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

Discussions about anything analog, digital, MIDI, synth technology, techniques, theories and more.
nvbrkr
Senior Member
Senior Member
Posts: 812
Joined: Fri May 09, 2008 8:14 pm
Gear: An electric piano and analog synths.
Location: Helsinki, Finland

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

Post by nvbrkr » Fri May 21, 2010 9:17 am

... or can you think of several other boards that you'd rather spend such silly amounts of money on?

New demo clips of the 2.3 have been uploaded to youtube earlier this year:
[youtube][/youtube]

This is always nice:
[youtube][/youtube]
The more I listen to clips such as these, the more obvious the differences between the hardware units and the software recreations seem to be. I've always found the sound really interesting, but I'm not sure if they really are worth those prices they go for.

User avatar
stikygum
Active Member
Active Member
Posts: 681
Joined: Thu Feb 15, 2007 10:21 pm
Location: SOS - Substance over Style

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

Post by stikygum » Fri May 21, 2010 9:35 am

The only reason I wouldn't would be because I have Sunsyn and Waldorf Microwave 1 to cover that ground. If I didn't have these, then it could be a different story. To me, it seems like wavetable synths are kind of the underground of synths. Only the MW XT seems to have a following behind it. I know the PPG is a great synth and quite a synth, but you know what I mean. No substitute for hardware when it comes to wavetable though.
"MTV's gaudy overexuberance contributed to the trivialization of the one thing it had been initiated to support, music" - Rik Millhouse

nvbrkr
Senior Member
Senior Member
Posts: 812
Joined: Fri May 09, 2008 8:14 pm
Gear: An electric piano and analog synths.
Location: Helsinki, Finland

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

Post by nvbrkr » Fri May 21, 2010 9:50 am

I noticed the title might imply Buyer's Guide, but I intended to ask for people's opinions of the performance:price -ratio in the current time frame and general impressions of the units (as opposed to vsti etc.). It also gave me an opportunity to post that first clip in case someone's interested and not seen it yet. There haven't been too many demos around.

chamomileshark
Active Member
Active Member
Posts: 357
Joined: Wed Feb 15, 2006 6:00 pm
Location: UK
Contact:

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

Post by chamomileshark » Mon May 24, 2010 5:52 pm

Somewhat regretfully I wouldn't.

I've always wanted a PPG since about 1981(?), any PPG incl the wavecomputer because i simply love the sound.

However having seen pictures of someone's closet filled with them in various states of not working and currently having my fill of vintage synths with problems such that half of my stuff was in repair until a week ago, I wouldn't risk that kind of money.

If they made them new and they were reliable I'd buy one. But as they won't I'll make do the best I can with the Microwave1, the Waldorf emulation (and the forthcoming one) and Hermann Schrieb's version.

Still want a PPG though :(

User avatar
philip
Active Member
Active Member
Posts: 625
Joined: Sun Jun 26, 2005 6:52 pm
Real name: Philip
Contact:

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

Post by philip » Mon May 24, 2010 6:16 pm

Certainly NOT!!))

User avatar
CS_TBL
Synth Explorer
Synth Explorer
Posts: 1677
Joined: Wed Jul 12, 2006 3:47 pm
Gear: All "In-The-Box"
Mainly FM8
Location: NL
Contact:

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

Post by CS_TBL » Mon May 24, 2010 6:52 pm

Nope.
"You know I love you, CS, but this is bullshit." (Automatic Gainsay)
s: VSL/FM8/EWQL/LASS h: DX7/FS1r/VL70/SY77/SN2r/JD800/JD990/XV88/Emu6400/Poly61/Amek35:12:2/genelec1030 r: Violin/AltoSax/TinWhistle c: i7-4770/RAM32GB/SSD
FM8 vids

User avatar
balma
Synth Explorer
Synth Explorer
Posts: 2851
Joined: Mon Oct 27, 2008 3:52 pm
Real name: Mauricio
Gear: DSI Tempest/Prophet 08/Roland V-Synth/Ensoniq Fizmo/E-mu MP7-XL7/Electribe ESX1/Radias/Waldorf MicroQ
Location: Costa Rica

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

Post by balma » Mon May 24, 2010 7:49 pm

I would like this one!:

Image
His sex dungeons are rumored to hold hundreds of people in secret locations around the world.
https://soundcloud.com/balma

User avatar
CS_TBL
Synth Explorer
Synth Explorer
Posts: 1677
Joined: Wed Jul 12, 2006 3:47 pm
Gear: All "In-The-Box"
Mainly FM8
Location: NL
Contact:

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

Post by CS_TBL » Mon May 24, 2010 8:00 pm

What's behind that Wave (the grey/white one)?
"You know I love you, CS, but this is bullshit." (Automatic Gainsay)
s: VSL/FM8/EWQL/LASS h: DX7/FS1r/VL70/SY77/SN2r/JD800/JD990/XV88/Emu6400/Poly61/Amek35:12:2/genelec1030 r: Violin/AltoSax/TinWhistle c: i7-4770/RAM32GB/SSD
FM8 vids

User avatar
balma
Synth Explorer
Synth Explorer
Posts: 2851
Joined: Mon Oct 27, 2008 3:52 pm
Real name: Mauricio
Gear: DSI Tempest/Prophet 08/Roland V-Synth/Ensoniq Fizmo/E-mu MP7-XL7/Electribe ESX1/Radias/Waldorf MicroQ
Location: Costa Rica

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

Post by balma » Mon May 24, 2010 8:02 pm

I was about to make the same question.... that image is from sequencer.de
His sex dungeons are rumored to hold hundreds of people in secret locations around the world.
https://soundcloud.com/balma

User avatar
CS_TBL
Synth Explorer
Synth Explorer
Posts: 1677
Joined: Wed Jul 12, 2006 3:47 pm
Gear: All "In-The-Box"
Mainly FM8
Location: NL
Contact:

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

Post by CS_TBL » Mon May 24, 2010 8:14 pm

It being behind a Wave may fool anyone in thinking it has a similar status.. for all I care it could be a random unknown consumer keyboard where you select sounds 'n styles in those matrices. Those dark patches at the ends, are those speakers? You know.. speakers.. suspicious 'n stuff.. :P

Then again, I see 4 of those matrices.. sounds, styles.. but what more?
"You know I love you, CS, but this is bullshit." (Automatic Gainsay)
s: VSL/FM8/EWQL/LASS h: DX7/FS1r/VL70/SY77/SN2r/JD800/JD990/XV88/Emu6400/Poly61/Amek35:12:2/genelec1030 r: Violin/AltoSax/TinWhistle c: i7-4770/RAM32GB/SSD
FM8 vids

User avatar
balma
Synth Explorer
Synth Explorer
Posts: 2851
Joined: Mon Oct 27, 2008 3:52 pm
Real name: Mauricio
Gear: DSI Tempest/Prophet 08/Roland V-Synth/Ensoniq Fizmo/E-mu MP7-XL7/Electribe ESX1/Radias/Waldorf MicroQ
Location: Costa Rica

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

Post by balma » Mon May 24, 2010 8:57 pm

I don't see the casio logo or the bossanova pattern list.

Actually there are five x-y matrices, and under the screen, there is something like a group of sliders or some kind of modwheels??

I'm quite intrigued now
His sex dungeons are rumored to hold hundreds of people in secret locations around the world.
https://soundcloud.com/balma

rockmanrock
Junior Member
Junior Member
Posts: 231
Joined: Thu Apr 06, 2006 8:47 pm

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

Post by rockmanrock » Mon May 24, 2010 9:21 pm

It's a Hohner that Waldorf had a part in designing, based on the DREAM chips that were also used in the Quasimidi products.

http://www.till-kopper.de/hohner_adam.html

User avatar
CS_TBL
Synth Explorer
Synth Explorer
Posts: 1677
Joined: Wed Jul 12, 2006 3:47 pm
Gear: All "In-The-Box"
Mainly FM8
Location: NL
Contact:

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

Post by CS_TBL » Mon May 24, 2010 9:35 pm

Funny, all the time I had this impression it looked Neuron'ish.

But..



...I.... don't know about all this.. :P
"You know I love you, CS, but this is bullshit." (Automatic Gainsay)
s: VSL/FM8/EWQL/LASS h: DX7/FS1r/VL70/SY77/SN2r/JD800/JD990/XV88/Emu6400/Poly61/Amek35:12:2/genelec1030 r: Violin/AltoSax/TinWhistle c: i7-4770/RAM32GB/SSD
FM8 vids

User avatar
Jabberwalky
Synth Explorer
Synth Explorer
Posts: 2162
Joined: Fri Apr 01, 2005 6:03 pm
Gear: A hybrid of vintage and modern junk
Band: Variar
Location: Pgh, PA
Contact:

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

Post by Jabberwalky » Mon May 24, 2010 10:01 pm

Nope, the Mek has very similar waveforms

Rusty O'Hara
Junior Member
Junior Member
Posts: 143
Joined: Thu Jul 05, 2007 6:39 am

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

Post by Rusty O'Hara » Mon May 24, 2010 10:22 pm

nvbrkr wrote:Would you buy a PPG Wave if you had the opportunity for it?
There is one on ebay at the moment, I could probably grab that... if I could afford it.

Personally, the answer is no.

If money wasn't an object, sure I'd grab one, or if I found one for say, 1 or 2k.

Always wanted one, but it falls into the "curiosity" realm as it were; would rather splunk stupid money on a Waldorf Wave before a PPG Wave; but maybe thats just me.

And for the wavetable thing:

DSI Poly Evolver
Jomox Sunsyn
Waldorf Microwave
Waldorf Q

Post Reply