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Behringer unveil final prototype of their PPG Wave clone

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Behringer have today announced that the final prototype of their recreation of the classic PPG Wave synthesizer is ready for final testing. 

In a post shared to their Facebook page, Behringer unveiled the "third and final prototype" of the Behringer Wave, stating that the synthesizer will now be shipped to beta testers before being released to the public.

Discussing the challenges of accurately recreating the PPG Wave's sound, Behringer noted that emulating the synth's "unique sound properties" wasn't easy. They were helped in this regard by PPG Wave specialist Hermann Seib, who has previously worked on developing and maintaining firmware for the original synthesizer. 

Introduced in 1981 and developed by Wolfgang Palm, the PPG Wave was one of the world's first commercially available wavetable synthesizers, and ran digital oscillators through an analogue filter and VCA envelope. The Wave was produced in three successive versions - the Wave 2, 2.2 and 2.3 - but its not yet known which of these Behringer is aiming to reproduce.

Find out more on Behringer's Facebook page.

Read more: The history of the PPG Wave - and three top-notch emulations

I'm the Tech Features Editor for MusicRadar, working on everything from artist interviews to tech tutorials. I've been writing about (and making) electronic music for over a decade, and when I'm not behind my laptop keyboard, you'll find me behind a MIDI keyboard, or a synthesizer. 

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