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Waldorf Releases 1.22 Firmware for Blofeld Syntheiszer & Keyboard Firmware Update. Now Is the Time for Your Feedback + What's New + How to Install

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Waldorf has just released Blofeld Firmare V 1.22 – and for owners of the keyboard edition – Blofeld Keyboard Controller Firmware 1.4. The update is free from http://www.waldorf-music.info/downloads-blofeld-kb/blofeld-firmware-en.

Please Test Now!

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First off, three cheers for Waldorf for putting energy into a synth released way back in 2007! There is no change log in the firmware zip files and instead, Waldorf’s Kay Dee is communicating and taking input for this update via Waldorf Blofeld group on Facebook   https://www.facebook.com/groups/8492783249/

It’s been a while since Waldorf worked on Blofeld and it may be a while before they circle back, so now is your chance to test and give feedback!

What’s New

One major reason to update is they are using software to correct for the issue of encoder twitchiness some users have reported. Kay Dee from Waldorf mentioned out on Facebook that if this update didn’t address your issues, you most likely have a hardware issue and should have your unit serviced. There is no change log in the firmware zip file, but I’ve gleaned the following from Kay’s Facebook posts:

  • Between the last official version and this version, there were sum interim betas. 1.2 introduced some bugs with gui (sine waveform went missing), phasing problem and jumping value when you turn volume knob. They are fixed.Other value optimization for knobs.
  • Sync lfo/arp fix. This was a major complaint with the last official version. I’ve not tested it, but early reports on Facebook indicate sync is much improved.
  • Fx fix
  • Encoder fix and some system fixes.
  • 1.18-> 1.2 fix now you can use two wavetables/samples at osc1+2 at the same time.
  • Firmware update/downgrade now possible
  • General system Optimization

Blofeld Keyboard Edition Update

  • Now you can play a single "Part" with the keys. Changing the Global MIDI channel will change the Part. Omni will play all parts at the same time, so you can use this for layer sounds.
  • Mod and pitch wheel will not send random value
  • Data transfer from keys to DSP optimized.

How to Install

Grab the firmware from http://www.waldorf-music.info/downloads-blofeld-kb/blofeld-firmware-en. Unzip the file and save the .mid files.  If you haven’t done so, download the Spectre app (Win/Mac) from http://www.waldorf-music.info/downloads-blofeld-kb/spectre-downloads-en.

Run the Spectre app and plug in your Blofeld via USB.

  1. Make sure you set the Audio/MIDI options to select Blofeld
  2. Click the “Upgrade…” button and select each of the firmware .mid files to send the files to the Blofeld. Follow instructions on Blofeld.

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So Far, So Good

I upgraded a few days ago. So far, so good.

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Thanks Waldorf

Thanks to the Waldorf team for circling back and giving the Blofeld some love!

 


Using Elektron Analog Four to Add Tap Tempo and Tempo Nudge to My Blofeld

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I just picked up an Electron Analog Four to add 4 analog synths + seq + effects to create an additional compterless workflow. I’ll also use it as source audio for Live and Absynth patches.  One of my other goals was to pair it with my Blofeld for live jams and performances.

While I love the character and user interface of the Blofeld, one thing that drives me batty is there is no tap temp or tempo nudge for the arp. Analog Four to the Rescue!

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Setup is pretty straight forward.

  1. Go into global settings on Analog Four and configure to transmit clock. See p. 44 of Analog Four manual.
  2. Hook up MIDI out from Analog Four to Blofeld in.
  3. In Blofeld global settings make sure you set clock to “Auto”. See p. o3 f the Blofeld Manual for info on global settings.

Now once you start a pattern on the Analog Four it' starts transmitting clock and any changes to tempo via direct tempo setting, nudge, or Tap Tempo are transmitted to Blofeld. See p. 28 of the for details of Analog Four manual on tempo manipulation.

I’m getting best sync results on the Blofeld so far by setting the arp to “on” not “hold” so I can time the down key to start on the beat with the Electron 4 – and then retrigger with next note on.

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Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician | Composer | Performer
Boulder, CO


Alien Vanguard Soundset for Waldorf Blofeld by HG Fortune and Dimitri Schkoda

Waldorf has released a new sounds set - Alien Vanguard Soundset for Waldorf Blofeld by HG Fortune and Dimitri Schkoda.

What sets this Alien Vanguard soundset apart are the waves by HG Fortune, extending the sonic range of the Waldorf Blofeld into far outer space. This soundset features mostly patches for Ambient, Soundscapes and Atmospherics, but also some other classic stuff, for example, some bass and sequencer sounds for e.g. early TD type and related music.

Alien Vanguard (incl. waveset) by HG Fortune & Dimitri Schkoda (aka Inner Dreamer) includes two patchbanks with 128 patches each:

  • - AlienVanguard HGF-Bank-*.mid by HG Fortune 
  • - AlienVanguard ID-Bank-*.mid by Dimitri Schkoda

The soundset comes with 86 well chosen wave programs in 5 genres:

  • Cpl - complex i.e. mostly layered sounds 
  • Scp - soundscapes partly generated from images and as such showing some vivid sonic motion by itself 
  • Syn - synthesizer sounds 
  • Cho - synthetic choir sounds 
  • FX - effect sounds (spacey as well as natural like birds and water)

On request the waveset has been set to 86 wave programs in order to maintain space for the factory

set which does fit well along.

HG Fortune has been into synthesizers since 1975 and is well known for his very special VSTi plugin creations since 2003. Dimitri Schkoda aka Inner Dreamer is the most prolific patch designer and composer of demotracks for HGFortune VSTi plugins since late 2004.

Demos:

Long 15 Tracks Demo

Longer demo with 24 Patches

Demo Medley - very long

This soundset requires Blofeld Keyboard or Blofeld with installed License SL


The Waldorf Time Warp Weekend Sale Including License SL for Blofeld Desktop for Activating Sample Memory

Watch embedded video.

Waldorf has a sale going on this weekend. The time warp theme is related to European daylight savings time change which happens this Sunday. The sale is for this weekend only.

Use the discount codes in the video for your order and save up to 30% on

  • Largo
  • Waldorf Edition
  • Waldorf Edition Upgrade
  • PPG V3
  • Waldorf PPG Wave 3.V Upgrade
  • Lector
  • Atmospheric Transients
  • Jörg Schaafs Blofeld Xperience Vol 1
  • Blofeld License SL

Note, Waldorf’s virtual synths require eLicenser software (and can also be transferred to USB-eLicenser). This is normally a show stopper for me but I like Largo so much I made an exception to my rule.  If your curious how Largo compares to the Blofeld, checkout this post. You can download demos of the instruments first if to see if they are right for you.

Also note that License SL is on the list. So if you’ve been waiting to upgrade you’re your Blofeld Desktop to activate the sample memory now might be the time.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder, CO
Official Web Site: www.MarkMosherMusic.com
Listen/Download Albums: www.MarkMosherMusic.com/music.html
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Crowdsourced Mindmap: Synthesizers with Comb Filters

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I love comb filters! Buying a Waldorf Blofeld a few years back caused me to start using them even more because it’s interactive display allowed me to visualize the shape of the filter and correlate that with an audio result. Waldorf Largo and Tone2’s ElectraX also offer this feature.

What is a Comb Filter?

I like the definition on p. 49 of the Waldorf Blofeld Manual:

A Comb filter is basically a very short delay that can be controlled in length and feedback. The delay time is so short that you can’t hear its individual taps but a colorization of the original signal created by peaks or holes in the frequency spectrum. The frequency of the colorization is set by the delay length, which is controlled in the Blofeld through Cutoff, while the amount of colorization is set by the Comb filter feedback, which is controlled in the Blofeld by Resonance.

To further illustrate this, I’ve included a screenshot below which has the same filter type in Waldorf Largo, but with VERY different shapes simply  y changing cutoff and resonance.

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What Do Comb Filter's Sound Like?

Stay tuned for a future article on this with some video.

Crowdsourced Mindmap of Synths with Comb Filters

 A week or so back I was curious how many synths in my rig had comb filters and started to document them in a mindmap. I decided to take things a step further and crowdsource this on Twitter and Facebook and make an even more comprehensive map. The map is constrained to just synthesizers with comb filters that are in production. It also doesn’t contain FX plug-ins or processors that have combs.

Click here to view an interactive version of this mindmap full screen.

The Crowd

Be Combtastic

Now get out there and crank on those comb filters!

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder, CO
Official Web Site: www.MarkMosherMusic.com
Listen/Download Albums: www.MarkMosherMusic.com/music.html
www.ModulateThis.com

Mind Maps


Waldorf Blofeld Public Beta Firmware V1.16B2

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A few months back Kay Dee from Waldorf support has been participating in an unofficial Blofeld Facebook group. There has been discussion and buzz about Waldorf starting to work on a firmware update for the Blofeld including a thread where Kay requested feedback on new feature requirements. For those not familiar with Waldorf, they are a very small company and tend to focus the company on a product at time then rotate through to do updates.  It’s clear work has begun on a new update as evidenced by this interim bug fix update that’s now in beta.

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Interestingly, Waldorf announced this on a Facebook post as a first move even before posting on their web site. It’s a small touch, but a nice way to give back  to the FB group who’s been giving them feedback.

So what’s new in V1.16B2?

Blofeld Public Beta Firmware V1.16B2

- Fix for some units that exhibited occasional clicks with Reverb and/or Modwheel
- Less sensible [I think they mean “sensitive” so you don’t get erroneous values] encoder scanning for improved accuracy
- Possible fix for spurious 'Init' sound program deadlock situation
- Category search improved

Since the most annoying bugs are those that only occur on some units under
very specific circumstances, we would be happy about any feedback, positive
or negative, about this public beta firmware.

Please send you findings to blofeld@waldorfmusic.de

Your Waldorf Team

Be aware, this is a beta release. I installed it and works fine. Some people on the FB group are reporting that some patches that used to have “pops” in them have been cleaned up.

Links

 

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder, CO
www.ModulateThis.com
Official Web Site: www.MarkMosherMusic.com
Listen/Download Albums: www.MarkMosherMusic.com/music.html


Electric Body Machinery Soundset for Waldorf Blofeld Synthesizer by Ari Ahrendt

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Waldorf has just released Electric Body Machinery  - a new Blofeld soundset by Soundset Ari Ahrendt.

This punchy soundset that covers everything for electronic music of the darker kind. Highly energetic sounds for areas such as EBM, Synth Pop, Dark Electro, Future Pop, Electro Wave and Minimal Electro Pop. All sounds on highest level of musical playability, usability and inspiration. Suitable for records, studio and especially for clubs and live performance! 128 Sounds for technically wide EBM basses, melodically sawing chaos leads, boombastic drums, shiny pads and strings, as well as inspring polysynth sounds enable you to make the dance-mob shake and stomp .

Use modulation wheel at own risk!

 

Here is a demosong called “Dark Lights”. According to the soundcloud notes, all sounds are created with Waldorf Blofeld including all drums, effects, spheres and modulations.

Dark Lights - Waldorf Blofeld EBM Demo by ARIMUSIK

Sounds pretty damn awesome! The soundset is available via Waldorf’s online store for 30.00 €. Click here to learn more and buy.

I’ve also added this soundset to my Blofeld 411 Mindmap.

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Links

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Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder, CO
www.ModulateThis.com
Official Web Site: www.MarkMosherMusic.com
Listen/Download Albums: www.MarkMosherMusic.com/music.html