Synth Site: Waldorf: Microwave XT: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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Mario a professional user writes:
excellent sounding digital synth, too bad it's not in production anymore, better sounding than the µQ and way more interesting, perfect for electronica, ambient and filmscore but get the other soundsets and it can do other styles as well...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Oct-18-2003 at 01:37
Sebastian Hübert a hobbyist user from Duesseldorf, Germany writes:
I´ve been using my XT for 5 months now and I must say it´s a NASTY LITTLE BITCH. The sounds you can get out of it range from classic analogue to never heard weirdness with everything in between. The user interface is a dream, dead easy tweaking guaranteed. For specs, visit www.waldorf-gmbh.de, you can even download the manual there. Few people know you create your own wavetables. Emagic Sounddiver is a great software to do this, other editors can be downloaded at the waldorf website. Doing your own wavetables really opens the door to creative and personal sound design. I only have a few gripes about the XT. Sometimes, the sounds tend to be a bit too brilliant for my taste, but this can be corrected with the 6db lowpass. Slow wavetable sweeps are too grainy with zipper sounds appearing, especially when there are drastic changes within the wavetable. Other than that, it´s a great synth with a very unique character and lots of potential, although I think that the XT is not an ideal "first synth", being of a rather exotic nature and suffering a bit from the restricted polyphony (10 voices unexpanded). Newbies looking for a starter box might be better off with a micro Q, a virus or nova. As an addition to a basic studio however the XT kicks ass and will keep you making cool sounds and hopefully great tracks, too!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-26-2001 at 17:13
spectralab a professional user from about to change writes:
Having just received my XT the other day, I've only had one good sit-down with it so far. But suffice to say, the results were impressive. Lately when I get a new synth, the first thing I do is fire up Sound Diver, to get an idea of what the voice structure is like, what the editing options are, etc. Three + hours with the XT and I felt no need to do so. Everything is easily accessible from the the panel, a lot of important parameters have dedicated knobs. I have to admit that being familiar with the Micro Q made the XT a lot easier to figure out, with a minimal amount of reference to the manual.

Sound-wise, the XT will probably be just the shot in the arm I need to get me out of a recent creative slump. Between the wavetable options, the killer digital filters and the extensive mod matrix, there isn't a lot this bad boy won't be able to do. My main focus with synths is sound-design, and I have a feeling the XT is going to be key in my endeavors from now on. Specs have already been covered, so I won't go into them here, but so far I can't say enough good things about the XT.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Sep-22-2001 at 07:02
Norm Vogel a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Having used the Waldorf Pulse & Micro Q, I have to say that it blows them away! Don't buy 'em -- save the extra bucks for THIS monster!

It is a refreshing change from the usual VA synths; it is probably THE best digital synth out there!

If you're into "experimental/ambient" electronic music, this is the unit for you! It's capable of very "Kraftwerk-like" sounds -- anything from deep, rumbling filter sweeps (that can destroy your speakers, if you're not careful!) to thin electronic pings.

No other synth is like this!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-17-2001 at 16:44
Jonathan Waldo a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I got my XT for $650 with the voice upgrade! booyah! this thing is a beast. Since i've set my hands upon it, i don;t even take interest in the likes of yamaha, alesis and korg Digital VAs. BAH the all suck compared to the mighty XT. this beast is not only powerful in its sound, but so tastefully appealing to look at! ORANGE! People look at it and say, "what the hell is that??" and i'm like, "Its a Waldorf Microwave XT wavetable synthesizer!" Wavetable synthesis is bitchin by the way. I just wish the analog in could be used with out MIDI input. The Waldorf XT has put a new life into my music creation get one!

posted Thursday-Aug-16-2001 at 23:58
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