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Looking back at the 1980's, one standout German synthesizer manufacturer was undoubtedly PPG (Palm Products GmbH), fueled by the technology in its wavetable based synthesizer, the Wave 2.x series. But like most vintage synth makers, the company was fading. Towards the end of the 1980's, PPG's technology and several of their employees joined Waldorf, another German manufacturer, and the first product to come out of this collaboration was the Microwave, released in 1989. The Microwave was built upon what was the PPG Wave. A digital/analog hybrid in which digitally sampled wavetables are processed through analog VCA envelope and VCF (filter) sections producing a classic and warm yet highly complex sound. In fact, the Microwave uses the same wavetables from the PPG Wave 2.3! In effect, the Microwave sounds like the PPG, which in turn, sounds like synth-pioneers Tangerine Dream. To lower production costs and simultaneously attempt to make it more accessible to more musicians, the Microwave was packaged in a two-unit rack module. It's a powerful instrument in a small and unassuming package. Unfortunately, Waldorf streamlined its design a little too far. With only a handful of on-board buttons and one parameter adjustment knob, editing sounds was quite cumbersome and usually required some sort of external editor to really dig into the power on-hand. Polyphony is slim but decent at 8-voices. There are 64 on-board memory patches, plus another 64 via external memory card. There are no on-board effects.

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Why does a Tyros 5 cost over $5K? Anyone tried these?

Wow, there's a Waldorf Microwave I in the rack! kfhkhabduction

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Help repainting a Microwave XT

I did this on my Microwave I. You need to get the vector files, or do it yourself by scanning first the front panel. This will help to get the measurements right and match the right fonts/designs. Then you can try different color schemes. Then you remove carefully the old paint to avoid any scratches. Preferably...

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Any love for Roland SH-7?

Looking out for the same thing here. I've got an SH-7 and various other vintage monos. Besides the obvious vintage choices for poly's a la Yamaha CS, Prophets, OB Two-Voice, etc. etc., I've found the Waldorf Microwave I makes an interesting complement to the SH7. Other mono complements: Buchla Music Easel, OSCar, Pro-One, Macbeth Elements...

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