Blofeld love


Just for completeness relating to posts above - Wavetables seem to need to be complete packages of 64 - you can’t just send waypoints and expect the Blofeld to fill in the gaps by interpolating (as was apparently possible on older Waldorfs)

The Blofeld takes 64 waves ( and given there are 128 positions for modulation) … it seems to blend/mix in between - so the actuals waves are in even ‘Pulsewidth’ positions and the odds are formed in the box


No surprises there. The Blofeld got a bad rep from the start largely because of firmware issues. The LFOs and arp would not sync to MIDI clock and it took Waldorf years to fix it.
They are charging €100 to activate a sample waveform option which is built into the synth, ( a questionable practice in itself) but there have been problems with it. At some point they released firmware v1.23 and it made things worse so they pulled it down. It’s been a mess. No way would I touch any firmware updates for my Blofeld, it works fine with v1.22.

It’s an amazing synth for the price and I really like the build and the stainless steel knobs, but some people don’t… I thought it did good bass sounds until I compared to an analogue synth in the context of a mix. . .


They never fixed the arp sync


ah, really? I thought it was playing in time! :joy:


i think this was impossible like the LFO-sync-bug from a hardware-perspective


The mind boggles… this thing can do so much yet fails at something so fundamental.


There will be a next OS version soon. I experience some functional problems with a brand new Blofeld. In the Waldorf forum is a thread about the issue. God news, Waldorf took note, has already detected a bug and promises to start fixing it.

TBH … as weird as my little black box is now, I will keep it. If that issue is fixed, it will have a regular role in my projects.


Is it reasonable to compare digitone to blofeld?
I’ve pre ordered digitone but willing to look at blofeld. Plan to use with OT2
Blofeld multi Timbral, deep
Digitone sequencer, immediate
Appreciate opinions!


Is it reasonable to compare digitone to blofeld?

I have both. They do share their general sound signature (brightness !). Otherwise, completely different beasts… obviously the Elektron sequencer and UI wins at immediate results.


About the newest version 1.24

Last night i was on the Waldorf page and realised that i didn’t had the newest version on my Blofeld.
I downloaded v. 1.24 and installed it. Since I did that i experienced bugs on my beloved Blofeld for the first time! Some values didn’t change, skipped and other strange behaviour!
Before this version, I had V 1.22, and it worked perfect.
I read on the page that a downgrade of the version can have bad side effects. I don’t know if I should try to do a factory reset. Anyone here who already did a factory reset and can tell if it is secure and easy to do?

If you Blofeld is on v.1.22 and works without any problems, don’t do a update! I only did it because some of my custom wavetables couldn’t be imported, but I found out later that i made a mistake with the sysex software settings. I couldn’t find out what exactly changed with the newest version but it’s very likely that it was just a bug fix…

What’s the easiest and most safe method to do a complete factory reset?


I like the digitone for travelling also, so maybe I’ll stick with that. Of course a used blofeld wouldn’t break the bank…


one of my favs!


1.24 is just an update for the latest hardware revision of the Blofeld (latest units built after august 2017). It’s pointless for other units.


Yeah, despite its bugs and quirks, I wouldn’t get rid of it. Nothing else really competes with it in its price range. I hope Waldorf gets it right!


I just downgraded to 1.22 (from 1.24) yesterday and haven’t noticed any problems.

1.24 was supposed to only include support for the new IC chips, and no new bug fixes or features, but there are quite a few posts on the Waldorf forum, about new bugs with 1.24.

I experienced glitchy values and unresponsive knobs too, downgrading resolved it but I understand you don’t want to take the risk. If you have a very new unit with the latest IC chip then you must stay on 1.24 but for older machines, Waldorf state that 1.22 is the same as 1.24 so I took the risk.


so weird. i keep wanting to rebuy one since there is NO competition in the price range for what it does, let alone what it sounds like. but i hated my experience with waldorf, i had a faulty encoder (skipping around, etc) and after researching tons was never able to fully determine if it is a software issue, or hardware…i wrote the company numerous times to try to get a part number or something,…you know…make sure i got the right one… and never heard back…radio silence. but still, gassing for it again, but then i keep reading about bugs gone wrong…still


Tagging a post here that was from Waldorf a few years back concerning various aspects of program/multi/bank selection and so on

Another nugget i found suggests that if you want to hack a sysex you can forego a proper checksum calc by entering a bogus answer of 127 - obviously you should provide a valid checksum if dabbling in this stuff to prevent transmission errors

I also found a comment from the developers being candid about the sluggishness of the device wrt lots of incoming MIDI so i am a bit relieved to learn my own device hasn’t developed an issue - it really is necessary to throttle the data going to the Blofeld if a parameter is changing quickly (whether by DIN or USB)


Oh that’s good to hear that it works without problems. Did you just download the Version 1.22 and transferred it like a normal update?

My unit is a little older so that i don’t need version 1.24.

EDIT: I just did the downgrade from 1.24 to 1.22. Worked perfectly. Now the encoders are precise again. If anyone is in the same situation, just perform the downgrade in the exact way like doing a update. I used „spectre“ from the official Waldorf page for this.
I‘m glad and relieved that everything is back to normal/bug-free. Can’t wait to get my SL update!


As far I know, the faulty encoders was only with older units. I generally didn’t had any issues (until yesterday when i updated my unit to V.1.24. Actually, the encoders are on my Blofeld are as precise as the OT Mk2. Maybe order a unit in a shop that doesn’t have a Blofeld on storage, so that the shop needs to order a new one from Waldorf. But don’t buy a old second hand, since there is a chance that you will get a old unit.

It’s insane that nobody came up with something similar. Even the Virus which costs multiple times more can’t import custom wavetables or has so many FM possibilities as the Blofeld. Should mine stop working, i will buy a new one instantly. I really don’t understand why there aren’t any hardware synths with similar spec and possibilities. I would have paid even more if it was necessary!
Hopefully there will come a new digital renaissance, and the amount of digital hardware synths increases. Blofeld is already 10 years old, I wonder what would be possible with the current technology and I don’t talk just about more voices. I want a free routable Blofeld/Nord modular G2, with much more space for samples and wavetables, a few knobs more, granular synthesis and more FM options. I would pay a lot for something like that, but unfortunately the new Quantum has only 8 voices. If they would use digital instead of analog Filters, there would be much more possibilities for a more realistic price…


I think the analogue hype isn’t over yet. See what Behringer announces (okay let’s wait, what will be realized, but Model-D and Neutrino are real, after all). So will we see “new” digital concepts in the near future? Don’t know.

I think, the most innovative place for electronic music devices are the Eurorack modular world and crowd-funding projects … plug-ins, or apps for iPad.

Maybe we will have a similar story for synths as we had for computers … starting with huge expensive main-frames, changing to workstations, followed by personal computers, ending with small units like phones, tablets etc.

The analogy could be, starting with huge modular all-inclusive synth behemoths, ending with small affordable boxes, which are specialised for this and that task.

Maybe it’s more efficient to buy a Blofeld (wavetables), a GR-1 (granular), a NF-1 (formant), or some modal-filter bank and to forgo the all in one uber-synth?