The Monowave was the brainchild of UK electronics
designer, Paul Maddox. Paul has been designing and building synths
for years as well as releasing his own unique music realised on
his impressive modular creations.
Paul wanted to build (and sell) a synth the roots of
which lay in the PPG. Originally intended as a monophonic bass synth,
the Monowave has uses beyond that.
The Monowave was a wavetable synthesiser with 256 waves
available for each of the two oscillators. Each oscillator also
had a sub-oscillator. The filter was a copy of the Moog filter and
there were envelopes for the filter and amplifier and a simple LFO.
The panel was very 'retro' and 'traditional' with knobs for every
function and a simple display. I never had the chance to use one
but it looks like a tweaker's delight!
Internally, the circuitry was all analogue (except for
the digital circuitry used in the oscillators)... no wimpy DSP thank
you very much - this was a 'real' synth!!
Paul hand-built 25 units in total and the last one was
sold at the end of 2003.
If you want to find out more about this rare little beast
or Paul's various other intriguing activities, visit his website:
If you like the sound of the original PPG, then you're
going to love these samples from this rare instrument. The samples
are mostly bass sounds that cover the bottom two octaves from C1-C3
but the 'bell' sounds cover C1-C6.