Waldorf PPG Wave Synthesizer Reincarnated As Software

Waldorf Music has announcerd Waldorf PPG 3.V, described as “the reincarnation of the legendary PPG Wave Synthesizer“.

The PPG Wave was one of the most influential synthesizers of the 80s. Developed by Wolfgang Palm, the instrument was featured on countless records.

The PPG Wave 2 was the very first digital Wavetable synthesizer with analog filters. The successor, PPG 2.2, featured a gigantic arsenal of waveshapes and could not only reproduce known analog sounds, but also brilliant choirs, bells and whistles.

Wolfgang Palm, the inventor of Wavetable Synthesis, assisted during the development process in order to recreate the PPG as close as possible. “We are very thankful for Wolfgang’s very informative advice and insight during development.” Says Waldorf CEO Stefan Stenzel. Continue reading

The PPG Wave 2 Synthesizer


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