Waldorf Announce FPGA Synthesizer KYRA Based on Exodus Digital Valkyrie

When independent developer Manuel Caballero of Exodus Digital introduced his prototype of an FPGA-powered digital synthesizer named Valkyrie at 2018’s Musikmesse, he turned quite some heads in the music tech community. Although his promising 128 voice synth was based on cutting edge technology, many mocked the rather traditional feature set and the clumsy design that was heavily “inspired” by the Access Virus TI. But for attentive observers it was clear that he was not planning to actually release the machine in this state, but had created a proof of concept to find an industry partner. And his plan worked out: German synth manufacturer Waldorf has announced to partner up with Manuel Caballero to make his vision come true. Together they will create KYRA, the world‘s first fully FPGA-powered synthesizer based on the Valkyrie prototype. Waldorf Music CEO Joachim Flor announced the introduction and launch of Kyra at NAMM 2019.

  • Expected features of the Waldorf Kyra:
  • 128 voice polyphony
  • 10 oscillators per voice
  • 8-part multitimbrality
  • 9 effect slots per part
  • Effects including EQ, limiters, Formant filter, distortion, phaser, delay, flanger, chorus, doubler, reverb…
  • Dual wavetables with over 4,000 wave shapes
  • Hard sync, FM, ring modulation
  • Emulations of classic analogue ladder filters
  • 3 envelope generators
  • 3 syncable LFOs with 64 shapes and MIDI clock sync
  • Arpeggiator
  • 4 x 32-bit/96kHz stereo outputs
  • Headphone output
  • MIDI
  • Class compliant USB (Midi and Audio In/Out)

Here is a sound demo of the Exodus Digital Valkyrie prototype at 2018s Musikmesse by Synth Anatomy:


 

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