Waldorf MicrowaveXT

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 Waldorf MicrowaveXT  Waldorf Available from 05/04/1998 until 11/30/1999

Absolutely! Five units Microwave II, packed with exactly 44 (read: forty-four) dials for sound editing, one dial for page select and a potentiometer whose task is only to control the master volume. Equipped with the above, the Microwave XT features more controls than any other current synthesizer (except the Waldorf Wave, of course).

Extended information

This beast is built as a 19"-rack-mountable desktop machine with optionally available wooden sides. When mounted into a rack, the cables still fit into the housing without the need for an extra unit of rack space.

We expanded the DSP RAM drastically to make room for more effects like flanger, overdrive, auto wah, amplitude modulator and delay.

We also included a stereophonic audio input for processing external signals through the filter, amplifier and effect stages of the Microwave XT.

What's more, the Microwave XT will be shipped starting with OS V2.0 which includes new filter types, modulatable FM and other enhancements besides the previous Microwave II operating systems.

Technical specifications

Multi Mode with 8 individual instruments
10 voices
128 multis
256 sounds
64 ROM wavetables
32 RAM wavetables
64 waves per wavetable
500 waves
arpeggiator, syncable to MIDI Clock
programmable arpeggiator rhythm pattern per sound
4 integrated effect units (1 Chorus available for any instrument in multi mode, 1 separate effect for each of the first 3 instruments in multi mode)
all parameters real time controllable through MIDI continous controller
1 dial for page access
44 dials for parameter changes
2 buttons for parameter changes
1 master volume potentiometer
1 Play / Shift button
5 buttons for mode selection (3 buttons for "Sound", 1 button for "Multi", 1 button for "Global")
1 Standby button with alert function to assure that all edited sounds are stored
MIDI In / Out / Thru
1 stereo input
2 stereo outputs
19"/5U, desktop unit and rack-mountable

2 oscillators
oscillator synchronization
oscillator FM, fully modulatable
2 wave generators
noise generator
ring modulator
adjustable quality levels for aliasing, interpolation and clipping
mixer, all levels (Wave 1, Wave 2, Noise, Ring Modulation, External In) modulatable with high resolution
2 multi mode filters, connected serially
filter 1:
low pass 12dB
low pass 24dB
band pass 12dB
high pass 12dB
sinus shaper with low pass filter 12dB
wave shaper with low pass filter 12dB (selected wavetable determines the available shaper waves)
Sample & Hold with low pass filter 12dB (real time sample rate reduction down to 23Hz)
dual parallel filter with 12dB low pass and 12dB band pass, cutoff offset parameter for band pass
12dB low pass filter with filter FM (cutoff modulation through oscillator 2)
filter 2:
low pass 6dB
high pass 6dB
stereo amplifier, fully modulatable
8-time/level wave envelope with loop function, "one shot" mode, times and levels modulatable
ADSR filter envelope, each phase modulatable separately
ADSR amplifier envelope, each phase modulatable separately
4-time/level free envelope, bipolar, one shot mode, times and levels modulatable
all envelopes work with separate trigger- and voice-modes, either monophonic or polyphonic:
single trigger with zero return
single trigger with return to last level
retrigger with zero return
retrigger with return to last level
dual mode (two voices per note)
unisono (all free voices at once)
two LFOs, each with different shapes, syncable to MIDI clock, LFO 2 can be synced to LFO 1
modulation matrix with 16 slots, all sources and destinations of the MicroWave and the Pulse plus new connections
4 freely usable modifiers with several operators and algorithms
Dials, buttons and pots
Oscillator 1
Octave (with clicks)
Semitone (with clicks)
FM Amount
Oscillator 2
Octave (with clicks)
Semitone (with clicks)
Sync (button)
Waves 1 / 2
Wavetable (with clicks)
Wave 1
Env. Amount
Wave 2
Env. Amount
Wave 1
Wave 2
Type (with clicks)
Env. Amount
Env. Velocity
Env. Velocity
Shape (with clicks)
Shape (with clicks)
Mod Amount
Mod 1
Mod 2
Active (button)

Envelopes (8 multi purpose dials)
Wave Env 1-4 Time 1 Level 1 Time 2 Level 2 Time 3 Level 3 Time 4 Level 4
Wave Env 5-8 Time 5 Level 5 Time 6 Level 6 Time 7 Level 7 Time 8 Level 8
Free Env Time 1 Level 1 Time 2 Level 2 Time 3 Sustain Release Rel. Level
Filter / Amplifier Attack Decay Sustain Release Attack Decay Sustain Release

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