PPG Realizer

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The Realizer was the last machine PPG (Palm Products GmbH) produced. In fact very few were finished or released so it's pretty rare. The Realizer was very unique in its effort to combine sound production, emulation, processing, recording, sequencing, and mixing into one all-digital system. A concept that was very much ahead of its time considering that we're only now seeing affordable software-based devices that can offer this type of environment.

As for synthesizing sounds, the Realizer features an analog model, an FM model, wavetable synthesis, and a sampler. They were designed to show an image of a Minimoog, or other synth on their built-in monitor. Then you could control the Minimoog knobs with the controls around the screen of the Realizer. Pretty space-age stuff for 1986! Unfortunately, the price tag of $65,000 didn't exactly make it a marketer's dream. It was the last thing that PPG made, and they went out of business a short time later.

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6 Visitor comments
plasticanimal
May 16, 2013 @ 10:20 pm
Someone should make a tablet version that drops into a case that looks like this.
Rocky Durand
November 28, 2012 @ 3:43 pm
PPG Realizer spotted in new How To Destroy Angels Video: http://vevo.ly/V30boz
:D
Messianix
April 8, 2011 @ 11:48 am
Arturia Origin now seems to do what the Realizer intended.

Look how long it's taken to get there!

Palm was clearly years ahead of the time.
Anamnesia
June 26, 2010 @ 4:11 am
The other Realizer is (the last time I checked) at Big City Music. However, it doesn't have (from what I've read) any discs...

Wolfgang's Palm's blogs on MySpace talks about the death of PPG being more to do with contractual arrangements with US distributors, stating that the wholesale payment of products would not occur until hundreds of stock items were completely sold. That spells death for any medium sized manufacturer...
Sarr-Duch
June 14, 2010 @ 5:12 am
Only Two in the world, besides the prototype. One is still at Steinberg and the other in the USA. Check the Wolgang Palm's blog on Myspace for more @ http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=454207875&a mp;blogId=499503242
 
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  • Check Prices on eBay
  • The link above will take you to a search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • Specifications
  • Features - an analog model, an FM model, wavetable synthesis, and a sampler
  • Keyboard - None
  • Control - Midi
  • Date Produced - 1986
  • Resources & Credits
  • Thanks to Roger Cordell at Big City Music for providing some information and the original image.

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