Waldorf Quantum & Iridium Firmware 3.0 Brings ‘A Ton Of New Features’

Waldorf has released version 3.0 of the Quantum & Iridium firmware, offering “a ton of new features.”

Waldorf says that the common platform for all Quantum and Iridium models makes sure that all hardware variants will participate from future developments. It’s Waldorf’s Synthesizer OS powering forward-looking instrument designs.

Quantum / Iridium Firmware 3.0 Feature List (compared to version 2.8):

  • Quantum (MK1 & MK2)
    • Added 8 additional digital-only voices to increase polyphony up to 16.
    • New “Voice Allocation” mode on Layer/Voices page to choose from various analog, digital and mixed modes.
    • Gain staging has been adjusted to new increased polyphony of 16.
  • Oscillators
    • New “Mix” Screen providing levels, pans and destinations for all 3 oscillators.
    • “Control” renamed to “Pitch & Tools.”
    • New “Min Note” and “Max Note” parameters per oscillator.
    • For Mono Mode: New “Mono Retrig” parameter to force oscillator to retrigger when previous note is still in release.
  • Wavetable Oscillator
    • Re-organizing some parameters into new “Mode” sub-screen.
    • Now all parameters from hardware controls are also available on the display.
    • New Wavetable FX “Truncate” and “Reduce” will perform value quantizations similar to bit reduction.
  • Waveform Oscillator
    • New Noise modes “Pings” and “Geiger.”
    • Both noises react to “Reset Phase” parameter.
    • Noise is now stereo and width is controlled by “Stereo” parameter.
    • Resonator Oscillator
      • Re-organizing some parameters into new “Exciter” sub-screen.
      • Now all parameters from hardware controls also available at display.
      • “Track Pitch” option for samples to disable pitch tracking (in Samples->Edit).
  • Sequencer
    • New popup selector styles for quick access.
    • Increased maximum step count from 32 to 64.
  • Samples
    • “Mods only” option for “Track Pitch” in sample map.
    • “Track Pitch” sample options also for Particle Oscillator.
    • Increasing maximum samples per round-robin zone from 8 to 128.
  • LFOs
    • New “polarity” parameter for unipolar option.
  • Modulation Matrix
    • New mod-matrix presets
  • Encoder Menues
    • New popup selector styles for quick access.
  • Effects
    • New Tremolo FX.
    • New effect routing algorithms.
  • Drive
    • New drive type “Cuff” for FX and Digital Former.
  • MIDI
    • “Apply Split to Inputs” option in Global->MIDI->Inputs.
    • “Send NRPN” option in Global->MIDI->Outputs.
    • Sustain & Control Pedal now adhere to local off & MIDI Out.
    • XY pad sends midi CCs.
  • Iridium Desktop
    • New option in Global->MIDI->Inputs:
    • “Latch” button will also latch incoming notes from external controller.
  • Global->System->Info –
    • The beta number is now displayed in Global->System->Info in case it’s a beta.

See the Waldorf site for details.

20 thoughts on “Waldorf Quantum & Iridium Firmware 3.0 Brings ‘A Ton Of New Features’

  1. Waldorf screws people on the Kyra and instead offers more expensive items that are what, two part multitimbral at most? Forget them

    1. How did Waldorf screw people on the Kyra? It is a functional insrument, is it not? It was also on the market for a year longer than the Iridium and a year less than the Quantum.

    2. The Quantum is a year older than the Kyra and the Iridium is a year younger (and based on the Quantum) so your comment doesn’t make much sense. Kyra is also a working instrument, is it not?

    3. You mean Waldorf M instead of Kyra. But that is my personal opinion. It’s because I didnt hear nice sounds coming from the M so far.

  2. Most musicians are lasy, they expect “sounds on a plate”, they buy arrangers. They dont want to spend hours tweeking the sounds, mod matrix and properties of different sound synthesis. Most musicians dont even read the manuals. Those musicians are the reason why synth companies in general have problems to offer inovation and multitimbrality.

    1. Using the broad term “musicians,” you confuse instrumentalists such as keyboard players with sound designers. Not every synth player wants or needs to spend hours every day learning about synthesis, just as a pianist might not be interested in building or modifying their instrument. Some people like to play keyboards; others might be more into sound design. That’s why we have many options, from simple instruments like Theremin and Minimoog to deep and complex modular systems.

  3. The Kyra actually started life a few years ago without Waldorf involvement, first being shown as a prototype at Musikmesse
    maybe that’s why they did nog finish the project right
    They should concentrate on their one development
    It’s an amazing Synth the iridium as composer like Hans Zimmer does not use garbage by creating scores with Waldorfs Quantum and I have seen him life on stage with it
    also I wired longer on buying synths like a year to read how actually the hardware is doing in real situations studios that keeps you from masking the wrong chooses
    Always sad to feel screwed over can’t take away that pain and hope you still can use the Kyra as the sound is great I heard
    remember the Access Virus stopped having software development and there no parts to find if it’s needs repair people still buy those

  4. Synth companies like these kind of flagship everything but the kitchen sink instruments. Perhaps it is what drives them in order to come up with nice useful tools. The wave was only useful because it ended up creating the microwave, the blofeld etc. Hopefully they’ll figure out how to make something useful from the quantum as well. But clearly this is a loss of time and musicians for musicians. There is no way escaping the aweful interface that a flagship demands.

    1. The Waldorf Wave came after the Microwave. Get your facts right. And a synth like this is designed for elaborated sound design. If you like to use presets, get an arranger keyboard. You’re in the wrong place here. This is about creating your own sounds.

  5. Thanks for the history lessons as if someone who hasn’t been a visitor on synthtopia for decades now wouldn’t already know. Yeah the originator sold it to Waldorf. So aside from knowing the details of the sales contract how would anyone have the slightest idea if he had any obligations to develop it further. The criticism falls DIRECTLY on Waldorf…dispense of the relativism.
    As for the argument of a delivering a working instrument, you all left out more worthy arguments such as the Timberwolf and Fusion.

  6. Regarding the “high” price, a secondhand Iridium desktop can be had for a very reasonable amount. This firmware update adds some very useful new features. I’m particularly interested in the new noise types and the expanded effects routing capabilities. Big thumbs up from me!

  7. I get the feeling a lot of folks commenting here have never spent any time with the Quantum.

    It’s beautiful to look at, and the interface is a masterclass in how to avoid the curse of over complicated flagship workstation menu-diving. Axel Hartmann is an industrial design genius and he outdid himself with the quantum.

    Playing it -or playing around with it- is inspirational. Turning it on for any amount of time produces ‘holy sh*t” moments like nothing else I own.

    It’s expensive. There are far more talented folks than I that can’t afford to own one. That’s not lost on me. It’s one of the few pieces of kit I own that’s price seems entirely justified, though.

    If Waldorf decided to stop making by them tomorrow, I’d still have a fantastic instrument that is everything I want it to be. Incidentally, I have a long out of production Q for which Waldorf replaced the main board last year. I have no concerns about them continuing to support their products long after they are taken out of production if they were willing and able to fix that instrument.

    Great company making enviable products.

  8. For last the couple of years Waldorf is constantly updating their Quantum and Iridium synth lines with lots and lots of new features. They even added in 2.0 a whole new synthesis engine and they are open suggestions from the user community. This stuff is pretty amazing if you are in sculpting your own sounds for your productions. It’s really inspiring to sit in front of these. I have an Iridium Desktop and a Quantum and use them on a daily basis. The also complement well analog synths like OB6 and Matriarch I have. It’s good stuff by good people.

  9. reactor has it completely right. Even if you can’t afford three or four Quantum-level synths, you can usually work your way up to at least one. I’ve had a couple of those, but I quickly learned how smart it was to let just one feed my outboard gear. It keeps things in better balance.

    A Quantum is a universe by itself, but flagships usually offer more routing options. You can easily get added mileage from a few lesser outboard synths. Waldorf’s follow-through is excellent, so it fits my master-synth idea better than anything else at the moment. Gimme two. Okay, just one.

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