Interview: Rob Papen, Synthesis Pioneer Talks Tech

From a young age, Rob Papen set himself up as a musical pioneer. First with his involvement with band Peru and then as a sound designer for hardware synths and his own popular plug-ins.  

So when did you decide to start creating your own synths and plug-ins?

I was working in a music shop after we'd had hits with Peru and Nova, and I was excited by the PPG synth and then I heard the 19'

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Great interview! I met Rob at this year's Winter NAMM and was amazed at how he happily demonstrated a few of his products for me and members of my band. We weren't dealers or distributors or buyers, but he took his time and seemed to truly enjoy showing off his wares for probably the millionth time at the show. Thank's Rob!!
Slightly OT, but there's a demo song of Rob's (it might be ten years old) called "When The Angels Sing At Christmas" that I still listen too ALL THE TIME (tonight in fact) that is just an amazing piece of music. And some of my favorite Virus C sounds are his also. Looking forward to getting his RE. : >

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