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PPG Wave 2

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The PPG Wave Synthesizer, is no doubt considered one of the most respected high-end synthesizers of the 1980s. developed by Wolfgang Palm. Its featured on countless records, and it inspired a whole generation of producers, composers and listeners.

The PPG Wave 2 was the very first digital Wavetable synthesizer with analog filters that allowed completely new worlds of sound and endless sonic possibilities. Shortly afterwards, the successor PPG Wave 2.2 came out and was born to make history. With a gigantic arsenal of waveshapes, it could not only reproduce known analog sounds, but also brilliant choirs, bells and whistles. The digital sounds of wavetables had been unheard until then and offered sensational sonic evolutions by smoothly going through 64 waves back and forth. A characteristic anomaly of the Wave's sound was harsh artifacts and aliasing. At the time of it's release it was considered a caveat by critics of the instrument, however now it is a desired aspect of it.

The combination of digital waveshapes and analog filters of the PPG was responsible for an unparalleled fat and thrust boosting character.

The original PPG featured a unique user-interface, the "Analog Control Panel" offered direct access to many parameters, while digital menus were edited with somewhat cryptic acronyms that you had to look up in the manual in your lap.


Technical Specifications
Type: Digital
Synthesis: Wave Table
Oscillators: 1
Waveforms: Wave Table
Osc Modulation: Envelope, Knob, LFO, Mod Wheel, Sequencer, Velocity
Oscillator Notes:
30 Wavetables
64 waves per table
Envelopes: 2
Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
Envelope Notes::
2 x ADSR
1 x AR
Filters: 1
Types: 24dB Slope (4-pole), Low Pass
Filter Notes:
CEM3320 filters
LFO: 1
LFO Parameters: Saw Up, Saw Down, Square, Triangle
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 8
Timbrality: 1
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Mono, Polyphonic
Patches RAM: 100
Storage: Internal
Arpeggiator onboard
8 tracks
1000 notes
10 sequences
Case: Keyboard
Keyboard: 61 keys, Non-weighted, Plastic
Controls: Faders, Mod - Wheel, Pitch -Wheel, Pedal - Volume
Display Type: LCD, LED, Backlit
Display Count H: 32
Display Count V: 2
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main, Stereo Headphone
DAC Bits: 8
Year Released: 1981
Year Discontinued: 1982
Used By
a-ha, Alphaville, David Bowie, Diane Arkenstone, The Fixx, Go West, Hall & Oates, Trevor Horn, Propaganda, Laza Ristovski, Jean Michel Jarre, Marillion, Level 42, Art of Noise, Saga, Rush, Depeche Mode, Gary Numan, Robert Palmer, Gary Stadler, Kitaro, Jean-Benoit Dunckel, Psychedelic Furs, Tangerine Dream, The Stranglers, Talk Talk, Tears for Fears, Michelle Tumes, The Twins, Steve Winwood, Stevie Nicks, Thomas Dolby, Ultravox, Wang Chung, Stevie Wonder and Ilan Chester.
Manuals & Documents
MSRP List Price: $4,500 - convert
Retail Street Price: $4,000 - convert
Used Price: $5,000 - $7,500 - convert
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