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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Matthias Stock a professional user from Osnabrueck, Germany writes:
The Pulse has a lot of positive aspects to point out:

-it really has a lot of features for the little money you have to pay for it, -its audio quality is very very good (the signal coming out of it is very loud and hardly any noise is noticeable), -it has a stereo VCA for midi-controlled pannings, -every parameter is midi-controllable, -its random function creates sounds which reminds on complex modular synthesis, -no other synth i´ve heard until now can sound as fat as the pulse (and I´ve heard a lot, even the Minimoog), -it is made very reliable and stable, etc.

but it also has a few negative aspects to talk about:

-there is only one filter-mode (24dB Lowpass), -the envelopes and LFO`s are software controlled, -only six knobs for programming, -noise generator sounds dark and week (pink noise?), -the Oscillators are DCO`s, -it is not possible to change the higher LFO speed values without hearing bigger steps=zipper noise!

Maybe these few negative aspects sounds very puristic but if you have ever worked with those classic analog synths like the Moog Prodigy, Minimoog, SH-3A, MS-20, etc. you will know that these aspects can be very important. Everytime have I tried to find the correct attack and delay times on the Pulse envelopes for fast basses or electronic percussion I had to find a more or less bad compromise or I had to give up. The steps between two values are to big to get the mentioned sounds as exact as you want it. The Pulse envelopes are really fast but where is the use of it if you don´t get the result that you wanted to? Another thing are the oscillators: They sound very clean and liveless. Take two sawtoothwave oscillators at the same footage and detune them onyl a little bit (ca.1-4 cents). On the Pulse you´ll get more or less slow phasing effect as you wanted it. Now try the same with a Moog Prodigy and for the first second you get the same effect as on the pulse, but can listen to the Prodigy for minutes without hearing the same phasing period once again because it really has its own life. If you listen to the Pulse again there is no need to listen to it one more second because there won´t happen anything unexpected, it stays always the same and sounds very liveless and clinical compared with the Moog Prodigy. Well, I don´t want you to listen to dry sawtooth waves for minutes, but its just a little experiment that shows the difference between a 100% analog synthesizer and such a digital controlled device like the Pulse. This is not a purists opinion because you will always here these differences in your daily musical use of the Pulse (or the Prodigy). Even with the use of many modulation routings you won´t get those alive leadsounds/solosounds out of the Pulse which are typical for classic synths like the above mentioned ones. That does not mean that the sound of the Pulse is not really fat or analog but it isn´t that classic analog sound at all.

The overall sound character of the Pulse often reminds me on those sounds which you can hear on Kraftwerks 1991 remix album "The Mix". The sound is very electronic, fat, hard, clean and liveless.

If you want the Pulse for fat dance and techno basses, selfoscillation EFX, Arpeggios, hard sequences and any kind of fat analog sounds, then you have to buy it because for that money there is no better one. If you want a synth for those classic sounds, known by tangerine dream, j.m.jarre, klaus schulze, etc. then you have to look for another one because the Pulse isn´t as smooth, warm and full of life as the classic synths used at that time. If you know for what the Pulse is good for and if you made your choice carefully the Pulse is still one of the best analogsynths you can get for your money. I´m just looking for a second one!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-06-2002 at 21:31
BLUE CHUNX a professional user from USA writes:
The PULSE(original) is tight,but I wouldnt pay more than $350 for it nowadays. It doesnt sound analog to my ears but its great fort what is.and the best thing is that 99 is a random pattern,So, everytime yoiu go to it everything is randomized ,awsome idea! Wacky sounds that you wont get bored of!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-07-2002 at 07:49
james bradley a professional user from Great Brighton writes:
Two points about the it's a mother, two your'l be wondering why did you spend time in the dirt. let me clarify myself what woulld it be like if we were all pedo's?......GREAT.So what is it about the pulse? We all need a good bass up the arse from time to time, this is where the pulse machine is behind you. It's like

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-02-2002 at 18:57
Best Bass synth sounds out there!! You can whip up a killer bass run in no time. The arpeggiator is awesome and user interface is simple to use. I love the Pulse. The only thing better for me would be a Pulse Plus due to the input feature so I could use the filter on other external gear, but Im happy very happy with this beautiful synth. Waldorf is one of the best companies out there IMHO hands down!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-29-2002 at 19:08

posted Friday-Mar-29-2002 at 12:34
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