Waldorf PPG Wave 3.V Synthesizer

Virtual Synthesizer with Sample Library and Ef fects - Mac/PC AAX, VST, AU
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Classic Synth Sounds, Retro Price!

Here's the perfect way to put a classic synth to work in your music, without spending a bundle! Waldorf's PPG Wave 3.V software synth gives you the sound and vibe that the early '80s classic offered, plus functionality that players back then wouldn't have been able to dream of. Best of all, the PPG Wave 3.V does it at a mere fraction of the original's cost. You get up to 256 voices of polyphony, over 500 new sounds (including specially created samples for this version), over 100 new wavetables (created by Wolfgang Palm), and more. The PPG Wave 3.V gives you authentic reproductions of the digital oscillators from the 2.2 and 2.3 models, and even includes the PPG Wave 2.3's factory sounds. You also get six outstanding effects types onboard the stellar PPG Wave 3.V.

Waldorf PPG Wave 3.V Software Synth Features:
  • Up to 256 Voices
  • Authentic reproduction of the digital oscillators
    from the PPG Wave 2.2 and 2.3
  • Precision-modeled 12dB/24dB PPG lowpass filter
  • More than 100 new wavetables created by Wolfgang Palm
  • Sample playback with selectable PPG 2.2, 2.3, or
    full bit-resolution
  • Complete Waveterm B sample library included
  • Original PPG Wave 2.3 factory sounds included
  • Contains over 500 new sounds, some featuring specially created samples
  • Host automation and MIDI control of almost
    all parameters
  • 8-way multitimbral with six effect processors
    per part, totaling up to 48 simultaneous effects
  • Effect types: 4-band fully parametric equalizer, overdrive, 12-stage phaser, 6-stage chorus, stereo delay, reverb
  • Transistor- or tube-type filter overdrive
  • Mac/Win (Windows XP or better; on Mac, OS X version 10.3.9 or higher)
Waldorf's PPG Wave 3.V virtual synth puts outstanding classic synth sounds in your rig, for an amazingly low price!

Additional Media

Virtual Instrument Buying Guide
Hands On Review: Waldorf PPG Wave 3.V

Tech Specs

Software Type Synth
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Format AAX, VST, AU
Hardware Requirements - Mac Apple G4 400MHz CPU, 128MB RAM
Hardware Requirements - PC Pentium 3/AMD Athlon 600 CPU, 64MB RAM
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.3.9
OS Requirements - PC Windows 2000/XP
Manufacturer Part Number WDF-PPG-3

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I never owned one of the Original PPG synths, but, I am very impressed with the sound emulations of this soft synth. It does make you think differently about how you approach preparing sounds! There may be many wavetable synthesis engines available now, but this hardware unit was one of the first commercially successful. For me, the emulation is fantastic... breathes a little Tangerine Dream life into my arrangements. There are sooooo many possibilities just by tweaking a few knobs. If you like TD, and want to experiment with some different sounds/textures... this is the unit for you!
Music background: Professional Musician

Sweetwater Advice

Mitch Gallagher

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!
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