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Who are top Synth maker Waldorf?

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The Waldorf name has been synonymous with high-quality synthesizers for over 20 years. Its innovative position in the electronic musical instruments marketplace dates back to 1989 with the release of the wavetable synthesis-based Microwave.This extraordinary reincarnation of the legendary PPGWave series — arguably amongst the most coveted high- end synthesizers of the early-Eighties — was instrumental in bringing the dominance of Japanese and American synthesizers and piano’s to an end.

Waldorf continued this unique technology tradition with successive synthesizer releases ranging from the mighty Wave — perhaps the most impressive, expressive, user-friendly sound synthesis tool ever built — to raising the bar for virtual analogue synthesizers with the introduction of the popular Q series from 1999 onwards.

The new Millennium saw the forward-looking company making a timely move into the brave new world of music software with the release of its first VST Instrument, PPG Wave 2.V — still available today as part of the Waldorf Edition plug-in suite alongside several more recent software releases (Largo and PPG Wave 3.V soft synths and the Lector vocoder).

Meanwhile, subsequent successes in the high-quality hardware arena include the Blofeld synthesizer — forging sound and design into an unbeatable price/ performance ratio — and Zarenbourg, a contemporary electric piano par excellence. 2013 sees a slew of new high-quality synthesizers set to take the Waldorf name to the hands-on musical masses, starting with the cost-conscious Rocket and its associated Rocket Control free iOS assistant app for iPad.

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