The iconic PPG brand founded by Wolfgang Palm in 1975 has been taken on by Brainworx who hope to take their VST Instruments and iOS synthesizer apps into the future after Wolfgang’s retirement.
Palm Products GmbH (PPG) started off designing analogue monosynths but moved into developing digital synthesizers and introduced the complex digital 340/380 System in 1979. It wasn’t long until Wolfgang introduced the world to the concept of wavetable synthesis using small samples compiled into lists called wavetables. In 1981 he released the PPG Wave 2 which combined analogue signal routing with digital oscillators capable of generating 1,920 waveforms as opposed to the usual handful of waveforms available with analogue oscillators of the time.
PPG as a company didn’t survive the 1980s but Wolfgang moved to Waldorf Music and built his technology into the Microwave released in 1989 and also found its way into the Microwave II, XT, Q, microQ and Blofeld. Since then he continues to innovate building virtual instruments for both Windows/MacOS and iOS like Infinite, Phonem and WaveGenerator.
Wolfgang Palm retires
After 50 years in the business Wolfgang has decided to retire and believes he’s “found a competent company in Brainworx Audio GmbH that will take over and continue my products and ideas.” The current range of VSTi’s and iOS apps are no longer available for sale and may not get updated but hopefully Brainworx will take these things in hand moving forward.
Plugin Alliance has posted an interview with Wolfgang which is a fascinating read.
Dick Ulrich from Brainworx says “We are proud that Wolfgang Palm put his brand and product into our hands. We will make sure to carry his legacy with the respect it deserves and we are looking forward to evolving the brand and products for years to come.”