Scan code: LN124975 Manufacturer code: Iridium

Waldorf - Iridium Keyboard 49-Key Synthesiser

Waldorf - Iridium Keyboard, Digital 16-voice Dual Timbral Polyphonic Synthesiser with 49-key Keybed

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Scan code: LN124975 Manufacturer code: Iridium
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16-Voice Digital Polyphonic Synthesiser
Waldorf - Iridium Keyboard

Waldorf - Iridium Keyboard

16-Voice Digital Polyphonic SynthesierAfter introducing Iridium as a high-class synthesiser in a compact desktop form factor Waldorf take the concept further forward with the Iridium Keyboard. It’s boosting an all-new 49-key FATAR TP/8SK semi-weighted polyphonic aftertouch pressure-providing keyboard as the first such implementation of that keyboard in the world, with an expanded front panel proffering one-knob-per-function control as a workflow-raising result of this high-class synthesiser’s palpable physical makeover, also allowing for six freely-programmable Macro buttons with which users can define functions from a wide range of features for additional performance control.

Tremendous tonal changes flow freely when playing the Iridium Keyboard live since polyphonic aftertouch is transmitted individually for each note played. Performers can conceivably play and hold down any number of keys simultaneously, subsequently moving each finger individually. In other words, individual keys are affected by the pressure applied by each finger, thereby creating, for instance, individual data streams for modulation purposes, whereas with monophonic (Channel) aftertouch all notes played will respond in the same way.

With a powerful Mod Matrix offering 40 independent modulation assignments, each with individual settings for Source, Amount, and Destination, Iridium Keyboard comes with powerful modulation options — just like the Iridium desktop synthesiser namesake. Notably, Iridium Keyboard is also capable of processing MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression) data, duly making multiple parameters of different notes separately controllable to effectively enable it to behave more like an acoustic instrument in terms of spontaneous, polyphonic sound control.

at a glance • Fatar 49 Keys with Polyphonic Aftertouch
• 16-Voices, Dual Timbral (Split/Layer)
• Five Synthesis Algorithms per Oscillator
• Three Digital Oscillators per Voice
• Dual Multimode Filter with Link Function

Industrial-Grade Highly-Responsive Touchscreen Display

Waldorf - Iridium Keyboard

six freely-programmable Macro buttonsClearly, the 851 mm (W) x 355 mm (D) x 110 mm (H) physical dimensions of Iridium Keyboard has resulted in some marked differences to the original Iridium desktop design, with a one-knob-per-function control approach afforded by its naturally expanded front panel.

Albeit aided still by its industrial-grade highly-responsive touchscreen display to provide an interactive overview of the Mode page selected (via associated LFOS, OSC 1, OSC 2, OSC 3, FILTERS, MOD, and EFFECTS buttons), parameter changes, and additional information. Indeed, Iridium Keyboard also incorporates six freely-programmable Macro buttons adjacent to the Pitch and Mod (modulation) wheels with which users can define functions from a wide range of features for additional performance control, combining to further enhance its performance pedigree.

Versatility Through Connectivity

Waldorf - Iridium Keyboard

1680 sounds progammed by the prosConnectivity-wise, the Iridium Keyboard communicates with the outside world, thanks to two audio inputs (for processing external signals); CV inputs as well as Gate In and Trigger In connections (for forwarding external signals to the Mod Matrix); Clock In and Clock Out connections (to synchronise with other gear); USB and DIN MIDI connections; USB Host port (provided for MIDI devices and also handling data exchange); Control and Sustain Pedals inputs; a headphone output (with dedicated volume control); and last, but not least, two audio outputs.

Iridium Keyboards contains 1680 sounds programmed by a group of well known sound designers like: Howard Scarr, Richard Devine, Kurt Ader, BT, Matt Johnson, Reinhold Heil, Jörg Hüttner, Mike Huckaby, Thorsten Quaeschning and Sascha Dikiciyan.

Waldorf Iridium Synthesiser Keyboard

The Tech Spec

Features Specification
Type Digital Keyboard Synthesier
Polyphony 16 Voices
Multitimbral Dual Timbral: Split or Layered Mode with Separate Stereo Audio Outputs
Oscillators 3 Digital Oscillators Per Voice, Each Capable of Five Synthesis Algorithms
Wavetable: Waldorf Style with Latest Additions from Nave Including Speech Synthesis and Wavetable Generation from Audio
Waveform: Waveform with Up to 8 Simultaneous Waves per Oscillator in Detuned or Chordal Mode with Hard-Sync, Warp, and PWM, as Well as Tunable Noise
Particle: Sampler in Traditional and Granular Mode Using Multisamples or Live Input
Resonator: Exciter Using Multisampling Plus Filterbank Sound Model
Kernel: 6 Internal Kernel Operators per Osc Using Various FM, Ring-Mod, AM, or Wavetable Based Audio-Rate Modulations
Filters Two Digital Stereo Filters in Various Modes and Configurations Including Innovative Link Modes
Digital Former: Additional Digital Algorithms per Voice Like Comb, High-Pass, Band-Pass, and Notch Filters (Nave, Largo, or PPG models), Bit-Crusher, Drive, and More
Modulation Complex Multistage LFO/Envelope Modulators
6 LFO in Poly and Global Mode with Extensive Parameter Set
6 Loopable Envelopes
Extensive Modulation Matrix with 40 Slots and Easy Control Assignments
Effects Master Effect Rack of 5 Slots for Each Timbre, Choosing from FX like Phaser, Flanger, Chorus, Reverb, Drive, EQ, and More Main Output: Compressor
Step Sequencer Step Sequencer with Step Recording, Parameter Automation, and Scale-Based Pitch Quantization
Tuning Microtonal Pitch Configurations Capable of Importing Skala SCL Files
Arpeggiator Yes
Chord Chord-Play Mode with Hold and Latch
Unison Mode Yes
Presets Module-Based Preset System for Effects, Oscillators, and Complex Modulators
Controls Single-Function Potentiometer and Encoder Controls for Intuitive Editing Pad Button Matrix: 4x4 Pads for Sequencer, Arpeggiator, Sampler, or Live Performance Control Supports Polyphonic Aftertouch Automation of Sound Parameters from MIDI Inputs via MIDI CC Learn Function
Display Visualization and Deeper Sound Editing via Context-Sensitive High-Resolution Capacitive Multitouch Display
Spectral Analyzer Internal Flash Memory: 4 GB for Presets, Samples, and Wavetables Up to 7000 Sound Patch Capacity Organized by Banks, Attributes, Author, and Patch Number Favorites Lists for Quick Recall of Sound Patches Like for Setlists Preloaded with a Wide Variety of Patches by Acclaimed Sound Designers like Howard Scarr Preloaded with More than 1 GB Sample Data
Inputs and Outputs Main Output: 2 x 1/4" / 6.3 mm Headphone Output: 1 x 1/4" / 6.3 mm and 1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Inputs: 2 x 1/4" / 6.3 mm 4 CV Continuous Control Inputs Including CV Gate, CV Clock, and CV Start Inputs for Connecting Eurorack Modules or Compatible Devices
Sampling Recording of Samples from Audio Inputs or Self-Recording of Audio Outputs
USB Computer: USB Type-B Controller: USB Type-A
MIDI Connectors: Input: 5-Pin DIN Out: 5-Pin DIN Thru: 5-Pin DIN
SD Card Slot Export and Import of Presets, Samples, Wavetable, and Software Updates Import of Nave Presets
Power Voltage Input: 100 to 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz External Power Supply: 12 VDC, 3 A (Included) Max Power Consumption: 15 W
Dimensions (W x D x H) 33.5 x 14.0 x 4.3" / 85.1 x 35.5 x 11.0 cm
Weight 26.5 lb / 12.0 kg
Product Type Synthesizer
PC Interface USB
Keys 49
Wheels 2
Connectivity (Input)
  • 2 x 1/4" Balanced / Unbalanced (L/R)
  • 4 x CV
  • 1 x MIDI
  • 2 x Pedal Out
  • 1 x USB
  • 1 x USB Type B
Connectivity (Output)
  • 2 x 1/4" Balanced / Unbalanced (L/R)
  • 1 x Headphone
  • 1 x MIDI
Sample Rate 192 kHz
Bit Rate N/A
Frequency Response (Input) N/A
Frequency Response (Output) N/A
Maximum Input Level N/A
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Package Type Retail
Additional Information
Scan Code LN124975
Model Number Iridium

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Waldorf - Iridium Keyboard 49-Key Synthesiser
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