Waldorf Zarenbourg


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The Waldorf Zarenbourg Piano combines the classic feel, look, sound quality and playability of digital piano keyboards of the 60s and 70s, with a powerful synth engine and digital flexibility to satisfy modern day keyboard players. The Zarenbourg’s body is carefully crafted from a precision-welded aluminum hood on a birch multiplex chassis. The keyboard features 76 fully weighted hammer action keys. Its speakers, subwoofer and crossover are designed by EMES, the prestigious manufacturer of high-grade studio monitors.

Of course the Zarenbourg features stunning sounds, with 7 internal presets and 21 user sounds. The Zarenbourg incorporates 3 sound generators including physical modeling, direct streaming sample playback, and six-operator FM synthesis all under one hood. The piano’s intuitive set of controls are designed for power up-and-play instant gratification, however the included editor software allows for in depth tweaking, editing and programming on a Mac or Windows computer.

LCD free user interface
Physical modeling for E-Piano sounds
Direct Nand Streaming Sample Playback for pianos and user content
True FM synthesis
4 gigabyte Nand flash for samples
76 keys weighted hammer action keyboard
Three way active monitor system by EMES
External stereo input
Dedicated external volume knob
Digital crossover network
7 Presets and 21 user Sounds
Chrome plated stands
SD Card slot for firmware and sample upgrade
MIDI In / Out / Thru
Stereo line out
Digital S/PDIF output
7 Effects (Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Echo/Reverb, Auto Wah, Equalizer, Overdrive)
Unlimited combination of effects
Tremolo, both stereo and mono
Continuous Sustain Pedal allows for dynamic pedaling
Assignable expression pedal
High performance dual-core digital signal processor
Editor software for Windows and Mac
7 preset sounds
21 user sounds
Precision-welded aluminum hood
Massive aluminum front panel
Standard off white color

Sound Generation

Zarenbourg Editor Software (included)

We soon discovered that no single universal sound generator can deliver the unconditional quality we were determined to achieve for all sounds. So we developed the three sound generators that now feature prominently in the Zarenbourg:

Zarenbourg Modeling EditorPhysical modeling
Developed specifically to conjure electric piano sounds, this physical model replicates all the components of an archetypal instrument with jaw-dropping accuracy. It actually lets you manipulate the material, shape, and consistency of tone forks and reeds, the design and action of hammers, the position and type of the pick-up, and many more key details. What makes the e-piano sound so vibrant and compelling is its vast dynamic range. We believe that this sound generator captures the full breadth of its sonic glory – and with staggering authenticity at that.Zarenbourg Sample EditorDirect Streaming sample playback
Direct Streaming technology remains the solution of choice for the sounds of classic grand pianos and their electric equivalents. Paired with a sizable sample memory, it is able to render vast sample libraries – hyper-realistically, directly, and with no time spent in buffering limbo waiting for samples to load. Uploading user samples is a piece of cake.

Zarenbourg FM EditorSix-operator FM synthesis
No e-piano arsenal would be complete without the instrument that dominated ‘80s music, the FM piano. Neither samples nor physical models truly capture the power and dynamics of its sound. So we equipped the Zarenbourg with a six-operator FM sound engine. Now it offers classic DX pianos as well as a bevy of other trademark FM sounds. Used alone or in combination with sample- and model-based sound generators, they add yet another mouthwatering variety of flavors to the Zarenbourg’s sonic smorgasbord.

The effects section offers all the must-have piano effects in to-die-for quality. What’s more, the chorus, flanger, phaser, echo/reverb, auto wah, equalizer, and overdrive may all be used simultaneously. Accessing each effect’s key parameters poses no difficulty. Tremolo is available universally for all sounds. And you can add to the seven factory presets by storing up to 21 user programs.

The software editor (Mac & PC compatible, available 2013) affords direct access to all generators’ fundamental sound-shaping parameters, as well as to the Zarenbourg’s menus of internal sounds and layers.