More and more synthesizer enthusiasts recognize the Eurorack as a huge playground for sound design. Collecting sound modules is like a “fun addiction” where the musician can precisely customize his setup as he goes along without spending a huge amount of money all at once. It’s a system that can grow over time into a massively versatile and totally flexible musical instrument.
We started with the nw1, and now we have raised an entire family of inspiring modules. And even beyond that, our developers came up with a keyboard that is both intuitive for the beginner and versatile for the professional. And it’s just as solid and elegant as all our instruments that we build here at Waldorf in Germany.
kb37 – Bring your modules on tour
kb37 is a compact and rugged performance instrument. It can house up to 100 HP of modules in its conveniently angled panel that sits right on top of the super high-quality Fatar TP9 keyboard. With its high-resolution and temperature stable 16-bit CV interface, it provides extremely flexible control for your modules. MIDI channel and velocity curve are programmable, making the kb37 the perfect partner for both studio and stage. It provides perfect connectivity to all your modules to serve both the player and the sound designer’s desires with an array of real-time control elements such as pitch and mod wheels. The professional, full-sized 37-note keybed transmits velocity and aftertouch. kb37 is compact and easy to transport just like any synthesizer keyboard to add style and reliability to your performing rig.
nw1 is based on an advanced wavetable engine with independent control of the spectral envelope and noisiness – just like Nave.
Wavetable scanning is cyclic with optional modulation of travel speed, position, spectrum and more. By providing the revered Waldorf wavetable set from the classic Microwave and Wave synthesizers, nw1 will enrich your Eurorack modular system as a massively powerful sound source with nearly unlimited potential. The nw1 sound engine also lets you easily create your own user wavetables right from the front panel via time domain multiple foldover analysis. All you need to do is connect any sound source to the nw1 to transfer audio into a wavetable. Or you can use the integrated speech synthesizer to translate typed text into wavetables!
Three different modulation sources in one module make the mod1 the control center of your modular patch. From simple envelopes and LFOs to complex looped multi-stage
curves, the mod1 delivers rich and endless modulation options – all based on pure analogue circuitry for everything from super- smooth curves to razor-sharp edges that never sound “digital”. From gently undulating LFOs to ultra-precise hard cuts, you get it all based on innovative analogue circuits for a truly musical touch.
Built around two VCAs with a wide range of options including the most important one: the ability to musically colour the signal. Starting in dry mode, you get high-precision analogue amplification. But then when you turn the Colour knob, you add a warmer and more colourful timbre to the signal based on a finely-crafted state variable filtering circuit. But there’s more: Simultaneous linear and exponential control as well as specialised AC and DC coupled inputs are provided. A positive gain control makes the dvca1 a true “amplifier,” and flexible link modes let you create modulated panning.
A true high-end analogue compressor not only adds punch to your signal, but it also can be modulated in intriguing and unconventional ways! Side-chaining with a adjustable balance control will open a huge set of modular possibilities. The cmp1 has all the features you expect from a modern compressor including attack and release control, automatic and manual modes, hard and soft knee as well as output gain and bleed amount of the original signal.
And now – the Kompaktklavier (Zarenbourg Module)
The Zarenbourg Module offers the sound engine of the Zarenbourg Piano in a stylishly compact full-metal enclosure. And like its larger cousin, three different sound generators deliver uncompromising quality: Physical modeling recreates the glory of classic E-Piano sounds with staggering authenticity. The direct streaming sample playback engine with 4 GB of sample memory provides a selection of fantastic grand, upright and electric pianos. The third sound generation system is a 6-operator FM synthesizer, perfect for classic DX pianos and a variety of other trademark FM sounds. The effects section provides a huge selection of high-quality effects, such as
Reverb, Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Echo, Auto Wah, Equalizer and Overdrive, as well as many effect combinations. Each sound can be freely combined with an effect / effects combination and stored in the internal memory. New sounds and effects can be added via the integrated SD Card slot. Connect the module to your Mac or PC to work on sounds, setups and effects via the included software editor. And like its cousin, Zarenbourg module awakes right in the moment you turn it on. No waiting, no loading, just playing.
Keyboard & controllers ·
Fatar TP9 37-keys keyboard with aftertouch ·
Multiple velocity curves ·
Pitchbend wheel ·
Modulation wheel ·
Selectable note priority ·
Octave up/down switch ·
Gate retrigger Module section · Width: 545mm / 107 HP · Eurorack compatible bus · Bus CV & Gate linkable to CV interface via jumpers · Built-in regulated power-supply (+12V/-12V, 1.5A) CV interface · 8 CV outputs ˚ Pitch ˚ Velocity ˚ Aftertouch ˚ Pitchbend ˚ Modwheel ˚ 3 user-assignable MIDI controllers · 3 Trigger outputs ˚ Gate ˚ Clock & Reset outputs for MIDI sync Connections · USB with isolation · MIDI In, Out, Thru · Sustain pedal input · Sensor input / output · Stereo line outputs with volume control · Headphones output with separate volume control
· 21st century advanced wavetable engine · Cyclic wavetable scanning with modulatable position and travel speed · Control of spectral envelope independent of pitch · Adjustable periodicity up to noisy reproduction · Classic Waldorf wavetables included · Integrated speech synthesizer for wavetables · User-recordable wavetables Connections · Gate input for triggering wavetable travel and recording · Main 1V/Oct CV input with trim for pitch control · 3 additional CV inputs for modulation and realtime wavetable recording · Audio output · USB port with galvanic isolation for wavetable transfer and text input · Eurorack power connector Power requirements +/- 12V, 150mA Powder coated metal surface: · 10 rotary knobs · 1 wavetable select/encoder · 1 2 x 7 segment display · 6 x 3 position switches Dimensions Width: 32HP (162.6 mm)
· Two true analogue high-end VCAs · Optional colour control based on state variable filter technology · CV-input for colour modulation · Simultaneous linear and exponential control and CV inputs · Additional gain control for adding up to +12 dB · Separate AC and DC coupled inputs for audio rsp. control signals · Separate summing output combining both signals · Link mode for parallel modulation of two signals · Anti-parallel link option for panning effects
· Three highly flexible modulation sources in one module · All based on innovative analogue circuits for snappy attacks and super smooth curves 1. AD3SR · ADSR envelope with up to three decay stages · Each decay stage with time and target level control · Configurable for 1, 2, or 3 decay stages · Loop mode for looping from attack over all enabled decays stages · Gate and trigger inputs · Positive and Inverted output 2. Symmetry Generator · Two segment modulator with controllable symmetry · CV-inputs for speed and symmetry · Symmetry modulation keeps base frequency · LFO mode with bipolar output · Gate and Trigger envelope modes with unipolar output · Linear or rectangular wave forms 3. Rise & Fall · Two stage envelope “rise & fall” · Flexible curve control for rise stage – from smooth classical RC shape to cutting linear segments · Optional loop mode · Gate input · Signal output
· Physical modeling for E-Piano sounds · Direct NAND streaming sample playback · True FM synthesis · 4 Gigabyte NAND Flash for Samples · SD card slot for firmware and sample upgrade · USB · MIDI In / Out / Thru · Balanced stereo line out (+ unbalanced) · Digital S / PDIF output · Effect types: Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Echo, Reverb, Auto Wah, Equalizer, Overdrive and several effect combinations · High-performance dual-core signal processor · 64 memory locations · Precision-welded steel hood · Massive aluminium front panel · Off-white top shell color