Monday, December 10, 2007

Waldorf XT

images via this auction

"This is among the greatest and most original sounding and looking instruments to have come out of the 1990's, the Microwave XT. Fortunately, it sounds as great as it looks, and the burnt-orange "powdercoat" paint job is really nice, and this is one of the early models, before they cheaped out and went to glossy bright orange paint; this unit has the aqua-colored plastic cover over the LCD as well, unlike the later models. The original "fat-style" knobs are all present, all encoders and buttons work flawlessly, and the LCD shines brightly. The jacks on the rear are all intact and in flawless condition. The sound of this instrument is very versatile, going from very warm, dramatic pads with lots of movement (thanks to the wavetables and one of the nicest-sounding filters around) to some of the coldest, hardest digital timbres. 7-stage envelopes also provide endless possibilities for the dedicated programmer. The Microwave XT is descended from a line of landmark instruments that began with the PPG Wave synthesizers in the 1980s, and offers the benefit of knobby goodness for tweaking on the fly and really dialing in complexity with ease."

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