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Average rating: 5.0 out of 5
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Oleg E. Tolmachev a professional user from Moscow,RUSSIA writes:
Brass from my PPG WAVE 2.2 have more high cuts than in my CS60,even my Prophet 5 rev.3.2 has some awesome brass,but another type.For me top of all synth is how it can resound brass or string , espessialy analog toys.Another features like riffs or pads or FX in Wave 2.2 is on mind owner.How can you imagine so you programming or playing, and Wave 2.2 is the best tool for it !

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-May-13-2005 at 08:59
Paul Maddox a hobbyist user from England writes:
What can I say about this beast.

When you first see the Wave 2.2 it looks only moderatly different to lot of polysynths built during the early eights, a bank of knobs for controlling the sound, a display and a keypad. Then you press a key, what you hear is so much more than a 'standard' polysynth, the richness and depth of the sound has never yet been matched!

It can sound harsh and digital (listen to Gary Numans Berserker album) but at the same time it can sound warm and 'analog'.. This is down to the superb mix of Digital oscillators and analog processing (VCF/VCA).. Anyone who says it doesnt sound warm has NEVER played with one of these superb instruments for more than a few moments.

Beneath the compartivly simple 'analog' control panel on the left is an extremly complex machine, with many many superb features, that if they were all to be put on the front panel the machine would be quite simply huge and incredibly daunting. To get the best from this synth you really need to spend some time with it, get to know it, how it works, how to use it to create the sound you want.

The Concept of wavetables can, at first, be hard to grasp, but once you have started playing with table sweeps and keyboard scaleing to table positions you find a whole new depth of sound that is not possible by any other method.

Many other superb features lay hidden beneath this beast. For example several options for keyboard exist, standard polyphonic (8 note) or you can have two sounds layed (4 note polyphony), or the same sound layed to give effectivly 4 oscillators per voice. You can also drop it to monophonic wchich gives you an unrivalled 16 Note Monophonic monster!

It truely is 'A wolf in sheeps clothing' (as one of the advertisments used to say)

I have had my 2.2 for a couple of years now, and since fixing it a while back I have had no more problems than any 20 year old polysynth would have (bad joints, etc)... Many people claim to have no end of problem with theirs and hence sold it, which is a great shame, with a little love and a bit of work you can have a reliable machine with a truley unique sound! There is now a lot of information on the internet about this, websites, mailing lists and much more, there is no reason to let it sit in the corner unused and unloved any longer.

Many synths have come close (microwave, wave, XT) but none have the original GUTS and BALLS that this synth has. In short if you want a truly UNIQUE sounding and flexible machine get one!

Paul Maddox

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-03-2002 at 04:33
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