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PPG Wavegenerator Specs and Demos

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
  • 4 LFOs
  • Arpeggiator
  • Delay/Reverb effect
  • 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.

    Reader Comments 4

    Waveforms from photos: this could be cheezy, or it could be useful. Useful: you could sample exotic vintage synthesizer waveforms from oscillator screenshots. Something tells me, however, that the photo algorithm won't be that straightforward.

    August 21, 2012  | person_outline dswo

    I'm sure this will be a nifty addition to the amazing line-up of IOS synths. I'm also hoping it's priced for $14.99 or lower. I thought Moog's Midi-out trick was deplorable and its regular price, like that of Konkreet Performer, is unjustified in the scheme of the other great, less expensive, iPad audio apps.

    August 22, 2012  | person_outline kamelmauz@gmail.com

    13 envelopes???

    My bet: $1+ per envelope.

    August 22, 2012  | person_outline Will

    Another important spec: on the new iPad 3 you have up to 9 voices at 44100, 12 at 32000 and 18 at 22050 HZ !
    greetings from Italy :-)

    August 22, 2012  | person_outline Benis67

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