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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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Bert Krohn a part-time user from Germany writes:
Mine arrived some days ago and i can't say how happy i am to own this guy. It's a 1994 V2.0 in near mint condition and as you all know, this synth is able to create every sound you can imagine except natural sounds.

Digital noiz, filtersweeps, bells, choirs, warm analogue pads, leads, basses, FX and so on. All sound are pristine and clear, warm and mighty.

The MIDI implementation is very complete as the modulation matrix. Cuz it has no onboard FX i use it with a Lexicon MX-400 - a nice combi.

I traded my Blofeld for this one and i'm missing anything. The Blo was more versatile, but the MW1 is much more inspiring in it's limits. I will never give away this giant of a synth.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Dec-19-2010 at 07:55
Bert Krohn a part-time user from Germany writes:
Mine arrived some days ago and i can't say how happy i am to own this guy. It's a 1994 V2.0 in near mint condition and as you all know, this synth is able to create every sound you can imagine except natural sounds.

Digital noiz, filtersweeps, bells, choirs, warm analogue pads, leads, basses, FX and so on. All sound are pristine and clear, warm and mighty.

The MIDI implementation is very complete as the modulation matrix. Cuz it has no onboard FX i use it with a Lexicon MX-400 - a nice combi.

I traded my Blofeld for this one and i'm missing anything. The Blo was more versatile, but the MW1 is much more inspiring in it's limits. I will never give away this giant of a synth.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Dec-19-2010 at 07:54
bill a professional user from canada writes:
ok so first off comparing this to a waldorf pulse is ridiculous. i mean come on. this synth is capable of many things and doing many things very very well. want killer analog pads no problem. want walls of strange digital noise no problem. filter is very good. can get pretty good prophety sounds and ppg sounds. even some sounds treading on dx territory. leads are super cutting through the mix no problems at all. big assed bass sounds are on order for this one too. it has nothing much sonicaly in common with the mw2 as far as my ears tell me. it truly is awesome on so many fronts. the interface might not appease the filter tweakers but many things can occur in the programing of this synth. too bad theres not more patch storage. but there is some good computer editors available for it. i have to be honest this synth really floored me. i got it with the waveslave all the manuals and two cards for only two hundred dollars in pristine shape. i wasnt expecting much beacause i was really put off with the q i owned and the mw2 i also bought new for a lot of money. both of them pale in comp to the microwave1. it truly is that good. alot of synths here get fives but i honestly think its something wich needs to change here it should be a scale out of ten. it pisses on any va synth i have ever programmed and laughs at almost all of the new synths you can buy today. it really is that fun and good. i mean its also multi timbral and if you are clever you can do so much with this synth. oh one more thing. you can do some really awesome analog drum sounds with this synth. i mean really big and fat. awesome

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-22-2008 at 23:13
cem a professional user from istanbul-TURKEY writes:
sorry but yorrick does not understand anything from synths.. I have two of these units and love them to death.. I have dozens of vintage synths like arp 2600.. jupiter 8.. matrix 12.. minimoog.. memorymoog.. elka synthex.. prophet VS.. mks 80s and many other analog and classıcal dıgıtal synths.. try to test one whenever you get the opportunity and judge it yourself.. good quality ears never lie.. nuff said.. good luck to everybody:)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-24-2006 at 09:41
yorick a hobbyist user from UK writes:
Sorry I really didn't like this synth. I bought one on spec, influenced largely by the reviews here, and I'm afraid it just left me cold.

Yes I did edit it and produced a few patches of my own. I messed around sweeping through wavetables, modulated the filter etc., searching for gritty, grungy, clangerous textures but nothing leapt out at me. I have a Waldorf Pulse. I really like my Pulse - it can produce metallic, gritty, clangerous, stonking tones and punchy bass and doofs and squelches and so on. I thought that, both being produced by the same company, I would be getting some of that same character with the MW, but in polyphony. Alas I ound that they have little in common sonically

I agree with the reviewer who said that it can sound somewhat like a Matrix 1000. Sort of a bit plain, mid rangey. The (digital) envelopes don't allow for punchy sounds as the fastest attack is too fast at 0.5 ms (I think) and causes an audible click, whereas the next attack time is 5 ms, which is too slow for, say, a snappy bass. I had the 2nd revision MW, with CEM filters, which I felt lacked any real character, though they do the job in a smooth workmanlike manner.

The real selling point of the MW, is I suppose, the wavetable. Though, as it is digital in conception, there are many computer programmes that will give you wavetable synthesis for a lot less money, and are easier to use. Reaktor has an instrument - OkiComputer - which does everything that the MW does more than adequately enough for my needs. The only thing that the MW has are the analogue filters, and they didn't do it for me.

Obviously my dislike of the MW merely reflects my subjective taste which is perhaps best represented by listing my other likes and dislikes: As I mentioned I have a Pulse that I really rate; I also have an Odyssey, which again I love; I have a Matrix 1000, which I'm sort of indifferent to - it's good for pads and general filler, and was cheap; I also once owned a Pro One which was OK, though I prefer the Ody; and a Virus C, which I really, really did not like.

If you are thinking about getting a Microwave I would recommend trying before you buy and perhaps take the hype with a little pinch of salt. Happily I was able to sell mine on without losing any money, though it does look as though they're getting cheaper at the moment. I can't believe that these things were once £1000!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-27-2005 at 09:16
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