Groove Synthesis 3rd Wave v1.5 Adds MPE Support & More

Groove Synthesis has release firmware v1.5 for the 3rd Wave synthesizer, a free update that adds MPE support and more.

Here’s what’s new in 3rd Wave OS version 1.5:

  • Support for MIDI MPE controllers – enable MPE from the GLOBAL menu and explore the new modulation sources at the end of the list. Pitch bend range can be set in the MISC menu
  • Option for free running analog oscillators in the MISC menu which is settable per patch – In the analog waveform mode, which you are using when you select the Axx waveforms like Saw and Square, now has the option to make the waveforms not reset when you start a new note. In this mode, the oscillators will continue to drift from each other as they do on some fully analog synthesizers.
  • New poly unison mode – set the polyphony count in the second page of the UNISON menu. It will split the voices up automatically to use max voices per note
  • New shortcut buttons to easily set output routing per part
  • New option in GLOBAL menu to send midi program change messages
  • Now saving UNISON chord mode settings with program
  • Now pitch wheel, mod wheel, pressure are independent per part when controlling in midi multitimbral mode + pitch wheel destination is settable per part
  • Slight adjustments to circuit drift envelope sustain variance – gets rid of jumps when going from decay to sustain in the envelope
  • New options for longer LFO sync times
  • Improvements to LED brightness settings
  • Added smoothing to pan position changes to avoid audible stepping
  • Misc bug fixes and performance improvements.

See the Groove Synthesis site for details.

8 thoughts on “Groove Synthesis 3rd Wave v1.5 Adds MPE Support & More

  1. WOW! I was waiting this update from so long: i got a Linnstrument, and an hardware synth with great layout and sonic capability it’s the perfect match. 3RD Wave its the definitive modern polysynth. I had a PPG Wave 2.2 and i sold it. I will purchase this asap

    1. Which is why I wish they would release a desktop version. I’ve got a Quantum 2 coming and I have no place to put another 61-key synth.

    2. I hope to see manufacturers either make use of Fatar’s new poly AT keybed OR the ASM one, which I heard they are planning to license to other manufacturers. My Hydrasynth 49 is quite satisfying to play. I know that’s not entirely the same as MPE but it’s a huge step forward from standard Channel Aftertouch.

      Till then, I do encourage keyboard players who are curious about MPE to explore the excellent Osmose in detail. It’s fantastic, though the synth engine itself looks daunting to me.

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