Wolfgang Palm is sometimes called the “father of digital synthesis”. He founded PPG (1975-87) in Hamburg, Germany, where he invented  wavetable synthesis and made the PPG Wave line of synths. In the “History” section of his blog he tells the story of those heady days for his tiny company at some length.

Synths were becoming important across the music scene in the PPG years. There was an endless line of well-known musicians with special needs … and a lot of competition, inside Europe (Fairlight) as well as from Japan (Roland, Korg) and the US (Moog). Wolfgang describes the hectic timeline of all that, and the constant pressure it (and rapidly changing, fragile technology) put on his little company.

“Today, nearly every digital synthesizer implements wavetable synthesis in some form.”

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