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Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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9c-Vic a hobbyist user from Austria/Europe writes:
Hi, I own a yellow Q Keyboard (wich is my favorite and i dream of buying this Synth since it came out 2 years ago) since a month. Man, what should i say !? This Thing was made by lifeforms of another dimension. I'm afraid turning it on, because i know i cant stop playing it once started. It looks so damn cool, has so much knobs (endless), functions, everything is well organized and with OS 3 it now really starts showing its full potential. The Spectrum of Sounds is very large. In combination with the sequencer and arpeggiator (which is so editable, thats its close to be a sequencer too), u can get out rythmic-moving sounds that are really "moving" and seen to be alive. The Pads of this Synth are great. I try to make some cool Goa and trance/tekkno stuff with this, but most of the time i end playing smooth pads turning the filter-knobs :) I love it ! So i produce ChillOut now :) The sounds are absolutely nobly. No Aliasing in high frequencys, deepest basses, cleanest and dirtyest sounds possible, and pads taking your imagination on journeys.

As i am a new user to this Synth, i am not used to all the functions this Monster of Technik offers, but i could find everything quickly, most of it even without the manual. But if you really want to control this one and take everything out of it, u have to go in deep and LEARN the manual (many buttons have double-function). But once done, u can do every sound imaginable on this Machine.

With Os2 i was a little dissapointed, it hab not even a reverb in effects-section and some bugs, but OS 3 is well done and now i cant find a thing that i miss.

If you have the money: buy the Q ! If you dont have (like me): buy the Q !

By the way: I bought it used for 1400 Euro (=U$ 1232) Well worth the money.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-04-2002 at 09:25
The rubyred Waldorf Q looks pretty interesting with the analog filter... the Q itself is a remarkable synth with unique sounding and now with the analog filtering should be more enjoyable to programme..

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-28-2002 at 19:38
Matt a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I have the 16-voice Q with OS3. The Q is an absolute monster of a synth. It sounds more digital, of course, than their Pulse, which is truly analog. But it really can produce an incredibly wide range of sounds...from very good virtual analog to more digital. And the conrol you have is amazing. The facilities built around the filters are great...and you really have to play one to understand. Also, it has that Waldorf sound...kind of edgy. Must be the filters...but it can often sound a lot like my Microwave XT.

Go play one.


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-15-2002 at 14:46
Scott Marcotte a hobbyist user from San Luis Obispo, California writes:

I am a new proud owner a Waldorf Q keyboard synthesizer. I have been wanting for a while after I listened to's web site audio file on the Q and sampling it at West LA Music in Los Angeles. Since then I have been waiting for one, so I went ahead and got the synth. I bought mine used but actually a new synth from a guy in Porterville California. Drove 2.5 hrs to get it and etc. Came in a box and all. What's special about mine is, I have the rare limited addition black face version with the beautiful red wooden side panels. This is a beautiful keyboard but the sounds are what drove me crazy about the synth.

I only was interested in this synth based on what I heard and have a deep a passion for Depeche Mode sound, well this synth has it.

Probably the only thing that worries me on this synth is learning it, with all the knobs and etc. I have such a big gear keyboard list now (a Yamaha DX-1, Oberheim OB-12, Roland JD-800, Roland JX-8P and a Yamaha CS6x), that I am not sure what to invest all my time into concerning my favorite synth. I enjoy all my keyboards because all of them are unique and having the Waldorf Q now, I have a techno like advantage along with my Yamaha CS6x. Overall my best sounding synths are probably my rare Yamaha DX-1 and probably now the Waldorf Q. The JD-800 is nice and easy to play but I think the DX-1 and the Q have it, the others are goood as well but for programming the Oberheim OB-12 is the most organized synth ever made besides the JD-800.

For a German synth though, I think the Waldorf Company is on the ball, this is an excellant product and I am hoping for more synth gear from them down the road. If you are a techno trance person or Depeche Mode or Yaz, this is the syntheziser to consider.

It is well built and not too big or heavy but has all the wonderful knobs and beautiful programming construction to mess with. The sounds are really really perform well on this beauty and so many wonders you can invest in this synth.

I haven't heard but I have tried and contacted the Waldorf company to find out if there is a video or DVD instructing the use of this instrument which is coming common with Yamaha and Roland to make it easier for people to learn their instruments.

Anyways, I hope that if you have a gear request list, highlight your request list for a Yamaha DX-1 and the Waldorf Q (besides a Roland JD-800 and a Yamaha CS6x).

Scott Marcotte San Luis Obispo, CA. 93406

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-19-2002 at 04:46
GlennPlumber a hobbyist user from Netherlands writes:
This is really the Roll's Royce of synthesizers to me. Sounds NEW, FRECH, and really FAT !!

posted Friday-Feb-08-2002 at 04:21
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