Tuesday 18 May 2021

Digitale Grütze - Waldorf Microwave

The sound of a Waldorf Microwave 1 (Rev A) Wavetable synthesizer, highlighting its 1980’s digital charm.

The Microwave 1 can sound delicate or brash. In this example I wanted to show the artefacts that are part of its character.

Some of them can be coaxed or intentionally set, for example by overloading its digital mixer or using stepped modulation to switch wavetables abruptly. Others are less predictable, like the sound of it breathing.

I played parameters in realtime via the MWAV editor. The recording is a single pass, edited in length.