Waldorf Kyra has arrived

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Waldorf Kyra has arrived

Post by rob_lee » Sun Sep 29, 2019 7:01 pm

Hi all,

I'm currently doing some factory sound design on the new Waldorf Kyra. Iv'e had this one (end release product) for 3 days now. It is absolutely fantastic. I'll post some sound examples over the coming weeks. I'm using my new Behringer MS-1 (pictured) cas midi keyboard for now.

Anyone interested in dimensions then Iv'e listed below

Width 440mm x Depth 305mm x 85mm (including knobs)

Weight 5.7kg

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Re: Waldorf Kyra has arrived

Post by madtheory » Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:26 pm

Looks very nice! Is it in any way like other Waldorf synths, or is it quite different (I see the bought it off Exodus Digital)

https://www.gearnews.com/namm-2019-wald ... nthesizer/

Looking forward to your demos!

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Re: Waldorf Kyra has arrived

Post by rob_lee » Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:53 pm

madtheory wrote:
Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:26 pm
Looks very nice! Is it in any way like other Waldorf synths, or is it quite different (I see the bought it off Exodus Digital)

https://www.gearnews.com/namm-2019-wald ... nthesizer/

Looking forward to your demos!
It sounds between a Virus and a Waldorf Q IMO. There's a dedicated Hypersaw mode which sounds absolutely massive then you have your Wave modes. There's video game wavetables too which sound like old Atari sounds.
The synth has 128 poly, also...

The algorithm used to decide how to deal with a request to play more notes (voices) than supported by a synthesizer. The algorithm used by Kyra within a Part is to steal (reas- sign) the oldest (longest-playing) note from a Part when a request to play a 33rd note arrives (each Part can support up to 32 notes, subject to a system total of 128). There is no voice stealing between Parts and if the overall limit of 128 is exceeded, further note play requests are ignored.
  • Kyra is multi- timbral as it has 8 completely independent Parts.
    Kyra has a total of 6 distinct LFOs, three for general synthesis and three in the effects section.
    Kyra’s hypersaw consists of six partials by standard but this can be doubled to twelve by using Dual Mode.
    Kyra supports FM between its two Oscillator Groups. Kyra also has a large wavetable bank of pre-made FM shapes that can achieve many of the sounds true FM can deliver without the complexity of configuring it.
    A feature of Kyra that causes the OLED display to re- present (follow) the control being manipulated by the user. Engaging follow mode provides useful feedback as to the current setting of a parameter. However, at times, it's distracting to have the display switch when a control is changed so Kyra allows follow mode to be switched off using the Follow Mode button.
    Kyra features a Formant Filter within each of the Part Effect units.
    Each Part has its own independent FX unit which means a Patch will always sound the same regar- dless of which Part it is loaded into (assuming no outboard processing
  • Kyra supports 26 Banks of Patches labelled A to Z. The instrument supports MIDI Bank Select messages to allow the DAW/Sequencer to select Patches from any of the 26 Banks. The current Bank can also be set on the front panel using the Bank select buttons.
  • Antiphase LFO
    A special setting for a Kyra LFO such that the LFO's output is inverted (180 degrees out of phase) before it is applied to the specified modulation target of the second voice of a Dual Mode note.
  • USB Audio
    In addition to the stereo line outputs, Kyra streams each of its 8 stereo Parts over USB as 'virtual' connections to the host DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). The Output Mixer is not used for USB audio (but remains functional for the line outputs) and each Part is streamed independently directly from its Part without any further mixing or pro- cessing.
    Any mixing required can be done in your DAW. Like the line outputs, Kyra's USB audio runs at the native 96kHz audio format to ensure the highest possible quality audio is available to your DAW. You can also select 48 kHz audio by configuring your DAW for 48 kHz operation. Note that the 48kHz downsampling only affects USB audio. Kyra's internal processing and the line outputs always run at 96 kHz. At either sample rate, the bit depth of the audio is 24 bits.
    You can of course resample the audio in your DAW as part of the final mixdown of your song, e.g. if you are mixing down for mastering a CD at 44.1 kHz. Note that Kyra can't stream at 44.1 kHz, only 48 kHz and 96 kHz are available. If you are mastering for CD, run your project at 48 kHz or
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    better still, 96kHz and resample to 44.1 kHz when you produce your final master.
  • Control Automation
    All of Kyra‘s controls (rotary controls and buttons) that relate to Patch parameters can be automated. This allows your DAW to record any changes made to Patch parame- ters during a performance. When the sequence is played back, the controls will be updated exactly as they were during the original performance.
    To enable control automation recording, enable Send Au- tomation in the MIDI Configuration page. When enabled, any control related to a Patch parameter will send MIDI SysEx messages that can be recorded by your DAW (or control another connected Kyra).
    Switch off Send Automation if you're not using it (it is off by default). The messages generated can occupy a signifi- cant amount of DIN MIDI bandwidth and memory in your DAW, especially for rotary controls. If you have recorded automation you no longer require (or it is incorrect), dele- te it in your DAW.
    As automation uses MIDI SysEx messages, it is not possible to edit it in a DAW (other than the position of events). If you want editable automation, the best solution is to use MIDI Continuous Controllers (CCs). You can use the fixed CCs or for more flexibility, use the Mod Matrix to map CCs to the parameters you want to automate and then configu- re these on your master keyboard. The DAW can record
    these and they will be editable in the DAW as they are standard MIDI messages rather than system exclusive messages. MIDI CCs use considerably less MIDI bandwidth than SysEx-based automation messages and can be used to update more than one Part at the same time. The use of MIDI CCs is recommended where possible. Kyra supports a wide range of fixed CCs (MIDI defined and extensions) and allows virtually limitless extensions via the Modulation Matrix.
    Only Patch parameters can send automation. Part and System Configuration controls do not send automation messages - remember this includes transpose (a Part pa- rameter) and Master Volume (a System Configuration parameter). Part parameters can be controlled via SysEx messages but do not send automation messages themsel- ves.
    Follow this checklist to ensure automation works cor- rectly:
    For automation recording:
    • Enable Send Automation in the MIDI Configuration page and ensure the automation messages are configu- red to use the required MIDI port (DIN MIDI or USB).

    Select the Part you wish to automate.
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Re: Waldorf Kyra has arrived

Post by desmond » Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:51 am

rob_lee wrote:
Sun Sep 29, 2019 7:01 pm
I'm currently doing some factory sound design on the new Waldorf Kyra. Iv'e had this one (end release product) for 3 days now. It is absolutely fantastic. I'll post some sound examples over the coming weeks.
Please do. I remember the early video demos of this thing were extremely weak sounding, leaving a rather poor impression of the engine, so it'll be good to hear what it can do....

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Re: Waldorf Kyra has arrived

Post by Ashe37 » Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:03 am

yeah, a lot of the demos out now are still like thin and digital.

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Re: Waldorf Kyra has arrived

Post by meatballfulton » Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:06 pm

Thanks to renewed interest in FM and wavetables, thin digital is the new phat analog :lol:
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Re: Waldorf Kyra has arrived

Post by Hyde » Tue Oct 22, 2019 6:01 am

looks like a lot of fun!
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