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4-pole 4Pole
Q: Is there an online manual available ?

A: Yes !

english manual: 
german manual: 
SysEx info:     ^ 
Q: Are there Curtis and/or Pulse filter 4-Pole revisions?

A: There are 3 Versions known for the 4-Pole:

4-Pole Beta Unit (Curtis)
This one was used during the beta phase back in 1995. Part of the testing was done in Gasthof Goldener Hirsch in 92275 Hirschbach / Frankenalb / Germany. Testresults from that week have been sent by postcard to Waldorf.

The buttons are swapped on that specific unit. That happened during all the swapping of EPROMs during beta phase. Firmware Update via Midi was introduced first time with the Microwave II.

4-Pole Production Unit (Curtis)
Technically quite close to the beta-unit, some slight hardware changes, i.e. the trigger hardware has been improved.
The labeling is differnt compared to the beta-unit since more and different features have been packed in during development.

4-Pole Production Unit (Pulse Filter)
Silkscreening slightly changed here, most important is the change from 9V AC power input to 12V DC. Useful when you are chasing up one or the other version.

Looks like this version has a green/red LED to show the overdrive status of the gain stage.

The Curtis and Pulse filter revisions sounded very different when testing them here. We had problems comparing them, because the parameters did not match. So the envelope times, the cutoff and the resonance were very different. We did not come close in sound within 30 ins of trying to do the same filter sweep.
The Curtis filter versions sounded more transparent and had a nice resonance without loosing bass on higher settings. The Pulse filter sounded more powerful. But bass level dropped on higher resonance settings (a typical Moog filter thing).

The Waldorf Team of that time was:
Stefan Stenzel (software)
Andreas Busse (software MW I and WAVE mainly)
Thomas Kircher (electronics)
Axel Hartmann (design)
Joachim Maier (he did some coding for the 4-Pole)     ^ 
Q: What are the presets of the 4-Pole doing?

A: 1.) Guitar/Synth Filter Sweep, All Trigger Modes
2.) Guitar/Synth Filter Sweep + LFO, All Trigger Modes
3.) Guitar/Synth Envelop Foll. -> Filter, more Reso ( Auto-Wah )
4.) Guitar/Synth Filter Up-Sweep + LFO, All Trigger Modes
5.) Drum Toy, Self-oscillating
6.) Noise Gate 1
7.) Ring Mod
8.) Stereo Wizz
9.) Compressor
10.) FX 1
11.) FX 2
12.) FX Gate 2 -> pos 6.b.)
13.) Attack Ringmod
14.) Mid LFO-Vibrato
15.) Sweet Synth, Self-osc
16.) Double Sweep, Random Position
17.) Synth short Sweep
18.) Modwheel Filter Mod
19.) Keytrack -> Cutoff
20.) Thru"    ^ 
Q: What freeware software to load updates and sounds to Waldorf synths?

A: "Midi-OX" for PC (95/NT/98/Me/2000/XP)
("MIDI-OX is copyrighted freeware, for non-commercial use.")


"SysEx Librarian" for Mac OS X (10.1. or later)
("SysEx Librarian is FREE to download and use.")
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