Waldorf annoucnes Streichfett desktop string synth

March 7, 2014
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Waldorf's website today featured a new tabletop synth module in the same form factor as their Rocket synthesizer and 2-Pole analog filter. Intended to emulate the analog string machine and "ensemble" keyboards of the '70s and '80s, it combines a polyphonic string section with a monophonic solo synth section, much like many of those keyboards did back in the day. In Waldorf's words, it aims to recapture the vibe of what "adult movies sounded like 30 years ago." Maybe that's a European thing, as such movies made in the USA during that time gave us the "bomp chicka wow wow" wah guitar riff, and we don't see a button for that on the Streichfett.
 
 
 
All the same, it looks like a pretty cool specialist synth. Here are the preliminary specs, and we'll keep you posted as to when we get our hands on a review unit.
 
  • Fully polyphonic Strings Section with Violin, Viola, Cello, Brass, Organ and Choir presets
  • 2'nd Layer with Violin/Viola Voicing
  • Ensemble Effect for String Section
  • Typical String Envelope Generator with Crescendo and Release
  • Monophonic Solo Section, offering Bass, E-Piano, Clavi, Synth and Pluto sounds
  • Dedicated Tremolo for Solo Section
  • Switchable Envelope generator with variable Sustain setting and Attack/Decay (Release) function
  • Effect Section with Animate, Phaser or Reverb
  • Layer or Split for Solo Section
  • Dedicated balance knob for quick adjustment of layered/split sounds
  • Fully programmable with 3 x 4 memory locations
Controls
  • Volume Pot
  • Strings Section with organic preset select, Crescendo and Release pots
  • 3-state Octave switch (Base/Both/8va)
  • 3-state 2'nd voice switch
  • Ensemble Effect pushbutton
  • Solo Section with organic solo sound select pot
  • Tremolo pot
  • 3 state split switch (splitpoint low/mid/layer)
  • 2 state sustain switch
  • Balance pot with center detend
  • Effect Section with 3 state switch (Chorus/Phase/Animate)
  • Effect Depth pot
  • 3 state switch for memory bank position (A, B, C)
  • 4 pushbuttons for program number (1 to 4)
  • Full MIDI/USB Control

Connections
  • Stereo Audio out (Left/Stereo, Right/Mono)
  • Headphone out
  • USB MIDI
  • MIDI in/out
 
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