Is The Groove Synthesis 3rd Wave ‘The Synth Of The Decade’?

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In this video, film & media composer Jim Daneker shares his thought on the Groove Synthesis 3rd Wave synthesizer – an advanced wavetable synth keyboard that takes the classic PPG Wave design to a new level.

Daneker says that he initially dismissed the 3rd Wave as a PPG clone. But after seeing a few compelling demo videos, he decided to try the the new synth out. And, after digging into it and creating his own sounds, the 3rd Wave blew him away.

Now he calls the 3rd Wave ‘the synth of the decade’. Is it all that? Check out the video and then share your thoughts in the comments!

Topics covered:

00:00:00 – Intro
00:01:07 – Tragically misunderstanding the 3rd Wave
00:04:28 – Features overview
00:06:35 – First surprise: stunningly good ANALOG!
00:07:25 – Analog Filter
00:08:31 – Resonance Compensation
00:09:26 – Compared to analog legends
00:10:20 – Oberheim-style SEM filter
00:11:05 – Arp example
00:11:56 – Stranger Things-style vintage digital
00:13:23 – Stranger Sequence
00:14:32 – PPG style soundscape with effects control
00:16:42 – Beautiful textural ambient soundscape
00:17:52 – Circuit Drift
00:18:33 – “Aeon Split” – massive Moog vibes
00:20:22 – “Instant Score” – another Moog bass/soundscape
00:21:32 – “Grit Arp” – the mod matrix
00:22:36 – Another arp example
00:24:47 – “Super 80s” analog poly synth
00:25:53 – “Bandpass Heaven” – SEM filter example
00:28:25 – Needs a “home’ button
00:28:58 – More filter examples
00:30:15 – “Crisp Chords” – bandpass filter
00:30:39 – Circuit Drift on analog layers
00:32:15 – Access Virus-style arp
00:33:11 – “Heaven Pad” soundscape
00:35:07 – “Victory 2” big analog arp
00:35:54 – “Mau5Plucks”
00:36:55 – “Skyline 84” – PPG meets Roland D-50
00:38:51 – “Heavy Machine” – brace yourself!
00:41:15 – Someone’s going to get hurt…
00:42:55 – Pan spread
00:43:11 – another SEM filter example
00:43:36 – “Operator Bass” – a look at the effects
00:46:40 – “Pop Stabs” – EDM/pop style patch
00:47:55 – Gorgeous stereo arp example
00:49:37 – Interacting with epic PPG-style layers
00:51:04 – Another Circuit Drift example
00:52:11 – If Prince had a 3rd Wave
00:52:34 – bridging the analog-digital divide
00:53:46 – “Fat Fifths” Oberheim-style pad
00:54:39 – “Purple Power” – aftertouch
00:55:39 – Another arp exploration
00:56:25 – STUNNING mono/lead example
00:57:45 – Massive stereo analog brass
00:58:21 – More PPG-style soundscapes
00:59:39 – Ambient arp & wavetable scanning
01:01:38 – One more arp & filter improv
01:04:00 – This is just the beginning…

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