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NAMM 2009: Waldorf Largo

Software synthesizer

Waldorf have released Largo, a breand new software instrument. It's a synthesizer that the developers say features the same kinds of sounds as the Blofeld and Q hardware synths, giving the user a diverse sonic palette, from complex pads to screaming leads.
Largo has three oscillators with a variety of waveforms that include shapes from the PPG and Wave hardware synths. Two multi-mode filters can be used in parallel or series, and each has a drive section and can self-oscillate. There are three LFOs, one of which has a step sequencer-style waveshape arpeggiator generator, and there's a selection of effects, including chorus, flanger, phaser, overdrive and delay. Largo runs as a plug-in inside VST and Audio Units hosts.
Also new from Waldorf is the Blofeld Keyboard, a version of their Blofeld desktop synthesizer in keyboard form. It's got 49 semi-weighted keys, a USB port for connection to a computer, and MIDI input and output. Other keyboard-only features include pitch-bend and modulation wheels, octave up and down buttons, an assignable button marked 'free', and a sustain pedal input. For more information, visit the Waldorf web site.


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