New Aftertouch Synthesizer From Waldorf
Waldorf widens range of synthesizers with polyphonic aftertouch pressure Iridium Keyboard.
Waldorf Music announces availability of its Iridium Keyboard counterpart — redesigning its desktop synthesizer namesake around an all-new 49-key FATAR TP/8SK semi-weighted polyphonic aftertouch pressure-providing keyboard, with an expanded front panel proffering one-knob-per-function control, also allowing for six freely-programmable Macro buttons with which users can define functions from a wide range of features for additional performance control.
The new Iridium Keyboard has been physically designed around award-winning Italian digital piano, organ, and synthesizer manufacturer FATAR’s all-new TP/8SK keyboard, configuring 49 semi-weighted sensitive keys with polyphonic aftertouch and three contacts. 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 provide powerful modulation options, of course like its Iridium desktop synthesizer namesake. The 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.
Iridium Keyboard is available through Waldorf Music’s network of distributors at an RRP (Recommended Retail Price) of €2,989.00 EUR (including German tax).