For almost 20 years, the name Waldorf has been a synonym for high quality synthesizers made in Germany. Waldorf has established its position on the market for electronic musical instruments and has been rated the most famous German manufacturer providing superior innovation not only for the past few years.
Waldorf continues the tradition of the legendary PPG synthesizers with its unique basic technology that is typical of Waldorf products. Professional and semi-professional sound studios worldwide are equipped with Waldorf brand sound generators. Many famous musicians and producers count on their unequalled sound aesthetics.
In addition, the unique Waldorf technology can be found in many products of renowned competitors, such as Digidesign Inc. (USA), Terratec (Germany), TC Works Soft- und Hardware (Germany), as well as one of the market leader for audio sequencer software: Steinberg Media Technologies AG (Germany).
Waldorf Product History
1980 Development of the ’PPG Wavecomputer’ by Wolfgang Palm, creating the basis for the future Waldorf technology.
1988 Foundation of Waldorf Electronics GmbH.
1989 The year the ’Microwave Synthesizer’ was released, bringing the the worldwide dominance of Japanese and American synthesizers to an end.
1992 The ’Wave’ is born – arguably one of the best synthesizers ever and a synthesist’s ‘object of desire‘ to the present day.
1995 The ’Pulse’, a monophonic analog synthesizer, who’s sheer power makes it many musician’s ‚Number One’
1997 The ’Microwave II’ is Waldorf’s first completely DSP-based synthesizer and the legitimate successor of the discontinued ‘Microwave I’.
1998 The ‘Microwave XT’ combines the features of the ‘Microwave II’ with a luxurious operating interface.
1999 The ‘Q’ was born, raising the bar for virtual-analog synthesizers.
2000 The Waldorf ‘PPG Wave 2.V’ is a faithful virtual reconstruction of this legendary synthesizer of the 80es.
The ‘microQ’ offers the approved Q technology at an unbeatable price-performance ratio.
2002 The ‘RackAttack’ percussion synthesizer takes the popular percussion sounds of the 80es and 90es into the new Millennium.
The ‘Q+’ unites the possibilities of the ‘Q’ with the inimitable sound characteristics of real analog filters.
2003 AFB 16 Analog Filter Technology is implemented as a ‘Total Recall’ component in computer-aided music systems - the very first true analog plug-in.
2007 The Blofeld conquers the world and forges sound and design into a price-performance ratio no one can beat
2008 The Blofeld grows keys and samples – Blofeld Keyboard
2009 Largo, an entirely virtual instrument, is ready to infiltrate every music-computer.