A week on from its enigmatic debut, we can now tell you a little more about Groove Synthesis’ forthcoming 3rd Wave synth. And, perhaps more importantly, there’s now a proper video demo to digest, too.
Inspired in no small part by the classic PPG Wave, 3rd Wave is a wavetable synth with analogue filters. It offers 24 voices of polyphony and 4-part multitimbrality, so Groove Synthesis says that it’s like having four independent 6-voice synths to play with.
Each voice can use up to three oscillators, with each oscillator hosting a PPG-era wavetable, a modern hi-res wavetable or an analogue waveshape. You can also create up to 64 wavetables of your own using the Wave Maker tool - connect an audio source to the input and you can generate a wavetable at the touch of a button.
Other features include Linear FM, a 6-stage wave envelope per oscillator, four envelopes and four LFOs with delay, dual effects per part, a pattern/song based sequencer per part, and a 16-slot mod matrix.
The demo video features J3PO running through a range of 3rd Wave sounds, and first impressions are very positive. We’re hoping to find out more at this week’s NAMM Show.