Waldorf Pulse

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Waldorf Pulse

The Waldorf Pulse is a monophonic synthesizer equipped with three oscillators and an arpeggiator. Its 100 patch programs are divided into 59 presets, 40 user sounds and one random sound. In addition to some standard modulations, four freely routable modulation units with selectable source, amount and destination give almost unlimited possibilities for analog bass and lead synth sounds.

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Waldorf Pulse+

On the Pulse+ model, there is a built-in MIDI to CV converter with CV/Gate input and output for communicating with your old analog gear. All parameter changes are sent and received as MIDI controller messages. There are up to 16 modulation sources, 4 routable modulation units with adjustable source, amount and destination parameters, 6 knobs and 4 buttons for convenient editing. This and a lot more puts the Waldorf Pulse a class of its own. It is used by Hardfloor, 808 State, Sneaker Pimps, Nine Inch Nails, Moby, Jimmy Edgar, and Bushflange.

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34 Visitor comments
May 23, 2014 @ 5:43 pm
Original Waldorf Pulse from 1996. Upgraded from 1.42 to 2.01. First up, a fantastic sounding synth! Enormous amounts of bass, especially with the resonance turned down. Numerous controls over the filter all of which can be used to find unique sweet spots in the sound. The matrix style control panel IMHO constricts the ability to really delve into this synth. Fortunately everything is midi controllable. I programmed up a Behringer BCR2000 and allocated mostly single function encoders. The result is even better than I had hoped for increasing the wow and fun factor. This is an absolute keeper.
Paul Smith
March 29, 2014 @ 9:48 pm
The new Waldorf Pulse 2 sounds considerably different to the original and, in reality, it is unfair to compare the two. Not a case of apples versus oranges but more Granny Smith's apple versus Coxs Pippin apple - ie both from the same stable but a completely different flavour. Plus the Pulse 2 has paraphonic modes. I am lucky as I own both but I have no intentions of parting with my original pulse for a long time yet (if ever). A first class mono synth with a unique and powerful sound, raw and ready with the pulse 2 having a polished hi-fi sound which can growl wildly when wanted.
December 19, 2013 @ 4:31 am
Hi! Check out our thesis on the Pulse 2 here: http://en.audiofanzine.com/analog-synth-rack-sound-module/waldorf/pulse-2/editor ial/reviews/ace-of-hearts.html
November 24, 2013 @ 7:21 am
@Rexx Hardy--
The Pulse+ is indeed awesome synth, but not just for beginners, as it has functions where connecting to an Analog Four to be sequenced and further sculpted, or via MS20...and the synth engine can do amazing things...easy, very easy to overdrive the filter.

Also, every time you go to Program 99 it generates a Random Patch, like all other Waldorf are designed to do and some really cool stuff can be found there, even alien soundtrack stuff...use an expression pedal, a keyboard or sequencer that has After Touch (Analog Four) and great! Prices going UP due to Pulse 2...get both!
Rexx Howdy
November 18, 2013 @ 12:23 am
Finally picked up a Pulse + and set it up in my rack. This is a wonderful beginners monosynth. The layout is simple, and logical. The sounds are everything from weirdo fx to what you want it for, great bass lines. The arpeggiator sounds great, I played it for an hour straight, right out of the box. If you can buy one, pick it up, its a great sounding addition to anyone's setup.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Monophonic
  • Oscillators - Three Oscillators with variable Waveform pulse,saw and triangle
  • Memory - 59 preset, 40 user programs
  • LFO - Two LFOs, LFO1 with 5 different waveforms tri, sin, saw, pulse, sample&hold (range from 0.008 Hz to 261 Hz)
  • Filter - 24 dB lowpass filter with resonance
  • Envelopes - 2 envelopes with selectable trigger
  • Keyboard - None
  • Arpeg/Seq - Rhythmic arpeggiator
  • Control - MIDI (CV/Gate on Pulse+)
  • Date Produced - 1996

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