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Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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M a professional user from Santa Monica,CA USA writes:
I wasen't very impressed with the Q when I first tried it out at the '99 winter NAMM. But in the last week I've been using one almost everyday in the studio, and I really falling in love. the clear, clean punchiness is to die for. The percussive arps, basses, and strange noises just kick my ass. The OS is a little strange, but fairly cool once you get used to it. I really reminds me of a fatter more interactive DX-7, the way it responds to touch, it feels like the nots start before you hit the key. Great synth, but not really an analog type of sound.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-31-2000 at 21:01
Synthetic Twins a professional user from Germany writes:
The Q (in its incarnation as rack version) is for sure one of the greatest Synths ever made. It is far more flexible than the Virus (even if the Virus is more "analogue" sounding). Check out even its percussion sounds and you'll be convinced that this is the synth for the new millenium! (Good PR for Waldorf) Still it is no eierlegende Wollmilchsau...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-25-2000 at 07:56
Steve Siers a.k.a. Qua a part-time user from USA writes:
I was the first to own a Q-Rack in the US... along with my JP-8000, Nord Lead 2 and Nord Micro Modular... I now have all the synth power that anyone could ask for. I would have to rate the Q-Rack as my favorite. It has killer sound... and I find nothing wrong with the bass... it will shake the house... I strongly recommend it! *****

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-01-2000 at 21:35
Drake Fallings a professional user from Canada writes:
The one thing I can say about this synth is: "DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE!"

The Q has some good features and is capable of some great sounds but if you are expecting instant gratification and a good work horse I wouldn't recommend buying this synth.

In my opinion the Q is good for sweepy digital FM sounds. Play these sounds while tweaking the knobs or with the arpeggiator and you are in heaven.

BUT- it is important to note this is not virtual analog heaven.

I have yet been able to achieve thick warms tones which I could remotely consider analog with my Q.

The preset patches aren't really that practical for writting music. Sometimes when I switch through the patches of my Q it reminds me of a DX-7 and a JV-880 but with a slight bit more power.

Once you get inside the Q and start tweaking, this is when the instrument comes to life. However, getting it to breath takes a substantial amount of time. Another thing, DON'T expect instant results when twisting a knob on the Q! To get the sounds you want may take time! And in some cases the sound may not even be possible.

The low end of the Q is very weak. It simply doesn't have the punch and that classic "balls to the wall tone" which can cut through a mix. To me the bass on this synth sounds hollow. You can try to change this by adding a comb filter or a little distortion but I am afriad the hollowness may be inescapable.

If you are looking for tight, punchy, analog sounds such as pads or bass I don't recomend this synth. I first suggest checking out the Virus or the Nordlead. The Q is cool. But it is not worth the current price tag.

If you are looking for a unique yet very digital sounding synth which will add that special sparkle to your songs, this may be the ticket for you!

NOTE: The good thing about Waldorf synths is new features are added and bugs are ironed out with ever O.S release. Perhaps the overall sound of the Q might be solidified in the next O.S. update.

Tested: Waldorf Yellow Q os 2.01.

Reviewed by: Drake Fallings

Looking at things from a musical perspective.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-28-2000 at 07:34
Charles G. a part-time user from USA writes:
Definitely the best sounding and most powerful Virtual Analog synth you can currently get. I bought it about 4 months ago, with OS 1.18, currently I have OS 2.01 and....it's just perfect. Also use it to control my Yamaha A4000 sampler. Don't try to compare it to Virus, JP8000 or anything else in that range. I think it's safe to say that if you get Waldorf Q, Novation Supernova keyboard and a sampler, you'll never have to buy anything else!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-17-2000 at 03:26
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