Sounds Of The Waldorf Blofeld Synthesizer

This video, via Synthesizer Video Service, is a 30-minute demo of the sound of the Waldorf Blofeld synthesizer.

The Blofeld, though it came was introduced over 10 years ago, still has many features that few synths offer – up to 25-voice polyphony, 16-part multitimbrality and deep synthesis options. It also inherits wavetable synthesis capabilities from earlier synths like the Waldorf Q & PPG Wave.

If you’ve used the Blofeld, leave a comment and share your thoughts on it!

26 thoughts on “Sounds Of The Waldorf Blofeld Synthesizer

  1. I’ve never owned a wavetable synth (with the exception of Synapse Audio Dune 2– which I haven’t used much).

    It’s amazing to hear both the versatility and the personality of this synth. Seems to do even the most digital of tones without the expected unpleasantries.

    I’ve had this synth recommended to me a few times, and now I can hear why.

  2. I love my Blofeld. Great synthesizer. Similar to the Virus Snow in many ways but it also has a soul all its own. It’s a little under powered for multitimbral work but plenty powerful enough when in single voice and maybe even layered.

    1. Sorry, but vintage synth explorer says that the sy22 is only “thin and metallic”.

      You are wrong.

    1. Doubtful. This is the only comment thread on the blofeld I’ve ever seen that wasn’t riddled with unhappy sentiment.

      Maybe the last firmware update really did fix most of the problems?

  3. Wanted one of these long ago when it was first announced but never got one yet. Super demo of how much punch this lil beast can pack. Size ain’t everything these days

  4. This synth was my first present to myself for turning my life around, and getting into electronic instruments. It’s not really a beginner synth, but it is just so flexible and sounds great. It can do so many things, but excels of course at pads and metallic and bell-like sounds. It definitely has a unique sound, and I would probably never give this one up. For a synth that came out in 2008(?) and still widely used and discussed in 2018, I’d say Blofeld has earned some respect.

  5. This synth was my first present to myself for turning my life around, and getting into electronic instruments. It’s not really a beginner synth, but it is just so flexible and sounds great. It can do so many things, but excels of course at pads and metallic and bell-like sounds. It definitely has a unique sound, and I would probably never give this one up. For a synth that came out in 2008(?) and still widely used and discussed in 2018, I’d say Blofeld has earned some respect.

  6. I love this synth, and it’s one of the most versatile and powerful for the price, especially on the used market. It’s got tons of modulation options, and stuff you don’t see too often, like its comb filter. If you have this and a Keystep, you’re good to go for an album. 😀

  7. I’ve been in the game as a professional electronic musician for over 20 years. I have a lot of gear and have played or owned dozens classic synths. Blofeld is easily one of my favourite modern synthesizers. So much so that I own two. I’ve never had an issue with either and they sound great. Besides importing custom wave tables & samples; this machine is rock solid. A staple in my live rig too & could not recommend it more!

  8. I love the Blofeld, prefer it over the DX7, Juno, Virus and other synths I’ve owned. Waldorf got it right with their take on matrix programming on this machine, it may have fewer knobs but I find it easier to use than the more heavily endowed Virus, partly because the filter routing is better implemented. The filters also sound good; they don’t wobble with instability as they tip into self oscillation like analogue filter but there are many models to chose from and the comb filter can be coaxed into Karplus string territory. i agree it is very versatile and I often find myself creating, stumbling upon great sounds as I’m working towards the target sound. I’d also agree that it is very deep and the ability to upload your own wavetables makes for further exploratory fun. It was £350 when it was released – about the price of some of the current Roland boutiques and less than a lot of eurorack, so fantastic value for money. I think the reason people are still making videos and demos of it is because it is a living classic.

  9. I got a Blofeld and a Pulse 2 at about the same time. I’ve used the Blofeld quite a bit, but barely touched the Pulse 2. The Pulse 2 sounds ok, but the Blofeld is vastly superior. It sounds great for the price, size, etc. Also, on a related note, Mystery Islands Music’s Waldorf bloX VST/AU plugin is pretty handy for editing it from software, too.

  10. Good sounding synth, lots of modulation, but I have never had fun programming on it, even with a good iOS editor from Patch Base.

  11. hate those knobs… so slippery and not fun to tweak. also sounds tinny to me. had one for years finally sold it. no regrets.

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