PPG Infinite Hands-On Demo With Wolfgang Palm

In this video, synth designer Wolfgang Palm introduces his new PPG Infinite iPad app.

The design builds upon technologies Palm pioneered with his earlier synths, and is Palm’s ‘dream synth’:

“This has always been my dream,” says Palm. “A system which can reproduce all kinds of sounds and transform them into a universal set of parameters. Thus all these sounds are completely morphable.”

Features:

  • New system which can synthesize harmonic and inharmonic sounds
  • Morpher – X/Y controller which morphes 5 user selectable sine resources
  • Noiser – X/Y controller morphing 3 noise resources and performing modulations on the tonal part
  • Molder – acts as a digital filter with any amaginable filter sweeps
  • Two detail editor pages for the Sine resources featuring a 3D display
  • Import WTS and TCS files from the iPad WaveGenerator and WaveMapper
  • Import Phonem utterances and use them in the Infinite Molder
  • Versatile matrix system – allowing 16 sources to control 40 parameters
  • 10 Envelopes, for control of filter sweeps, waveform, noise and many modulations
  • 4 LFOs which can be freely routed via the matrix
  • Delay/Reverb effect
  • Overdrive/Distortion effect
  • A/B compare your edited sounds
  • AU extension – run multiple Infinite instances in AU hosts
  • IAA – inter-app audio support
  • Audiobus 2 with statesaving
  • Export audio to AudioShare
  • Preset browser with new listing filters
  • Directly accessible context help for each module
  • Freely configurable schematic keypads, with extremely expressive modulation options
  • 4 Keypads play modes: Poly, Mono, Legato and Multitrigger.
  • 4 MIDI modes: Omni, Poly, Mono, and Voice-Per-Channel.

Pricing and availability for PPG Infinite are still to be announced.

39 thoughts on “PPG Infinite Hands-On Demo With Wolfgang Palm

  1. Interesting synthesis and everything, except… not liking the sound, me. 🙂 But nice work nevertheless and good to see independent developers.

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    1. I’m pleased to hear you don’t like the sound. I decided from an early age that whenever you said you din like something I would go the opposite way. I really want this synth and i was crossing my fingers you wouldn’t say you liked the sound.

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      1. There are quite a few of these evolving digital synths. But that doesn’t take away from the value of having one that does it with a high degree of customizability and realtime morph-control. That UI looks quite simple enough.

        Those presets highlight a synth that allows you to morph between various samples/waves and noise shapes in a complex way.

        One of those linked vids in the comments above had the slowest scrolling text of all time.

        On one hand, it strikes me as the ultimate synth for getting SYNTHY tones. On the other hand, I’m not sure I need yet another one of those. That said, if I wanted one, this is the one I’d want.

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  2. Dumb question alert!!

    I don’t own an iPad so can someone please tell me how you get the sound out of the iPad and into your DAW (or whatever you’re using)? … is it a case of tapping into the headphone output (does Apple still make iPads with headphone sockets?)

    Also, is it possible to control this app (or any others) with midi controller keyboards?

    Like I said… dumb questions but someone’s gotta ask 🙂

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    1. There are at least a few ways to get the sound out.

      iPad’s have a physical headphone-out. (granted, on the newer ones, you have to have an adapter), so one could record directly in to their DAW (or sampler, etc.) from the 1/8″ headphone port.

      The app also supports
      – IAA – inter-app audio (so the app can publish an output object that can be used by other apps on the iPad)
      – Audiobus 2 with statesaving (so the app can pass live audio directly to another app on the iPad)
      – Export audio to AudioShare (so the app can output a sample to dropbox, or your computer [via WiFi])

      And, yes. it appears to support MIDI (with the correct iPad/MIDI connection):

      – 4 MIDI modes: Omni, Poly, Mono, and Voice-Per-Channel.

      However, it doesn’t say if it supports full MIDI CC.

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    2. There are also a couple of apps that are designed to allow you to connect your iPad to the computer via USB and have a direct digital audio & MIDI connection to your DAW. One is called MusicIO (that’s EYE-OH, not ten) which has a partner app on the mac computer that lets you port audio & MIDI. Combined with Ohm, you should have what you need.

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    3. Usually you can render the resultng sound and save it as a WAV or AIFF abd save to the computer via iTunes. Sound more complicated than it is . Also if it has Studiomux support you just plug the USB cable from the iPad to your computer and it directly integrates the iPad as an instrument in your DAW like a hardware plugin, a lot of iOs synths and fx work like this..

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    4. The best way if you are working with a DAW is to get an audio interface which is compatible with iPad. I use an iConnectAudio4+.

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  3. Wolfgang Palm is in the Synthesizer Hall of Fame. When are they gonna build that anyway? 😀 Seriously though, this sounds wild and almost limitless. Getting chills listening to it. Ive been too cheap to buy the full versions of his other apps, but that’s changing with this one, I think. Bravo!

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  4. Looks like a great synth and will be affordable too – but can only be played on hardware made in chinese factories? Its morally reprehensible and I cannot buy it – ohh ipads are from apple and not behringer? My bad. Wrong thread ???

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  5. It’s items like this are why I just can’t get excited every time I hear there’s a new analog synth out.

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  6. Wolfgang Palm is one of the New Generation Germans like Hans Zimmer, Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog who sculped the future of their country, all starting in the INDIE Zone.

    Wolfgang Palm, Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog are still working in the artistic-scientific spherics of the Independent Artists.

    And this Three Musketeers (Four in total) are – in one way or another : Renaissance Men in which the distinction between art and science did not and will never exist. We needs this engineers-technicians-directors-artists-scientists to make progression.

    And just let’s face it : Wolfgang and his line of legendary BLUE-colored synthesizers and their names with ‘WAVE’ and ‘INFINITE’ have a connection with the wonderfull movie ‘The Big Blue’.

    For me, the blue synthesizers of Wolfgang Palm are “THE BIG BLUE”.
    They all evokes the phantastic sonic realms of the oceans in and around us.

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  7. I wish Google or whoever would sort out the low latency audio issues on Android. iPads aren’t so cheap…..it would be good to see synths like this on other tablets

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    1. I bought a new 2017 iPad for $300. Obviously cheap is a subjective concept but to me that seems pretty…. pretty …. pretty reasonable.

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    1. Please look at the video (Rauschwerk’s Demo) that I just posted in the comments section. It can definitely sound analog! Don’t judge just because you’ve seen a single video.

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  8. Thanks for posting these extra videos Jack. It looks more and more interesting, and versatile even! A lot of synth for the money.

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    1. What’s even better is that each partial can have its own pitch and gain modulated. There is even an amplitude LFO for each partial. The partials don’t have to be strictly harmonic as with traditional wavetables.

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