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PPG Synthesizer

PPG Synthesizer

PPG
wavecomputer 360 , 1002 , 1020, etc.. PPG 100 modular see below!
PPG Wave 2.2 / Wave 2.3 / wave 2.0
PPG Wave 2.2 Wavetable Synthesizer

PPGAnalogue PPG trigger info: gate pulse in/out 15V GROUND to positive.
PPGPPG Synth overview / überblick..
some
PPG MODULES ARE here/hier!
the ppg 100 modular is here!!
ppg modular
PPG Wavecomputer
the first one that used wavetables,
that are now in the Waldorf Synths
and the later PPGs (wave)
max 4 voices, no filter.

if you got a microwave or a wave:
the first 30 waves! this started it all: the wavetable synthesizers based on spectral scanthough by envelope or LFO (DYNAMICALLY/moving spectra!)..
a wavetable is basically made of additive composition of the first 16 harmonics. on the PPG WAVETERM you can draw them, on the waldorf wavetable synths you can do it also.. find more about wavetables in the waldorf section..

controls / whats in it?
ENV: one AR and one ADSR env with Peak Level.

LFO with Speed and Delay

Dynamics control Wavescan (Wave), VCA or Pitch.by LFO or ENV

Transform Slider

and typical wavetable displays on the right side.. see picture..

PPG 360 Wavecomputer
ppg wavecomputer 360
enlarge click on above pic!!

ppg wavecomputer 360
ppg wavecomputer 360
Wavecomputer

the legendary
PPG Wave 2.2
PPG Wave 2.2 Wavetable Synthesizer
controlled by the Waveterm A (big floppy drives 8′) or B (3 1/2′).. the Waveterm C is a PC-based project (see below)..

well, ppg invented the WAVETABLE synthesis. 60 spectral “snapshots” can be scanned through by an envelope generator..

Waldorf (also german company like PALM PRODUCTS GERMANY = PPG) did a rack 1989, the microwave.. and.. well.. you know the Wave and microWave series.. check waldorf section (they also used the ASICs (chips) that wolfang palm (founder of ppg) developed before for his wave series… the “most typical” wave may be the wave 2.0. and: well it is the most stable one. ppg’s name became “panic products germany” just because of the problems (the board: narrow and dense and thermo probs..) so: I do not recommend this for live!!..
there is a small company (virtual music) offereing some updates and maintainance kits like keyboard mod and another OS can be found here

but: it is one of the most interesting sounding synth that has been made those times! (early 80ies!). bands like propaganda, depeche mode and art of noise used the “blue system” for about 33000DM (deutsche mark = about equivaltent of about16500Euros!)..

the very special things introduced with the wave 2.X series: sampling (using the waveterm) with 12bits max.

it was THE HI-END DREAM MACHINE of that time.. there is also a software ppg 2.V by waldorf trying to emulate it’s sound.. but listen yourself!!..

PPG Wave (Waveterm!)
disk format – disc format:

format, or at least a raw driver that can be customized or so.With Windows, you will probably don’t have a chance…related to the OS/9 that runs on the old Radio Shack Color Computers, which have 6809E’s in them. It was a Unix-like OS that
could multitask even on that little 2 MHz (as far as I remember) machine. It would be cool if you could read the PPG disks using one of those . . . As far as I know, it was OS 9 (not to confuse with MacOS 9 ;-)) which was developed by some German programmers. There was a computer based on this OS and the Waveterm B used the same main board.Check with the experts: http://www.nashville.net/~antarct/ppg.htm

Die PPG Synthesizer finden sich wieder in den Waldorf Synthesizern Microwave 1,2,XT und XTk und Wave .. mehr dazu im Waldorf Menü
Es gibt einen Linux driver um die “OS9” Daten zu lesen (hat natürlich nix mit MacOS9 zu tun)..

PPG Wave 2.2 Wavetable Synthesizer
PPG Wave 2.2 Wavetable Synthesizer
PPG Wave 2.2 Wavetable Synthesizer
ppg wave 2.2 / and 2.3 (300pcs / 700pcs) have been made apprx.
PPG Wave 2.2 Wavetable Synthesizer
PPG Wave 2.0 -> the earlier one..
WAVETERM Cthere are some freaky ppl out there:
the waveterm C is a pc-project porting the waveterm 1 and b to hard/software! check their site (paul maddox,dave forward, hermann seib) http://www.waveterm.com/
PPG Wave 2.0 , 2.2 , 2.3
& Waveterm A , Waveterm B,
PRK and HDV / EVU
missing the PPG wave series?
yes, I do not have a nice image so far..
http://www.ppg.synth.net
hermann seibs page: http://www.seib.synth.net/ppg/index.html
and real interesting mod to those machines herethere are some freaky ppl out there:
the waveterm C is a pc-project porting the waveterm 1 and b to hard/software! check their site (paul maddox,dave forward, hermann seib) http://www.waveterm.com/


PPG mods and techs service help? PPG service – repair? go here
ppg 390 drum unit

this is really rare! there are afaik 2 know ppg 390 out there!
thanks to paul maddox (http://www.ppg.synth.net) for pic and info (this thing exists!), that background is again bernies moog/ppg monster machine www.aliens-project.de

ppg 390 drum unit
PPG Computer Sequencer 350
PPG Computer Sequencer 350
eine deutsche anleitung zum ppg 350 sequencer als pdf

Manual translation in english (shortened and xlated by moogulator):
click here.. english PPG 350 manual

ppg 350 computer sequencer
the rare PPG 1020 synthesizer

PPG 1020 (above) from 1976, it had digital OSCs!

LFO (“Mod Generator”),
LPF, 2 OSCs


bigger? / gross?
HERE IS A CLOSEUP!!



PPG mods and techs service help?go here
PPG Modular synthesizermore on ppg modular..
lots of sequencers & ADSRs ;)
want to see this in use?go here

HERE IS A MOVIE /
HIER IST EIN FILM

von diesem SYNTH/
of this Synth!!!! LIVE!

just have a look at the ENVs.. ;)
LARGE CLOSEUP PICS OF THE MODULES
NACHANSICHT DER MODULE!!
HERE

the ppg100 modular system
by/from Beerma§ter – Dreamscape Studio
find more ppg modules here

deutsche beschriftung!
ever seen german words on a synthesizer?
wolfang palm did this on this model!

ppg 100
more ppg modular pics..ppg 100
ppg100 modular
tiefpass is a LPF! – hüllkurveng stands for envelope generator
verstärker is the VCA section.
ppg100 modular
uuhm ribbon is not german – vee t(h)ink ;)
ppg100 modular
tiefpass is a LPF! – hüllkurveng stands for envelope generator
verstärker is the VCA section.

attenuator = abschwächer! – vormischfeld = the CP module / mix
ppg100 modular
the oscillators!
ppg100 modular
ppg100 modular
the sequencial switch ;) zeitsteuerung – time control
find more ppg modules herePPG WAVETERM C project.-..
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BKS : Analogs Solutions,specialized in Moog and PPG modulars.
what they did? http://www.ppg.synth.net/300.htm
more in the ppg / moog section here: Moog & PPG
this is also a reference: moogMODULES
there are some freaky ppl out there:
the waveterm C is a pc-project porting the waveterm 1 and b to hard/software! check their site (paul maddox,dave forward, hermann seib) http://www.waveterm.com/
PPG Wave
(OS + Diskformat)
PPG Wave disk format: Es gibt einen Linux driver um die “OS9” Daten zu lesen (hat natürlich nix mit MacOS9 zu tun)..

format, or at least a raw driver that can be customized or so.With Windows, you will probably don’t have a chance…related to the OS/9 that runs on the old Radio Shack Color Computers, which have 6809E’s in them. It was a Unix-like OS that
could multitask even on that little 2 MhZ (as I remember) machine. It would be cool if you could read the PPG disks using one of those . . . As far as I know, it was OS 9 (not to confuse with MacOS 9 ;-)) which was developed by some German programmers. There was a computer based on this OS and the Waveterm B used the same main board.Check with the experts: http://www.nashville.net/~antarct/ppg.htm

Die PPG Synthesizer finden sich wieder in den Waldorf Synthesizern Microwave 1,2,XT und XTk und Wave .. mehr dazu im Waldorf Menü

PPG 350 computer Sequencer

PPG 350 computer Sequencer
back to ppg
manual – how to use the ppg 350 in english:
I took the very strange german manual and wrote it in real words that are really needed to understand! (the original sounds very strange and is quite “talkative”) ;)
ppg 350 computer sequencer

Ok, try this (well, this “german” speaker/writer is not very straight forward.. So I leave out those loooongish silly confusing stuff :)
1)operation mode: hold mode and hit 0-9 to select the operation mode
2)sequence number: hold sequence number to store one of 16 sequences and choose a sequence 1-16 using the numbers..
3) mode 7 – saving sequences –

A). Record sequences with “timing” (means all notes have the same length)
Choose the sequence (1-16)
Timing on/off (led lit=on) allows to record with changing length only if the LED is OFF!
Play notes!..(recording)
Playing legato or staccato can change the trigger p2 parameter –
So non-legato enables p2 trigger!!
(this is simply – you do not record legator triggers)
You can delete any trigger p2 (retrigger!) using “programm 9”

B)recording with timing (different lengths!)
Normally set the clock to “1” (app.) (depends on the tempo of what you want to record!)
The timing LED has the same meaning as A)
Play!!
After recording it is important to stop the sequencer immediately and IN TIME!! (use stop/run to stop recording!!)
All pauses have been recorded!
The pause you recorded after the last note and pressing stop will be replayed when repeating the sequence! That’s all! ;)

Now playing back sequences:
Called Mode 1
Select the sequence (1-16)
Now You can play it just hit middle C (or any other for transposed play!)
The buttons are:
Sequence number: selects the sequence (what else? Huh?)
Single loop: allows playing as loop, only once or “one after another”..
Immediate/delayed: transpose immediately or after the sequence has been played to the end!
” ” (it was empty, so maybe you nee to search for!?!?): but with this you can forward or backwards or alternating (back&forth) the LED indictes the play mode..
“run/stop”: well, it simply starts and stops the clock (so its in fact just play/stop)
Step: for step mode (to play it step by step!!)
Reset: resets the sequence back to start.
Knob “clock rate” the sequence tempo
Knob “trigger selector”: selects on of 4 trigger modes (you can get the triggers independently )
My comment: there is no word HOW and what these trigger modes are (sorry!)

Mode 8 – assigning sequences
You can make sequence-chains with this mode
Eg: you want to chain sequence 1 and 2 and store it on 3, this is the mode to do so!
How to do that: choose mode 8 then sequence number 3 (the one you want to change or to use now..)
Say sequence 1 should be played 3 times in C and 2 times in D
–>Program this by just playing C 3 times then D 2 twice!
If you want say sequence 2 on “G” – 4 times
–>so just play the g 4 times and choose sequence 2 AFTER that!
Now you can play sequence 3 as a chain using the playback mode..

NOW its about triggers: mode9 event correction Including trigger mode p2 (legato or retrigger)
Choose the sequence.
Choose the the parameter you want to change with “parameter timung on/off”
P0=control voltage
p1=timing
p2=trigger p2
p3=trigger p3
So changing the pitch (CV) just select p0
Use the step button (till you find the wrong note (CV)).
Now press the note you really WANT here instead on the keyboard!
If you need to change the pauses (recording with timing) and want to change it? You can use parameter 1 (p1=timing)
Now use the keyboard to change the pause!! (middle c means – leave it unchanged) key above middle c will increase the pause!!
Keys below mid. C will shorten the pause
Means: the more you narrow middle C key the change will be shorter..
Hit the key twice to de/increase the pause!!(related to the the distance to middle C key!!)

Same for trigger mode change, just hit a (any!) key above or below middle c to change to trigger=on or trigger=off

The triggers will always be send to the jacks on the rear or at “selected trigger” depending on the settings that you did (remember trigger mode in rec mode)

SYNC
Sync in/ out:
“clock” means a hi-frequency clock signal..
Do receive clock use the switch on the back set to “extern”
Trigger level/operating level is 100mV

The other mode is ext step.
Use the “multi trigger” output jack to get triggers per step!!
Record those triggers on tape or somesuch ;)

To trigger the sequencer use “external trigger in” (led on the stop button lit!)
You need 4-5V to trigger the sequencer!
Transpose in this mode: use the synths keyboard that is controlled by the ppg sequencer!!
Use sync carefully, takes some time ;) Well that’s all!!.. Good luck!!

Wavetables can be extracted from WAV files (Waldorf Microwave, Wave Series)

WALDORF…
Wavetables can be extracted from WAV files using emagic sounddiver (used only today! mac: on apples site for some time, pc: used only) . but what kind of sample makes sense?
you might select 10 waves to let sounddiver convert the sample (WAV format) to the wavetable spectra , one single wave is simply one sonic spectra. of course you CAN choose up to 60 waves, but it sounds very rough and isn’t worth it! so my recommendation is: use around 10 waves.. depending on the changing of the sound.

how about the resolution and samplerate?.. I found it best using silly 8bit WAVs to “feed” sounddiver, the sample should be SHORT and LOFI because it will be reduced to lofi anyway ;)
Buuut: it works with 16bit and lots of khz, too ;) my best resolt came form 8bit at any samlerate.. 22-48 as you like..

Never try phasing or chorusing sounds or something with lots of phase stuff!!

Also noisy sounds do not work well because of the way it is analysed:
You get some spectra out of it that are still additive, and of course you cannot to noise (white or pink)!!

So the “nicer” sounds will work better.. The dirty ones will not work thaaat good..

Hope this helps..

In fact you should better use the wavetable analysis for the spectra-way-of -thinking.. Means: basic waves for making sounds, not really “sampling” something! it will always sound bad this way.. But spectra will always sound good..

Some FM spectra, try some samples and extract some useful waves to make a nice interesting wavetable instead of drawing it all.. ;)
about the waves.. and how it works..