February 22, 2013
To The Moon...
by Chris Randall
Waldorf surprised us all this morning with the announcement of the Rocket, a little hybrid monosynth (analog filter, digital everything else) that will retail for about $299 here in the US.
The synth features some crafty oscillator hijinks to craft an interesting sound. Whether it's your bag is a subjective opinion, but the nice thing is that they're actually taking in to account the fact that it is 2013, and making the little guy modern, unlike other manufacturers I could name but won't (cough *Korg* cough-choke *Moog* cough). Looking over the specs on the Waldorf site, it seems to be a fairly current and comprehensive feature set, with full control over USB or MIDI. I assume a control plug-in will follow shortly.
This is what I mean when I say "take some risks," instead of re-hashing 30-year-old tech for the sake of income. There isn't much risk here, and it's obvious this will be a smashing success, but at least they're trying something new-ish. (For this price point, anyhow.) Here's a video: