Brainworx Audio Acquires Wolfgang Palm’s PPG Synthesizer Brand

Plugin Alliance has announced founding partner Brainworx Audio’s acquisition of the assets of Wolfgang Palm’s PPG synthesizer brand. The Hamburg-based company founded by Wolfgang Palm first found fame in its initial incarnation throughout the 1980s and beyond by bringing the distinctive sound of wavetable synthesis to the musical masses and also impacting the MI industry with its PPG Wave hybrid digital/analog synthesizer series and associated advances. These included the unique (unreleased) Realizer — quite possibly the world’s first virtual instrument (in 1986), albeit as a proprietary hardware hybrid. Software became the focus from 2012 onwards when Wolfgang Palm returned to prominence, producing new PPG products.

Plans are underway by Brainworx Audio to update Wolfgang Palm’s PPG products in close collaboration with Palm himself, who is recognized as the originator of wavetable synthesis. They say that together they will take the PPG brand and advance its digital products into the future, following Wolfgang Palm’s planned retirement at the end of March 2020 — after 50 years in the creative field of sound synthesis.

“I am very glad to have found Brainworx and Plugin Alliance, who appreciate my work from the past and want to continue my legacy," says Palm. "They have a great team of competent developers, product specialists, marketing, and all that is needed to make a company successful. I support their work to make the transition as smooth as possible, and it will be exciting to see how this evolves. Also, I think that this collaboration will result in a much wider audience than before.”

“We are proud that Wolfgang Palm put his brand and product into our hands,” adds Dirk Ulrich, owner of Brainworx Audio and Plugin Alliance. “We will make sure to carry on his legacy with the respect it deserves and we are looking forward to evolving the brand and products for years to come.”

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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