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.


  • 8 Voice
  • 2 to 16 Oscillators per voice (using Digital Waveforms)
  • 30 Wavetables with 64 waves per table
  • Analog 24 dB/oct lowpass VCF filters with ADSR envelope
  • Curtis VCAs
  • 8 Part multitimbral
  • Sequencer: 8-track; 6000 notes/99 patterns/99 songs
  • Arpeggiator
  • 61 note keyboard with aftertouch
  • MIDI

PPG Wave 2 Resources:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *