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Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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x_bruce a part-time user from Chicago, US writes:
The Waldorf Q is one of the most, if not the best synths from the late 90s - early 00s. I'm writing as of 27.2.07 and still feel this way. Besides doing a wide range of analog-style sounds, the FM section is simple, yet powerful enough to create many classic DX7 style sounds. Put these together and you have a very powerful synthesizer. These days, "powerful" doesn't mean much, as free soft-synths can sound excellent and some boxed software goes places hardware only dreamed of.

The Q is so great because it was ahead of it's time in reguards to design. Thankfully it holds up to analog synths as well as any digital (rompler) hardware synths and/or high quality software synths. The Q is amazing because it not only scores well on emulation, but has substantial futuristic qualities as well as a strong signature sound that adds to the quality of patches rather than get in the way. You can do some amazing emulations with the Q. It is one of the few synths to get the 'feel' of an Oberheim. Still, the Q is for sonic explorers, so it's 256 presets and 100 multis may seem slim to some. In fact, you'll probably be hooked and start saving your signature patches after you get used to the program flow, which is a bit different from typical analog interfaces. The good news: the interface is well designed and the manual will help - it's on the Waldorf site if you wish to view it. Soon, you'll find you don't particularly think of old synths, but of the Q's capabilities.

For me, that makes the Q one of the finest synths made, one that synth history will treat well.

Lastly, for those waiting for a good deal on a Q or considering a micro-Q, you might want to try KOMPLEXER. It is a fantastic emulation of the Waldorf micro-Q and sounds near exact. My micro-Q sounded pretty close to the Q. It lost a bit of sonic clarity along with processor capability, and couldn't match the quality of the Q's filters - as I remember, it was missing a processor that accounted for the filter and effects. However, KOMPLEXER is very good sounding and dead on to a micro-Q. I mentioned the micro-Q and KOMPLEXER as options although I couldn't see going back to either over my Q. It's functionality and sound quality are considerably better. In addition, if you don't need the keyboard, the Q-rack is very well designed. It has half the controllers but still makes sense when programming and using. So, if you see one of those, they're the same sound as the Q keyboard, though some are priced similarly.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-27-2007 at 09:30
curtis electric a part-time user writes:
The Q is a fantastic synthesiser,it can make any sound you can imagine and can be used for any type of electronic music except music that requires 'real' instruments to be recreated. This has to be one of the best VA's out there,I have created some really beautiful pads that just drift off into the cosmos,the bass this machine can create is cool and can sound very analog.I have this synth alongside my andromeda and at times it can produce nicer sounds than the andromeda and at times the andromeda makes nicer sounds.The ability of the Q to sound very digital is another plus because it can do analog very well indeed.Every dial movement nearly always makes good sounds and this is a real plus because on some synths you have to find its sweet spots,well everywere is a sweet spot on this synth. This synth is easy to use in fact that is an understatement,I have not even read the manual and have made some great sounds on this synth. Awesome machine,defo a 5 out of 5.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-12-2006 at 12:36
Brett a part-time user from Boston writes:
I have owned the Virus C and I just got the rack, 32 voice. WOW, all I have to see, it can do everything the virus can and more. although each machine has its own sound that make it what it is. I think the Q might be alittle more versatile. End message is this thing F#@$in' rocks.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-26-2006 at 17:51 writes:
I have to say, this thing keeps surprising me. Definitely the best VA, if not the best synth, in my setup. I like this over Access Virus Indigo 2 which I also own and love. But Q gives me more and it sounds quite different compared to Virus (that's why I have both). It's hard to find own favourite VA from so wide range of synths. This may be yours.. I give full 5 points.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Dec-26-2005 at 16:07
Kursat a professional user from Turkiye writes:
Waldorf Q is a really classical, top of the line virtual analog synth that I always work with pleasure and inspiration. Its sound has a unique character, distinct depth and richness that is hard to find with other VAs, including even Virus. BTW, In addition to the latest factory 2001 sound banks, there are other 'forum' banks that can be found from companies current website:

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-23-2005 at 14:32
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