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PPG WaveGenerator Gets Record and Export!

Before the 1.0 version was even out on iTunes, Wolfgang Palm was working hard on 1.0.1 to add requested features.

What's new:

  • Audio recorder, up to 10 min. at 44.1 stereo
  • Audio Copy to the pasteboard
  • File Sharing via iTunes
  • Keyboard octave shifting
  • More routing possibilitys - enabling ringmod and more
  • Updated factory presets
  • Bug fixes

Buy PPG WaveGenerator on iTunes: $19.99

Recording and Audio Copy! Which means most folks just ran out of excuses to buy it. If you do, here is an tutorial I put together to help get you going. This is an advanced tutorial and it assumes you've already mastered Animoog.

September 16, 2012  | person_outline Tim Webb

Now all we need is a metronome!

September 16, 2012  | person_outline Duke

Totally, duke! In the meantime, I like to run something like MoDrum in the background to keep the tempo, but it doesn't always work.

Also, I wish they would've come up with a little bit better way to alter the keyboard and slide the octaves around. Diving into that menu, especially with all that extra space above the keys, it just doesn't seem like a very good implementation on an otherwise awesome app.

September 16, 2012  | person_outline gatearray

It's a great app but it desperately needs better midi support

September 16, 2012  | person_outline Scott

Grabbed this, and while it sounds great.... No background audio (or virtual MIDI)? It's also crashing on me quite a bit (iPad3 for what it's worth).

Sounds great... Really, I like how it sounds. But as it is, I'm going to have a hard time working it into any sort of music production flow. I don't want to bash it too much, as it seems like there's great potential, but it needs some work.

September 16, 2012  | person_outline Fessaboy

There's so much to love about WG, that it seems almost churlish to find fault with it, but I can't help but find myself agreeing with the remarks left by gateaaray and Scott.

The keyboard on Animoog is anything but conventional, and this isn't necessarily a bad thing, if, as in Animoog's case, it feels "right". Don Buchla's synths often eschewed conventional piano keyboards and this allowed for a different approach when composing and introduced an element of lateral thinking that often produced inspiring results.

WG synthesis structure is so well thought out and engaging, that the keyboard feels somehow inferior, as if a paucity of thought has occurred in this area. Whilst I wouldn't have had any issues being presented with an Animoog style keyboard, what we're offered instead is something that makes WG extremely hard to simply sit down and play. Several companies have proven that, conventional keyboard or not, it is possible to play quite intricate music on the iPad, when thought has gone into the implementation. And, whilst PPG haven't got it entirely wrong with the concept behind the WG's keyboard, it's implementation does leave something to be desired.

Many would argue that you can simply connect the iPad to a MIDI keyboard, but for me, this defeats the unusual and unique forms of input the iPad has to offer. It's rather like having a supersonic jet and attatching a console in to the cockpit that won't let it break the sound barrier. The unique input offerings on the iPad should be capitalised on, not simply dumbed down by attatching it to a MIDI keyboard - once that's occurred it begs the question - why bother with the iPad? Apps like TC-11 really grab the iPad by the throat and squeeze all of it's functionality and quirks out of it,creating soundscapes and timbres which have never been heard before.

I still think WG rocks though ^_^

September 17, 2012  | person_outline Matthew

I agree. I don't see why synth app developers shouldn't always make a full screen mode alá Synth X. It just needs to be a simple button and hey presto, keys that run the whole length of the screen. Try Synth X, imagine PPG with that key length, would be amazing!

I also agree that TC-11 (terribe name - unispiring or sounds like Tc electronics) is a great synth with super unique qualities.

September 17, 2012  | person_outline Gaz Williams

Man I really suck at keeping a steady tempo. Quantize option would be great, something like impaktor does. Ya the menus for everything needs to go, 2 arrows for changing octave, double keys, sliding option, anything would be better.

September 17, 2012  | person_outline ChrisG

It is not at all churlish to criticize a $20 app.
I agree the keyboard is kind of half-baked. Instead of just copy/paste of settings, it needs to be able to actually save and load keyboard layouts, and be resizable.
Should have background audio and functioning virtual MIDI right off the bat also.

September 17, 2012  | person_outline Zymos

I have been very disappointed with the features of this synth and there doesn't seem to be very good support. The synth has great features but is also missing the important things. No virtual midi or background audio, and there seem like there are lots of bugs. I keep getting keys and sound stuck on and I can't play while changing octaves. I think all of my other synths can create equal sounds, but they are more stable and easier to use. I wish there was real support too, they seem angry that we've actually found problems with the synth. I also wish they would give us some half decent preset sounds to use as a learning tool. I am starting to regret this purchase, I should have just waited for the Waldarf to come out, at least there would be good support and a quality app :(

September 18, 2012  | person_outline Rick Tom

That last sentence was sarcastic right?
I love my Blofeld, but....

September 18, 2012  | person_outline Zymos

Sounds good, but crashy for me. I guess I didn't read the reviews closely enough ahead of time to realize that background audio and MIDI wasn't completely there yet. My preferred way to play is using SoundPrism Pro for the controller and various synths in the background providing the audio. If SoundPrism Pro is running, PPG crashes on launch, every time. The only way I can get it to run at all is if I close the SoundPrism Pro app before attempting to open PPG.

I don't suppose anyone has gotten SoundPrism Pro and PPG to play nicely together yet... If I'm wrong, please let me know how you did it!

September 25, 2012  | person_outline Matt Newby

I hadn't experienced any of the crashes people were talking about, but I was using it with Genome. I just tried it with SoundPrism and I'm having the same problem you described. I can't get it to load at all. I see the splash-screen and then it crashes out.


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