Waldorf Intros nw1 Wavetable Module For Eurorack Synthesizers


2015 NAMM Show: Waldorf has introduced the nw1 Wavetable Module for Eurorack modular synthesizers.

nw1 is Waldorf’s debut module for the Eurorack format. The nw1 includes an advanced wavetable engine, with independent control of spectral envelope and noisiness – like its Nave software synthesizer. Continue reading

PPG WaveMapper 2 For Mac, Windows Now Available


Wolfgang Palm has released PPG WaveMapper 2 – a wavetable synthesizer for Mac OS X and Windows

The software synth was first released as an iOS app. PPG WaveMapper 2 is a greatly expanded version, with many new features, including the WaveMap and new resource merging possibilities. Continue reading

Cakewalk Announces Z3TA+ iOS Music Synthesizer for iPad


2014 NAMM Show: Cakewalk announced Z3TA+ iOS for iPad.

According to Cakewalk, Z3TA+ iOS retains the sonic signature of the Mac/Windows versions, but the new touch control capabilities open up new waveshaping sound possibilities.

Here’s an overview of Z3TA+ iOS for iPad: Continue reading

Sonic Faction Releases Pathogen Wavetable For Live

Sonic_Faction_PathogenSonic Faction today announced Pathogen, a free wavetable instrument for Ableton Live.

Based on the classic oscillator of the The Sickness (which itself was originally sampled from the Virus TI), Pathogen has, according to Sonic Faction, “the DNA of a truly infectious synth.”

The instrument has three multi-sampled oscillators: Sawtooth, Pulse and Spectral Wave. The wavetable features 64 timbres ranging from “haunting” glass, bells, and mallets, to synthetic textures, “blurps” and bleeps.

Pricing and Availability. Users can download the free instrument at Ableton.com or directly from Sonic Faction’s website. Listen to a demo of Sonic Faction’s Pathogen on Soundcloud.

Understanding Wavetable Synthesis

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Tim Webb (discchord) offers his thoughts on understanding wavetable synthesis, demonstrating with Animoog on the iPad.

Wavetable synthesis was pioneered by Wolfgang Palm in his PPG synths of the 70s and 80s. With wavetable synthesis, a library of relatively complex wave shapes, rather than sine, square or triangle waves, are used as building blocks of sounds. Dynamic sounds can be created by mixing or morphing between different wave shapes.

Note that Moog calls the heart of Animoog its ‘Anisotropic Synthesis Engine’, which combines elements of wavetable synthesis and subtractive synthesis. Animoog lets you animate the modulation of your wavetable source(s), and then lets you filter the result with virtual-analog filters.

In addition to Animoog’s default wavetables, Moog offers wavetable packs as in-app purchases – and you use Webb’s hack to load your own.