Waldorf Music is bringing back classic Microwave and ‘modern’ Microwave II tone generation with the new-generation M hybrid wavetable synthesizer.

M features an analog lowpass 24dB/Oct VCF (Voltage Controlled Filter) with resonance and analog saturation feature, true stereo analog VCA (Voltage Controlled Amplifier) with panning option, and much more.

The synth comes in a desktop-friendly form factor featuring a wide range of unique sounds, totaling 2,048 sound programs (divided into 16 banks, each with 128 sounds) including all of the classic Microwave sound sets, such as MW1 Factory Sound Set, MW1 Soundpool 1-5, the fat-sounding Analogue and Bassco, as well as PPG Wave 2.3 sounds cleverly converted for the original Microwave. Moreover, it also features freshly-programmed sounds utilizing M’s new features.

Waldorf M features

  • Oscillators: 2 Wavetable oscillators with independent wavetables and two different tone generation models – classic Waldorf Microwave I model and modern Waldorf Microwave II model. 96 Factory Wavetables + 32 slots for User Wavetables.
  • Filter: Analog low-pass 24 dB/Oct VCF (SSI 2144 Improved Ladder Type) with saturation.
  • Amplifier: Analog stereo VCA for each voice.
  • Envelopes: 4 Envelope Generators; 8 point loopable time/level Wave envelope generator, VCF and VCA ADSR envelopes and a free assignable loopable 4 points time/level envelope.
  • LFOs: 2 LFOs with different waveforms.
  • Arpeggiator with 16 preset patterns, chord mode and the ability to synchronize to MIDI clock.
  • Sound storage: 2,048 Sound programs + 128 Multi programs.
  • Polyphony: 8/16 voices polyphony (16 voices available with the expansion board installed).
  • Multitimbrality: 4 Parts (4 parts can be assigned to 4 individual stereo outputs).
  • MIDI: USB 2.0 and DIN (5-pin DIN connector with In/Out/Thru).
  • Compatible with classic Waldorf Microwave I sysex messages (sound bank transfer/sound transfer).
  • SD Card for loading / storing user content as soundbanks and wavetables.

The synth is available for purchase a recommended retail price of 1,879 EUR. It is also rack-mountable with dedicated rack-mount kit, available for 75 EUR. Prices including German tax.

More information: Waldorf Music