Would you buy a PPG Wave if you had the opportunity for it?

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Re: Would you buy a PPG Wave if you had the opportunity for

Post by Diametro » Mon May 24, 2010 10:42 pm

I had a chance to play around with Waldorf Wave and PPG ... Both left me cold and very un-Gassy ... Perhaps over time their charms become more apparent ...
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Re: Would you buy a PPG Wave if you had the opportunity for

Post by 8bit9bot » Tue May 25, 2010 2:21 am

i would rather have a waldorf microwave 1 because of the stability and cost in comparison to the old ppg wave 2 - however the main reason i want a waldorf microwave 1 is to make sounds LIKE the ppg wave 2

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Re: Would you buy a PPG Wave if you had the opportunity for

Post by nvbrkr » Wed May 26, 2010 8:40 pm

I remember when the VSTi came out and it was touted as being 100% similar to the hardware units. I even upgraded my PC so that I could run it - only to find myself seriously underwhelmed by the experience. So this legendary synth I had been reading about for ages could only pull off these weird "bleep" and "zwonk" -type of sounds? However, I realize now what the plug-in was lacking - alongside the trademark aliasing - were the filters. Judged by some of the more recent clips the PPG sounds like what you'd expect it to sound based on its design: a crude digital sound source pushed through the equivalent of the filter sections of analog polysynths of that time.

Yet, if you were to get one it could entirely change the sound of your own music. Back then when I was using the plug-in I really couldn't use it in the stuff that I was making back then. Now I could imagine some use for it. When used for chords / pads, the PPG really seems to dominate the entire mix. I've been also thinking about doing the filter-in mod for my EX-800 and playing the newer freeware version through it for some sort of "paraphonic PPG lite", let's just see.

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Re: Would you buy a PPG Wave if you had the opportunity for

Post by mao » Thu May 27, 2010 3:11 pm

I like the PPG sounds I heard in a lot of Tangerine Dream tracks, but I'm really happy with my Microwave 1 Rev.A. Imho it just cover that sounds far better than the "previous" Microwave2 I had for two years. The Microwave 1 is more limited but it has a great warm growling "digital" analog sound... very strange, wonderful synth. I simply add a bit of delay or reverb in Ableton and well... great synth.

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Re: Would you buy a PPG Wave if you had the opportunity for

Post by chamomileshark » Thu May 27, 2010 5:13 pm

Mine is a Rev A also. Just a bit of luck because at the time I bought it I didn't know there were 2 versions of the MW 1

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Re: Would you buy a PPG Wave if you had the opportunity for

Post by Steve Jones » Fri May 28, 2010 12:52 pm

Having been a warranty tech for the PPG importer in this country through the 80's, and getting to use them a lot, and also using and servicing the Wave, (and I still have a Microwave 1 which I love), I would take a 2.3 and a Waveterm in preference to a Wave. The 2.3 is a very glassy sounding machine with lots of squeaky digital artifacts, but once you spend time playing one for real I would bet that most people would want one, they are very unique sounding.
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Re: Would you buy a PPG Wave if you had the opportunity for

Post by Stab Frenzy » Fri May 28, 2010 2:22 pm

I do quite like the sound of wavetable oscs through analogue filters, but the Evolver and some things in my modular cover it fine without the need to spend a fortune on a PPG that I'd be worried about the reliability of.

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Re: Would you buy a PPG Wave if you had the opportunity for

Post by minime123 » Sat May 29, 2010 7:07 pm

i have and i did. :) so, the answer is: yes. and a waldorf wave. and a microwave xt. and a fizmo. if i couldnt find or afford those, id get a wavetable softsynth until i had an opportunity to get the real deal.
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Re: Would you buy a PPG Wave if you had the opportunity for

Post by drsynth » Mon May 31, 2010 11:03 pm

If this...



is your goal then the PPG wave is the only synth to choose.

There is something 'caustic' and analog about the early digital wavetable scanning synths. Different from wavetable playbacks like the FIZMO, etc.. Probably the filters more than anything and that is where the Microwave I is the best bet. No wonder they demand a big price compared to later versions.

Personally, I'd love to have a PPG wave 2.3. I never have the money at the right time. Worth every penny.
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