NAMM 2019: Waldorf Quantum Synth Update

US New firmware incorporates Vision 4 Instruments' Kernel synthesis engine      31/01/19

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Having introduced their flagship Quantum Synthesizer at an earlier NAMM show, Waldorf Music has made a return trip to announce an upcoming update to the Quantum Synthesizer’s firmware, focused around a new synthesis capability created in close collaboration with fellow German company Vision 4 Instruments — described as a new and exciting venture, providing future-facing hard- and software platforms for electronic musical instruments. Here’s their press release with the details:

The latest (version 2.0) free firmware for the flagship Quantum Synthesizer incorporates new venture Vision 4 Instruments’ future- facing Kernel synthesis engine. Extending capabilities above and beyond the four — Wavetable, Waveform, Resonator, and Particle (classic and granular sampling) — synthesis engines already available at the Quantum Synthesizer’s super-creative core, Kernel provides a fifth option for each of the three oscillators in its oscillator section.

So what, exactly is Kernel synthesis? Simply speaking, it is a modular approach in which up to six audio kernels can be freely combined into a single oscillator. Effectively, each kernel is an oscillator in its own right, realising a whole range of timbres — from using sine and classic waveforms via wavetables through to samples and noise. For example, users could combine three wavetables with a sample, a sine wave, and noise within a single Quantum Synthesizer oscillator.

On top of that, the kernels could modulate each other in audio rate using a variety of modulation methods, such as amplitude, frequency, phase, and ring modulation. Phase Distortion is also possible alongside unusual processes like audio rate wavetable- position modulation. Moreover, each kernel, of course, could also add self-modulation like classic FM feedback.

Furthermore, each kernel has its own multi-stage envelope, stereo output panning, plus multiple modulation options for velocity, various key tracking possibilities, plus presenting feedback, level, pitch, and wavetable position as modulation targets in the Quantum Synthesizer’s Modulation Matrix.

Meanwhile, kernel pitch can be set in relation to note pitch, as well as being set to fixed frequency in audio or LFO range. Pitch envelopes could be also applied to each kernel individually using the Quantum Synthesizer’s Modulation Matrix.

It is perfectly possible, then, to view Kernel synthesis as an oscillator construction kit, allowing for traditional approaches like a six- operator FM synth, as well as providing an experimental space for future-facing synthesis techniques.

To put this all into its rightful perspective, users could quickly start by using predefined kernel oscillator patches using the Quantum Synthesizer’s oscillator preset system, then continue to create a library of their own oscillator models.

The latest (version 2.0) free firmware for the flagship Quantum Synthesizer will start beta testing after The 2019 NAMM Show, January 24-27, in Anaheim, California, where Waldorf Music will be represented by Korg USA on Booth 8802.

Quantum Synthesizer users interested in participating in the latest (version 2.0) free firmware beta test should contact:

Pricing and Availability:
The Quantum Synthesizer is already available through Waldorf Music’s global network of distributors at an SRP (Suggested Reseller Price) of €3,525.00 EUR (excluding tax).

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