Waldorf Rocket Desktop Synthesizer

Monophonic Synthesizer with Variable Oscillator,Variable Waveshaping, Analog Filter, Arpeggiator, LFO, Modulation Envelope, Boost Circuit, and USB/MIDI I/O
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Must-have Addition to Any Electronic Music Rig

Creating sounds with the Waldorf Rocket synthesizer is simply a ton of fun. Waldorf has really brought something fresh to the scene, packing powerful and intuitive synthesis in a compact unit at a great price. Rocket is an aggressive monosynth, but with a unison mode that creates up to eight detuned oscillators for huge, vivacious chord stabs and leads. And the oscillator shapes are continuously variable for a wide range of sound design possibilities. Factor in intuitive controls, a built-in arpeggiator, and oh-so-smooth analog filters, you'll see why the Waldorf Rocket synthesizer belongs in your studio.

Waldorf Rocket Synthesizer Module at a Glance:
  • Powerful, intuitive design makes sound design fast and fun
  • Perfect for leads, bass, and percussion
  • External input for filtering external audio
Powerful, intuitive design makes sound design fast and fun

When it comes to creating big, bold synthesizer sounds fast, the Waldorf Rocket is well-equipped. Compared to some synthesizers it may look like Rocket has very few controls, but it actually just gives you straightforward access to the most fundamental aspects of synthesis. It's a perfect addition to your drum machine, keyboard synthesizer, or sequencing software, and very easy to tweak with one hand while you're playing a controller with the other.

Perfect for leads, bass, and percussion

One thing we immediately noticed about the Rocket here at Sweetwater, is that the Sustain and Release controls are on/off instead of variable. We think that's really cool, and convenient for fast sound design. Want a soaring lead sound? Leave 'em both on and you're already on your way. Want really tight bass? Turn off the release and turn down the decay a bit. Want to create synth-percussion sounds? Turn Sustain and Release off, and fine-tune the decay. It's not that you can't create the same sounds without Rocket's straightforward controls, it's just very easy and fast to go from inspiration to actual sound creation.

External input for filtering external audio

You've got access to the Waldorf Rocket's analog filter section via an external input and output. You can do this in conjunction with the sounds created in the Rocket, or turn Rocket's oscillators off and just use the filter section and envelope modulation.

Waldorf Rocket Synthesizer Module Features:
  • Monophonic synthesizer module with USB and MIDI I/O, and external filter input
  • Two basic oscillator shapes, with variable waveshaping and pulse-width modulation
  • Unison mode creates up to eight voices that can be detuned or played as chords
  • Minimal control set makes it easy to create sounds from scratch fast
  • Built-in arpeggiator with preset patterns
  • LFO with three different wave shapes and speed control
  • "Launch" button triggers sound with a C3 Note On message, for creating sounds without a controller/sequencer
  • USB for control via software sequencer, and for saving sound data
You won't be able to keep your hands off the Waldorf Rocket synthesizer!

Tech Specs

Sound Engine Type(s) Digital Oscillator, Analog Filter
Polyphony Monophonic
Arpeggiator Yes
Analog Inputs 1 x TS
Analog Outputs 1 x TS, 1 x Headphones
USB 1 x Type B
Height 2.6"
Width 7.3"
Depth 7.3"
Weight 2 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number WDF-RKT-1

Customer Reviews

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SECRET WEAPON: The Rocket sounds absolutely phenomenal!

I've tried a few of the other "new" analog synths to come out in the last year or so, but ended up returning them all regardless of their feature list as I was ultimately unsatisfied with their tone, until I discovered this little unassuming gem. It's really what I've been looking for in an analog synthesizer sound, and it has a very "rock'n'roll” vibe to it, whether that means to you distorted electric guitars or classic rock synth leads from the 70's and 80's, it can sing beautifully or scream and spit, it's terrific. Because there is a lot more programming control than meets the eye, once I got a handle on how everything interacts I found the design to be genius in its simplicity, as it's almost impossible to dial-in a "bad" sound and everything most importantly sounds MUSICAL— this is a great achievement in my opinion. It's like the difference between a virtual modeling guitar amp with built-in effects and 40 amp simulations, etc. versus a vintage Fender tube amp with only volume and tone controls... The first is uninspiring and leaves me cold, whereas the tube amp begs to be played and sounds wonderful. The Rocket has a very "alive" sound like a proper analog should, and it reminds me at times of my old ARP Odyssey and other times of classic Moog bass and Oberheim SEM sounds, sometimes even the Yamaha CS and Roland Juno series... It's the first modern analog I've heard that captures the essence and tonal beauty of the classics, while retaining its own engaging sonic character in the end. As a bonus, if you have an iPad, the free Waldorf app lets you connect over WiFi MIDI to save and recall patches while in your DAW session, and of course it also acts as a remote control for programming. While it's not without its quirks, if you're looking for an analog synth to actually "play music" with to make "songs" rather than to generate random bleeps and bloops, the Rocket is your guy!
Music background: Producer / Recording Engineer

Sounds Great

This thing sounds great. You get tactile controls over the major synths operators. It's a Monophonic synthesizer with two oscillator shapes. Unison mode gives you up to eight voices, it' like getting a chord out of one note being pressed down. The arpeggiator rocks. Waldorf has released a cool free iOS app that lets you save snapshots of your presets, (Thing of SSL "Total Recall") For the cost I would totally recommend this. If you are a Waldorf fan you will love this.
Music background: 25+ years of Recording, Live Sound, Musician, Hobbyist & Student

I Like It!

While there are some reviews that imply the build quality isn't up to live performance, which may be true, but for a desktop it is fun and functional and sounds surprisingly good. The seemingly limited controls still give you a wide palette of sonic possibilities. The "launch" button is handy for working out sounds and triggering the effect sounds. It is easy to get classic synth sounds from this analog hybrid. Bottom line is, it's easy to use, sounds good and has decent build quality and I like it.
Music background: Recording Engineer
See also: Waldorf, Waldorf Synthesizers