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PPG Wave 2.2 – a fascinating hybrid synthesizer

PPG produced some highly innovative, creative products in the early and mid 1980s. Especially their synthesizer range has always been fascinating. PPG Wave instruments are a unique conglomerate of technical unreliability and unsurpassed musical expression.

Wave 2.0 / 2.2 and 2.3 are among the greatest synthesizers of all time, although they are no instruments for the occasional user. You need to invest time (and some money) to get the best out of these machines …

Some pictures and sound examples of a PPG Wave 2.2 …

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Waldorf Microwave XT Keyboard

The Microwave XTK (on the market since 1999) is the rare keyboard version of the Microwave XT rack synthesizer. But although many sources claim that these instruments are capable of producing PPG sounds, our answer to this common belief is a definite “NO”!

No Microwave synthesizer has ever attained the depth and character of a PPG wave. This by no means disqualifies the Waldorf synthesizers as independent instruments. Quite the contrary! For organic, experimental music with high modulatory potential, the Microwave XT / XTK is often just the right ticket.

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