Waldorf Music Kyra 128-Voice FPGA-Based Virtual Analog & Wavetable Synthesizer Is Available Now

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Waldorf Music Kyra, a monster 128-voice FPGA-based desktop virtual analog & wavetable synth with 8 independent parts, hypersaw mode & more is available now.

It took more than a year to complete but now it will be available soon. Waldorf Music has today announced the availability of Kyra, a powerful 128-voice virtual analog /wavetable Synthesizer based on FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) technology. Kyra makes the beloved Access Virus Synthesizer powerful competition and rightly: 8 independent parts with up to 32 notes per part, two oscillators groups per part with 4096 high-resolution waveforms, hypersaw mode with 6 oscillators config and more.

Very nice is the design of the front panel, it is clear and fun to work on it. But tests will show if the Kyra Synthesizer can really replace the best-seller Access Virus or even steal the show. Nice to see that Kyra is now finished.

Features At A Glance

  • virtual analog FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) based synth engine
  • up to 128 voice
  • 32x oversampled hardware sound generation and 96kHz floating point sound processing
  • 8 independent parts with up to 32 notes per part
  • each part features a complete synthesizer with sound sources (OSC Group 1, OSC Group 2, Sub 1 & Sub 2), filters, modulators (EGs, LFOs, and mod matrix), multi-effects unit (effects).
  • two primary virtual alias-free oscillator groups (OSC GROUP 1 and OSC GROUP 2) per voice, each with sawtooth, with 4096 18-bit linear PCM single-cycle 32x oversampled waveforms
  • pulse & noise simultaneously available
  • each OSC group has an independent detune-able oscillator and SUB 1 & SUB 2 with four selectable shapes + 2 selectable octave pitches
  • real hard sync, ring modulation & FM are available between those oscillator groups
  • wave mode with a subtractive synthesis architecture
  • hypersaw mode configures the voice to use a special algorithm comprising six real oscillators to quickly create lush-sounding soundscapes Hypersaw mode replaces Wave mode’s two oscillator groups with a single source whose tonal content is constructed with just two adjustable controls. It has 12 real oscillator sources with an additional adjustable stereo spread.

  • accurate emulations of classic analog ladder filters with 2-pole lowpass, highpass & bandpass (12dB/octave) plus 4-pole (24dB/octave) LP, BP & HP. Creatively, 128 filters are configurable for single or dual parallel (Dual Filter) true stereo operation.
  • 3 fast-response ADSR envelope generators with EG slope setting are also at hand. One for the VCA, another to the filter, while the third can be freely assigned
  • 3 LFOs with 128 wavetable shapes with mono, poly, random, anti-phase, and quadrature stereo phase settings + MIDI clock sync source.
  • modulation matrix with 6 channels with up to three destinations per channel giving a maximum of 18 routings
  • a multi-effect processor with 9 stereo effects modules in every part: 3-band EQ, formant filter, input limiter, distortion, delay, 6-state phaser, chorus flanger, stereo reverb, and output limiter.
  • arpeggiator on each part with 128 preset patterns: up, down, random, and chord modes, and an ability to sync to MIDI clock
  • USB can send eight stereo 24-bit streams of 96kHz (with 48dHz downsample mode available) and one stereo audio return from the computer supporting a single 24-bit stereo audio stream from the DAW
  • 4 balanced, stereo output pairs using 32-bit DAC running at 96kHz sampling rate connected to four internal stereo busses and that powerful pool of 128 hardware voices.
  • patch storage capacity of 26 banks (A-Z), each containing 128 patches and in total 3328. The first seven patches stored in RAM.
  • 256×64 pixel graphic OLED
  • MIDI In, Out & Thru connections on five-pin DIN + USB 2.0
  • full micro-tuning capability with MIDI tuning standard (MTS support)

Kyra Old Design

Waldorf Music Kyra VA Synthesizer is available now at an SRP (Suggested Reseller Price) of 1843€ (excluding tax).

More information here: Waldorf Music

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