! Very rich and dynamic - from warm butter to cold gutter (sorry I coudn't help myself). Totally sick sounding!! And yes, you get the infamous Waldorf distortion circuit. Superb analog recreation that IMO blows away any other VA synth on the market. However, I have yet to hear the Andromeda and the upcomming Nord 3. This will be interesting.

The factory patches are very well concieved - probably the best I've heard from any manufacturer. And you get a huge range. Before you know it you've spent two hours just tweaking one patch. Never a dull moment.

The drum mapping feature is a great concept. You can have any patch (keyword=any) assinged to any key(s). This is very useful when you only need a single note from a sound but don't want to sacrafice a track/midi channel.

The only drawback are the effects. Not bad, just not great. The phase and chorus are decent but the delay is too limited. It would be cool if Waldorf would partner with TC and offer their fx as an option card.

Waldorf is on to something here. They keep dusting the competition with cool products. The ability to upgrade to 75 voices means you don't need to buy a second unit. At $800 street, this is the best value I have ever seen in a synth.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-08-2001 at 17:20
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