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NAMM W2003: Waldorf introduces AFB16

Waldorf introduced AFB16 to NAMM. It is a 2 unit rack module, which allows you to use the heat and the inimitable characteristics of analog components in totally digital environments.AFB16 Analog Filter Bank has 16 high quality analog filters, and connects to any Digital Audio Workstation using a USB 2.0 interface.

This allows real-time sound processing or use as a filter to change the color of the sound of virtual instruments. AFB16 integrates directly into the environment used with a USB connection, and at that point 16 real analog filters will be available in the host systems The total control of the filters takes place within the host application through the use of plug-ins such as the Waldorf Rot Analog Filter Step Sequencer.Waldorf will also release a software development kit for all third parties interested in integrating AFB into the their applications.

In summary, here are the characteristics and requirements of AFB16: MAIN FEATURES: -16 analog low-pass filters with self oscillation and overdrivable VCA, 12/24 dB per octave-usable with any application or plug-in with support of AFB16-2 unit rack -16 LED for filter status, 1 LED for USB activity and 1 LED for power supply – Made of silver aluminum

PLUG-INS: -Waldorf Rot Analog Filter Step Sequencer (included with AFB16) -AFB16 compatible versions of the Waldorf PPG Wave 2.V and Waldorf D-Pole plug-ins are currently in production

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: -PC: min. P3 500 MHz, WinXP / 2000 with min. 128M RAM, USB 2.0-Mac: OS9.x / OS X, min. 128 MB, USB 2.0 on PCI card (USB 2.0 is not currently supported by the operating system).

AFB16 will be available from March 2003.

(By Daniele Volpin)