Following on from the event of the previous year (Http://www.synth.net/events/ppg2001.htm),
we decided to do it all again, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt we are nuts!.
The day began (for some of us) at 7am, with loading of cars and equipment for the event.
By 9am we had begun the task of unloading the equipment, we had much more equipment than last year, and by 11AM we had Just finished setting it all up and testing it.
On display were PPG wave 2.2, 2.3 PRK, PRK-fd, Waveterm A, Waveterm B, HDU, EVU, Waldorf Wave, Microwave I and II, XT, waldorf uQ, Access Programmer for Microwave I, Prophet VS, Waveterm C, Blacet Miniwave + MOTM and Monowave.
Thankyou to those who provided some of the equipment that we couldn't get our hands on.
By mid-day the event was in full swing, with many many more people than the previous event, and lots of clangs, bells and wavetable sounds being heard from all angles (luckily we had some sets of headphones!)
The first presentation was given by Dr Georg Mueller and was about the Microwave speech engine,
Georg went into a lot of detail about the speech engine with some demonstrations and some funny examples ;-
PPG 2002 Intro
'Who's the daddy'
To follow we had Till Kopper demonstrating the Waldorf uQ and its wavetable capability.
He explained about how the microQ differed from previous wavetable synths by doing the table movement 'on-the-fly' instead of precalculating it.
Many people played with the microQ through out the day and listened with a great deal of interest.
Then It was the turn of Hermann Seib, one of the three people involved with the Waveterm C project.
Hermann struggled a little as he was just getting over a flue bug and had flown in from Austria only 2 days before hand.
After explaining the aims of the project and what had been achieved so far, he threw it open for suggestions,
all of which were superb, many of which were taken on board by the project team to be implemented.
Then came the turn of Ray Cuellar and the Prophet VS.
This was not only informative, but also entertaining, with Ray 'Dragging' members of the audience up to demonstrate some answers to the questions they asked.
Ray also made a promise to get the domain he has ordered up and running as soon as possible with repair/support details and much more for owners of these truly unque synths.
Finally Paul Maddox gave a presentation of the Monowave.
Whilst not strictly a wavetable synth, its based firmly on the sound of the PPG event to the fact that it has all the raw waveforms (127) from the PPG wave inside it.
Unfortunatly due to the lack of a really good PA system the power and bass of the synth could not be heard, however its flexability, ease of use and sound were easy to see and hear.
Again after some questions and answers some ideas for future improvements were suggested and many of which have been taken on board for future projects.
So to sum up, it was a great day, lots of peope, some familiar faces and some new faces.
It was great to see so many people still holding a torch for Wavetable synthesis and the PPG range.
Rest assured we'll be back next year, bigger and better, with more equipment and more people!
Thankyou to all those who came, played, watch, listened and helped, we hope to see you again next year!
(Click on them for a bigger version)
Microwave I speech engine - Georg Mueller (Here is an example)
Click Here 38min video, 78Mb (DivX).
micro Q Keyboard - Till Kopper
Click Here 11min video, 41Mb (DivX).
Waveterm C - Hermann Seib (creator of the WTC software for windows)
Click Here 23min, 85Mb (DivX).
Prophet VS - Ray Cuellar
MonoWave - Paul Maddox
Summing up - John Moore
Here are some video clips, showing the equipment on display.
These are encoded useing MPEG level 2.
Video1 7.3Mb - A complete walkthrough.
Video2 1.5Mb - Waveterm A, Wave 22, PRK, Waveterm C.
Video3 1.9Mb - Wave 2.3, PRK-fd, Waveterm B, EVU and HDU.
Video4 2.2Mb - Waldorf Wave.
Video5 447Kb - Waldorf uQK, Microwave, Microwave II and Access Microwave programmer.
Video6 1.4Mb - Wiard/Blacet Miniwave and Prophet VS.
These are encoded useing (DivX)
Georg Mueller, Microwave Speech Engine 38min video, 78Mb.
Till Kopper, Waldorf Micro Q 11min video, 41Mb.
Hermann Seib, Waveterm C 23min video, 85Mb.
Ray Cuellar, Prophet VS.
Paul Maddox, MonoWave.
Equipment on display for people to use
Waldorf uQ Keyboard
Wave 2.V (VST plug-in)
Access Microwave Programmer
SCI Prophet VS
Blacet/Wiard Miniwave module
A big thank you to all those who kindly did the demonstrations and brought along gear for people to see and play!
Other PPG2002 Pages
Hermann Seib has created a PPG2002 page (English) and also in German