I already posted this in another thread, but it might be useful for someone.
I can get lost easily for hours with this beautiful synth and i‘m absolute in love with my Blofeld.
I don’t have any lag when turning the encoders(which work perfect, even after „heavy„ use. Not one single error or freezes. I‘m using the newest version.
Here a few tips for the Blofeld:
If you use a DAW you can map all CC‘s to your midi-controller. This makes editing super fast and flexible. Automation is possible this way, and depending on your controller, you can change (for example) Cutoff frequency’s of different channels without the need of stepping through the channels.
I use a AKAI MPK 249, which works very well for this. (Every fader can send on a specific midi channel).
Animations on the Blofeld?
If you sequenc your Blofeld via OT or a DAW you can for example, change the Filter frequency and if the Blofeld shows the filter section, you can see how the filter behaves in real time, like a animation.
If you use a complex filter modulation this can be helpful. And it’s kind of cool to see the Blofeld doing something that wasn’t built in. If I remember correctly this works also with the EG‘s.
Create your own editor: I usually use Fruity loops as a DAW. You can add a „MIDI out“, and map all CC‘s to the virtual knobs and sliders. Name them correctly(!) and save the mapping as a template for the „MIDI out“. You can create your own Blofeld „editor“ this way. (Of course this works with every Hardware, if CC‘s are implemented correctly).
That’s probably doable on most modern DAWs.
If you Blofeld is too quite, go to the section with the velocity settings and turn it down to 0. This almost doubles the output volumen (but it’s still very quiet…).
You can load your own custom Wavetables, you don’t need the „SL“ sample upgrade! I know that many people aren’t aware of that.
The presents aren’t the best IMO. Do yourself a favour and make a backup from it, and delete a few banks. But of course check them out first, they are good examples what can be done.
FM every OSC and Filter has a dedicated fm routing page. Use those instead of the mod matrix to save up free mod slots. You can modulate every OSC. with another OSC, ENV, LFO, and the mod matrix. Alone this can already produce an insane amount of different timbres. If your results are to harsh use more „smooth“ waveforms and modifiers. The use of the Modulation modifier can be very powerful to. For example two LFOs both sine waves with different start phase or/and different speed, modulating each other. Use the product of those to modulate other elements.
Exponentially envelopes: If you want a concave or a convex attack try this trick: Modulate the Envelope attack with its own envelop. Positive modulation will result in a convex attack curve, negativ modulation a concave. This should work for the decay and release too!
last but not least: Check this very useful clip on YT! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=sbWhrzPj2Wc8
I often read online things like:“it’s hard to program.“,“to much menue diving“, „horrible interface“ etc.
IMHO Blofeld is very fast and easy to program. I have a editor called „Patch base“ for the iPad (it costs 10-20 bucks, can edit a lot of other synths too, inclusive the Volca FM, JD-Xi, microwave, q and much more), but i almost never use it. The menus are logical, matrix is a great way to create patches, especially on a synth with just a few knobs and no faders. The synth engine is just awesome, if you know any hardware synth that is as powerful as the Blofeld, tell me. But as far i know, there isn’t anything that can do that much for such a „cheap“ price.
Is the Blofeld perfect? Of course not. I don’t like the fx (the Reverb is horrible IMO). The patch management isn’t perfect (sysex etc)… Something I really hate is the quiet output.
Of course if you use it in multmode and you want to change the cutoff frequency (or something else), you have to click through the channels until you reach the page of the part you like to change. This can be tedious. But I still love the Blofeld!
By the way: Blofeld is already 10 years old! Hopefully Waldorf or any other company creates something alike, but with a little bit more power! Like a Waldorf Quantum Desktop
Any other Blofed tip’s and tricks?