Wal­dorf STVC

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We were rather taken with Wal­dorf’s Stre­ich­fett – a desk­top mod­ule that em­u­lated the kitsch vibe of ’70s and ’80s string synths – so we’re pleased to see that its en­gine is now be­ing used as the ba­sis for this new 49-note key­board in­stru­ment.

The STVC uses the same ba­sic sound en­gine as its pre­de­ces­sor, which is bro­ken into String and Solo sec­tions. The String sec­tion fea­tures a con­tin­u­ous ro­tary that runs through – won­der­fully retro, if not en­tirely con­vinc­ing – or­ches­tral sounds, from vi­o­lins and vi­o­las through brass, or­gan and choir. This paired with a 16-voice Solo synth sec­tion, which is handy for adding weight and grit to the over­all sound. The An­i­mate ef­fect re­turns, for adding mod­u­lated move­ment to sounds, and is joined here by en­sem­ble/cho­rus and re­verb ef­fects.

The big ad­di­tion here is the vocoder. This is built around 250 fil­ter bands and fea­tures for­mant mod­i­fi­ca­tion con­trols and a freeze func­tion. As with the string sec­tion, con­tin­u­ous mor­ph­ing con­trols will al­low all users to slowly mod­ify the sound.

Con­trol-wise, the STVC fea­tures a 49-key ve­loc­ity and af­ter­touch-equipped key­board with pitch and mod wheels, as well as MIDI and USB con­nec­tiv­ity. We’ve not had the price of­fi­cially con­firmed, but at the time of writ­ing we ex­pect it to be around $900.

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