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Waldorf Largo is Back in My Rig (No Dongle Required Now) + Video of Original Krell Patch for Largo

It’s baaaaaack. Yes Waldorf Largo is back in play in my Ableton Live rig. To celebrate this, I’ve just published a short video of a Krell patch I made called “Cold Space” using Largo with a little inspiration from the Krell channeling themselves through Dr. Morbius.

Look Ma – No Dongle!

A big thanks to sound designer Empty Vessel who tipped me off that that Waldorf had changed their licensing scheme to use activation rather than eLicenser.

I logged into my Waldorf account and went to https://waldorfmusic.com/en/my-software and sure enough – there was an option to to convert the the Syncrosoft License Key. Looks like they made the change back in 2016 so I’m late to this party – but better late than never.

Ironically, I ALMOST recycled the the case that had the Largo CD and contained the Syncrosoft key this week! That would have been super sad – so thanks Empty Vessel!

largo-sounds-newechoRediscovery of Original Presets

I bought Largo back in 2011 and pretty much stopped it within a year because of the dongle buzz kill – and at the time I had a Blofeld. After I reinstalled Largo yesterday I remembered I had made some original presets for it. I dug through my backups and found 40+ original presets including “Cold Space” which is in the video above.

 

 

 

Here is another example of a preset I put on soundloud back in 2011. It shows off the awesome comb filter and FM on the Largo. I have the filters setup in “Serial” mode. Filter 1 is a comb filter which colors the sound and Filter 2 is low pass to control brightness.

Largo vs Blofeld

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Since were on the topic of Largo – I wanted to mention that there are differences between Largo and Blofeld. Largo some unique features such as sub-oscillators, 256 vs 25 note polyphony, and an awesome 6-stage chorus to name a few. See my blog post, and corresponding mind map for a more detailed look at Largo vs Blofeld.

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(Modulate This) Blofeld Synth: Largo

Waldorf Largo vs Blofeld

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I own both the Waldorf Blofeld keyboard edition plus the virtual instrument Largo so I thought I’d offer some notes on what is the same and what is different.

98% The Same

First let me say that Largo is indeed a Blofeld expressed as a virtual instrument. I’d say that the patch architecture about 98% similar. If you programmed a patch on either using parameters common to both without effects the resultant output would almost identical with just slight variance in timbre you’d expect from hardware vs software implementations. The parameter differences are not simply that one has more features than another -each has exclusive features, and some cases – such as effects – the features are similar but implemented differently.

I’ve created a mindmap to illustrate only the differences. Green highlights on a branch indicate which synth is better in a particular area.

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http://www.mindmeister.com/maps/public_map_shell/106790260/waldorf-largo-vs-blofeld-by-www-modulatethis-com?width=450&height=400&zoom=0

Which is Right For You?

This depends on your priorities. If your primary goal is programming patches from scratch and you don’t care about samples being used as oscillator sources, Largo has a bigger sonic range in my opinion. If you want to use samples, you have to go with the Keyboard or Desktop Edition with License SL. The effects processor section is definitely stronger in Largo, especially the chorus. The color coding in the mindmap should help you make your choice.

Why Do I have Both?

I got the Blofeld first and fell in love with Waldorf waveforms, oscillators, filters, and architecture. I actually got the desktop, then sold it to get the keyboard edition for studio and jam use. However, my current performance rig is laptop-based and fits in two carry-ons (including my controllers) and I didn’t have room haul even the desktop Blofeld. So by adding Largo I have that Waldorf sound and architecture on my laptop and can use it in live performances out of town. Largo’s effects – especially the chorus are also quite fantastic. As a matter of fact, I have a new song on the upcoming album that was built almost exclusively around one patch where I do crazy things with the chorus using automation from dummy clips in Ableton Live.

Using Blofeld as a Dedicated Hardware Interface for Largo

The company Touch Digital Controllers is getting some buzz around their dedicated ImpOSCar2 hardware controller. What you might not know is that you can do something similar on the Waldorf side by using Blofeld as a dedicated control surface for Largo. This is possible because Waldorf designed both Largo and Blofeld such that each parameter has a corresponding MIDI CCs (which is how third party editors communication with Blofeld). That being said, I don’t think this is currently an intended use as it’s not document, a bit fiddly, and as you can see from the mindmap there are architectural differences. Also, some parameters like waveshape number are 0-based on Blofeld and 1-based on Largo (Blofled uses waveshape 0 as oscillator off where Largo has a dedicated parameter for this). So while it works it’s a bit sketchy.

Wish List

I wish that Waldorf will go a step further with both synths to bring them to parity and line up synth parameters such that we all could could:

  1. Use Largo as a VST/AU editor for Blofeld
  2. Use Blofeld as a control surface for Largo
  3. Add sample support to Largo
  4. Share patches between both.

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Electronic Music Artist, Boulder, CO
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Mark Mosher
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Boulder, CO
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(Modulate This) Synth: Largo Synths & Instruments (Virtual)

Experimenting with Waldorf Largo

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I downloaded the 30-day trial to Waldorf Largo. A few first impressions.

  • It has a massive dynamic range
  • You can really push the filters and FM synthesis to get some really interesting sounds
  • I like it's single page interface.
  • I really like how waveforms and filter envelopes are displayed and move in real-time as you tweak.
  • Love the large modulation matrix
  • It's a bit hard on the old CPU but I think this will most likely improve through time as I'm sure Waldorf will update. Of course freezing a track will take the load off your CPU.
  • Some of the factory patches don't do it justice. Get in there and start tweaking.
  • It uses Syncrosoft licensing. Not my fav. I also wish I could buy this as a digital download rather than a boxed item from a music store.

I just recorded some AudioBoos while messing with Largo. These were recorded through my iPhone mic so it doesn't represent the real sonic range but you'll definitely get the idea of how the character of the sound changes through time and you'll get a bit of a feel for sonic range. When I have more time I'll upload some sounds at higher fidelity.

Waldorf Largo Synth tweaking cutoff filter 2
This first sound is the factor patch "Stepping Out T". All the variance in sound comes from me tweaking one knob – Filter 2 cuttoff. I love this sound. It's like something out of the move "Andromeda Strain"

http://boos.audioboo.fm/swf/fullsize_player.swf

Heavily modified Walforf Largo Patch
I made various tweaks to the factory patch "Play It Low".

http://boos.audioboo.fm/swf/fullsize_player.swf

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(Modulate This) Synth: Largo Synths & Instruments (Virtual)

Waldorf Largo Virtual Synthesizer 30-day Demo Available

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While I use mostly software synthesizers these days, every now and then I get a bit of hardware gear lust. A few months back I was eying the Waldorf Blofeld. After watching videos like this one http://bit.ly/1zGyfm on YouTube I was quite impressed with the matrix editing and sound design possibilities looked quite interesting.

Soon after I saw the announcement that Waldorf released a software synth called the Waldorf Largo. This made me hold off on any hardware purchase and hold out for a demo of the software version so I could give it a try. Well the wait is over – the synth can now download for a 30-Day evaluation.  Interestingly though, you can't buy Largo from the Waldorf web site and instead have to purchase from a music store. I've provided links for the the free demo and to online music stores at the bottom of this post.

More on the Largo…

Here is Waldorf’s Marketing blurb on Largo:

Many producers and synthesizer enthusiasts asked for a full-blown Waldorf Synthesizer for their virtual rack. We listened, and now we proudly present Largo. Largo is the first pure software synthesizer with Waldorf DNA. And again – it is the cutting edge sound that makes the big difference.

I also found these two demo videos on the Wadorf Largo. They are in German, but you’ll get the idea even if you don’t speak German.

Watch Waldorf Large Video Part 1 on YouTube

Watch Waldorf Large Video Part 2 on YouTube

What do you think?
After I download and play with Largo a bit, I'll post some impressions as a comment to this post. Let me know what you think about Largo by jumping in with some comments.

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