Does the name Wolfgang Palm ring a bell? He’s the inventor of wavetable synthesis. Famous for his PPG Wave synthesizer. His inventions went into many products, including Sequential Circuits and Ensoniq. Should the Infinite Pro VST be on your Christmas list?
Infinite Pro – Wolfgang Palm
At the end of the 70s Wolfgang Palm developed wavetable synthesis. This was very successful, and used by many synthesizer companies in the 80s and 90s. His PPG Wave synthesizer is, even today, a much sought after synthesizer. It set standards and went for sound design capabilities, where no other synth could go.
Wavetable synthesis technology has its limitations. The main reason is that all sounds are harmonic. In nature this does not happen very often. Many sounds like a piano or strings have small offsets from the harmonic frequencies. This is even stronger in sounds like bells or percussion.
Infinite PRO overcomes this limitation. The key part here is overtones. Not known to that many people, overtones are what make a sound unique. So being able to change overtones, you can make sounds unheard before, and totally unique.
Overtone frequencies created by Infinite PRO, can be freely defined. The sounds generated have a rich, musical overtone spectrum. It is a unique feature to this VST. Each partial wave can have an arbitrary frequency.
Overtones can be moved independently during the duration of a note. Manipulation (moving them) leads to unique ways to express your performance.
Noise and modulation
Another important part of most natural sounds is noise. Examples: a flute or a drumstick hitting the drumhead. All this can be reproduced by Infinite PRO. The noise source can be used to modulate the tonal part. This gives you very powerful effects. And the list goes on.
Besides these new digital features, we still have the typical 24db Lowpass filter, 2 VCA with stereo out and effects. All this is controlled by 10 envelopes, 4 LFOs and a modulation matrix.
Maybe the greatest innovation in Infinite PRO is the Morpher. It is so easy to create new timbres and real-time effects by morphing the gains and frequencies of sounds with the X/Y controller.
Infinite PRO comes with more that 300 tonal resources, which can be loaded into the 5 fields inside the Morpher. But it does not stop there. You can edit these in detail on two extra pages and even analyse your own sounds in a sophisticated analyzer.
On the Sine Parameter panel, you edit the sine tracks with a set of parameters for each track. A track is the time sequence of one sine component over the full length of the sound. A 3D display gives a good impression of the whole resource.
Example of a 3D view showing a vocal resource which features strong pitch moves.
Infinite Pro can synthesize harmonic and inharmonic sounds, supports morphing with five sources, supports MPE and more.
“This has always been my dream,” notes Palm, “A system which can reproduce all kinds of sounds and transform them into a universal set of parameters. Thus all these sounds are completely morphable.”
- New system which can synthesize harmonic and inharmonic sounds
- Morpher – X/Y controller which morphs 5 user selectable sine resources
- Noiser – X/Y controller morphing 3 noise resources and performing modulations on the tonal part
- Molder – acts as a digital filter with any imaginable filter sweeps
- Two detail editor pages for the Sine resources featuring a 3D display *
- Analyser with 6 modes for directly converting your own sounds
- Noise separation lets you create own resources for the Noiser
- Import WTS and TCS files from WaveGenerator and WaveMapper
- Import Phonem utterances and use them in the Infinite PRO Molder
- Versatile matrix system – allowing 16 sources to control 40 parameters
- 10 Envelopes, for control of filter sweeps, waveform, noise and many modulations
- 4 LFOs which can be freely routed via the matrix
- Delay/Reverb effect
- Overdrive/Distortion effect
- Preset browser with new listing filters
- Directly accessible context help for each module
- Freely configurable schematic keypads, with extremely expressive modulation options
- 4 MIDI modes: Omni, Poly, Mono, and Voice-Per-Channel (MPE).
Pricing and Availability – Introductory price until December 14th!
PPG Infinite Pro is available now for an introductory price of €119 (through December 14th, normally €149).
If you’ve used Infinite Pro, share your thoughts on it in the comments!