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Hands On Review: Waldorf PPG Wave 3.V

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I first heard Wolfgang Palm’s PPG Wave synthesizers when Geddy Lee began playing them in Rush. (Artists from David Bowie to Stevie Wonder, Jean Michel Jarre to Depeche Mode to Thomas Dolby also used the Wave – and Tangerine Dream helped the company get its start.) The Wave was unique for using digital samples combined with analog VCAs and filters. Later versions included Fourier analysis, sampling, multitimbral operation, and MIDI.

Now, with Waldorf’s PPG Wave 3.V, you can get an authentic re-creation of the sought-after Wave at an amazingly affordable price. This virtual instrument includes authentic models of the Wave’s digital oscillators, the signature PPG lowpass filters, the Waveterm B sample library, all of PPG Wave 2.3’s presets, and more. But it doesn’t stop there. Wave 3.V includes 100 new wavetables created by Palm himself, 500 new sounds, multitimbral operation with six effects per part, and 256-voice polyphony.

If you’re after those classic PPG sounds – or a new take on those great sounds – then this is the plug-in for you!

Mitch Gallagher

About Mitch Gallagher

Sweetwater Editorial Director, Mitch Gallagher, is one of the leading music/pro audio/audio recording authorities in the world. The former senior technical editor of Keyboard magazine and former editor-in-chief of EQ magazine, Gallagher has published thousands of articles, is the author of seven books and one instructional DVD, and appears in well over 500 videos on YouTube. He teaches audio recording and music business at Purdue University/Indiana University, and has appeared at festivals, conventions, and conferences around the world.
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