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Old 10th June 2020
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Waldorf Iridium

https://www.waldorfmusic.com/en/iridium

Wow! I never thought! I guess I should start saving my pennies!
Old 10th June 2020
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Nice! Good to see it will be rackmountable.
Old 10th June 2020
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So, who’s getting one that looked away from the Quantum due to space and cost issues?
Old 10th June 2020
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The article has been withdrawn?!
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Originally Posted by zerocrossing View Post
https://www.waldorfmusic.com/en/iridium

Wow! I never thought! I guess I should start saving my pennies!
your link is no longer working, but nice ..

Specs:
16-voice hybrid synthesizer; 3 digital oscillators per voice; Choice between the following sound generators: Wavetable, Classic waveforms, Granular Sampler, Resonator; Kernel; Two digital stereo filters in different modes and configurations; 6 LFOs in poly and global mode; 6 envelopes; Master effect rack with 5 slots; Master compressor; Modulation matrix with 40 slots; Load and save presets via USB and SD card; 2 GB internal memory;

this is something new without analog filters, being hybrid? would be a double quantum

here are a few pictures





Old 10th June 2020
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Since it’s been taken down...

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Overview

Waldorf Iridium has made the impossible possible. The mighty synth engine from Quantum is now available in a compact form. Tracing the footsteps of its bigger brother, Iridium features all the synthesis elements of Quantum as well in a rack-compatible format. The combination of the powerful engine, incredible flexibility and detailed sound shaping facilities creates sheer endless possibilities of sound. Yet, the comprehensive layout and easy-to-understand structure lets you design your own sounds in no time. Sporting a solid metal casing and the same high level of craftsmanship like Quantum, Iridium is now ready to take over studios and stages throughout the world.

Contributing another entry in Waldorf's rich history, Iridium joins the family as a direct descendant of the PPG Wave. Though, Iridium offers much more than its ancestor. Five different synthesis models are provided by Iridum for each of the three oscillators:

Wavetable
Waveform (Virtual Analog)
Particle (Sampling and Granular Sampling)
Resonator
Kernels

Kernel mode has been introduced with the OS 2.0 of Quantum. This huge upgrade allows one oscillator to be turned into up to six sub oscillators. These can be interlinked through FM at audio rate and arranged in user-definable constellations. Just this upgrade alone would have provided enough additional features to create a synthesizer on its own. Now, all those functions have been integrated into Iridium as well.

Up to 7000 patches can be saved in Iridium. Patches from Quantum can be loaded in Iridium and vice-versa.

Iridium features three digital filters per voice. Two in the Dual Filter section and another one in the Digital Former. Several types are available to choose from:

12 or 24dB and Lowpass/Highpass/Bandpass with optional saturation or dirtiness.
Various filter models are available including those from Waldorf Nave, Largo and PPG 3V.
The Dual Filter section can be controlled independently or together in several different link modes.
The Digital Former offers all the filter types and models from the Dual Filter plus unusual models like Comb, Drive, Bitcrusher and more in addition.

All filters retain a true stereo signal throughout the entire structure of the instrument.

Up and down, back and forth
6 Envelopes, 6 LFOs and many more are just waiting for being used as sources in the 40 slots of the Modulation Matrix. Each slot has one additional control amount. Modulations can be directed to almost every numerical value in Iridium. All sources and destinations can be used as many times as desired until the Modulation Matrix is full. If you ever happen to run out of LFOs or Envelopes, you can use the Komplex Modulator for generating a custom shape LFO or Envelope.

Complex, but not complicated
Even though Iridium features a staggering amount of parameters to control, everything is organized in a logic structure which is easy to master. The major controls have their own dedicated knob, while the rest is accessible through the touch screen and the encoders around. There are no long menus keeping you from doing what you had planned. Instead, you will find a workflow which you will soon miss on other synthesizers.

Hands-on
Embedded in the front panel, a 4x4 silicon pad matrix invites you to launch notes, chords, arpeggios and sequences with up to 32 steps for notes and multiple parameter lines. Direct access to the parameters is granted by the seven encoders to the left and the right hand side of the touch screen.

Take a look inside!
Iridiums large color touch screen keeps you informed at all times. Upon moving a knob, Iridium gives you an optical feedback of your changes in real-time. Filter curves move, Particle grain sizes change, Envelopes warp and much more:

Komplex Modulator curves can be drawn with your finger
Envelopes show at which point the voices currently are
Wavetables are displayed in comprehensive view modes
VU meters show which voices are used and the individual voice levels
Different Analyzers show the audio signal at different points

Get connected
Two Audio Outputs allow you to listen to Iridium, while two Inputs allow Iridium to process external signals. 4 CV inputs plus Gate In and Trigger In are ready to forward external signals to the Mod Matrix. Furthermore, Clock In and Clock Out will get your gear in sync. MIDI connections can be made through USB and DIN MIDI. Iridium is also equipped with a USB Host port for MIDI devices. This port also handles data exchange, in addition to the MicroSD card slot.

Once again, Waldorf have underlined their status with a new and exciting synthesizer.

Iridium is designed, constructed and made in Germany. All components used are industrial grade quality to create a reliable studio device that is made to last for many years.

Iridium has been released and is now available from a dealer near you. Please inquire at our distributor for your country.
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Ok, found the page in German, absolutely impressive. I want to know the price, and - I want one!!
Old 10th June 2020
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Seems to be a Quantum in desktop version and without analog signal path.
It's a logical way to use the Quantum platform.
Old 10th June 2020
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Originally Posted by pppch View Post
your link is no longer working, but nice ..

Specs:
16-voice hybrid synthesizer; 3 digital oscillators per voice; Choice between the following sound generators: Wavetable, Classic waveforms, Granular Sampler, Resonator; Kernel; Two digital stereo filters in different modes and configurations; 6 LFOs in poly and global mode; 6 envelopes; Master effect rack with 5 slots; Master compressor; Modulation matrix with 40 slots; Load and save presets via USB and SD card; 2 GB internal memory;

this is something new without analog filters, being hybrid? would be a double quantum

here are a few pictures



It doesn’t mention analog filters, but it did say,

Quote:
The mighty synth engine from Quantum is now available in a compact form. Tracing the footsteps of its bigger brother, Iridium features all the synthesis elements of Quantum as well in a rack-compatible format.
I’d consider the analog filters part of “all the synthesis elements of Quantum.” No?
Old 10th June 2020
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Originally Posted by zerocrossing View Post
It doesn’t mention analog filters, but it did say,



I’d consider the analog filters part of “all the synthesis elements of Quantum.” No?
I only think of the term hybrid, but wait and see. it has inputs and outputs for CV clock etc.

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Ok, found the page in German, absolutely impressive. I want to know the price, and - I want one!!
funny, from Switzerland you only see error 404 ..
Old 10th June 2020
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Originally Posted by Behrmoog View Post
Seems to be a Quantum in desktop version and without analog signal path.
I think that might be true now that I spotted the “ All filters retain a true stereo signal throughout the entire structure of the instrument,” statement. That’s a real bummer, but it should make the price a lot lower. That will probably mean I can add it, and not replace something like my Peak, though the space part will be more tricky.
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Originally Posted by zerocrossing View Post
I think that might be true now that I spotted the “ All filters retain a true stereo signal throughout the entire structure of the instrument,” statement. That’s a real bummer, but it should make the price a lot lower. That will probably mean I can add it, and not replace something like my Peak, though the space part will be more tricky.
wow It’s binaural however, the omission of quantum's costly light show could make the synth affordable
Old 10th June 2020
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Dammit, I think I love digital...Im in!
Old 10th June 2020
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Well damn. Maybe its time to cash in and sell the Microwave XT for an 'upgrade'..
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Originally Posted by plaid_emu View Post
Nice! Good to see it will be rackmountable.
I missed that in the specs, woohoo. Well hopefully that means the same kit will work for Kyra then.

"19" rack assembly parts available in near future"

Here is a mirror of the pics/specs since they removed it from the site now: https://imgur.com/gallery/qfiCOAd
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Wow look at all those CV inputs. This thing might be easier to integrate with analog filters than you might think.
4x CV inputs, 1x gate input, 1x clock input, 1x start input.
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I’ll be sure to pair this with the Strymon Iridium once it comes out.
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Dammit, I think I love digital...Im in!
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Looks awesome. Far more appealing than the full size quantum. Can't wait to see the price.
Old 10th June 2020
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So good I posted twice...and likely I cant afford it lol
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GAS side of my brain says, “OH BOY”. Wallet side of my brain says, “oh boy”. I bet it’ll take them a year + to bring it to market. So I’m ok with it for now.
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Originally Posted by marino View Post
Ok, found the page in German, absolutely impressive. I want to know the price, and - I want one!!
1960 euro. See post above(wagoo), the link.
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Originally Posted by kcearl View Post
So good I posted twice...and likely I cant afford it lol
sell your m1 .. then that's fine :P, think will be similar in price to the kyra .. possibly cheaper
Old 10th June 2020
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Originally Posted by wagoo View Post
I missed that in the specs, woohoo. Well hopefully that means the same kit will work for Kyra then.

"19" rack assembly parts available in near future"

Here is a mirror of the pics/specs since they removed it from the site now: https://imgur.com/gallery/qfiCOAd
I’m not in the market for one right now but that’s the first thing I searched for in the specs out of curiosity. I think manufacturers have been ignoring the desire for people who see the value and convenience of the 19” standard.
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I’ll be sure to pair this with the Strymon Iridium once it comes out.
I’ve got some spark plugs to go with it too.
Old 10th June 2020
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Looks great, but I fear some cramp factor, that's a lot of knobs in a small space.
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Wow look at all those CV inputs. This thing might be easier to integrate with analog filters than you might think.
4x CV inputs, 1x gate input, 1x clock input, 1x start input.
? Wouldn't CV/audio outputs be what you want for that?
Old 10th June 2020
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sell your m1 .. then that's fine :P, think will be similar in price to the kyra .. possibly cheaper
I'm skint, covid19 decided to take "our" annual bonus...so it looks like its back to behringer and pedals for me

(just bought a hydra and argon so its not like I should complain too much...whiney git)
Old 10th June 2020
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I'm skint, covid19 decided to take "our" annual bonus...so it looks like its back to behringer and pedals for me

(just bought a hydra and argon so its not like I should complain too much...whiney git)
should have invested in any shares .. boeing? or not to buy every new synth, this year I was humble with only a korg gangnam ,
I stand firm and buy two rows of system 100m, basta .. no matter what else comes.
Old 10th June 2020
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Originally Posted by ToyBox View Post
? Wouldn't CV/audio outputs be what you want for that?
No, silly. There’s a gate out for what it’s worth, but even with only the inputs you could use this thing as a big eurorack oscillator. Plug the audio-out into your filter of choice -> then into a VCA -> then gate the Iridium and your envelope of choice at the same time.

Granted you need an external VCA and envelope but those are inexpensive. With a VCA like the Tallin you can give your sound some analog overdriven character.

This is a lot more exciting than just sticking an NW1 into your rack.
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