PPG Wave
by Hermann Seib
4.5 / 5     (4 votes)
Win32 Win64
PPG Wave is a Waldorf PPG 2.2 V6 emulation.
  • 8 voices, monotimbral, Stereo output.
  • OS: PPG Wave 2.2 V6.
  • Factory Sound Set.
  • Program, Sustain, Trigger signals can be sent by parameter automation.
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narrowpulsemoog Oct 21 2021
(4 / 5)
Oct 21 2021
Great low-CPU synth. Lacks flashy surface and bells and whistles but that just makes it seem more pro and 80s. Remember to dial the panning setting to mono! I compared it to the commercial emulation and there are dfferences but I couldn't figure out all of them. Definetely sound differences and the two "original factory banks" have wholly different patches on same slots. Odd.
Phil Oct 12 2021
(4 / 5)
Oct 12 2021
I really wanted to like this, but found it tricky to understand and changing presets was a pain. I couldn't get it to sound anything like the PPG used in Propaganda songs - Bit disappointing.
narrowpulsemoog Oct 21 2021
Oct 21 2021
I heard sounds like in Riskly Business.
letiti Sep 30 2021
(5 / 5)
Sep 30 2021
At first I was confused but I used Exemplary's instructions and wow, this is indeed a totally usable synth for synthwave. I don't understand how the oscillators transpose, sometimes the sound changes very much as you go from low to high. Hidden gem.
Exemplary Emulation Mar 03 2021
(5 / 5)
Mar 03 2021
Negative first: GUI-wise it's so accurate it'll be hard to grasp for modern user. To mention some of the most notable oddities: -You have to use the keypad for basic functions like preset switching. -ADSR envelopes are inverted with ADSR1 for Filter, ADSR2 for AMP -Envelopes don't respond to program changes, they only activate by use. If you've imported hardware Sysex patches from DX7 to FM8 and then had to adjust the ADSR from the Master page in that synth, that's how this works. -To avoid the sigsag panning of left-right you need to turn the mono-stereo knob to mono (it's one the left in the GUI). -It is possible to dim the LCD screen which might be first in a software synth. Now, for the positive: this is a fairly accurate emulation of the Wave as you can tell by simply dialing up famous sounds - for fans of Tangerine Dream's Exit, preset 8 (Program 8 in the LCD Screen) is immediately recognisable as the distinctive pitch bent horn sound of the title track. There is a distinctive character to the sound and sonic variety in the 99 factory presets if you can't program your own. I give this 5 stars for same reason as Sonic Charge Cyclone: though it has an unintuitive and dated GUI, the basic functions can be located, it tested stable and reliable (Reaper) and light on CPU and as an emulation it seems like a faithful and uncompromising (in good and bad) effort from a skilled developer whose love and knowledge of the synth is obvious. And of course, the developer offers their hard work for free: with a modern GUI this could easily be sold at the ongoing vintage synth software emulation price range, so all kudos to Herrmann Seib. I look forward to what they develop next. But what can you use this for? Well, the Wave was used extensively in the 80s by groups like Tangerine Dream (who notably had a hand in developing it) and british pop factory SAW (DOA, Kylie Minogue, Rick Astley, Donna Summer, Divine) so this sits right in authentic 80s synth rock, pop or it's modern offspring synthwave, offering a take on that gap between the warmth fat of analog and crystal shine of FM synths. Just beware sound of the Wave is lo-fi: the wavetables have been infamously characterized as noisy and have audible transpose - think single stretched synth sample on a Fairlight. Not everyone likes the sound, but that's the original sound of the Wave.