Wolfgang Palm has announced PPG WaveMapper – his new synthesiser for the iPad which features a new synthesis system which maps the waveforms of a sound into a new kind of wavetable which preserves the sound characteristics better than classic Wavetable synthesis and at the same time allows for the manipulations which make WT synthesis so unique. It also features the “Sound Map” – which maps the various sounds in a way to easily access and experiment with them.
“The Mapping window is the visualisation of a pool of programs on which â€œmodulesâ€ float. Those modules represent certain parameters of the synthesiser engine and each module can be placed on one of 32 programs. The moment an item is placed on map then the parameters of that module will take on the settings of those parameters in the underlying program on the Mapping window.
People who do not posses synth-programming skills can use this mapping technology as a starting point to create complex sounds. For example a user can drag a string sound source onto a drum envelope, or a guitar sound onto a string envelope â€“ the concept is simple, yet incredibly powerful.”
Wavemapping uses visual cues to enable sound design. This may not sound too revolutionary, however it is a completely different way of programming sounds: you do not start with a lot of detailed setting, but with a combined set of parameters which you can select with the touch and swipe of a finger. And the combination of those parameters belonging to a Module make sense of course, it gives the user (being experienced or not) a very fast way for creating unique sounds.
New Analysis/synthesis system:
WaveMapper uses a new the synthesis system, which can be seen as a bridge between wavetables and samples. In wavetable systems you have great flexibility in controlling the sound, but sound material is limited to harmonic, noise-free waveforms. On the other hand there are samplers, which have veryÂ high sound quality, but very limited editing features. In WaveMapper there is a new type, which we call â€œtime corrected sampleâ€ (TCS). This can reproduce a much wider palette of sounds then classic wavetables, but still allows for a total control of the access via an envelope or LFOs.
WaveMapper is expected to be released inÂ February 2013 and will be price at USD $19.99. We’ll let you know as soon as it becomes available! In the meantime checkout the audio demo and screenshots below…