Following several leaks in recent times, Waldorf has finally revealed their all-digital desktop version of their flagship synthesiser Quantum, named the Iridium. While being housed in the desktop format, it’s more like a new synthesiser with small but subtle differences to the Quantum. The Iridium offers 16 voices instead of 8, no analogue filters but included are newly created digital models, CV connectivity, a 4×4 pad matrix, & much more.
Besides these subtle differences, the Iridium operates identically under the hood to the Quantum in that it incorporates the same wavetable synthesis digital engine featuring, waveform (virtual analogue), particle (sampling & granular sampling), resonator and Kernels.
The Kernel mode was introduced with the OS 2.0 of Quantum which allows one oscillator to be turned into up to six sub oscillators which can be interlinked through FM at audio rate and arranged in user-definable constellations.
According to Waldorf, other notable features include three digital filters per voice, two in the Dual Filter section and another one in the Digital Former. There are 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 models like Comb, Drive, Bitcrusher and more
- 16-voice polyphony, duo-timbral
- 4×4 silicon pad matrix can be used to launch notes, chords, arpeggios and sequences with up to 32 steps for notes and multiple parameter lines
- 6 Envelopes, 6 LFOs and many more to be used as sources in the 40 slots of the Modulation Matrix
- 7000 patches can be saved in Iridium. Patches from Quantum can be loaded in Iridium & vice-versa
- A large colour touch screen that provides optical feedback of changes in real-time
- Two Audio Outputs and two Inputs to process external signals
- 4 CV inputs plus Gate In and Trigger In
- Clock In and Clock Out For more info, head to the Waldorf Website here:
The Iridium is now available worldwide and is distributed in Australia by Link Audio