Waldorf Iridium Desktop

Last modified on March 15th, 2022 at 7:24 pm

Waldorf 16 voice all-digital Iridium desktop

$2699.99

The Waldorf Iridium was officially announced on Friday June 12, 2020. Coming up on 2 years later, this very popular synth is still selling faster than they can build them. Often a backorder is necessary. Now there is also an Iridium Keyboard version for an $1100 uptick, also backordered.

The Waldorf Quantum and the Sequential Prophet X are like the Gibson Les Paul and Fender Stratocaster of the synthesizer world. It’s a BIG deal for an all digital desktop version of the Quantum to be released.

The Iridium has the same OS and same sound engines as the Quantum. Patches are interchangeable. Notable differences aside from the obvious form factor differences, are there is no analog, no auxiliary outs, and there are CV connections and a 2nd type of sequencer with the pads (on/off, not for drumming).

Firmware progress

In my opinion, until recently the Iridium was more of a studio synth than a gigging or performance synth. Most of all, OS 2.5.x, the newest ‘official’ OS release isn’t fully performance stable and never will be.

OS 2.5.x is a huge improvement over previous development efforts, wonderful, a joy, rather amazing, but it is still capable of an occasional loud digital pop/bang. A very minor nuisance in a studio synth but unacceptable for a gigging or performance synth. The OS 3.0 Beta 12+ may have fully overcome that hurdle though.

Currently I am running OS 3.0 Beta 12 (Quantum), which is publicly available for Iridium/Quantum by asking Waldorf to add you to the Beta. If you are waiting for the official release of OS 3.0, don’t. OS 3.0 Beta 12 is much more stable, bug free and feature rich. There are also many great patches that require OS 3.0. There is no downside to running the Beta, none. Running OS 2.5.x massively cheats you out of the very best Iridium has to offer. Have I said this clear enough? Ha!

Thanks!
-Yehuda

Manufacturer’s website
https://waldorfmusic.com/en/iridium

Product support, downloads
https://support.waldorfmusic.com/products/Iridium

I strongly recommended that you run OS 3.0 Beta 12 or newer, unless you hate bug fixes, stability and new features. It is an improvement in all ways over OS 2.x.

Facebook user groups

Waldorf Quantum & Iridium Synthesizer Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/184475775419027

Videos

Yehuda Rothschild Waldorf Iridium Desktop YouTube Playlist

Apple systems pages
Updated periodically – Apple MacBook Pro M1 Pro & M1 Max
Updated periodically – Apple Mac Studio M1 Max & M1 Ultra

Waldorf related posts
Jun 30, 2019 – Waldorf Quantum joins “Studio”
Jul 28, 2019 – First month thoughts about Waldorf Quantum
Oct 2, 2019 – Inside the Waldorf Quantum Synthesizer
Dec 15, 2019 – 6th month thoughts about the Waldorf Quantum
Apr 20, 2020 – New Waldorf Quantum Synthesizer is a Beauty

Waldorf related pages
Updated periodically – Groove Synthesis 3rd Wave or Waldorf Quantum/Iridium?
Updated periodically – Wavetable Synth Comparisons
Updated periodically – Sequential Prophet X or Waldorf Quantum?
Updated periodically – Wavetable Editing Tools
Updated periodically – Quantum/Iridium Presets
Updated periodically – Quantum/Iridium Wavetables & Utilities
Updated periodically – Waldorf Quantum Keyboard
Updated periodically – Waldorf Iridium Desktop
Updated periodically – Waldorf Iridium Keyboard

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Specifications

Waldorf Iridium

  • 16-voice polyphony, duo-timbral
  • Compatible with the Waldorf Quantum synth engine

3 Oscillators
Oscillator Modes:

  • Wavetable
  • Waveform (VA)
  • Particle (Sampling and Granular Sampling)
  • Resonator
  • Kernels (up to 6 sub-oscillators which can be interlinked through FM at audio rate)


3 Stereo Filters per voice
True stereo path

Dual Digital Filter:

  • Two filters with independable modes
  • 12/24dB LP/HP/BP in all combinations
  • Nave, Largo, PPG, Quantum and StateVariable models

Digital Former:

  • Filter models from Waldorf Nave, Largo and PPG in HP/LP/BP/Notch
  • Comb filter
  • Bitcrusher
  • Drive
  • RingMod
  • StateVariable mode
  • Analyzer displayed in Filter view
  • Filter curve moves when modulated (optional)
  • Sophisticated filter routing options with modulatable panning and levels

Modulators:

  • 6 Envelopes
  • 6 LFOs
  • Komplex Modulator (LFO/Envelope combination with user-definable shape)

Mod Matrix:

  • 40 slots
  • Fast assign mode
  • One additional control amount per slot
  • Identical Sources and Destinations can be used multiple times until the matrix is full

Pads:

  • 4×4 silicon pad matrix with RGB backlights
  • Pads can play notes, chords, arpeggios and sequences
  • Latch mode

Performance features:

  • Arpeggiator
  • Step sequencer with up to 32 steps for notes and parameters
  • Favorites screen for quick patch recall
  • Onscreen Mod Wheel, Pitch Bend and Aftertouch

Screen:

  • Industrial-grade highly responsive touch screen

Patches:

  • Over 1000 factory sounds
  • Capacity of 7000 patch memory slots (numbers 0000-9999 can be used)
  • Patches from Quantum can be loaded and vice-versa
  • Category filter for patch list
  • 2GB user sample flash memory

Connections:

  • 2x TS output
  • 2x TS input
  • Headphones output with Gain control
  • DIN MIDI In/Out/Thru
  • USB MIDI
  • USB host for storage and MIDI devices
  • MicroSD slot
  • Kensington® lock

CV connections:

  • 4 CV inputs plus Gate In, Trigger In, Clock In, Clock Out
  • Inputs can be used as modulation sources in the Mod Matrix

Overall:

  • Sturdy metal case with aluminum knobs
  • Dimensions: 440mm wide by 305mm depth by 85mm height (including controls)
  • Weight: 5.4kg
  • 19″ rack assembly parts available in near future