Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by Tim Webb
Wolfgang Palm hired a PR company. PR companies love to draw things out, so small details have been trickling daily on Facebook to build up excitement for release. Here is a recap of what's been going on.
The official specs have been released:
Creation of your own waves and wavetables.
Playful sound creation simply by drawing or picking harmonics
3D page, visualization of the wavetables, transformation from photos into wavetables.
256 waves assembled within a wave grid
3 Audio Oscillators
3 Noise generators, for audio and modulations
Classic 24 dB Lowpass Filter, combined with an overdrive simulation.
Dual amplifier, for versatile control of 2 audio signals as well as panning.
13 Envelopes, for independent control of pitch, waveform, filter and noise gain and panning
Audio engine with 2 synthesis modes, and variable wave blending quality.
Directly accessible context help inside the app
Use a camera, to shoot a picture and then transform it into a sound!
Using state of the art technologies, but still the versatile and efficient synthesis system.
This is sounding like my frame by frame analysis was on the mark. Wolfgang must have played with Animoog and decided it would be more fun if users could make their own timbres. I'm betting he is right and can't wait to get my hands on this!
One of the more unique features here is the ability to make waves out of photos. This might just be a gimmick, but it sounds like a fun gimmick! Kids of all ages will be running all over the house snapping pictures of things on their iPad just to hear what they sound like.
The PPG origin story is being posted to the official website, at about an article a day. They are up to Part 5 in this 15 part series.
There is a short demo song exclusive to Music Radar, as well as a collection of demos embedded below.