When Waldorf introduced Zarenbourg in 2006, this piano was part of a very small minority; few contemporary instruments offered electric pianists and keyboardists that elusive quality called soul. Reduced to the essentials, this rare breed of instrument does one thing so well that it grows on the player, becoming an extension of body and mind.
It has that magical touch of purism that all-in-one devices lack. Waldorf aimed high, achieving a sound nothing short of sublime. Zarenbourg has a look that blends the hallmarks of classic designs with a more contemporary, clean and cool vibe.
Handling is intuitive, not inquisitive. No more fussing with cords for this and that—simply power up, play, and possess instantly satisfying sound for player and audience alike. Its aluminum hood offers a sturdy perch for your other favorite instrument, and its integrated speaker system can amplify the piggybacked device's signal. Let your laptop roost on this tower of power, and you can control plug-ins via USB and monitor the results via Zarenbourg’s audio input.
Searching for the perfect speaker system, Waldorf turned to Michael Seipel, owner of EMES, a prestigious maker of studio monitors, who agreed to develop a 2.1 speaker system for Zarenbourg. The two full-range front speakers aim for the spot where the sound is sweetest for the player, while the omnidirectional woofer brings up the bass to round out the rig. Combined with a high-performance power amp and precision digital crossover, this setup is the calibrated reference system for its class. Its sound is crystal-clear and transparent. Even chords pounded with a very heavy hand and strident bass notes on the sampled Steinway B grand piano come across as ear-pleasingly clean and crisp.
The keybed on Zarenbourg feels fantastic, a perfectly balanced e-piano keyboard with a comfortable feel, not too heavily weighted, and a good repetition mechanism responsive enough for fast, precise playing.
Zarenbourg's build quality is second to none. Waldorf engineers developed a hybrid housing with a precision-welded aluminum hood on a birch multiplex chassis. All speakers are fully enclosed in shell-like casings made of low-vibration MDF. The front panel is milled from a solid block of aluminum. Its classic knobs are sourced from the US company Cosmo. Everything about them says 'built to last and look sharp.' Custom-made for the Zarenbourg, the chromed legs screw into sturdy threaded bushings on the bottom of the base plate.
Waldorf sought to create an instrument people would covet, an instrument so close to technical and visual perfection that it cannot be improved upon, an instrument people will want to keep for many tomorrows to come. Zarenbourg is that instrument, the stuff of many a keyboardist's dreams. And to make it all yours, you can add a personal touch with the optional hood color that strikes your fancy.
|Mfg. Included Accessories||Legs
|Number of Keys||76|
|Key Action||Weighted hammer action|
|Weighted Keys||Hammer Weighted|
|Speaker Power||Main: 2 x 20 Watts
Subwoofer: 20 Watts
(21) user sounds
|Voices of Polyphony||Up to 100 voices|
|MIDI Control Zones||1|
|Effects||7 Effects (Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Echo/Reverb, Auto Wah, Equalizer, Overdrive)|
|Control Connections||(1) Sustain pedal input
(1) Assignable expression pedal input
|Audio Outputs||1/4" L + R/mono outputs
1/4" stereo headphone outout
S/PDIF digital output
|Audio Inputs||1/4" line in|
|MIDI||In, Out, Thru, USB|
|USB Port (to Host)||MIDI, Editor/Librarian/Patch Manager|
|USB Flash Drive Port (to Device)||Sample Import, System Updates|
|Expansion||SDHC card slot for loading sample content upgrades|
|Internal Storage Capacity||4 GB Direct Streaming Memory|
|Reverse Key Presets||N/A|
|Half Moon Switch Input||N/A|
|Pedal Board Input||N/A|
|Height||15" (without legs)|
|Product Weight||85 lbs.|
Waldorf Limited Warranty
This warranty covers all defects in material and workmanship for a period of one year from the date of original purchase.
During this time, Waldorf Music will repair or replace the product without charge for materials or labor, provided the product was first inspected and found faulty by Waldorf Music or an authorized service center.
You must first contact your dealer or distributor by telephone. Products that were mailed without prior agreement cannot be exchanged or repaired free of charge. The unit must be insured and sent prepared in its original package. Please include a detailed description of the defect. Products that were not send prepared or in the original package will be returned unopened. Waldorf Music reserves the right to upgrade the unit with the latest technological advances if necessary.
This warranty does not cover defects due to abuse, operation under other than specified conditions, or repair by unauthorized persons. The warranty covers only those malfunctions caused by material or workmanship defects that occur during normal operation.
When you place an order with Kraft Music, a confirmation will be sent to you via email, with details of your order, including method of shipping. Once your order leaves our facility, you will receive a shipping confirmation via email, with carrier name and tracking number. Many of the products we sell are shipped in the manufacturer box. These boxes will often have images, model numbers, and other text that indicate the contents inside. If your purchase is a gift, please make proper shipping arrangements or contact us about possible packaging options.
Kraft Music is able to ship to the continental US, HI, AK and PR.