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Waldorf bloX User Manual

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Everything you need to know about our product install, setup steps, configuration and usage of various features

Thank you for your interest towards our Editor & Librarian software.

We built our Waldorf bloX Editor to control Waldorf Blofeld Desktop and Blofeld Keyboard models over MIDI. Modern synths come up with an integration tool to hook your synth into DAW and we wanted to give this same opportunity to you as well. Connect MIDI input & output, Audio jack cables to mixing console / sound card and fire up your DAW to get started!

bloX Editor User Manual contains instructions to get the plug-in installed and configured. Please read this manual through carefully.

DISCLAIMER

Our company & product has nothing to do with Waldorf Music GmbH.
If there is an issue with our product, open a support ticket in your account page.
You can find support details at the end of this document.
Support and updates are free for life to anyone who has bought the license from our store

What this product CAN do?

  • Control your Waldorf Blofeld series hardware synthesizer directly from your DAW.
  • Edit almost every parameter of your synthesizer from single bloX plug-in instance.
  • We added a bit more than 3000 parameters to the plugin (16 parts) so the sound editing should be painless and quick task.
  • Automate almost every CC parameter in your DAW.
  • Easier to handle automations than trying to remember hundreds of #CC’s.
  • Layer multiple patches to create massive leads or such.
  • Mute, adjust levels, panning, outputs and such from the plugin, per channel.
  • Parameters that are available for automation will be listed on your DAW. (Ableton Live and other DAWs sees our parameters, when parameter is touched).
  • Total Recall of the sounds used when loading project containing our plug-in.
  • All of the current parameters from the plugin will be sent to the hardwares temp memory up on project reload!
  • Time saver when thinking about storing, naming and loading data from multiple hardwares per project.
  • Plugin reacts to hardware knob movements and displays knob, menu and button values within the plugin display.
  • Store banks to your Blofeld-series from the librarian.
  • Store patches to your Blofeld-series from the librarian.
  • Request banks from your Blofeld-series to the librarian.
  • Request patches from your Blofeld-series to the librarian.
  • Store requested or modified bank data to your own library (on your HDD).
  • View & edit patch name in plug-in interface.
  • View & edit category name in plug-in interface.
  • Librarian supports MIDI and SysEx soundset formats across all Blofeld, microQ and Q models.
  • Select next or previous librarian patch from hardware.
  • Select next or previous hardware patch from librarian.
  • Move patches from one bank to another and save as you like.
  • You can send patches from the plug-in to your synthesizers Temp memory buffer OR you can write user memory slots through our plug-in.
  • Download and import all of the Blofeld, microQ and Q series soundsets in one folder for quick access through the plugin.
  • Each part can have its own patch.
  • Each part has its own parameters which you can automate from your DAW.

What this product CANNOT do?

  • Transmit AUDIO. Audio must be routed with Audio Jack cables from the hardware to your console inputs or sound card inputs.
  • Generate any audio. This product is an Editor for Waldorf Blofeld Synthesizers.

Requirements

  • Waldorf Blofeld Desktop or Blofeld Keyboard Synthesizer.
  • Blofeld Desktop needs USB Connection from Blofeld to computer.
  • MIDI Interface that can handle System Exclusive messages. Cheap USB-MIDI cables does not work. ESI MIDIMATE EX is known to work on macOS and Windows platforms.

System Requirements

  • macOS 10.7 or greater with 32/64-bit AudioUnit or VST2 host application.
  • Windows XP or greater with 32/64-bit VST2 host application.
  • At least FULL HD resolution on your display.

Compatibility

Available plug-in formats

x86/x64

macOS
Windows

AAX (native)

M
M

AudioUnit

N
M

VST2

N
N

VST3

M
M

Application

M
M

Currently supported host applications

 

  • Ableton Live
  • Apple Logic
  • Bitwig Studio
  • Cockos Reaper
  • Image Line Fruity Loops
  • Presonus Studio One
  • Reason Studio Reason
  • Steinberg Cubase
  • Renoise
  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • AVID Pro Tools
  • Universal Audio Luna

We haven’t tested other hosts, but if your host can load the plug-in formats mentioned above, you shouldn’t have any issues loading our plug-in.

If there is an error with the plug-in on your host, let us know and we will make it work.

Downloading the product demo or updater

Anyone can download the demo version of our product and test it out, but only registered customers are entitled to download the free updater for their purchase. If you have purchased our product through another website and you have issues regarding to your account, contact us and our staff will attempt to reply within few hours.

Downloads: https://auraplugins.com/downloads/waldorf-blofeld-editor/

User interface will show your product status in the upper left corner:

  • DEMO version will indicate ** DEMO VERSION **
  • Unregistered FULL version will indicate RELOAD LICENSE
  • Registered FULL version will indicate REGISTERED

You can find instructions for plug-in registration further below.

Note #1: Always keep back-up of the downloaded installer at your own HDD. We are not storing old installers in our servers!

This is important if something goes wrong with the update, you have an installer in your personal storage to rescue your project if it really screws something up!

IMPORTANT NOTE PRIOR TO INSTALL:

Please make sure you make a proper backup of your Waldorf Blofeld before you run the installer. We will not take any responsibility for your synth and you have to agree to this when buying our product.

You can backup your Blofeld easily with these simple steps:

  • Open your DAW and insert empty MIDI track.
  • Make sure MIDI messages are allowed to come through from Blofeld.
  • Hit record from your DAW.
  • From Blofeld:
    • Press Shift + Utility -> find “All” option and press Shift + Utility to activate the function – do the same in Single and Multi mode!
    • Wait until all of the data has been received

You can read more about the SysEx dump from the Waldorf Blofeld user manual.

DOCUMENTS AND DATA LOCATIONS

If you have overwritten any of the included plug-in sound banks with a previous version of the plug-in, it is worth renaming those sound banks in order to prevent data overwrite once plug-in updater is executed.

Plug-in data / license folder is:

[macOS] /Library/Audio/Presets/Mystery Islands Music/Waldorf bloX Editor/
[Windows] ~Documents\Mystery Islands Music\Waldorf bloX Editor

DEMO LIMITATIONS

 

  • Parameters cannot be automated from your DAW.
  • Total Recall is disabled.
  • Librarian Bank Edits cannot be saved.
  • Librarian “Store Data to Hardware” is disabled.
  • Demo cannot be registered.

Download the demo and run the installer. After you have installed the plug-in, open your DAW and let your host do the plug-in scan – If the scan fails, try again. If it simply won’t pass, send us the crash report.

Here is how we can quickly check what happened and why:

  • Copy the error message / crash report content to a new text file and send it to us.
  • Tell us how we can reproduce the issue on our end.

You can send the error report with instructions to us via our tickets page.
You can also find some solutions from the Troubleshooting section too.

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