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NAMM 2022: Groove Synthesis releases a full sound demo of its PPG-inspired 3rd Wave synth

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.

I’m the Group Content Manager for MusicRadar, specialising in all things tech. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 20 of which I’ve also spent writing about music technology. 

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