The Waldorf Quantum is 4½ synths in one. Maybe even more. First you got 4½ different types of oscillator modes to choose from:
- Wavetable engine a la Waldorf Nave (that is classic Waldorf wavetables plus spectral modulation and more)
- VA oscillators waveshapes (including layering and detuning of shapes per oscillator)
- Sampling with added Granualar Synthesis function (or is it the other way?)
Including multisample, velocity switching, stereo and looping functions
And you can select these modes individually on each of the three oscillators per voice.
It is a hybrid synth, as it features two analog lowpass filters per voice and digitale filters (trademark Waldorf ones including the digital PPG filter clone in 2 and 4-pole version) as well. The oscillators allow to route them via a crossfading parameter to the digital and7or analog one individual. And you can set the analog and digital filters in parallel or serial routing per sound.
The analogue filters got a s pleasing sound of their own. They are not distorting as the Pulse filters or good old CEMs. And they are not special "creamy" like a SSM 2044 filter with resonance. They are somewhere in between them, wich is very usable on a polyphonic instrument, where a too bold sound would be just too much.
- 6 well equipped LFOs (3 of them on available on the front panel) and
- 6 ADSR envelopes with variable slopes and loop function (again 3 of them directly accessible via panel knobs)
- Komplexer (multistage LFO/envelope modulator)
- a full modulation matrix
- 5 digital effects per sound with user selectable FX type and order
- a good Fatar TP8S keyboard with channel aftertouch
- arpeggiator and step sequencer
- about 4 GB internal memory for samples
- SD-Card slot for data import/export
- colour LCD touchscreen with encoders for editing menue values
This is not a Q+ on Steroid, it is more like this centuries WAVE.