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Waldorf Microwave 1 (1989)


The Waldorf Microwave Mk1: the first version of a series of expanders born after the defunct PPG project.

A bit of History: the famous synthesizer PPG 2.2 was released around 1983 (2.3 in 1985) introducing dynamic spectral dynamic process synthesis, then PPG society went out of business. In 1989 Palm Project reincarnated the PPG spirit into the MICROWAVE rack.

twice microwave rackmount

technical data

info RACKMOUNT (weight? / dimension ?) 2 standard units.
Main panel features a 16 x 2 lines display, 6 buttons and the famous red plastic encoder for data entry.

Back panel terminal connectors:
- 2 main out
- 4 AUX out
- MIDI interface.



ac VOICE the CPU Motorola MC68000 manages 8 voices polyphony.

STRUCTURE: a basic patch "multisound" is made by 2 digital oscillators - each oscillator drive a short wave based on DSWS Dynamic Spectral Wavetable Synthesis with a variable harmonic contents.
The OSC1 and OSC2 have these individual settings:
- volume + keytrack
- octave height set
- pitch detune
- semitone
- bend range
- wavestart (128 values)
- glide amount.



data



ac
WAVETABLE the DSWS features 32 wavetables, each wavetable contains 64 waves most of them are taken from original PPG 2.2 / 2.3 synthesizer but organized in different orde, also adding some extra wavetables (at position R31-R32).
Wavetable ROM also features 3 internal basic waveforms with some restrictions (check out "wavescan)
1- sawtooth
2- square
3- triangle.


mainboard

 

acWAVE IMPORT it is possible to import and design 12 user-waves that can be accessed only by external software on computer (neither by third-part Access Programmer anyway)



ac
WAVESCAN the PPG/MW tricks is the ability to scan a wavetable interpolating the waves between them in real-time.
How does it work? a wavetable offers 64 different positions (these are the addresses) and the scan process reads the wave according to a start position in a cycled (or randomized) motion that can be defined using an 8-stages specific EG with loop point or by 24 modulation sources (LFO, EG, CC#, velocity, aftertouch).
Note that the 3 basic waveforms mentioned above cannot be "scanned".


lfo

 

ac WAVESCAN INTERPOLATION wavescan often sounds harsh with digital artifacts and clips, the interpolation function smooths the transition values.


ac FILTER VCF with a superb lowpass 24 octave/slope resonant filter.
VCF chip differs according to module revision:
- REVISION A: CEM 3389 (this actual version for review)
- REVISION B: CEM 3387

 

3389

 

ac ENVELOPE there are 4 EGs:
- EG1 amplitude: 4 segments
- EG2 filter : 4 segments
- EG3 wave: 8 stages multi-split segment and loopable parts.
- EG LFO1: 2 segments.
There are preset template for common sounds patch type for a quick edit.



ac LFO there are 2 modulators basically interchangeable in the matrix modulation:

  LFO1 LFO2
waveforms sine / saw / pulse / random sine / saw / pulse / random
symmetry yes yes
humanize 4 levels 4 levels
rate modulation 21 -
sync yes -
EG yes -
destinations pitch /amp / cutoff / Eg / pan / wave pitch /amp / cutoff / Eg / pan / wave


 

ac MIDI 4 assignable control changes W-X-Z-Y from Midi CC# from 0 to 120.
Full exclusives systems is implemented for both edit and data dump.



ac PEFORMANCE the system handles up to 7 parts with individual settings:
- Midi channel
- transpose
- detune
- analog out routing
- stereo panning
- volume
- keyboard zone
- velocity limit.


ac MEMORY:
- 64 RAM multisounds
- 64 RAM multibanks
- 12 waves
RAM can be doubled using memory cards;
Battery replacement: just swap the clipped 3V lithium battery Cr-2032 .

lithium battery

lithium battery

 

 

ac EDITOR some free and commercial computer-based softwares:
- Soundquest (commercial PC-MAC)
- Sounddiver (out of business)
- uwave sound editor Soundtower (Commercial PC)
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Mostrumwave (commercial PC-MAC)
- Speechrobot (atari ST free)
-
WAVE SWS (atari ST) PIC
-
various port of UPAW AMIGA - ATARI - PC

editor

 

 

ac RELATED FAMILY:

GREEN LIMITED EDITION

GREEN LIMITED EDITION cool green color as limited edition, may have high price on auctions.
HINT: Buy a green spray can, cheaper way.

waldorf waveslave

WALDORF SLAVE it' s a rack unit wave slave that can be linked to the Microwave doubling the voices. Slave does NOT work standalone.
Technically it will NOT work with OS2.0

ACCESS PROGRAMMER

ACCESS PROGRAMMER quick editing of the most common parameters.

PPG Synth:

PPG Synth: the original models VIDEO

PPG Synth:

WAVE: biggest and more incredible wavetable synthesizer, very rare. VIDEO

This vid was made by Max mazzotta a nice fella who left us too soon in 2014.

MicroWave II/XT(k)

MicroWave II/XT(k) digital version, no more analog filters but more realtime controls and extended memory VIDEO

 

effet VST PLUGIN / SAMPLED VERSION there are some free and commercial samples set:

  name price link demo
EFM Oddse PPG Wave 3.V PLUGIN VST
COMMERCIAL

reproduction of the legendary PPG Wave 2.3.
effet PPG Wave 3.V
PPG WaveGenerator PPG WaveGenerator PLUGIN VST
COMMERCIAL
effet PPG WaveGenerator
Waldorf Largo Waldorf Largo

PLUGIN VST
COMMERCIAL
with originale waves from PPG and MW

effet Waldorf Largo
synthschool odyssey Goldbaby free samples set effet N/A


demo AUDIO DEMO


demo The model, all MW but drums
demo various harsh noises
demo bass line filter

Note: we will soon publish a LOT more demo. We do just lack time! in the meantime if you want so send some of yours--> UPLOAD



effet Soundcloud Microwave

demo1 demo2 demo3


video VIDEO CLIP SELECTION

Waldorf MicroWave 1 Single Sounds Waldorf Microwave (1/Rev.1) w CEM 3389 Waldorf Microwave (Exercise Tape)
Single Sounds (1/Rev.1) w CEM 3389 Exercise Tape

waldorf microwave



 


 




manual
WALDORF MICROWAVE 1 MANUAL

 

 

 


manual
FACTORY PATCHES

 

 

original scan

 

 

 

original scan

 

 

original scan

 

 

 

original scan




 

original scan
wavetable mug!

 

 

 

 

into waldorf waldorf microwave motherboard digital wavescan


manual

- great soundĀ 
- filterĀ 
- still affordable


manual

- edit interface
- memory

comment

REVIEW: "WOW! The sound is stunning raw and delicate: the analog filters boost and warm the sound better than any PPG successor of the wavetable series or tablet emulator APP. A quite-PPG in a box with A LOT less of technical troubles- beware MW price is growing up FAST! "

 
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