well plex was an odd failure in marketing terms... which is really strange cause this unique synth definitely produces beautiful - and very expensive sounding - digital pads and "moving" sounds. personally i find the soundscapes this synth is capable to do very close to the sound of my wavestation sr. sure it doesn´t feature wavesequencing ... but it sounds airy, impressive and soundtrackish to the max imho. the userinterface indeed looks like a electronic game from an bygone age :) but is amongst the most accessible interfaces for a synth i ever saw. it´s so easy to come up with useful musical sounds... sure it doesn´t produce one-note wonders, but used in a arrangment the sounds become "alive"...glittering and sparkling with beauty and class. if you are looking for realistic analog sounds or imitations of natural sounds you won´t get happy here, but if you like those etheral pads and synth sounds this is the right thing to get. and since it was included with newer vstis from steinberg for free it´s an absolute steal to have!!! if i had to describe the soundcharacter i would say: airy, digital, crisp, floating above the ground... (ok, i am biased, i love this thing). it´s not about the single sampled elemnts... it´s the combination. plex sound is more than the sum of its parts! e.g. try the 8080 patch in the factory soundbank... just change some elements... you will come up with beautiful soundtrackish pads in no time... simply amazing...
p.s. being the lucky kind of person i am i bought it before it became a free added bonus...
Full documentation in german, english... and french! Great.
Wolfgang Palm was the owner of PPG and its chief designer. As far as I remember he made his first synthesizer in 1975 with the help of... Tangerine Dream! He is the creator of the digital wavetable oscillators that were used for the first time in the famous PPG Wave 2. When PPG ceased to exist (in 1987 if my memory doesn't fail) he continued his work with Waldorf, which is now reknowned for their fabulous synthesizers developed around his digital wavetable synthesis and used by many of the most famous musicians all around the world.
This is a very fun little synth. Just drag and drop the 3 waveforms into the various sounds and the parameters seem endless! Right click the mouse in a section for a drop down menu to add sounds to each section. Many presets to choose for starting points, too. This thing has kept me up late quite a few nights. Haven't even got to thinking about a manual yet. Very nice for a freebie.