by Chadwick Wood
June 28th, 2017
Today brings you Patch Base 2.7, and with it an editor for the Waldorf Blofeld. The Blofeld is the #1 most-voted-for synth in Patch Base, so I'm really happy to get this out there, as I know a lot of people want it. This new editor works for both the Desktop and Keyboard editions. And for the next few days, the In-App Purchase to unlock all of the Blofeld's abilities is 25% off.
The Blofeld is a powerful digital polysynth, with 3 oscillators (with dozens of waveforms), 2 filters, 4 envelopes, 3 LFOs, 2 multi-effects modules, 4 control modifiers, 16 modulation routes, and a 16-step configurable arpeggiator (sort of crossed with a sequencer). And to control this beast, the synth itself only has a handful of knobs and buttons and a navigation screen.
So naturally, the Blofeld is a great fit for Patch Base. This new editor puts all of those main patch parameters on one main screen, with quick switches to go between the multiple oscillators, envelopes, etc. You can get a much clearer picture of what's going on with a sound this way, and create new sounds with great speed. And on the arpeggiator screen, you can go deep into the sequencing capabilities of the synth. A single arpeggiator line can provide bars and bars of melodic variation (and chords, too). Frankly, it's nuts.