This set of videos, via 12bitrec, demonstrates the PPG Wave 2 digital synthesizer.
The PPG Wave 2 was a digital + analog synthesizer created by Wolfgang Palm, of the German company Palm Products Gmbh. The PPG Wave combines digital waveforms with analog filters and VCA’s, creating a “warmer” sound than was then possible with digital synthesis.
Three versions of the PPG Wave 2 were produced:
Wave 2: 1981-82
Wave: 2.2 1982-84
Wave 2.3: 1984-87
Waldorf has released a virtual version of the PPG Wave 2, PPG Wave 2.v Classic Wavetable Synthesizer.
The PPG Wave 2 was used by Tangerine Dream, Jean Michel Jarre, Gary Numan, Art Of Noise, Thomas Dolby and Ultravox. Continue reading →
This is a demo video for the modern mini-synth classic, the Korg microKorg synthesizer.
State-of-the-art analog modeling and multi-band vocoding are available in a compact, portable instrument. With 37 keys and 128 user-rewritable programs, the microKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder is designed for the performer, producer, computer musician or beginner looking for an affordable synthesizer.
Korg microKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder Features:
128 user-rewritable programs
37-key mini keyboard
A full range of effects
Great sounds and expression
Flexible arpeggiator (6 types)
Clear control and classic looks
Can serve as a compact MIDI controller
EM’s David Battino had this to say about the Korg microKorg:
It’s easy to slip into critic mode and forget that making music is supposed to be fun. The MicroKorg is frustrating if you expect to play and program it like a full-size keyboard synthesizer, but as a portable, creative gadget, it stands alone. If you can justify spending $500 on a terrific-sounding musical toy (and I use that word in a very positive sense), you won’t go wrong with the MicroKorg.
The Korg microKorg retails for $399.
If you’ve used the Korg microKorg – leave a comment with your thoughts!