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Friday, January 05, 2024

Vintage Synth Catalogs



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Sequential Circuits Prophet VS
PPG Wave 2.3
AKAI
Roland Volume 5

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

PPG Wave 2.2 Legendary Wavetable Synth

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"PPG Wave 2.2 Legendary Masterpiece!!! Analog SSM filters. Wavetable. One of the best keyboards of all time !"

Monday, December 11, 2023

PPG Wave 2.3

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"Original vintage SERVICED! PPG Wave 2.3 analog poly monster in gorgeous playing condition!

This beast has just been fully tuned, calibrated, and recapped as necessary, all functions working as designed, and she sounds absolutely stunning. one of the all time, desert island, greatest analog synths of all time."

Saturday, December 09, 2023

EXTREMELY RARE PPG 1002 for Tom + first ever shop tour!!!


video upload by foleytronics fx repair

"Here is a demo of the EXTREMELY RARE PPG 1002 for Tom. Plus a bonus first ever tour of the Foleytronics shop!!

For those that want to attempt to tune this synth, here is what worked for me:

The trimmer by the regulators is the CV offset; trim for 0v for the lowest key. This interacts with the CV v/oct, which is right above where the two shielded cables connect from the 20-pin keyboard connector. Trim this for 1v/oct, which can be measured at the switched oscillator CV input jack on the back of the instrument. Once these are set, you can move on.

The oscillators are tricky. They each have an initial frequency trim pot and a volt/octave trim pot. However, the initial frequency trimmer cannot be set willy nilly to A440 because their initial tuning frequency greatly affects the octave selection switches on the top panel. What I found to be most effective is to set the MASTER TUNE front panel pot to 0, the OCTAVE SLIDER to the left of the keyboard to the middle and then begin tuning. Note, every trim pot for each oscillator will affect the others for that oscillator so this is an exercise in extreme patience.

First, turn off keyboard control for OSC B and roughly center its front panel tuning pot; set its octave to +3 and put a folded piece of paper on middle C. You are now going to tune the octave selector for OSC A; this part is confusing as there is a trimmer to adjust the octave selection offset for BOTH oscillators, but only OSC B has an adjustment to “match” its octave selection with that of A. Thus, you have to use that trimmer to get OSC A perfect and then match B to A - the method that worked for me was to switch between octaves for OSC A and adjust the octave offset trimmer along with the initial frequency trim pot for A to get a perfect octave selection for OSC A over the OSC B drone.

After the OSC A octave adjustment, it’s time to adjust B’s octave adjustment. Set A to +3, and switch OSC B to +1; adjust for zero beating at the trimmer in the upper left corner of the board right at the edge of the PCB. Then, switch OSC B back to +3 and adjust its initial frequency for zero beating; repeat this until the octave selection is perfect for B.

Now, it’s time to adjust for V/octave for each oscillator. Sadly, this adjustment affects the octave center calibration we just did, so you’ll have to keep backtracking until it’s good. Adjust the V/octave trim pot for OSC A, which is directly to the left of the CV v/octave we did in the first step. You’ll now have to mess with the init. frequency for A along with the V/oct to get the oscillator to track correctly on the keyboard, but like I said earlier, you have now probably slightly messed up the octave selection so you will have to go back and do that again. Then, adjust the tuning of OSC A again and repeat this process until OSC A tracks perfectly and has good octave selection. I couldn’t really get the +4 octave to be perfect, but hey, it’s a prototype and is probably 50+ years old.

Now for OSC B; it’s very similar to A. Use the V/octave adjustment trimmer which is the lower left trim pot on the PCB along with the initial frequency trim pot to get B to track along the keyboard. Again, you’ll have to go back and adjust the octave selection, but that’s not as bad for B because its octave adjustment doesn’t mess up OSC A’s octave selection. At this point, you should be able to get OSC A and OSC B to track the keyboard and the octave selections should be there"

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Thief (1981) complete "Igneous" scene (music by TD)


video upload by kovalmoog

"The whole scene of Thief (1981) with TD's re-edition of 'Thru Metamorphic Rocks' theme, renamed as 'Igneous' in the OST release.
The film version is by far more extensive than Thief CD version.
Enjoy that sequence !"

TD = Tangerine Dream.

Curious what they were using back then. According to this thread, they used the following on tour during that time period:

Live in East Berlin, 31st Jan 1980

Chris Franke:
Custom modular synthesizer (comprising of about 50% Moog and 50%
Projekt Electronik):
Moog Oscx2/R.M./VCF/VCAs
Projekt Elektronik VcEnvx2 & Proj. Elek. 2VCO/W.Noise/R.M./Waves (for Drums)
Digital sequencer & trigger selector
Programmer for above (SCI model 700 programmer)
Synth sound bank (for above)
Moog 960 sequential controller x2
Projekt elektronik sequence controller x2
Moog 3-band parametric
Moog 12 stage phaser
Moog 920 programmer
Moog 16-channel vocoder
Rhythm robot sequencer
Emu Oddity voice card
12 analogue drum sounds
Drum envelope unit
Drum EPROM sampled sounds
and more...

Oberheim OB-1
Prophet 5 (rev 2)
Minimoog
Korg PE-2000 polyphonic Ensemble
Elka Rhapsody 610 string machine.

Edgar Froese:
custom Moog modular synthesizer (3 box units comprising Moog modules and sequencers plus sequence controllers from Projekt Electronic)
Prophet 5 rev 2
PPG Sonic Carrier 1003 programmable duophonic DCO/DCF/DCA based synthesizer
PPG Wavecomputer 360 polyphonic digital synthesizer
PPG 350 keyboard sequencer
Arp Pro-DGX monophonic preset synthesizer
Korg PE-2000 polyphonic ensemble
Roland MC-8 microcomposer
Roland VC-10 vocoder
Arp/Solina string ensemble
Mellotron mk V

Johannes Schmoelling:
- Minimoog
- Yamaha CP-80 electric grand
- Oberheim 4-voice
- Elka Rhapsody 610
- Polymoog
- Korg PS-3100
- Synthanorma sequencer

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European tours (Nov-Dec 1980 & Jan-Feb 1981):

Equipment used:

Chris Franke:
Moog/PE modular tower as above
Minimoog
Arp Odyssey mk III
Elka Rhapsody 610
Prophet 5 rev 2

Edgar Froese:
Projekt Elektronik modular synthesizer & sequencers (used by Peter Baumann during '76 and '77)
PPG 340 A Generator Unit, PPG340 B Processor Unit, PPG380 Event Generator, PPG x 2 Terminals, PPG x 2 Computer Keyboards,
Oberheim OB-X

He may have used some more keyboards during these tours but I'm not sure which ones (possibly the Arp pro-DGX, the PPG Sonic carrier or the PPG
360 wavecomputer?)

Johannes Schmoelling:
Moog modular synthesizer (usually handled by Edgar Froese on stage)
Minimoog
Polymoog
Prophet 5 rev 2
Yamaha CP-80 electric grand

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British Isles tour (Oct-Nov 1981):

Equipment used:

Chris Franke:
Moog/PE modular tower as above
Minimoog
Arp Odyssey mk III
Elka Rhapsody 610
Prophet 5 rev 2

Edgar Froese:
PPG 360 wavecomputer
PPG Wave 2
Arp Pro-DGX
Korg PE-2000 poly-ensemble
PPG 5-octave keyboard controller
Custom sequencer (by Helmut Groethe)

Johannes Schmoelling:
Minimoog
Oberheim OB-X (handled by Froese on previous tours)
Custom sequencer (like Edgar's)

Tuesday, November 07, 2023

PPG Wave 2.3

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"The legend of wavetable synthesis.

Beloved ppg wave 2.3 FULL RESTORED, we have reloaded all the original sounds, and all the factory settings.

If you buy this PPG you will have it exactly as it came out of the factory in the 80s, all original"

Monday, October 30, 2023

EIII 10/29/23


video upload by Transisted Waves

"Loading PPG Banks on my EIII while holding headphones up to my phone."

Update: currently on

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023

PPG Wave 2.2

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Wednesday, October 11, 2023

PPG Wave 2.3 w/ Synthropology™️ Latest OS v8.3

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"This amazing PPG Wave 2.3 has received the full Synthropology™️ treatment.
That means that we attended to every potential weak spot that we have seen across the vast number of PPGs that we have repaired/updated/serviced in our 25+ years of serving these German wonder machines in blue.

We truly strive for PPG excellence!

It was about 40 years ago that these groundbreaking PPG Wave 2.2/2.3 series left the Hamburg (Germany) factory, so by now, expert-maintenance and sophisticated upgrades are critical to keep them them stable and inspiring.

Over the decades Synthropology have developed a rich set of updates/maintenance routines to make the PPGs MUCH more reliable and enjoyable.

After our Synthropology™️ treatment these PPGs are ready for a bright and reliable future again.

Highlights of upgrades includes (but not limited to):

* Brand new VFD display
* Extensive power supply rebuilt and upgrade
* Cleaned keybed and and new keybed bushings
* Extensive testing before delivery
* Latest v8.3 Operating System"

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

PPG Wave 2.3

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"Here she is - the last and greatest of the incredible PPG line. The very rare and powerful Wave 2.3.

8 parts, 5 keyboard splits, full midi, sequencing and arpeggiation of individual parts and layers.

This thing is an absolute MONSTER!!! And this one is in excellent shape with no issues whatsoever."

Sunday, September 17, 2023

PPG 1020

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"True rarity - PPG 1020 Monophonic digital synthesizer with analog filter

The PPG 1020 is a very special rarity and in perfect technical condition. It is very stable in voice, has analog VCF, digital keyboard without bouncing contacts and a special, very expressive, super fat.

The PPG 1020 does have its own strengths. Digital modulation (for the oscillators) and – especially – the ring modulator are important technical improvements. And those 6 (!) oscillator waveforms are something special. Very unique sound I found it to go very well sequenced together with a VCO monosynth.

power supply 220v (Europe)"

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Best of PPG wave Synthesizer


video upload by RetroSound

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Best of PPG wave 2.2 Synthesizer
all synthesizer sounds: PPG wave 2.2 Synthesizer (1982)
drums: Roland TR-808 , Roland TR-707, Linndrum, Simmons SDS-8

Setlist
0:06 Intro
0:31 1982
1:09 Wave Choir
1:34 Riding the Blue Wave
1:50 Rush 1
2:02 Wave Church
2:16 Wave Beat
2:39 Snowfall
2:49 Psycho
3:23 Melancholy
3:48 Daydream
4:08 Arpeggiator Games
4:22 20000Volt Trafo Station
4:35 Dark Waves
5:12 Blue Motion
5:32 Dancing Waves
5:55 Break The Rule
6:06 Upper Wavetable
6:35 Wave Strings
6:45 Elektroplankton
7:10 Wave Sweep
7:27 Wave Detector
7:48 Wave Steps
7:57 Sunday Afternoon
8:32 Blue Hole
8:40 Fast Driving
9:04 Wavetable Playing
9:21 Rush 2
9:30 Permafrost
9:48 Fukushima
10:16 Fundamental Wave
10:54 First Record
11:04 Miami Nights
12:01 ADHS
12:13 Monotony
12:37 Wave Piano
12:50 Oldschool Day
13:14 Wavetable 27
13:25 Retrolink
13:42 60Parallel
14:21 Hit The Wave
14:41 Self Control
14:58 Ti Sento
15:12 Touch In The Night
15:24 Tangerine Dream
15:45 Overture
15:55 Spatzili (Waveterm Sample)

The PPG Wave Synthesizer from the year 1982 is one of the most fascinatic synths ever. Used by Trevor Horn, Rush, Ultravox, Gary Numan Tangerine Dream, Depeche Mode, Propaganda, Tears For Fears, Robert Palmer and many others. Here can you find the full PPG wave playlist with a lot single sound demos, wavetable demos, PPG Waveterm demos and one synth demo tracks. Enjoy.
The PPG playlist:"

Saturday, July 29, 2023

Rare PPG EVU - Wave 2.3 in a Rack

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You can find a video of one previously posted here.

"Functionally the EVU is exactly a PPG Wave 2.3 in a rack but with the addition of individual panning and individual volume for each voice.

This particular EVU has quite a pedigree. Probably has travel mores miles than Lance Armstrong at this point. It was the demo unit that the North America PPG product specialist used back in the day at his presentations.
This very EVU has also been on several tours with the band SAGA.

We have updated all boards so now the guts of this machine could work straight up in a 2.3 (with 2.3 EPROMS).

With system 8.3 you can access all the parameters over MIDI or as originally envision by Mr Palm, the EVU can be remote controlled by a Waveterm.

This amazing instrument has received the full Synthropology™️ treatment.
That means that we attended to every potential weak spot that we have seen across the vast number of PPGs that we have repaired/updated/serviced in our 25+ years of servicing these German wonder machines in blue.

We truly strive for PPG excellence!

Over the decades Synthropology have developed a rich set of updates/maintenance routines to make the PPGs MUCH more reliable and enjoyable.

After our Synthropology™️ treatment these PPGs are ready for a bright and reliable future again.

Highlights of upgrades includes (but not limited to):

* Extensive power supply rebuilt and upgrades

* Extensive testing before delivery

* Latest v8.3 Operating System

The buyer will get a detailed copy of the extensive Synthropology™️ service record for this machine.

There are a few visual imperfections. They are barely visibly in a normal studio (lighting) setting.

There are some minor scratches on the front panel, but it is hard to even capture them in the pictures. Nevertheless we tried to make the imperfections visible as much as possible in the pictures for full disclosure.

That being said, this PPG EVU presents really well and looks beautiful and very potent.

More importantly, it works perfectly."

Monday, July 24, 2023

Vintage PPG 1002 Synthesizer w/ Behringer Bode Frequency Shifter 1630


video upload by RinghausenMusic

Update:

Behringer Bode Frequency Shifter 1630

video upload by RinghausenMusic

"Video Update , wegen kleiner Probleme"

Monday, July 03, 2023

Museum Of Synthesizer Technology , Analog Heaven Featuring Bob Moog


video uploads by wutierson

Also see Museum Of Synthesizer Technology DVD B-Roll footage

Mr. Martin Newcomb's Museum of Synthesizer Technology mid-1990's.

Note the plaque in the opening reads: "This Museum Was Opened By DR R.A. Moog On 29th July 1994" [4th video in the playlist above]

There was also a book dedicated to the museum you can find in previous posts here.

PPG WAVE 2.3 Synthesizer Keyboard For Parts

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Pics of the inside below.

According to the listing:

"PPG WAVE 2.3 Synthesizer Keyboard - for restoration. Sold AS-IS. I know nothing about these. I did plug it in and it powers on. Sometimes 3 red light came on and after I pushed a few buttons to try to scroll it would only show black blocks on LED screen (see photos) I could never get it to change on LED screen. All the keys spring back up. There are some uneven keys (see photo) It has scratches. The silver plate that holds circuit boards straight was loose so I put some black tape on edge to hold circuit boards. (see last photo) I do not know the history of this keyboard."

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

PPG Wave 2.2

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"This one has gotten the full Synthropology™️ treatment meaning that we dig into our 20+ years of archives and experience working on the PPGs. We attend to everything that we have come across as weak points in all the PPGs that ever came across our path.

We truly strive for PPG excellence!

The PPGs have a certain reputation for being unreliable. Even though they do have quirks, (we prefer to call it character) there are many things that can done to make them MUCH more reliable and hence enjoyable.

Highlights of upgrades includes (but not limited to):

* Brand new VFD display
* Extensive power supply rebuilt and upgrade
* Cleaned keybed and and new keybed bushings
* Extensive testing before delivery
* v8 Operating System"

Friday, June 09, 2023

PPG Wave 2.2 2.3 Meticulously Refurbished ToneTweakers Sounds Patches Demo Factory Presets


video upload by tonetweakers

"Here’s a run through of the sounds on the PPG Wave 2.3 we are about to put up for sale. We meticulously refurbished it and are in the process of systematically testing and photographing it. This unit was upgraded from a 2.2 to 2.3 but it’s previous owner (who was the original owner). The sounds heard here aren’t the greatest but give you an idea of it’s overall tone. In the hands of a good programmer, this synth is magic! For sale very soon on our website. We buy, restore and sell PPG synthesizers and other great vintage synths."

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Thursday, May 18, 2023

Famous PPG Wave Synthesizer Sounds


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Famous PPG Wave Sounds part1

0:06 Laura Branigan - Self Control
0:27 Devo - Super Thing
0:56 Rush - Mystic Rhythms
1:19 Silent Circle - Touch In The Night
1:36 Matia Bazar - Ti Sento
2:09 Tangerine Dream - Love On Real Train
2:37 Rush - Emotion Detector

The PPG wave 2.2 Synthesizer from the year 1982 is one of most fascinating synthesizers ever. You can find a lot demo videos, sound tutorials about the Wave and the Waveterm in the PPG wave playlist.
The PPG playlist:"

Friday, March 31, 2023

The Rare PPG Wave System From the Early 80s


video upload by RetroSound

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PPG Waveterm A and Wave 2.2 Wavetable Synthesizer from the year 1982.
Only 300 Waveterm A&B are made in the early 80s
price WT-A: 15.000 DM (Deutsche Mark)

The Waveterm is the heart of the legendary PPG system and based on an old german computer called Eltec Eurocom II with Motorola 6809 processor.

- creation of Waves and Wavetables
- fourier analysis / resonator
- additive synthesis
- 8 bit Sampling for the WAVE 2.2
- sequencer / event generator
- storage of sounds on 8" disc

The demo track shows the Wave 2.2 sounds features with the Waveterm A. You hear the wavegenerator of the PPG wave 2.2 synthesizer controlled with the Waveterm A.

The PPG wave 2.2 Synthesizer from the year 1982 is one of most fascinating synthesizers ever. You can find a lot demo videos, sound tutorials about the Wave and the Waveterm in the PPG wave playlist. The PPG playlist:"

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