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Waldorf Zarenbourg VIR Electro Mechnical Keyboard

 
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Waldorf's Zarenbourg inspires the magical touch of purism that all-in-one devices lack and achieves a sound nothing short of sublime. And they conjured a look that blends the hallmarks of classic designs with a more contemporary clean and cool vibe.

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.

The Amp/Speaker Section
Searching for the perfect speaker system, Waldorf turned to their friend Michael Seipel, owner of EMES, a prestigious maker of studio monitors. He agreed to develop a 2.1 speaker system for the Zarenbourg. 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 Keyboard
Next, they set out on a quest for the optimum keyboard. It took them to Italy, where they encountered Marco Ragni of Fatar, the world’s leading manufacturer of premium-grade keyboards for electronic musical instruments. Waldorf wanted 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 they found the perfect counterpart to the Zarenbourg in the TP 100. As an added bonus, it has the lightest hammer action keybed on the market!

Physical modeling
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. We believe that 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 they equipped the Zarenbourg with a six-operator FM sound engine. Now it 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.

Features:
• 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

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Things You Will Get:

  • Zarenbourg Keyboard
  • Editor Software for Windows and Mac
  • (4) Legs
  • Owner's Manual

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Sound Engine Type Physical Modeling for E-Piano Sounds
Direct Nand Streaming Sample Playback for Pianos and user content
True FM synthesis
Outputs Stereo Line out
Digital S/PDIF output
S/PDIF Yes
USB 2.0
Effects 7 Effects (Chorus,Flanger, Phaser, Echo/Reverb, Auto-Wah, EQ, Overdrive)
Unlimited combination of Effects
Included Software Editor Software for Windows and Mac
Keyboard Weighted hammer action keyboard
Memory 4 Gigabyte Nand Flash for Samples
MIDI I/O IN/OUT/THRU
Presets 7 Presets and 21 user Sounds
Special Features High performance Dual core Digital Signal Processor
Number of Keys 76
Inputs External Stereo Input
Media SD Card slot for firmware and sample upgrade
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