Cakewalk has announced that their Z3TA+ software synthesizer – formerly available for Mac & Windows – is now also available for the iPad.
Z3TA+ iOS puts the full power of Z3TA+2 onto the iPad – with hundreds of presets, modulatable waveshaping, dual mode filters, and flexible effects,
We were able to check this out with Cakewalk at the 2014 NAMM Show. It was clear that they not only were trying to include key iPad synth features (MIDI, Inter-App Audio, AudioBus, etc), but that they had also put a lot of thought into translating Z3TA+ to the iPad’s multi-touch UI.
Here’s the official video preview: Continue reading
Synth designer Wolfgang Palm, pioneer of wavetable synthesis and creator of the PPG Wave and PPG WaveGenerator, shared this video, which takes a look at the creation of the PPG Wave 2 synthesizer. Continue reading
Musikmesse 2013: Nord today introduced the Nord Lead 4 – a 4-part multi-timbral synthesizer sporting a brand new 2-oscillator virtual analog sound engine with 2x oversampling
In addition to classic analog waveforms, there’s a Wavetable mode with new Formant Wavetables. Frequency Modulation and Hard/Soft sync options are available for mutilating your sound further and the True Voice Unison mode can stack up to four oscillators per voice for really thick, beefy leads and pads.
The filter section boasts Low Pass (12/24dB), High Pass, and Band Pass filters and also new simulations of two transistor and diode ladder filters capturing the squeaky, dirty character of the originals. A dedicated filter overdrive can distort your sound before it passes through the effect section.
The new Variation buttons let you override almost any parameter of the synthesizer, instantaneously. With 7 assignable variations per program, Nord Lead 4 gives you freedom to warp and improvise your sound live, both rhythmically and sonically. And, thanks to the Master Clock Synchronization, it can be done in sync to other layers or an external MIDI Clock.
All 4 slots have dedicated effect sections with delay, reverb, tube amp simulated overdrive, a Talk effect modeled after a vocal tract and a sample rate reducing Crush effect. Continue reading
Digital synth pioneer Wolfgang Palm has introduced a new software synthesizer for iOS, MiniMapper.
PPG MiniMapper features the same audio engine that powers his PPG WaveMapper synth, but with limited editing. Sounds created in the WaveMapper can be imported into PPG MiniMapper. Continue reading
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.”
Here are the details: Continue reading
Wolfgang Palm has released an update to PPG Wavegenerator. Though it’s not a major update, it adds some frequently requested features.
Here’s what’s new in PPG WaveGenerator 1.0.2:
- Virtual MIDI in
- Audio mix/ background mode
- Improvements and bug fixes
PPG WaveGenerator is a software wavetable synthesizer for the iPad.
In this pair of tutorial videos, creator Wolfgang Palm offers tips and tricks for working with the new PPG WaveGenerator app for the iPad.
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!
via Tim Webb