MATRIXSYNTH: Waldorf PPG Wave 3.v vs 2.2v Synth Plugin Head to Head

Saturday, December 05, 2020

Waldorf PPG Wave 3.v vs 2.2v Synth Plugin Head to Head


Synth & Sundry

"Comparing three identical patches on the Waldorf PPG Wave 3.v VST synth plugin and its multiple PPG Wave wavetable emulations (Wave 2.3, Wave 2.2, Wave 2.v) against the older version of the audio plugin, the PPG Wave 2.2v

Contents:
00:00 Leafy Intro
00:36 Waldorf PPG Wave 3.v Patch 1 (2.3 Mode)
00:57 Waldorf PPG Wave 3.v Patch 1 (2.2 Mode)
01:26 Waldorf PPG Wave 3.v Patch 1 (2.v Mode)
02:17 Waldorf PPG Wave 2.2.v Patch 1 (old plugin)
03:43 Waldorf PPG Wave 3.v Patch 5 (2.3 Mode)
04:29 Waldorf PPG Wave 3.v Patch 5 (2.2 Mode)
05:26 Waldorf PPG Wave 3.v Patch 5 (2.v Mode)
06:14 Waldorf PPG Wave 2.2.v Patch 5 (old plugin)
07:27 Waldorf PPG Wave 3.v Patch 21 (2.3 Mode)
08:25 Waldorf PPG Wave 3.v Patch 21 (2.2 Mode)
09:24 Waldorf PPG Wave 3.v Patch 21 (2.v Mode)
10:27 Waldorf PPG Wave 2.2.v Patch 21 (old plugin)
11:32 Leafy Conclusion

There were three versions of the PPG Wave wavetable synthesizer. The first iteration was the Wave 2 (from 1981) which had 8 oscillators and the CEM 3320 VCF 24db/oct filter chips. It was in good company since the Sequential Circuits Pro One used those too for its analog filters. The next year the Wave 2.2 version came out with 16 oscillators (so two per voice) and a different filter chip to accompany its now beefier 8 voices. Both the 2.2 and 2.3 used the SSM 2044 VCF chip which was also present in the much lauded Octave Plateau Voyetra 8 and the Korg Mono/Poly. The final 2.3 iteration from 1984 increased the oscillator resolution from 8-bit to 12-bit when used in conjunction with a Waveterm A or B music computer unit which allowed for sampling and sequencing very much in the vein of the legendary Fairlight CMI.

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