Waldorf PPG Wave 3.V Virtual Instrument

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Waldorf PPG Wave 3.V Virtual Instrument

The Waldorf PPG Wave 3.V Virtual Instrument, the reincarnation of the legendary PPG Wave, one of the most popular high end synthesizers of the 1980s!

Waldorf PPG Wave 3.V Virtual Instrument Details

The PPG Wave 3.V is the reincarnation of the legendary PPG Wave, one of the most popular high end synthesizers of the 1980s, originally developed by Wolfgang Palm. Countless hit records have featured sounds from this instrument that has inspired and influenced a whole generation of producers, composers and listeners. While the original PPG Wave was prohibitively expensive - only affordable by a few top musicians and producers - now everyone can enjoy its breathtaking sonic character in their VST or AudioUnit host.

The PPG Wave 2 series was the first digital wavetable synthesizer with analog filters, heralding a revolution in both sound and concept. Based on its exclusive wavetable technology, PPG Wave users had access to almost 2,000 waveforms arranged into 32 "wavetables" which extended well beyond the basic analog shapes of sawtooth, pulse and triangle waveforms that other contemporary synthesizers offered.

With this enormous arsenal of waveforms, the PPG Wave 2 could not only produce familiar analog-type sounds, but also bell timbres, choirs, and extremely brilliant digital sounds, as well as previously unheard magnificent sweeps that moved through as many as 64 different waveforms arranged into each of these wavetables.

Because of the technological limitations of the time, the PPG Wave 2's wavetable playback was always a bit contaminated by digital noise artifacts known as "aliasing." Although originally not considered a desirable characteristic, the aliasing effect adds to the charm of the instrument by harkening back to the early digital days of the 1980s. With this in mind, we took great care to recreate this aliasing effect as closely as possible, noting that the aliasing was even a bit different between the PPG Wave 2.2 and 2.3! Now on the PPG Wave 3.V, you can choose to hear the aliasing of the PPG Wave 2.2, the PPG Wave 2.3, or no aliasing at all.

The combination of this digital heart with the warmth of analog filters resulted in an unequaled fat and lush sound. The filters of the PPG Wave 2 series were among the best a synthesizer could possess, and the PPG Wave 3.V closely models their sound character and behavior with all the little distortions and imperfections along with all the warmth and smoothness that analog technology could provide.

The user interface of the PPG Wave series was also unique. The analog control panel allowed quick access to the most important sound parameters, while the digital menu pages presented the inner workings in cryptic numbers and abbreviations. Since the user interface of a synthesize plays an important role in the sound creation process, the PPG Wave 3.V recreates this aspect of the original instruments as well, although we have replaced some of the more cryptic original text with more intuitive parameter names and values.

A short time after the introduction of the original PPG Wave series, Wolfgang Palm again raised the bar when he released the Waveterm and PRK, Processor Keyboard which, when combined with a Wave 2.2 or Wave 2.3, formed "The PPG System." This system added the ability to transfer sampled to the Wave 2.2 and 2.3, which made the PPG System the most affordable professional sampler of its time. The PPG Wave 3.V offers sample playback closely modeled from the original Wave 2.2 or Wave 2.3 plus some features not available at that time. And of course, it still produces the very characteristic grainy sound of the 8-bit (Wave 2.2) or 12-bit (Wave 2.3) D/A converters used int he original machines.

All these features along with the practical selection of digital effects often used to spice up the PPG's audio signal are now ready to use in your 21st century music production environment.

Unleash the massive sound potential with the charm of the "good old digital days" with this unique instrument, and bring back the pure joy and individuality of 1980s synthesis with the PPG Wave 3.V.

Waldorf PPG Wave 3.V Virtual Instrument Features


  • Up to 256 voices per instance (depending on available CPU power)
  • 8 part Multimode | 8 Stereo Outputs
  • Host automation of most parameters
  • MIDI Controller automation of most parameters

Per Voice

  • 2 Wavetable Oscillators
  • Sample Playback with 8-bit, 12-bit or full resolution (switchable with True PPG)
  • Authentic Aliasing Emulation of the PPG Wave 2.2 or Wave 2.3 (switchable with True PPG)
  • 12dB / 24 dB Low Pass Filter | Authentic Filter Emulation of the PPG Wave 2.2/2.3
  • Filter Overdrive, switchable between Hard (transistor-type) and Tube Overdrive
  • 1 LFO | 3 Envelopes
  • Authentic Emulation of the modulation graininess (switchable with True PPG)

Per Part (up to 8 parts available)

  • Poly, Dual, Quad and Mono (8 voices) mode with 8 different semitone offsets to create chords or melodic lines
  • Arpeggiator with Up, Down, Alternate and Cascade (PPG special) mode
  • True PPG Mode switchable between PPG Wave 2.2, Wave 2.3 and Wave 2.V
  • 8-way multitimbral with six effect processors per part, totaling up to 48 simultaneous effects
  • 4-band EQ | Overdrive with types Soft / Medium / Hard / Clip / Tube
  • 12-Stage Phaser | 6-Stage Chorus / Flanger | Modulation Delay | Reverb

Other Features

  • Extensive Sound Library with new sounds and factory sounds from 1984-1986 included
  • Original PPG Waveterm B Sample Library with more than 500 samples included
  • Original PPG Wave 2.3 factory sounds included
  • Contains over 500 new sounds, some featuring specially created samples
  • More than 100 new wavetables created by Wolfgang Palm
  • Sound and Sample Browser with full drag&drop support
  • Multisample playback by using the 8 part Multimode
  • 8 adjustable Cutoff / Resonance deviations to simulate analog inexactness
  • Finer adjustments of modulations in non-True-PPG-mode
  • Import sounds from PPG Wave 2.2/2.3 (requires Hermann Seib firmware V8)

Waldorf PPG Wave 3.V Virtual Instrument System Requirements


  • XP or higher
  • VST-compatible host


  • OS X 10.3.9 or higher
  • AU-compatible host

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