Waldorf Music has announced the full production launch and availability of Kyra in time for the 2019 NAMM Show, January 24-27, in Anaheim, California. They claim that Kyra is the world’s first fully FPGA (Field-Programmable Gate Array) powered synthesiser featuring 128 voices each with 10 oscillators per voice, and eight-part multitimbrality with each part having its own dedicated nine-module effects unit.
As an extremely powerful Virtual Analogue synthesiser Waldorf Music tell us that there is literally like nothing else out there, thanks to the latest FPGA technology which they plan will outperform legacy Digital Signal Processing powered competition.
What makes the Kyra different? Think 32x oversampled hardware with dual wavetables providing over 4,000 waveshapes. With 10 oscillators that can be doubled to 20 by using two voices, each offering a wide range of features, including true stereo operation, hard sync, FM (Frequency Modulation), and ring modulation.
Kyra’s resonant filters are oversampled emulations of classic analogue ladder filters with 2- and 4-pole configurations (offering -12dB/oct and -24dB/oct of magnitude decrease, respectively). Two linked or independent filters can be used in Dual Voice mode. There are three envelope generators, three stereo LFOs with 64 shapes and MIDI clock sync, an arpeggiator, full keyboard microtuning, and polyphonic portamento, as well as an 18-channel modulation matrix.
When it comes to effects, each of Kyra's eight parts have a three-band EQ with sweepable mid, dual tube limiters, formant filter, distortion, six-stage phaser, stereo digital delay, comb/flanger/chorus/doubler unit, and a programmable reverb. All effects units on all parts can be used simultaneously and run at Kyra’s native 96kHz sample rate.
Moving on to the I/O, Kyra has four assignable, balanced 32-bit/96kHz stereo outputs, a headphone output, low-latency DIN MIDI, a fully class-compliant USB2 implementation for MIDI, and a stereo 24-bit/96kHz audio stream for each of its eight parts. There is also a USB audio return feature, so Kyra can render final DAW audio under ASIO for Windows users while Mac support will not require a driver.
Waldorf Music CEO Joachim Flor was at Musikmesse 2018 and takes up the story...
I got into a conversation with its independent UK developer, Manuel Caballero, and I’m now looking forward to working with this talented, innovative individual, who is also a great guy! Under the direction of Waldorf Music, Valkyrie is part of the joint Kyra production project.
For Manuel Caballero, the feeling was clearly mutual...
After nearly four years in the making, I went to Musikmesse with the intention of finding an established partner for Valkyrie. There's little doubt that Valkyrie's reveal at Musikmesse caused quite a stir in the synthesizer world and I had set the bar high for potential partners to bring the instrument to market. As a result of this, I'm pleased to announce a partnership with Waldorf Music. Few companies can match their track record of innovation and delivery spanning several decades. Working with Joachim Flor and his technical and design team to achieve this is an exciting and efficient partnership as we work together to launch the instrument at NAMM in 2019. Waldorf's proven heritage in product design, manufacturing, and distribution leaves me to do what I do best, which is applying the most advanced technologies to the art of music, and I look forward to a continued deep working relationship with the Waldorf team.
Price And Availability
Kyra is scheduled for full production launch at The 2019 NAMM Show in January 2019 priced at €1,899.00 as a desktop/rackmount model with a keyboard version planned to follow later in 2019. Musikmesse 2018