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Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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Mad Mac a professional user from UK writes:
Excellent deep and powerful synth, spent some quality time on the Q (in a studio rather than in a shop) and came away very impressed, In it`s current state it is best viewed as a powerful (but unfinished) Digital Synth capable of a vast range of timbres, a lot of power indeed but certainly not Analog, more Microwave with "Attitude" really. It CAN create analogesque pads / leads etc as can the Microwave XT but neither sound as convincing in this area as the Novation Supernova, of course the XT adds the complex and wonderful "Wavetable" string to it`s bow unfortunately as of yet the Q is still waiting to be strung fully, when (and IF?*****) it is I can`t wait for another demo.

***** Wave owners have been waiting for their machine to attain finished state for some time and it looks like the wait is going to be a lot longer if at all.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-07-1999 at 13:49
quser a hobbyist user from UK writes:
OK - a caveat: this mini-reviewette is subject to change. That's to say it's just like the Q - the features are still only about 50-60% there in OS v1.08.

This means that still, a disappointingly high number of buttons give the "Not yet available" message on the LCD. There's no Reverb in the FX sections yet, for example, and there's no way of changing the triggering mode for the envelopes (the selector knob's there, but no-one's home). The Oscillator goodies - Alt1 and Alt2 for the first two Oscs aren't there either.

Anyway, it's a very deep and flexible synth - tons of stuff I haven't had on any of my synths before. There are loads of modulation options and lots of raw material to construct sounds (3xOsc, 2xFilter, 3xLFO, 4xEG, etc.

Experimenting is so easy (I also have a Pulse Plus - geat synth, but I hate trying to experiment with it). It's very approachable, thanks to the sheer number of knobs. Their continuous rotation also means that weird parameter jump glitches are a thing of the past.

I love the sound - it keeps surprising me. A few patches are eluding me, though it's probably just a question of familiarisation.

It certainly sounds quite bright to my ears, and it has the usual Waldorf fast envelope feature (i.e. back off on Attack to avoid clicks). Making analog pads that go on and on evolving forever is pretty easy. The wild comb filter managed to bite my head off when I found it by accident whiel wearing headphones.

OK - it cost a lot of money, and at the time of writing (14th May 1999) it's really a "work in progress". In buying it, I'm taking a bit of a risk that it will soon get close to the published spec (though Waldorf do seem to go beyond specs with subsequent OS releases on other models).

I bought the Q because the Access Virus Kb was taking way too long to materialise here in London. This cost rather more, but I'm happy that as there's rather more raw DSP horsepower in the Q, so future OSs can go that much further.

Finally, on the colour, aside from the weirdness of the yellow, the real problem is that the finish is a matt, unlacquered dappled paint, so it's going to get grubby and it's going to be a p*g to clean. Anybody comes near my Q with a coffee cup gets lynched.

Don't really want to give it a rating until it's finished, but I'll give it a four, and revisit and revise as and when it's closer to spec.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-May-14-1999 at 18:16
ChemVein a part-timer user from USA writes:
That's not the mindset that you need to be in!!! IT'S YELLOW BECUASE IT'S NEW AND FRESH AND FULL OF LIFE!!! (like a Mento) Anyway... There's nothing wrong with the color... Sure, it's a bit ugly, but it has a great personality!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-04-1999 at 16:18
Peter Plisklor a professional user from U.S.A. writes:
This thing is too yellow, can't take it serious.

posted Tuesday-May-04-1999 at 14:09
Eric Young a part-timer user from usa writes:
Sorry I wrote: "...allows you to use all the OSC, 1 ring mod, noise, LFOS, both filters, all 4 envs, the routing matrix, and the arp."

--I meant to say all *3 OSCs*!--

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-May-02-1999 at 19:45
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