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Waldorf M Wavetable Synthesizer Review

The Waldorf M Wavetable Synthesizer is a modern take on the classic Microwave that features classic wavetable synthesis sound.

Posted on:December 29, 2022
Waldorf M Wavetable Synthesizer Review

Waldorf M Wavetable Synthesizer Review

Rating 92/100

Wavetable synthesis was a groundbreaking technology when it was introduced in 1978, and Waldorf Electronics has become synonymous with wavetable synthesis through its range of wavetable synths, including the classic Microwave. The Waldorf M is a modern recreation of the original Microwave, with a few updates and improvements.

One of the standout features of the M is its spacious front panel, which offers plenty of hands-on control, including a 3-inch color display and a range of buttons to speed up navigation. It is also 4-part multitimbral and includes USB and MIDI connectivity, as well as an SD card slot for wavetable import, patch backup, and OS updates.

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The M includes two wavetable oscillators, each of which can load a different wavetable, and a 24dB/oct ladder filter. It also has analogue VCAs, four envelopes, and two LFOs. While it lacks some of the features of later Microwave models, such as a modulation matrix and effects, it does offer oscillator sync and ring modulation in Microwave II mode.

One of the key differences between the M and the original Microwave is that the M includes wavetables from the entire Waldorf range, rather than just the original wavetables. This means that users have access to a much wider range of sounds, including those from the Microwave II, Microwave XT, Wave, Blofeld, Largo, Nave, Quantum, and Iridium.

In addition to the standard wavetables, the M also includes a range of new wavetables, including some designed specifically for the M. These new wavetables offer even more sound design possibilities and allow users to create a wider range of sounds than was possible with the original Microwave.

One of the key strengths of the M is its sound quality. The combination of digital oscillators and analogue filters gives it a warm, rich sound that is characteristic of Waldorf synths. The analogue VCAs add further depth and character to the sound, and the 24dB/oct ladder filter adds a classic flavour to the sound.

The M is also very easy to use, with a straightforward interface that is intuitive and easy to navigate. The 3-inch color display is clear and easy to read, and the various buttons and knobs are well laid out and easy to use

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