Behringer today announced plans for a PPG Wave knockoff, the ‘BBG Wave‘.
Here’s what they shared:
Some time ago we showed you the internal design of a new synth which one of our eight synthesizer engineering teams is working on.
Today we like to share with you the first working prototype which also marks our first wavetable synthesizer – modeled after the iconic PPG Wave.
We are still far away from a product release as the firmware is extremely complex but we can already tell you that it sounds truly amazing.”
The PPG Wave, originally introduced in 1981, is an digital/analog hybrid synthesizer:
The original PPG Wave was created by Wolfgang Palm, who developed wavetable synthesis.
Instead of offering a handful of basic waveform shapes, like most earlier synthesizers, the PPG Wave used digital wavetable oscillators that could create a huge variety of complex waveshapes. The Wave built on Palm’s earlier wavetable by adding analog filters, which dramatically extended the keyboard’s synthesis capabilities.
Palm’s wavetable synthesis featured in hardware synths, like the Waldorf MicroWave.
In more recent years, Palm offered a modernized take on wavetable synthesis in several iOS apps, including PPG Wavegenerator, Wavemapper and Infinite.
Pricing and Availability
Behringer is not announcing details for the BBG Wave at this time. Based on their history of previous ‘teaser’ type announcements, it could be several years before a production BBG Wave release, and the design could change significantly.
PPG Wave image via krunkwerke