Originally Posted by ignatius
i thought waldorf went out of business because of poor busines practices adn a lot of R&D into that USB filter box w/16 analog filters in it? that thing was super pricey and just seemed like they didn't know their market. i dont think anyone bought that thing. sort of tied up a lot of their capital or something. plus they worked in that giant castle. well, maybe castles are a dime a dozen over there but it still seemed like an unecessary expense.
i think they went out of business because they seemed to run out of ideas, and the paradigm was shifting off hardware to the software side. the AFB filterbank was a neat idea in that way - using the real analog filters in connection with a plug-in synth, but yeah, it was really pricey and no one bought it.
as far as castles go, waldorf and access (virus) were neighbors occupying office space in the same castle. so there you have it.
given that some of the waldorf people migrated to neighbor access after waldorf folded, and access has since come out with the TI line, unless waldorf does something radically different or reissues the Q+, it's not worth much to bother with them over a virus TI anymore... note that the AFB's concept and interfacing idea bears some resemblance to the "virus control" plug-in control of the hardware box, and note that the AFB itself was merely a repurposing of the analog filters that were implemented in the Q+ synthesizer. they figured the Q+ would be boutique and low-volume, and sought to leverage the technology of "real analog" over a newer product for the software age. had it worked better and reached a more affordable price-point, it would've been a killer. it's also worth noting that many of the features of the Q, including (finally) the sp/dif and the "harmonic tuning", are present for the first time on the virus TI.
when i saw the spec of the TI, it was pretty clear to me that access made the best of the waldorf technology/know-how that they'd acquired, and it was great to see such good ideas given a new home to develop further.
now, the wait for the virus TI OS to be fully debugged/stabilized continues...