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Waldorf Microwave 2

Digital wavetable module (1997)

Digital version of cult Microwave module, losing all analog punchy section including analog filters and envelopes :(


OVERVIEW 2 rack units recalling the original MW, with a 2 x 40 character display, backlighted, classic red data encoder and a matrix programmation with 7 buttons and 4 knobs changing relative parameters on the screen.

- Waldorf microwave XT: it's exactly the same machine but with more knobs control and polyphony can be expanded to 30 voices.

Terminal connectors:
- Midi Interface 
- main signal out
- 2 aux out 
- Power supply is external PSU with 12V AC/DC -(+ polarity 900mA


OSCILLATORS Polyphony : 8 voice , synthesis based on 2 oscillators per voice (with sync and FM) of DSP wavetable.  Famous PPG Wavetable synthesis is the ability to sequence through a table of different waveforms during the duration of a single note, internal ROM features 64 preset wavetables  (64 Waves per Wavetable)+ 32 user-programmable wavetable. 

ENVELOPE 8-level Wave-Envelope with loop + 4-level Free-Envelope

LFO 2 modulators (syncable to MIDI-Clock) shapes: sine, triangle, square, random, S&H

FILTER there are 10 digital models including 24dB and 12dB Lowpass MOOG, Sine Waveshaper, 6/12/24 LP/HP, FM Filter, Sin (x)-LP, Dual Lowpass/Bandpass , Band Stop.


EFFECTS Effects: Chorus, Flanger 1 & 2, Autowah BP, Autowah LP, Overdrive, Delay, Amp Mod. Sounds... bad.

ARPEGGIATOR rogrammable Arpeggiator(Can be synced to MIDI-Clock)

MEMORY 64 to 256 user patches and from 64 to 128 performance patches. Sound can be saved only by midi sysex.
MW2 have a special import for MW1 patch but they do need to be modified a bit.

main panel

Waldorf Microwave 2 Specifications

Model: microwave 2
Polyphony - 10 voices (cannot be xpanded)
Oscillators - 2 oscillators per voice 
Synthsis: DSP wavetable synthesis (65 preset wavetables, 32 user wavetables); Osc-sync; FM; 1 Ring Mod; 1 Noise Source

Memory - 256 user patches, 128 performance patches
Filter - 10 digital filter models (12/24dB, LP, BP, HP, Notch, waveshaper, bit-reduction, dual BP). Additional in-series 6dB LP or HP filter with keytracking.
VCA - 1 VCA, VCA ADSR, 1 Free Envelope
LFO - 2 LFO's, sine, tri, square, random, S&H

Effects - Chorus, Flanger 1 & 2, Autowah BP, Autowah LP, Overdrive, Delay (only on lated rev), 
Arpeg/Seq - Programmable rhythmic arpeggiator syncable to MIDI clock

Frequency range: 5Hz...20kHz
SNR: 100dB

dimensions: 483mm X 89mm x 220
weight: 3,4 kg is not associated with waldorf in any manner

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WALDORF microwave 2 Waldorf
Bad version of classic version. 123456789 1234567890123
61 out of 100 based on 31 user ratings
300 to 500 from 1 sellers Sellers:
Product description: this thing sucks. Customer reviews:
Bad buy, does not even sounds close to original - by , April 1, 2005
3/ 5stars