An Interview With Synth Designer Axel Hartmann

This video captures an interview, via Nick Batt and sonicstate, with industrial designer Axel Hartmann.

If you’ve played a synthesizer, there’s a good chance you’ve played one designed by Axel Hartmann. Hartmann is responsible for the industrial design of:

  • Waldorf synths, including the MicroWave, Wave, Blofeld and others;
  • the Alesis Andromeda Analog Synthesizer;
  • the Hartmann Neuron;
  • the Access Virus Polar;
  • the Moog Little Phatty and Minimoog Voyager XL;
  • Arturia’s Origin, Spark & MiniBrute;
  • the StudioLogic Sledge;
  • the Schmidt Analog Synthesizer;
  • and many others.

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Waldorf 2-pole Analog Filter Sneak Preview

Musikmesse 2014: Waldorf has released this teaser for their upcoming 2-pole Analog Filter.

The 2-pole Analog Filter box is designed to give users access to ‘the heart of the Waldorf sound’ – with an inspiring user interface with a one knob/one function philosophy. Continue reading

Waldorf Streichfett String Synthesizer Sounds ‘Like Adult Movies Sounded 30 Years Ago’

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Waldorf will be introducing a new synth at Musikmesse 2014, the Streichfett String Synthesizer.

The Waldorf Streichfett combines the best of the now extinct species of String Synthesizers of the 70s and early 80s. Its dual sound engine features a fully polyphonic strings section and a monophonic solo section, which, according to Waldorf, is ‘essential for recreating how adult movies sounded thirty years ago’.  Continue reading