By Wolfgang Palm
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PPG WaveMapper is the second next-generation iOS based synth from Wolfgang Palm, who in 2012 released the PPG WaveGenerator to critical acclaim from both press and public.
In final development the PPG WaveMapper offers iPad users a second synthesiser to compliment the already loved PPG WaveGenerator from Wolfgang Palm. PPG WaveMapper allows the user the opportunity to create limitless sounds from this unique and powerful new technology.
PPG WaveMapper features the Sound Map, which maps the various sounds in a way to easily access and experiment with them, more importantly the PPG WaveMapper features a new synthesis system which maps the waveforms of a sound into a new kind of wavetable which preserves the sound characteristics better than classic Wavetable synthesis and at the same time allows for the manipulations which make WT synthesis so unique.
The Mapping window is the visualisation of a pool of programs on which “modules” float. Those modules represent certain parameters of the synthesiser engine and each module can be placed on one of 32 programs. The moment an item is placed on map then the parameters of that module will take on the settings of those parameters in the underlying program on the Mapping window.
People who do not posses synth-programming skills can use this mapping technology as a starting point to create complex sounds. For example a user can drag a string sound source onto a drum envelope, or a guitar sound onto a string envelope – the concept is simple, yet incredibly powerful.
Power users can delve deep into the back end of any sound using a full set of professional features;
▪ New Sound map concept – create new sounds playful and experimental
▪ 3 types of synthesis – the optimal type for kind of each sounds
Classic wavetables – for the typical PPG sounds
Time compressed samples – more authentic sounds, allowing analysis of user samples
Pure samples – classic sample playback
▪ Analyzer – convert your own samples into the new format or into wavetables
▪ 3 oscillators capable for totally independent sound sources
▪ 90 sound resources – a huge sound palette, from real instruments to abstract wavetables
▪ 4 parameter editor pages – comfortable and detailed access to all the parameters
▪ 3 Noise generators, for audio and modulations
▪ Classic 24 dB Lowpass Filter, combined with an overdrive simulation.
▪ Dual amplifier, for versatile control of 2 audio signals as well as panning.
▪ 13 Envelopes, for independent control of pitch, waveform, filter and noise
▪ Gain and panning
▪ 4 LFOs – with 5 waveforms
▪ Delay/Reverb effect
▪ Schematic touch keyboard – Build your own keyboard, with the keys
you prefer for your music.
▪ Powerful sound browser – sorting by category, bank management
▪ Virtual and Hard-MIDI in/out – sending/receiving keys and controllers.
▪ Inter-app audio (IAA) support - audio and MIDI.
▪ Audiobus 2 support.
▪ 10 min audio recording and Audio copy.
What's New in Version 2.0.4
64 bit support - up to 20 voices playable
Hold button - tap in lower part of recorder display
Auto name - numbers for init/save-as/paste
Audiobus2 fixes for iOS 8
Browser - key info
some minor bug fixes
PPG Wave at its finest
This app is incredible. Super easy to use interface, coupled with intense thick sound... If you are looking for a synth engine , this thing is immense and simple at the same time. Don't pass this one up!
Still the best digital synth engines in the world
Everything that the PPG folks have done on the iPad is nothing short of historic. A person like Bob Moog is the creator (and inventor of the first wave synths as important as the mini Moog)..."Wolfgang" ,of tools for electronic music that rival MANY hardware synths today and are definitely much more fun to get amazing results.I am simply in awe of PPG .so when people tease me with so called digital hardware super synths I laugh.Cause so far not one has come close to those apps.period.thanks Wolfgang and company!by the way could a 'hold' function with an easy to see dedicated switch be added along the top of the interface instead?other than that these are perfect instruments.peace Christo