Waldorf PPG Wave 3.V still recommendable?

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Caine123
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5985 posts since 5 Aug, 2009

Post Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:26 pm

hey, i love the 80s stuff and wonder if this VST is still good? it is already very old i see but i just love the old school 80s digital sound, i checked some presets on youtube and the sound of some presets are really great and sound very full and bright. i dunno the PPG at all, is it comparable with the DX7?
does it have any unique features?
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545 posts since 4 Oct, 2018

Re: Waldorf PPG Wave 3.V still recommendable?

Post Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:13 pm

It has a resonant low pass filter!

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W23
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440 posts since 22 Sep, 2016

Re: Waldorf PPG Wave 3.V still recommendable?

Post Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:36 pm

You should demo it. It is definitely “nostalgic”. PPGv3 has been around for a minute or so, but it still gets a lot of love around here. I demo’ed it and wound up getting Largo instead which is definitely a different synth, but I found Largo’s overall sound more to my liking. You should wait for a sale, as Waldorf has them periodically and PPGv3 was $175 last time I looked. Waldorf still sells v2 (Waldorf Edition 2) for about half that, which is a cheaper alternative.

The PPG synthesis is definitely different than that of a DX7. It uses wavetables and (as noted above) a resonant low pass filter. The PPG hardware was noted for its digital wavetables and analog filter. The DX7 has no filter. It uses a series of sine waves modulating each other and envelopes to get its sound. If you haven’t checked out Dexed yet, you really should. It’s free and comes with almost every preset ever made for the DX7. It’s about as good as free gets

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dandezebra
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1271 posts since 21 Dec, 2013 from USA

Re: Waldorf PPG Wave 3.V still recommendable?

Post Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:22 pm

Jrr Shop has them for $90 each currently.

jbuonacc
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557 posts since 8 May, 2006

Re: Waldorf PPG Wave 3.V still recommendable?

Post Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:26 pm

still one of my favorites. can't really say why, i'm not really a big fan of "traditional" PPG sounds. i always seem to come up with something i like though whenever i use it.

Buka
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263 posts since 5 Mar, 2004

Re: Waldorf PPG Wave 3.V still recommendable?

Post Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:05 pm

Nothing still sounds quite like it!

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chk071
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22175 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Re: Waldorf PPG Wave 3.V still recommendable?

Post Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:46 pm

It sounds great, but, you have to like the operation.

I'd rather get Largo.

robotmonkey
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2245 posts since 20 Jun, 2012

Re: Waldorf PPG Wave 3.V still recommendable?

Post Tue Oct 22, 2019 12:11 am

jbuonacc wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:26 pm
still one of my favorites. can't really say why, i'm not really a big fan of "traditional" PPG sounds. i always seem to come up with something i like though whenever i use it.
This. PPG Wave V3 is among the best sounding synths out there. Still one of my most favorite synths. It's so easy to work with and get something eminently usable out of it.
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Lotuz2019
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313 posts since 26 Apr, 2019 from Netherlands

Re: Waldorf PPG Wave 3.V still recommendable?

Post Tue Oct 22, 2019 1:16 am

I still have the Steinberg/Waldorf PPG Wave 2.V. Hardly ever used it tbh, because those eighties sounds didn't appeal to me as much as I thought they would. Is the 3.V significantly better (sound and features)?

mxbf
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48 posts since 30 Mar, 2019

Re: Waldorf PPG Wave 3.V still recommendable?

Post Tue Oct 22, 2019 3:36 am

largo seems worth it possibly, i've been wanting it for a while. i still think 90 is a bit steep for how old it is and how its a bit glitchy and not really supported that much. ppg sounds pretty good but its hard to use with the menus

ians
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196 posts since 26 Oct, 2004 from U.K.

Re: Waldorf PPG Wave 3.V still recommendable?

Post Tue Oct 22, 2019 3:58 am

Anyone know if PPG 3 has the randomise function of v2 by pressing alt-akku button? That button isn't on version 3. I found some great stuff with that button.
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Scrubbing Monkeys
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777 posts since 21 Apr, 2017 from Bahia, Brazil

Re: Waldorf PPG Wave 3.V still recommendable?

Post Tue Oct 22, 2019 4:57 am

PPG 2v is still one of my favorites. The preset system is its only downside. Still love though. Quick, easy and unique.

Lotuz2019
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313 posts since 26 Apr, 2019 from Netherlands

Re: Waldorf PPG Wave 3.V still recommendable?

Post Tue Oct 22, 2019 5:15 am

ians wrote:
Tue Oct 22, 2019 3:58 am
Anyone know if PPG 3 has the randomise function of v2 by pressing alt-akku button? That button isn't on version 3. I found some great stuff with that button.
I've found a link to the 3.V manual:

https://support.waldorfmusic.com/files/ ... Manual.pdf

Maybe that feature has been renamed?
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Lotuz2019
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313 posts since 26 Apr, 2019 from Netherlands

Re: Waldorf PPG Wave 3.V still recommendable?

Post Tue Oct 22, 2019 6:33 am

Strange there's no mention of this sale on waldorfmusic.com:

https://www.gearslutz.com/board/showpos ... tcount=118

I wonder if upgrades are also 50% off. I also have Attack collecting virtual dust...

chk071
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22175 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Re: Waldorf PPG Wave 3.V still recommendable?

Post Tue Oct 22, 2019 6:36 am

mxbf wrote:
Tue Oct 22, 2019 3:36 am
largo seems worth it possibly, i've been wanting it for a while. i still think 90 is a bit steep for how old it is and how its a bit glitchy and not really supported that much.
Stills sounds better than 99% of the soft synths coming out these days, in my opinion.

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