Year of manufacture1993
Oscillators2(2 Wavetable Oscillators)
Waveforms8193[(64x64 (64 Waves per 64 Wavetables) + 64x64 User Wave-(tables)) + Noise]
Filters2(1 Low-,1 High-pass -24dB/-12dB/octave)
Features15(Velocity, Aftertouch, Release-Velocity, Pitch-, Mod- & Free-Wheel, MIDI, Hermode-Tuning, Spectral Resynthesis, Aux-Send/Return, Ext.Audio-in, Wave-Editing, Layers of up to 8 sounds, 8 free Mod-Faders, 3 Stereo-out)
Wavetable Powerhouse: The Waldorf Wave
Released in 1993, the Waldorf WAVE wavetable synthesizer is somewhat like the grandson of the PPG Wave, as its wavetables 1-30 are directly derived from its predecessor. It holds 64 wavetables, which all consist of 64 waves. Plus there’s a noise generator. That makes it have 8193 waves in total. The user can also create 64 wavetables using additive- or FM-synthesis.
This synth is so fully stacked with features, for example, it allows for “Hermode”-tuning, a self-adjusting dynamic tuning technique, where all (unpleasant sounding) intonation in fixed equal temperament is shifted to just temperament.
The Waldorf Wave was maybe the most powerful synthesizer for a long time, and its retail prices soared highly, in the realms of 14.000DM ($8.500US).