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Waldorf Quantum and Iridium Firmware 3.2 Unveils Innovative Features for Synthesizer Enthusiasts

Eight New Digital Voices, Formant Filters, and Enhanced ARP/Sequencer in the Latest Firmware Update

  Musical Instruments  December 23, 2023  Reading time: 2 Minute(s)

mdo Max (RS editor)


In a delightful pre-Christmas surprise, Waldorf has released Firmware 3.2 for the Quantum and Iridium series, showcasing a myriad of innovative features that elevate the synthesizer experience to new heights. Synth enthusiasts can rejoice as this update introduces eight additional digital voices, new wavetable effects, and a host of improvements to the ARP/sequencer. This firmware, currently in the beta testing phase, promises to enhance the sonic capabilities of the Waldorf Quantum and Iridium synthesizers.


New Formant Filters for Vocal-inspired Soundscapes

One of the standout features of Firmware 3.2 is the incorporation of three new formant filters from the Largo 2 update into the digital former section of the engine. These filters adeptly replicate the frequency response of the human vocal tract, allowing users to manipulate the cutoff knob to morph between vowels—namely a-e-i-o-u. This novel addition introduces a new parameter for titling the amount between left and right channels, providing users with a unique modulation destination. According to Rolf, the chief developer of the engine, this parameter, when modulated by an LFO, unlocks captivating sound design possibilities, particularly when combined with comb filters or the new formant filters. Additionally, the level parameter of the digital former section now extends to +12 dB gain, offering even greater control over the sonic output.

Enhanced ARP/Sequencer Capabilities

The ARP/sequencer receives a significant boost in functionality with the introduction of triplets and dotted step lengths. This expansion allows for the creation of complex polyrhythmic sequences or ARPs when combined with another ARP/SEQ running in the other layer in "layered mode." The synergy between these features opens up a realm of creative possibilities for musicians and producers seeking to push the boundaries of conventional sequencing.

Join the Beta Testing Group for a Sneak Peek

Curious enthusiasts can get an early look at Firmware 3.2 by joining Waldorf's official beta testing group for free. The beta group provides a platform for users to explore and provide feedback on the new firmware, fostering a collaborative environment for refining and optimizing the synthesizer's performance. This engagement with the community reflects Waldorf's commitment to delivering exceptional user experiences and continually evolving their products.

For more information and for joining the beta team visit the dedicated page on Waldorf's website.

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