Waldorf just announced a new analog synthesizer that sounds great for the price. The new synth is called the Rocket. The Rocket has 8 oscillators and it receives power thru USB. It has a stereo headphone jack, mono I/O and midi I/O. There seems to be a trend forming around mono analog synths and I’m happy its making a come back. Now that we have different options today for mono analog synths, maybe one day we will see more poly analog synths available down the line.

Waldorf Rocket

I like that Waldorf is putting efforts in the analog synth direction. In a day where digital is king, I get a warm and fuzzy feeling to see efforts like these. I wonder why Waldorf waited after NAMM to announce it? Well, the cat is out of the bag now so hopefully they have a good distributor because these boxes will be flying off the shelves. Can wait to review one in the future. Also, the Rocket may be priced around $270 US. This synth is something to be on the look out for especially for the budget conscious people.

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Technical specifications:

Analog multimode-filter (VCF) with Low Pass / Band Pass / High Pass
Highly flexible oscillator-section with pulse width modulation and hard sync
Up to 8 oscillators in unison for chords or Ultra High Density Sawtooth
Low Frequency Oscillator (LFO) for modulation
Envelopes for VCA, VCF and Sync
Booster circuit to generate aggressive sounds
Arpeggiator with different rhythmic patterns
USB powered
MIDI in and out
Extensive control panel with high-end pots and switches
Control via MIDI and USB
MIDI clock sync
Line output
Loud headphone output
Launch key for easy pre listening

more info at http://www.waldorf-music.info/en/rocket-sythesizer.html

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