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Waldorf WDF-RKT-1 Rocket Desktop Synthesizer
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- Analog multimode-filter (VCF) with low pass/band pass/high pass
- Highly flexible oscillator-section with pulse width modulation and hard sync
- Up to 8 oscillators in unison for chords or ultra high density Sawtooth
- Low frequency oscillator (LFO) for modulation
- Envelopes for VCA, VCF and sync
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You may lose days or weeks of your life joyfully creating sounds with the waldorf rocket monophonic synthesizer, but you won't mind. This compact synthesizer is easy to integrate into any keyboard, drum machine, or software sequencer setup, and its minimal control set makes it really easy and fast to create cool sounds. Hey, rocket is a synthesizer so of course there's a lot you can do with it, but it's especially adept at creating searing leads, bombastic bass sounds, and punchy synth percussion sounds. What you do with it is up to you, but there's no doubt that the value-packed waldorf rocket synthesizer belongs in your studio.
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The oscillator is capable of many tricks not normally associated with a single oscillator synth. Briefly, you can do the following with just one switch and two knobs -
- saw wave multiplies up to eight detuned versions (sort of like supersaw)
- one finger chords
- hard sync
- variable pulse width
- pulse-width modulation
The trick oscillator isn't why I bought it, though. The KORG Minilogue and Monologue I own only have low-pass filters but this does low, band and high pass which means it can do things the others can't. And it sounds great, better than the Korg filters. In fact, the sound quality of the thing is stellar all the way through.
Of course, it's not all wonderful. The envelope is weird and very basic. The only knob is marked "Decay" and there are switches for "Sustain" and "Release". It means the knob will actually work as either Decay or Release and Attack is fixed. The LFO is also pretty basic but it has an ARP mode, which has a clutch of predefined patterns as well as the usual up/down stuff. It's not in the same league as the Monologue's Motion Sequencer but it's handy enough. There is no master volume (but there is a headphone volume knob) and there is no octave transpose on the oscillator so you have to play really low MIDI notes to get low notes.
Worst of all, it doesn't have any patch memory but you can send all parameter positions through MIDI (USB or MIDI cable) to your sequencer, so it is possible to store and recall settings. Strangely, though, two of the switch positions cannot be automated or stored so you have to remember to set those manually.
Elsewhere a lot of things just happen automatically, like if it is receiving MIDI clock it automatically syncs to tempo. To set the MIDI channel you hold in a button at the back and it detects incoming data and sets itself to that channel. You can trigger a note from a button on the front and it remembers the last note that was input and triggers that (or middle C). There is also a third party VSTi and standalone editor that unlocks a couple of hidden features like a second LFO that only does vibrato at a fixed rate.
Overall, it sounds absolutely amazing and a lot of effort has clearly gone into giving users the greatest amount of flexibility from the fewest number of controls, to the point that I don't even know if I'll bother saving patches. It's just so easy to remember where things should be to create specific types of sounds and so quick to get from one to the next.
One of the reasons I wanted the rocket was the specific lack of presets, it makes you focus on designing your own material. It dropped right into my setup and I'm getting some really nice analog sounds from it routed through effects on my Virus TI.
If you are buying this synth for a child to mess around with then it is waaay overpriced!
If you are buying this synth because you just want to add more sounds to your palette then the synth is waaay overpriced!
It sounds very 1 dimensional.
If this synth cost $99 I would have been pleased.It would have been a worthwhile purchase.