The Waldorf Q is a 16 part multi timbral virtual analog synthesizer with 16 voices, expandable to a total of 32 voices. In multi mode, up to 4 parts keep their 2 high quality effects, giving a total of 8 effect processors. Each voice offers 3 LFOs, 3 oscillators with all classic shapes plus new algorithms, 2 filters with a sophisticated routing method and all filter types that you expect from a virtual analog synthesizer. Furthermore, the Q offers unique Comb filter types in two flavours. This enables the Q not only to create polyphonic Chorus or Flanger effects but previously unheard athmos or pluck sounds with great life. To top things off, the Waldorf Q has a very powerful arpeggiator and an even more powerful step sequencer. And with 58 endless rotaries, the Waldorf Q easily doubles the number of controls of other synths.


Oy.. this is a blatant cut and paste writeup. Somebody should write some original material and have this nuked.
In a recording studio/on recording equipment (not to be confused with "cue"):

"Q" stands for the bandwidth affected by a particular piece of equipment, usually an EQ unit or synthesizer. In other words, it's the span of frequencies, in octaves, around the central frequency that will be boost or cut. Higher end EQ units will have an adjustable Q.

For example, if you have a graphic EQ, and you boost 4 kHz 6 dB, typically (it could be different for particular units) this boost will effect one octave on either side of the center frequency (4 kHz).

Q is a British music magazine, published by Emap. The content ranges from modern indie / rock music reviews to features about classic bands and albums. The quality of the writing is usually high, and the styles of music covered wide. Q normally manages a few real scoops a year.

At least once a year the magazine offers a free CD to its readers, containing "the best songs from the best albums" of that year.

Q the Letter
Q ("kyoo") is the 17th letter and 13th consonant of the alphabet. Despite its position of honor on the QWERTY keyboard, Q is the one of the three least-used letters in the English language (explaining its value of 10 points in SCRABBLE). In the grammar of English and most Romance languages, the rule is that Q is immediately followed by a U, and is pronounced as /kw/. The letter Q derives from the Phoenician qoph, and is both historically and phonetically linked to the letter K. It had achieved its present graphical form by the mid-Latin period.

Aside from the uppercase 'Q' and the lowercase 'q', this letter also can be represented in the following ways:
Morse code: --.-
ASCII: 81 (uppercase), 113 (lowercase)
Semaphore: LH high, RH out
Unicode: Q (uppercase), q (lowercase)
Phonetic alphabet: "Quebec"

          * *
Braille:  * *
          * .

Q the Movie
In 1982, writer/director Larry Cohen had the perfect formula for a B movie. You have a dragon fly around the Big Apple skyline, stopping only to snack upon window washers and nude sunbathers lounging on their rooftops. What could make this better? Have Shaft and Caine from "Kung Fu" track it down! "Q" (alternately "Q: The Winged Serpent") was the result.

The plot goes something like this: The Aztec god Quetzalcoatl is summoned to modern-day (in 1982, at least) New York City in the form of a winged serpent. It makes a nest at the top of the landmark Chrysler Building, whence it searches for its topless prey. The NYPD assigns Detective Shepard (David Carradine) and Sergeant Powell (Richard Roundtree) to investigate a rash of disappearances. With the aid of a street thug (Michael Moriarty), the cops uncover the lair, kill the creature and finally track down the museum worker who summoned the hungry god.

Although the film was marred by low-grade stop motion special effects (reminiscent of Clash of the Titans), it has a passionate cult following. Moriarty delivers an intense -- if somewhat misplaced -- performance as a junkie career criminal trying to move up in station. The door for a sequel (yet to be made) was left open, as one of Quetzalcoatl's unhatched eggs was left behind in its nest. duh-duh-DUH!

Q the Music
According to The All-Music Guide, five albums titled "Q" have been released. They are:

Additionally, AMG lists five artists named "Q", as well as one "The Q". No biographical information for any of these artists is available, so it is possible that there are duplicate listings. Several artists have recorded songs titled "Q".

Q the Characters
James Bond - In Ian Fleming's James Bond novels, as well as the movies based on them, 007 usually pays a visit to "Q" at least once. Q's job was to oversee the laboratory that developed Bond's trademark spy gadgets (including the watch laser, the pen bomb and the myriad of weapons/devices installed in Bond's fleet of sports cars). Welshman Desmond Llewelyn portrayed Q (revealed to be a Major Boothroyd in Fleming's novels) in seventeen Bond films over the course of 36 years and five Bonds. Only Llewelyn's death in December 1999 ended his streak, with English funnyman John Cleese taking up the mantle of Q for 2002's Die Another Day (and the upcoming Bond feature, set for a 2005 release).

Star Trek - Introduced in the pilot episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the race of seemingly omnipotent beings known as the Q Continuum -- and especially the recurring character known as "Q" (John deLancie) -- have shown up repeatedly in the Star Trek series. Individually, any member of the Continuum is known as a Q. In total, deLancie's Q appeared in eight episodes of TNG, one of Deep Space 9 and three of Voyager.

Get Smart - The Washington Chief of CONTROL (Maxwell Smart's spy agency in the mid-60s sitcom) also bore the codename "Q". Newer agents had numbered codenames -- like "86" (Smart, played by Don Adams) and "99" (played by Barbara Felton) -- but the Chief's tenure with CONTROL dated to a time when only letters were needed. (From this, we can infer that he was the 17th spy to join the organization.) Usually known as "Chief," he was played for the duration of the series by veteran actor Edward Platt.

K.A.O.S. - In the LARP game K.A.O.S. (Killing as an Organized Sport), the title "Q" is given to the organizer and head official of a "killing round." Q is in charge of setting start and finish times for the round, establishing ground rules, making rulings on problems not covered within the rules, etc. Q, true to the title's roots in spy fiction, is also responsible for weaponry, including approving new weapons and defusing "letter bombs". Most requests must be accompanied by a small bribe, usually sweets like chocolate fish or a can of soda. Q usually appoints a "K", who acts on behalf of Q when he/she is not available.

Q in Mathematics and Applied Science
Q and q are commonly used in mathematical and scientific equations to represent variables, constants and other numbers (or sets of numbers). Here is a brief list:

  • In thermodynamics, capital Q denotes the property of heat. In the First Law of Thermodynamics, it is stated as:

    Q = dE - W

    ...meaning that heat is equal to the total change of energy in a system minus the amount of work done within that system. Or, for those who like the calculus...

    ∮(dQ - dW) = 0

    ...meaning that the differentials of heat and work within a closed, cyclical system are equal.

  • In algebra, the double struck Q (ℚ) represents a set or field of rational numbers.
  • In physics, q is most often used to represent electrical charge.
  • Engineers use Q (or, more correctly, Q-factor) to refer to the factor of magnification (or diminuation) to a signal or power source in order to bring a target to resonance. This is especially important in designing musical instruments and audio equipment.

Q the Nickname
Not many names begin with the letter 'Q', so the usage of "Q" as a nickname is rather limited. Two celebrities that answer to Q are Quincy Jones and Quentin Tarantino.

In the British Army, as well as other armies that follow the British model, "Q" or "The Q" is short for "(the) quartermaster." The quartermaster is the NCO responsible for the issuance and upkeep of military stores. Units usually have either a RQMS (Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant) or a CQMS (Company Quartermaster Sergeant), or both. The character Q from the James Bond novels/films draws his nickname from this usage.

Q the Abbreviation
In addition to the uses outlined in the "Nicknames" section (see above), "Q" is used frequently in the customer support field as an abbreviation for the homophone "queue." "The Q" is the amount of calls waiting on hold for a customer service representative, sometimes displayed on toteboards or call monitoring software.

More frequently, "Q" is used as an abbreviation for "question" in the very common "FAQ" and "Q and A" types of documents. This abbreviation is also employed for transcribing interviews and for printing jokes.

In the worlds of chess and card games, Q is used commonly as the abbreviation for "queen." For instance, the queen of spades is usually recorded in most card games as "Q♠", but bridge notation flip-flops it, writing it as "♠Q". Similarly, a set of moves in chess may be transcribed in Simplified Algebraic Notation much like...

    WHITE       BLACK
17. Na4?        Qb4+ (Queen moves to square b4, places White in check) 
18. Ke2         Rxf2+ 
19. Bxf2        Qd2+ (Queen to d2, check again)
20. (resigns)

Q is the official NYSE ticker symbol for Qwest Communications.

A puzzling Q-abbreviation is the idiom "Mind your p's and q's." Etymologists have yet to come up with a definitive single source for the phrase, which may have its origins in pub bookkeeping, French dancing or typography. See the node for the phrase for a much more thorough treatment.

One final, and much more recent, usage of the Q-abbreviation is the "-Q" substitution for "...-k You". This produces such recognizable -- to a fifth-grader, at least -- forms as "Ten-Q" and the immortal "Fah-Q".

Cue the Appendix
Q's Star Trek appearances:

Cue the Sources
Unicode -
The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) -
Principles of Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (1990), Anthony R. Philpotts, 498 pp., Prentice Hall
Georgia State University, HyperPhysics -
KAOS - Library: Aliens: Q -
The All-Music Guide -

<q> is an HTML tag used for semantic markup to denote a short quotation within a document. Unlike the block element <blockquote> which is used to denote long passages or quotations within a document, the q tag is an inline element used to include a quotation within another element such as a paragraph.

See also: blockquote, cite, kbd, samp, &quot;

The q tag is infrequently used for two reasons:

  1. It is much easier to type out your quotation marks rather than wrapping tags around your quoted text.
  2. Most web browsers provide only partial support (or no support) for the tag.

Reason #1 is hard to argue with. If something is easy, that is how most people will do it. However, there are reasons why you should take the time to use the q tag. First, the double quotation mark (") is not valid to use within an HTML document except when enclosing an HTML attribute. Instead of typing the quotation mark, you should instead use the quote character reference: &quot; (see also HTML Symbol Reference). In addition, use of the q element makes it easier for screen readers and other accessibility clients to do their job. When the screen reader sees the q tag, it is able to tell the user that the section of text is a quote whereas quotation marks can be used for various other things in your document (foot mark, inch mark, citation, etc).

Reason #2 will be discussed under the "Usage" heading below.


The q tag does not have any required HTML attributes, however all of the following are valid (valid E2 attributes for this tag are italicized):


To use the tag, simply place an opening (<q>) and closing (</q>) tag around the text to be quoted. These tags can be nested. For example:

<p>The witness said, <q>I clearly heard the man yell, <q>I'll kill you!</q> before slamming the door.</q></p>

As seen in the example, there is a quote inside a quote. Using (American) English punctuation, this should be rendered as follows:

The witness said, "I clearly heard the man yell, 'I'll kill you!' before slamming the door."

Notice the single quotation marks (') used inside of the double quotation marks ("). However, as stated above, most browsers do not support the q tag, and even fewer still support nested q tags. Below is how your browser renders the example:

The witness said, I clearly heard the man yell, I'll kill you! before slamming the door.

If your browser displayed both examples the same (and you use an English-based browser), count yourself in the lucky minority. People in other countries should see their proper punctuation based on their software settings. Some of these include1:

  • “English”
  • „German”
  • ”Swedish”
  • «French»
  • »Slovenian«
  • »Swedish Books»

E2 Support?

E2 does provide limited support for the this tag. It does not allow the use of any of its HTML attributes with the exception of the cite attribute. Even though E2 does allow its use on the site, keep in mind that most browsers still do not support it. If you would like to use this tag with any of its other attributes, you can do so in your Notelet Nodelet.

Common Browser Implementations

Below is how various browsers display the example from above. Feel free to /msg me with any other examples.

  • Amaya 8.5; Lynx:
    The witness said, "I clearly heard the man yell, 'I'll kill you!' before slamming the door." (perfect)

  • Camino 0.8 (Mac); Mozilla 1.6 (Windows); Mozilla Firefox 1 (Windows); Netscape 7 (Windows); Opera 7 (Windows); Safari 1.2 (Mac):
    The witness said, "I clearly heard the man yell, "I'll kill you!" before slamming the door." (incorrectly places double quotes around both quotes)

  • w3m 0.2:
    The witness said, 'I clearly heard the man yell, 'I'll kill you!' before slamming the door.' (incorrectly places single quotes around both quotes)

  • Links2 2.1:
    The witness said, I clearly heard the man yell, I'll kill you! before slamming the door. (converts quoted text to bold)

  • Elinks 0.9; Internet Explorer 6 (Windows):
    The witness said, I clearly heard the man yell, I'll kill you! before slamming the door. (no visual changes)

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1 Thanks to avjewe's great writeup in quotation marks.

Also thanks to Wntrmute, Albert Herring, generic-man, and Calast for submitting various browser implementations.

Q (kue)

, the seventeenth letter of the English alphabet, has but one sound (that of k), and is always followed by u, the two letters together being sounded like kw, except in some words in which the u is silent. See Guide to Pronunciation, § 249. Q is not found in Anglo-Saxon, cw being used instead of qu; as in cwic, quick; cwen, queen. The name (kue) is from the French ku, which is from the Latin name of the same letter; its form is from the Latin, which derived it, through a Greek alphabet, from the Phœnician, the ultimate origin being Egyptian.

Etymologically, q or qu is most nearly related to a (ch, tch), p, q, and wh; as in cud, quid, L. equus, ecus, horse, Gr. , whence E. equine, hippic; L. quod which, E. what; L. aquila, E. eaqle; E. kitchen, OE. kichene, AS. cycene, L. coquina.


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