Waldorf PPG Wave 3.V
The Waldorf PPG Wave 3.V is the reincarnation of the PPG Wave synthesizer.
The Waldorf plug-in form even after different versions of the original. In addition to the PPG Wave 2.2 the Wave 2.3 and the Wave are also available to choose from. Also, the aliasing can be changed on request, as the sound of the PPG Wave 2.3 and the PPG Wave 2.2 was different. This way users users can choose which alias is created. You can also set cutoff and resonance differences.
Depending on the host computer the Waldorf PPG Wave 3.V may produce up to 256 voices per instance. Per voice, it offers two wavetable oscillators with selectable sample playback in 8, 12 or 32 bits. Also, a certain analog "imperfection" is simulated, which supports the basic warm and fat sound.
To enhance the sound library of the plugin, you can load samples via drag and drop, or the file-selection dialog. With the 8-way multi mode, it is even possible to play back multi-samples and to refine the sound with the charm of the original.
The sound production follows a 12 dB / 24 dB low pass filter, which is a replica of the filter of the PPG Wave 2.2/2.3. An overdrive behind the filter provides additional sound options. Next to LFO modulation sources there are three additional envelopes to choose from, corresponding to the slightly coarser resolution of the original modulation. If needed you can also select finer settings.
The original PPG distinguished itself by its unique user interface, because the "Analog Control Panel" provided direct access to the most important sound parameters, whilst the digital menu pages presented the digital innards in numbers and cryptic abbreviations.
The Waldorf PPG Wave 3 V recreates this interface, however the parameter names and values shown are a little easier to understand so users always know which values they just changed.
Almost all parameters can be accessed via host automation and most of the parameters also support MIDI controller automation, so that the Waldorf PPG Wave 3.V can integrate into any existing production environment.
Pricing & Availability
The Waldorf PPG Wave 3.V will be available mid-November for 169 euros. OS: Windows XP and up, MAC OS X 10.3.9 (and up).
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