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 PPG Wave 2.2, Wave 2.3 Hybrid Synthesizer + advanced sequencer

PPG Wave 2.2, Wave 2.3 synthesizer
pic shows PPG Wave 2.2
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Built 1982
Type: digital
Hybrid: yes
8 Voice / Stimmen
8x Multitimbral
standard Memory / Speicher
Value / Wert in 2017 ca. 1400 (rare)
Synthesis: wavetable

OSC Features wavetable
Wave Shapes 32 digital wavetables saw square sine triangle
2 OSCs
1 Filter lpf self reso 4 Pole
1 LFOs saw square triangle
2 Envelope Generators 2xADSR

MIDI Control / Triggering
61 Keys with velocity aftertouch

Arpeggiator no
Sequencer advanced sequencer
(ID 193)
  deutsch - german
ABOUT the Wave 2.0 was very much ahead of its time, it had a full multi mode and you can record filter changes etc onto the sequencer! while the 2.0 had one OSC it had Curtis filters, the later models 2.2 and 2.3 had 2 OSCs and a bit less good sounding filters. The very first Wavetable-System with filters that introduced Wolfang Palms Wavetable Synthesis to a bigger market. the basic idea is "drive" through a set of wave in a table that finally makes the sound and timbre. bt: even the very first Wavetable synth Wavecomputer 360 had very few and ultra rare forerunners called Wavecomputer 340 and 380, well they look very much like.. computers (the waveterm).. analogue filter (SSM), only late versions had midi, but can be retrofitted.
ABOUT Der erste Wave 2.0 hatte einen Oszillator und einen Multimode-Sequencer, der auch Filterverläufe aufzeichnete (!) er klang etwas besser, bzw anders weil er Curtis Filter hatte, der 2.2 bekam dann SSM Filter und einen weiteren Oszillator. Die Idee ist durch umschalten von Wellen in einem Wellensatz durch eine Hüllkurve einen Eindruck von Klangverlauf zu erzeugen. Es gab auch hier Vorläufer: Wavecomputer 360 und die selteneren Vorläufer 340 und 380, die aber extrem rar sind und über die ich einfach nicht mehr weiss als das sie wie Computer aussehen. Wer hats erfunden? Wolfgang Palm! analoge filter (SSM). nur späte Versionen haben Midi, ist nachrüstbar.
DETAILS 60 Waves + (4 basic waves) make one Wavetable, each Wave and the transition is made of additive mirrored single cycle waves (digital) . those waves are generated by additive 32 harmonics, the 360 and Wave 2 had 32 Wavetables, they simulated a filter sweep and lots more (formant sweeps etc.),On the Waveterm A you could create your own waves and wavetables and even analyse samples (8bit).

filter: SSM2044. the 2.3 had an additional WT. nteresting "upper wave" feature for wave trips - 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.

Wave 2.2 / 2.3
4 CEM3320 VCF
4 CEM3310 EG

Wave 2.0
8 SM2044 VCF - info: - ssm2044.pdf
4 CEM3360 Dual VCA
The PPG Wave (2.0) series used the SSM filter.
DETAILS 60 Waves + Grundwellenformen (4) bilden ein Wavetable, die Verläufe bestehen aus am Rechner synthetisierten additiven Wellen, die gespiegelt werden und max 32 Harmonische ergeben. der Wave 2 / 360 bot die ersten 32 Wavetables an, sie simulierten also einen Filterverlauf und andere Dinge. Durch das Filter bekommt er eine Vielfalt, die in den 80ern gern angenommen wurde (div Synthpop Bands wie auch Art of Noise etc.). Am Waveterm B konnte man eigene Wavetables und Waves erstellen und sogar Samples analysieren (8bit beim früheren 2.2er mit Waveterm A, 12bit beim späteren Waveterm B).

Filter: SSM2044. der 2.3er hat noch eine extra sax WT. interessantes "upper wave" feature für wave trips.

Wave 2.0
4 CEM3320 VCF
4 CEM3310 EG

Wave 2.2/2.3
8 SM2044 VCF - info: - ssm2044.pdf
4 CEM3360 Dual VCA
SOUND digital, very new Atmospheres and lots of ppphantasy-stuff. loves to be at a repair station, so don't conside to take it on stage.
SOUND digitale, sehr neuartige Klänge. Flächen und Fantasiesounds. anfällig, daher nicht ideal für live.
VERSION later Versions with different filters, more waves and sample feature / 12/8bit. Wave 2: 1981, Wave 2.2: 1982, Wave 2.3: 1984.
VERSION spätere Version: Wave 2.2 und 2.3 mit neuen Möglichkeiten, anderen Filtern und mehr Waves etc. Wave 2: 1981, Wave 2.2: 1982, Wave 2.3: 1984.

PPG known or written as Palm Products Germany

Wolfgang Palm founded the company and built Moog kind of synths but later invented the wavetable synthesis system because memory was expensive it wasn't sampling.

Wolfgang Palm gründete die Firma schon früh, baute zunächst Moogähnliches, später den berühmten Wave und erfand die Wavetable-Synthese.



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