With the Iridium Keyboard, Waldorf has taken the best of their advanced synthesis technology and combined with with an ultra-expressive Fatar keybed complete with polyphonic aftertouch. Containing Waldorf’s groundbreaking wavetable oscillator along with a host of paradigm-shifting sound sources and modulators, the Iridium Keyboard excels at generating complex, evolving soundscapes, from brilliant celestial pads to boneshaking synth bass and laser beam leads. Synthesists at Sweetwater found Iridium’s numerous parameters and fathomless tweakability easy to access via its tactile control knobs, high-resolution display, and 16-pad touch matrix. An elegantly crafted module for serious sound designers, there is no end to the Iridium Keyboard’s creative potential and ability to inspire countless hours of sonic exploration!
With three oscillators capable of operating in five different modes — Wavetable, Waveform, Resonator, Particle Generator, and Kernel Synthesis — Iridium Keyboard starts the signal chain with a bang! Like the Waldorf Quantum, the Iridium Keyboard features Waldorf’s proprietary wavetable oscillator, which produces dramatic, sweeping sound-generation. Standard waveforms, such as sawtooth, triangle, and square, are available, with additional waveshaping options, including warp, which lets you dynamically morph between waveforms. Resonator, Particle Generator, and Kernel Synthesis modes push the boundaries of synthesis, providing revolutionary ways for manipulating raw sounds into never-before-heard auditory emanations.
The Iridium Keyboard is a sound designer’s dream synth, packed with a slew of powerful modulators. Leveraging its digital topology, Iridium Keyboard serves up a dual filter, six envelope generators, six LFOs, and a Komplex Modulator that exhibit a level a precision and flexibility unavailable on other synths. Additionally, Iridium’s Digital Former gives you access to even more modulation tools — comb filtering, bitcrushing, and ring modulation, among others. Gritty and grimy, clean and surgical — Iridium’s modulators can do it all. Moreover, Iridium Keyboard empowers you with limitless routing options through its 40-slot Modulation Matrix. Factor in the 49-key Fatar keybed with polyphonic aftertouch, and the Iridium Keyboard offers huge potential for animated, expressive sounds.
With a synth this deep, one might expect to encounter convoluted menu navigation that can bog down the creative process. However, Waldorf went out of their way to deliver a streamlined experience. With its numerous knobs and classic synthesizer layout, Iridium Keyboard is an impressive instrument that can be played like a classic subtractive synth. But if you want to fully immerse yourself in Iridium’s sonic potential, dive into its gorgeous and intuitive high-resolution multi-touch display, which is designed to keep pace with your creativity and inspire you to sculpt rich and complex sounds.
- 16 voices polyphony; dual-timbral in split or layered mode
- 49-key Fatar keybed offers polyphonic aftertouch for expressive playability
- 3 stereo digital oscillators per voice, each capable of five synthesis algorithms
- Wavetable creation from audio and sample-based synthesis
- Digital dual resonant filter with selectable 2-pole and 4-pole slopes
- Visualization and deeper sound editing via multi-touch display
- 6 LFOs, 6 envelope generators, and multi-curve LFO
- 32-step sequencer and arpeggiator
- 40-slot modulation matrix and 4 x 4 pad matrix
- Master FX section with time-based and modulation effects
- Internal Memory plus expandable SD slot for firmware and samples