Waldorf STVC String Synthesizer & Vocoder Sneak Preview

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Ahead of the 2018 NAMM Show, BH&G has published photos of a new Waldorf keyboard – the STVC String Synthesizer & Vocoder.

The synth engine is based on the Waldorf Streichfett string synthesizer. But, unlike the Streichfett, the Waldorf STVC is a keyboard synth and offers vocoding features. 


  • Based On Streichfett String Synth
  • 49-Note Keyboard
  • Rugged Metal Chassis
  • Includes Gooseneck Microphone

Pricing and Availability

We haven’t seen any official announcement from Waldorf on this yet, but BH&G has this listed as available in 7-14 days – about the same time as the NAMM Show – and priced at US $899.

23 thoughts on “Waldorf STVC String Synthesizer & Vocoder Sneak Preview

  1. OMG…They thought the same…I have been working exactly in the same concept for the past months…but mine is old school wooden/metal look =O

    1. Vocoder from Waldorf will beat the shit of everything!
      all i remember from Waldorf and vocals processing was always fun and inspiring !

  2. Interesting timing, since Behringer just announced the (eventual) release of a Roland VP-330 clone with a very similar feature set. Then there’s Roland’s own Boutique version. Did I miss a big trend leap where people are suddenly apesh*t for new vocoders? It wouldn’t be the first thing I’d think of if someone asked me what the Next Big Thrill would be. It wouldn’t be the near-$5k Waldorf Quantum, either. Yeah, I’d like one of those for each hand, what about it? 😛

      1. Now that you point out that, the fact is the vocoder’s never have been out of fashion. The late 1990’s brought the quasimidi sirus, korg ms2000b, Roland VT, just to name a few.

  3. Streichfett (a pretty nice string synth): 250$; Streichfett in a 49-note keyboard and vocoder: 899$. Keyboards sure are expensive.

  4. whats up with all these companies copying each other? no one has the balls to go a new path anymore? I get that 80`s synth pop is back-here to stay 🙂 and nothing against it. But some should also move forward. Can`t be that hard no can it?
    This is as interesting as food pictures on instagram and fb .

  5. I’d say synthesizer manufactures have been copying one another since the dawn of synthesizers, and the ‘Where’s the innovation?” argument, just as long. 🙂

    BTW: Do you not find the new Waldorf Quantum to be taking a new path? I do, and that shiny new path costs MUCH MONEY! As is often the case.

  6. Bah! A digital string synth is no string synth at all. I love analog and digital synths but digital strings synths just are not my taste in sound.

    On the other hand. I am excited about the Waldorf Quantum even though I can not afford it or even something 1/4 the price.

  7. Hopefully this one is velocity sensitive. While not traditional on string synths it should at least be an option in this day and age.

    1. Not sure how much you’ve mucked with real-deal, wheezy divide-down string synths (and I’m not even sure of the Waldorf’s implementation), but “real” string synths have a single filter and VCA (aka “paraphonic”), meaning all notes sounding share the same filter and envelope shapes. In other words, velocity would be next to useless. If your Fake Digital String Synthesizer has independent envelopes/filters/VCA’s per-voice, you pretty much now have a garden-variety polysynth.

  8. I’m not sure I’d pay $900 for a not-actually-analog vocoder – I’ve owned Roland VP-330 and SVC-350 (when they were far less valuable than they are now) and owned or futzed with many digital emulations, and in my experience, nothing comes close to the real thing. That said, I’ll reserve judgement ’til I hear the Waldorf… in their defense, producing a complete keyboard is a lot more costly than a desktop box, and they are a relatively tiny company whose production costs will be FAR greater than mega-Behringer, Roland, or other large companies.

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