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Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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James Meeker a part-time user from Toledo, Ohio USA writes:
I finally got my Microwave XT after a few months of waiting. Since I've had friends that have owned the XTk version I knew how powerful and characterful this machine is.

The XT is excellent for recreating those classic PPG Wave timbres, as well as heading off to uncharted territories. Excellent sounds, excellent implementation--all around an excellent machine.

As everyone should know by now, the XT is NOT a virtual analog and it shouldn't be treated as one. It can do some "analog" like timbres, but this is not its strength. The power of the XT is the ability to achieve first rate "hybrid" tones (digital/analog) ranging from hard to soft, ordinary to wierd.

If you are a mid-career Depeche Mode fan, this synth is a must have as DM utilized the PPG quite a lot. However, this is not all it's limited to.

The Microwave series itself has graced the music scene for well over a decade since its original incarnation--the MW I. Possibly the most notable users of the MW I were Lord of Acid. The main advantage of the I is the analog low-pass filter; however, I think that the XT surpasses the original by offering a more flexible digital filter capable of low, band and high pass filtration--as well as some "unusual" filters.

The filter (and real time control) are the two aspects that set the XT apart from the MW I and II. The XT can run two filters simultaneously--one is a 12/24db HP/BP/LP, notch or sin(x) style filter whereas the other is either a 6db low pass or 6db highpass filter. This huge versatility on filtering gives the XT an edge over most synthesizers. The MW II is almost identical to an XT other than some of the filter types and the real time control knobs.

For roughly 1000 dollars for a 10 voice XT, I think this synth is a great value. First class everything and loads of fun to boot.

Thumbs up to Waldorf--they've done it again.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-05-2001 at 11:08
mike a hobbyist user from chicago writes:
with these things, its about how you program them.

if you find the virus not "hard enough" well then... you might not be programming it as well, cause yes, some synths may be "harder" potentially, but you can usually find an aproximation to what you want. xt is a very experimental synth imho. it is a powerful, DIFFERENT machine. pads, noise and just weird weird stuff are its specialty, but it can do anything.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jun-10-2001 at 14:55
Ryan Freer a professional user from North Texas, USA writes:
The Microwave XT is one of the most unique wavetable synthesizers I've ever seen, heard or used. Over the last 2 years that it's been in my setup, I have constantly discovered new creative avenues in sound design. However, it does produce a VERY characteristic sound which is perhaps more distinguishable than any of the sounds I've created with my other synths. Obviously, it sounds most like a PPG Wave which is why I bought it. This synth is beyond compare with anything else, except for maybe the Wave and other Waldorf instruments. It wouldn't do it justice to compare it with analog modeling synthesizers like the Clavia Nord Lead because they sound nothing alike. I also own a Nord Lead and a Fender Chroma Polaris. The trio has made quite an interesting enhancement to my signature sound. I love highly experimental electronic music like Tangerine Dream's early works. It comes as no surprise that I've embraced the Microwave XT in that tradition.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-10-2001 at 18:54
William Kurniadi a professional user from Indonesia writes:
Just bought a 30 Voices MWXT with all sound banks, it is a very marvelous piece of beauty. The presets and all the soundbanks are great! It can sounds like my Super JX MKS70. It can be warm, cold, mean, neat, anything you name it. It sounds like no one in the hood (beside my Morpheus, Wavestation/EX/SR...yup 3 unit of Wavestations until I know that the XT is the missing link and I'm not adding another WS now ;O) Really compliment each other with my Trinity Pro and JV1080. This is really a synth tool box, I keep on cum back to it and get so many new horizon everytime it turn on...good work Waldorf, I'm waiting for your Waldorf Spectral: http://www.themestream.com/gspd_browse/browse/view_article.gsp?c_id=319697

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-15-2001 at 22:11
Nifflas from Sweden writes:
Now I finally got my µwave! Awesome sound... much better than most VA's. The only problem is the wave-envelope... It's complex and needs better visual overview. However, I'm working on my own computer editor for this sort of envelopes.

Another problem is that waldorf didn't make theirn own wavetable editor, so I will have to buy one!

If there's anyone of you that knows of a freeware editor for this synth - mail me.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-10-2001 at 15:42
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