Waldorf ZarenbourgSKU: WWDFZAR1X-P
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Handling Is Intuitive, Not Inquisitive
No more fussing with cords for this and that; simply power up, play, and possess instantly satisfying sound for player and audience alike. Its aluminum hood offers a sturdy perch for your other favorite instrument, and its integrated speaker system can render the piggybacked device’s signal. Let your laptop roost on this tower of power, and you can control plug-ins via USB and monitor the results via the Zarenbourg’s audio input.
Developed specifically to conjure electric piano sounds, this physical model replicates all the components of an archetypal instrument with jaw-dropping accuracy. It actually lets you manipulate the material, shape, and consistency of tone forks and reeds, the design and action of hammers, the position and type of the pick-up, and many more key details. What makes the e-piano sound so vibrant and compelling is its vast dynamic range as this sound generator captures the full breadth of its sonic glory – and with staggering authenticity at that.
Direct Streaming Sample Playback
Direct Streaming technology remains the solution of choice for the sounds of classic grand pianos and their electric equivalents. Paired with a sizable sample memory, it is able to render vast sample libraries – hyper-realistically, directly, and with no time spent in buffering limbo waiting for samples to load! Uploading user samples is a piece of cake.
Six-operator FM synthesis
No e-piano arsenal would be complete without the instrument that dominated ‘80s music, the FM piano. Neither samples nor physical models truly capture the power and dynamics of its sound. So the Zarenbourg is equipped with a six-operator FM sound engine that offers classic DX pianos as well as a bevy of other trademark FM sounds. Used alone or in combination with sample- and model-based sound generators, they add yet another mouthwatering variety of flavors to the Zarenbourg’s sonic smorgasbord.
The effects section offers all the must-have piano effects in to-die-for quality. What’s more, the chorus, flanger, phaser, echo/reverb, auto wah, equalizer, and overdrive may all be used simultaneously. Accessing each effect’s key parameters poses no difficulty. Tremolo is available universally for all sounds. And you can add to the seven factory presets by storing up to 21 user programs.
The software editor affords direct access to all generators’ fundamental sound-shaping parameters, as well as to the Zarenbourg’s menus of internal sounds and layers.
2.1 Speaker System
The two fullrange front speakers aim for the spot where the sound is sweetest for the player. The omnidirectional woofer brings up the bass to round out the rig. Combined with a high-performance power amp and a precision digital crossover, this setup is the calibrated reference system for its class. Its sound is crystal-clear and transparent. Even chords pounded with a very heavy hand and strident bass notes on the sampled Steinway B grand piano come across ear-pleasingly clean and crisp.
The Fatar Optimum Keyboard
Fatar, the world’s leading manufacturer of premium-grade keyboards for electronic musical instruments yeilds a perfectly balanced e-piano keyboard with a comfortable feel, not too heavily weighted, and a good repetition mechanism responsive enough for fast, precise playing. And as an added bonus, it has the lightest hammer action keybed on the market.
Under The Hood
The enclosure was something sleek, stylish, and strong as can be – though in a lightweight package. The engineers developed a hybrid housing with a precision-welded aluminum hood on a birch multiplex chassis. All speakers are fully enclosed in shell-like casings made of low-vibration MDF. The front panel is milled from a solid block of aluminum. They even sourced its classic knobs from the venerable US company Cosmo. Everything about them says, “Built to last and look sharp.” Custom-made for the Zarenbourg, the chromed legs screw into sturdy threaded bushings on the bottom of the base plate.
•Physical Modeling for E-Piano Sounds
•Direct Nand Streaming Sample Playback for Pianos and user content
•True FM synthesis
•4 Gigabyte Nand Flash for Samples
•76 keys weighted hammer action keyboard
•Three way active monitor system by EMES
•External Stereo Input
•Dedicated external volume knob
•Digital crossover network
•7 Presets and 21 user Sounds
•7 Effects (Chorus, Flanger, Phaser,Echo/Reverb, Auto Wah, Equalizer, Overdrive)
•SD Card slot for firmware and sample upgrade
•Stereo Line Out
•Digital S/PDIF output
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Number of Presets 7 Presets and 21 user Sounds Power Supply Type 100V ... 230V ~AC Polyphony up to 100 Voices Other Features High performance Dual core Digital Signal Processor; Tremolo, both Stereo and Mono; Model Zarenbourg Number of Keys 76 USB Yes Weight 83.7 lbs. Dimensions 47"W x 24"D x 32"H Type of Action Graded Hammer Action Wave Memory 4GB Direct Streaming Memory Expansion No Number of Effects 7 (Chorus, Flanger,Phaser, Echo/Reverb, Auto Wah, Equalizer, Overdrive) Arpeggiator No MIDI Sequencer No Audio Inputs N/A Number of Audio Outputs N/A Audio Output Types USB; S / PDIF Digital output Number of Digital Inputs 2 Digital Input Type USB; MIDI I/O Yes Number of Digital Outputs 2 Controller Types Sustain Pedal Input; Expression Pedal Input Built-in Rhythms N/A
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