Synth pioneer Wolfgang Palm has introduced a new software synthesizer for iOS, PPG WaveMapper.
PPG WaveMapper expands on Palm’s work with wavetables and introduces a new synthesis system, which can be seen as a bridge between wavetables and samples. In wavetable systems you have great flexibility in controlling the sound, but sound material is limited to harmonic, noise-free waveforms. On the other hand there are samplers, which have very high sound quality, but very limited editing features.
In WaveMapper there is a new type, the “time corrected sample” (TCS). This can reproduce a much wider palette of sounds then classic wavetables, but still allows for a total control, for example with an envelope or LFO.
‘It is a completely different way of programming sounds,” Palm says. “You do not start with a lot of detailed setting, but with a combined set of parameters which you can select with the touch and swipe of a finger. And the combination of those parameters belonging to a Module make sense of course, it gives the user (being experienced or not) a very fast way for creating unique sounds.”
Reader Tim Webb let us know that he put together a tutorial on Wolfgang Palm’s new PPG WaveGenerator app:
I received requests to do a tutorial on PPG WaveGenerator, but this app is way too complex to do in my usual style. Instead I’ve put together some tips and advice to help synthesists get into it easier.
If you’ve got your own thoughts or tips on PPG WaveGenerator, share them in the comments!