The engine inside the heavy duty, full metal chassis of the Blofeld delivers the same fat and rich sound that so many Waldorf users worldwide love when they play their Pulse, Q, Q+, Micro Q, Microw... read more
The engine inside the heavy duty, full metal chassis of the Blofeld delivers the same fat and rich sound that so many Waldorf users worldwide love when they play their Pulse, Q, Q+, Micro Q, Microwave, Microwave II/XT, or even the flagship Wave.
Yes, you've heard it right. The Blofeld is not only capable of producing these warm, organic analog sounds known from the Q synthesizer line, it also sports a wavetable engine like its predecessors with "Wave" in their names. This unique synthesis system is based upon the revolutionary PPG Wave synthesizers of the early 80s. So when you listen to the Blofeld for the first time, you will instantly recognize those edgy, hard-hitting and bell-like timbres that have been an integral part of so many world hits from the PPG era on, and become increasingly popular once more.
In fact it is amazing to realize that nowadays this complex technology fits into such a slim and elegant device. And for a price no-one would have imagined a couple of years ago.
- Up to 50 voices
- 16 part multi timbral
- 1000 sounds
- 100 multi programs
- 7 endless dials
- 5 buttons
- Graphical display
- Stereo output
- Headphone output
- Midi in
- Usb 2.0
- External power supply
- Per voice
- 3 main oscillators
- Pulse with pulse width modulation
- Frequency modulation between the oscillators
- Oscillator synchronization
- Noise generator
- Ring modulator
- 2 independent multi mode filters
- Low pass 24 db / 12 db
- Band pass 24 db / 12 db
- High pass 24 db / 12 db
- Notch 24 db / 12 db
- PPG filter 24 db
- Comb filter positive / negative feedback
- Cascade filter 24 db / 18 db / 12 db / 6 db
- Modulation matrix with 16 slots, freely programmable
- Various pre-routed modulation destinations with selectable sources
- Modulation speed far into audio range
- 4 modifiers with various algorithms
- 3 fast lfos ( 2500 hz)
- 4 envelopes
- Different trigger modes per envelope
- Poly, mono, dual or unison mode with selectable voice count
- HMT for realtime just-intonation
- Per part
- Arpeggiator with user pattern, freely programmable including accent, position,length, glide, chords, random notes, etc.
- Highquality effects include:
- Ring modulation
- Stereo delay
- Tap delay
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this is lowkey one of the most underrated hardware synths ever made. here's why:
if you don't care about analog and simply want the power and flexibility of a digital synth, the blofeld is the best synth at its price point bar none. not only is it the best synth at its price point, it has as much or more functionality and features than synths 3x its price.
for $400 or less you get: 3 oscs, 2 wavetable, which support samples and custom wavetables oscillators also each have FM, sync, and ringmod 2 multi mode filters with like 15 filter types including comb and PPG modeled filters. each filter can be overdriven with like 10 different kinds of gain 4 envelopes which are loopable 3 lfos and a 16x16 mod matrix than can route almost anything to anything, making it practically a modular synth you can route lfos to other lfos, envelopes to themselves, to fm, etc.
oh also its 16 part multitimbral.
the virus it often touted as the best digital hardware synth ever made, and with good reason. but I have both the virus TI and the blofeld, and I can tell you the blofeld can do pretty much everything the virus can, and some things the virus can't, for a third of the price.
the blofeld also sounds amazing. however, it is NOT a preset synth. the blofeld has the worst presets of any synth I've ever used. the blofeld is for sound designers and people who want to dive deep into synthesis. if you're willing to take some time programming your own patches, you will discover incredible pads, evolving sounds, and nearly every kind of timbre you can imagine. i will say the blofeld is a bit lacking in the bass department and I would not rely on it for bass, but it is excellent at just about everything else.
I also find its 5 knobs and matrix extremely easy to get around, i find it actually less of a pain than the virus, with its 40+ buttons and sub menus.
literally best digital synth for the price.
edited almost 5 years ago
As a successor of the microwave range it is a a step into the right direction. VA and wavetable synthesis, you can even get an option to load samples (but it hurts loading samples over midi) and even create own wavetables. It is a decent piece of gear with a nice interface to program it. The built in effects are okayish and it could have a digital output, but otherwise it is a good sounding, complex, solid built polyphonic synth.
My fav Synth! hands down.
I love the filters and the wave tables and the free vst editor compliments it perfectly for studio use. All I have to do is turn it on and record when im ready with live tweaking and everything. Very Powerful and crisp for making sounds and simple enough to understand and use efficiently.
Great sound, but not user friendly
Great sound, great possibilties, very flexible modulation matrix, but not enough knobs and access at same time. Don´t really like zapping thru menus at all without an editor. I love to import my own wavetables and samples. The filter, especially the ppg like can reproduce moog like sounds. And it does not really sound digital.
Excellent Wavetable sounds in a tiny footprint.
This synth is capable of a wide variety of sounds and is an incredible studio synth. While the device has been laid out so to avoid too much menu diving (most features can be reached within 1 or 2 button/knob combinations) creating sounds from scratch can still be daunting and difficult. With that said, the presets are incredible and offer a good starting point.