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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33 Visitor comments
mik303
February 19, 2010 @ 9:31 pm
It has a very fast envelopes which makes it my first pick on my setup for bass duties. I also sold my MC-202 when I realized that I can get really close to it as long as I dont overdrive the mixer. Unlike DBM below, I never had to do any kind tuning procedures. It has been very reliable and it has never been out of tune. I am very glad I kept this even after I got myself a Voyager RME because I like pulse better when it comes to fast basses. Only bad thing I have to say about pulse is that the knobs are the lowest quality I have ever seen, worse than on any behringer gear. If anyone knows where to get new pots for this please let me know (filter303 at gmail dot com)
DBM
January 28, 2010 @ 11:49 am
I had one for a few years it is a great affordable real analog synth ! I miss it still . My advice if your in the market for an analog mono and stumble upon one ... Get it ! The only negative thing I can say about it is you need to do a diagnostic / tune every few weeks or so as the filter gets a little out of wack , but that said it's easy and take little time .
Musical note : It was heavily used on Marilyn Manson's "Mechanical Animals" CD to great effect .
Vale
September 7, 2009 @ 3:27 pm
I've owned this synth for a year. It's really an amazing "little" monster, capable of many different tonal characters. I love the way the 3 oscillators blend together. Modulations are great and give the sound that nice "moving". Arpeggiator is ok, basic, but works well. Portamento is very effective and smooth. The filter is very good sounding, but the resonance steals too much volume. Anyway it sounds good and sits perfectly in the mix. Of course, you need a midi control surface of some kind to edit all the parameters.
Oli
May 12, 2009 @ 5:40 am
This site probably should mention that several Pulses can be combines into a polyphonic stack, as described in page 52 of the manual. Of course one must have one Pulse per voice, so it is not the cheapest path to a poly analogue, though also not as expensive as some analogue polies.
boy eats drum machine
February 15, 2009 @ 11:20 am
I use pulse for bass in pretty much every song I do. It's got unique presence and character. It also harmonizes, doubles and stacks very well with itself. I also love to run it through analog delay for cool retro sounding leads and synth textures. The pulse is tedious at times but remains a great value for nasty sounds.
 
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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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