The Waldorf MicroQ

The Waldorf microQ synthesis architecture and sound comes directly from the Waldorf Q Synthesizer and was packed into an nice 2u rack housing.

Not only the expensive sound of the Waldorf Q was implemented: also the powerful arpeggiator and the more than useful Drum Map can be found in the Waldorf microQ, too.

The audio demo above, by keybdwizrd, feature patches on the Waldorf Micro Q synthesizer. Specifications & Waldorf MicroQ resources below.

If you’ve used the Waldorf MicroQ, leave a comment with your thoughts!


  • up to 25 voices, expandable up to 75 voices
  • 16 part multi timbral
  • 300 single programs
  • 100 multi programs
  • 20 drummaps
  • 7 endless dials
  • 16 buttons for editing
  • 2 x 20 character display
  • 6 analog outputs (3 stereo outs)
  • 2 analog inputs (1 stereo in)
  • MIDI In/Out/Thru
  • color: classic blue

Per Voice:

  • up to 5 Oscillators per voice
    • Pulse with Pulse Width Modulation
    • Sawtooth
    • Triangle
    • Sine
    • 2 wavetables with 128 waves each and suboscillator per alt-wave
  • Oscillator FM
  • Noise generator
  • Ring Modulator
  • Mixer with Balance, each signal source (oscillator, noise, ringmod, external audio material) can be balanced individually between filter 1 and filter 2
  • 2 Filters (serial and parallel routing switchable), different types, all including FM and distortion
    • Low Pass (12dB/24dB)
    • Band Pass (12dB/24dB)
    • High Pass (12dB/24dB)
    • Notch (12dB/24dB)
    • Comb Filter (positive/negative feedback)
  • Modulation Matrix with 16 slots, freely routable
  • Pre-routed Modulation destinations, sources selectable
  • modulation update frequency in audio range to allow the oscillators to be used as modulation sources
  • 4 Modifiers
  • Arpeggiator with user pattern, including accents, timing information, swing, glide, chords and more
  • 3 LFOs up to audio range
  • 4 envelopes, enhanced ADSR configuration with loop and one shot function, bipolar
  • different trigger modes for each envelope, poly, mono, dual, unisono, manual trigger etc.
  • 2 individual high-quality effects per single program, up to 5 effects in total in Multimode
  • Effect Types:
    • Reverb
    • 2 x Surround Delay
    • Chorus
    • Flanger
    • Phaser
    • Distortion
    • Delay
    • 5 FX
    • Vocoder with 25 bands


2 thoughts on “The Waldorf MicroQ

  1. I have the yellow version of the Micro Q and it’s a fantastic powerful synth full with good sounds for techno and trance. Listen to my song “We don’t know what’s gonna come” on MySpace Music: between 2:02 and 2:38 you hear an amazing and changing leadsound out of the Micro Q. I am now busy on a new track, and I again use my Micro Q. Check also my videos on You Tube ( Jason Basson ).Greetz Jason from Ghent, Belgium.

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