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PPG Wave 2.2

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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: 2
Waveforms: Wave Table
ROM Resolution: 8 bit
Osc Modulation: Envelope, Keyboard, Knob, Mod Wheel, Velocity
Envelopes: 3
Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
Envelope Notes::
2 x ADSR
1 x AR
Filters: 1
Types: 24dB Slope (4-pole), Low Pass, Resonance
LFO: 1
LFO Parameters: Saw Up, Saw Down, Square, Triangle, Delay
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 16
Timbrality: 2
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Mono, Polyphonic, Split
Patches RAM: 100
Storage: Internal
Editing: SERIAL
8 tracks
10 sequeces
1000 notes
Case: Keyboard
Keyboard: 61 keys, Non-weighted, Plastic
Controls: Buttons, Knobs, Mod - Wheel, Pitch - Lever, Velocity, Pedal - Volume
Display Type: LCD, LED, Backlit
Display Count H: 32
Display Count V: 2
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out, Stereo Main
Audio Output Notes: 8 x 1/4" mono outputs
DAC Bits: 8
Year Released: 1982
Year Discontinued: 1984
Units Made: 300
Used By
Serge Blenner, David Bowie, Edgar Froese, Trevor Horn, Jean Michel Jarre, Art of Noise, Brian Kehew, Geddy Lee, Depeche Mode, Gary Numan, Robert Palmer, Psychadelic Furs, Robert Schroeder, Klaus Schulze, Tears for Fears, Talk Talk, Tangerine Dream, Ultravox Steve Winwood, Stevie Wonder
Manuals & Documents
MSRP List Price: £5000 - convert

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