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Waldorf Blofeld as Master Keyboard

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Monib
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Postby Monib; Mon Apr 28, 2014 4:35 am Waldorf Blofeld as Master Keyboard

Hey guys, does anyone use one as a master keyboard? I was thinking about getting one.

I know the Nord lead doesn't do octave switching, is there a problem like that on the Blofeld? Do the Octave +/- button trigger the key board, or the synth engine?

Thanks!
bvc
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Postby bvc; Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:00 pm Re: Waldorf Blofeld as Master Keyboard

I can vouch for the quality of its keybed; I use the same one (Fatar TP/9S) as my master keyboard, and it feels great and is very reliable/responsive.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFofAhlc9UY
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V0RT3X
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Postby V0RT3X; Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:10 pm Re: Waldorf Blofeld as Master Keyboard

I played a Blofeld Keyboard in the music store once and I was actually quite impressed with the feel of the semi-weighted keyboard.
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Postby elwood; Tue Apr 29, 2014 11:15 pm Re: Waldorf Blofeld as Master Keyboard

Monib wrote:Do the Octave +/- button trigger the key board, or the synth engine?

Keyboard.

+1 for the quality of the keybed, I'm using my Blokey as master keyboard.
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xamido
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Postby xamido; Wed Apr 30, 2014 12:49 am Re: Waldorf Blofeld as Master Keyboard

The octave button will work for both, the midi and synth engine. But, the transpose option will only work for the synth engine, not for the midi engine.
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Monib
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Postby Monib; Wed Apr 30, 2014 10:07 am Re: Waldorf Blofeld as Master Keyboard

xamido wrote:The octave button will work for both, the midi and synth engine. But, the transpose option will only work for the synth engine, not for the midi engine.


Thanks Guys, I have ordered one!
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V0RT3X
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Postby V0RT3X; Wed Apr 30, 2014 3:00 pm Re: Waldorf Blofeld as Master Keyboard

xamido wrote:The octave button will work for both, the midi and synth engine. But, the transpose option will only work for the synth engine, not for the midi engine.


I hope they update that..

I don't mind 49 keys but I would like access to all of the octaves on my keyboard.
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Postby Monib; Sat May 03, 2014 7:23 am Re: Waldorf Blofeld as Master Keyboard

V0RT3X wrote:
xamido wrote:The octave button will work for both, the midi and synth engine. But, the transpose option will only work for the synth engine, not for the midi engine.


I hope they update that..

I don't mind 49 keys but I would like access to all of the octaves on my keyboard.



You do have access to 4 Octaves up/down going into DAW, right? Then local off on the Blofeld, and DAW sends Midi back to Blofeld.

The transport I don't really use, as I run Logic with an iPad.

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davidka
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Postby davidka; Sat May 03, 2014 8:19 am Re: Waldorf Blofeld as Master Keyboard

I didn't try the Blofeld's keyboard, but I was quite liking that feather light keybed on the Access Virus TI keyboard.

Anyone knows if I can find that elsewhere?
bvc
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Postby bvc; Sat May 03, 2014 9:50 am Re: Waldorf Blofeld as Master Keyboard

davidka wrote:I didn't try the Blofeld's keyboard, but I was quite liking that feather light keybed on the Access Virus TI keyboard.

Anyone knows if I can find that elsewhere?


The Virus TI uses another Fatar keyboard (perhaps the TP/8 or TP/8SK) which can also be found in the Quasimidi Raven (and some of their other keyboards) and the Kawai K5000.

It is a highly regarded keybed, alongside the Yamaha FS synth action (some SYs, DX7, DX7II, Wavestation, 01/W, Triton, Motif, etc.) and the Fatar TP/9 (Blofeld, DSI PEK, Andromeda, Kurz K2000, Sledge).
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bftucker
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Postby bftucker; Sat May 03, 2014 10:09 am Re: Waldorf Blofeld as Master Keyboard

bvc wrote:The Virus TI uses another Fatar keyboard (perhaps the TP/8 or TP/8SK) which can also be found in the Quasimidi Raven (and some of their other keyboards) and the Kawai K5000.

It is a highly regarded keybed, alongside the Yamaha FS synth action (some SYs, DX7, DX7II, Wavestation, 01/W, Triton, Motif, etc.) and the Fatar TP/9 (Blofeld, DSI PEK, Andromeda, Kurz K2000, Sledge).


Thanks for that information, bvc. I have often wondered. Do you know where I can find other information on other keyboards used in various synths?
bvc
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Postby bvc; Sun May 04, 2014 3:57 am Re: Waldorf Blofeld as Master Keyboard

bftucker wrote:
bvc wrote:The Virus TI uses another Fatar keyboard (perhaps the TP/8 or TP/8SK) which can also be found in the Quasimidi Raven (and some of their other keyboards) and the Kawai K5000.

It is a highly regarded keybed, alongside the Yamaha FS synth action (some SYs, DX7, DX7II, Wavestation, 01/W, Triton, Motif, etc.) and the Fatar TP/9 (Blofeld, DSI PEK, Andromeda, Kurz K2000, Sledge).


Thanks for that information, bvc. I have often wondered. Do you know where I can find other information on other keyboards used in various synths?


No problem, bftucker.

Mostly, it's just having spent many hours reading threads on a lot of different sites that has led me to my knowledge of keybeds. I spent a long time considering different older synths to use as a master keyboard, and being that options are limited on eBay and craigslist, I had to find out which synths had the same action as others.

If I had to choose the best singular resource that has helped me, it would probably be this: http://sounddoctorin.com/synthtec/parts/key.htm

(Edit - And for the Fatars, there's this: http://www.musiker-board.de/reparaturen ... hread.html)
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Postby stroker_ace; Fri May 09, 2014 10:26 am Re: Waldorf Blofeld as Master Keyboard

Monib wrote:
xamido wrote:The octave button will work for both, the midi and synth engine. But, the transpose option will only work for the synth engine, not for the midi engine.


Thanks Guys, I have ordered one!


Smart move!

I'm also using a Blofeld as my master keyboard. I demo'ed most of the major usb MIDI controller keyboards on the market and was thoroughly unimpressed by all of them; they either felt too cheap, too "loose", or too "tight".

But the Blofeld is third porridge. 8)

And you get a wicked-bitchin' synth, to boot!

Give my regards to "Broadway"; what a gorgeous patch!
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