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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Aeryk Mechanoid a part-time user from USA writes:
I got my pulse several weeks ago, is an incredible machine. THe presets are okay,but that is not why you would buy this obviously. The 40 save spots for patches is not what I would prefer but still very adequate. Where this shines is the shear power available for monstrous sounds, you could use it very well for synth pop if you wanted, but I can't stop myself from going all out and creating evil sounding distorted and painful analog noize. good stuff, a lot of fun. one downside, I enjoy just playing with the amazing sounds so much I can't force myself to sit down and be calm enough to make a coherent song.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-06-2001 at 21:19
Steve a hobbyist user from Netherlands writes:
Does a fantastic job at leads and bass, but that's about it. Very responsive envelopes. The sound is very "in your face" and a really needs a bit of reverb or delay to make it come alive. The output is extremely hot so watch your speakers! I find the filter a little too tame for my tastes, so I have it permanently routed through a Sherman Filterbank, and that combo is simply bad ass. The presets are so terribly awful that I find it hard to make a patch so bad. It sucks that half the patch storage is taken up by presets that can't be overwritten. It's a one trick pony but it does that trick very well.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-06-2001 at 19:39
sjmojo a professional user writes:
excellent on sound,i've got TWO!plus versions. bass & lead kicks ass,i got the second one from a sound man who didn't like it and he thought it's quite digital(?????????)so, i got it at a price at us$250(!!!!!!!)i should have given it a 5 but the knobs are quite loose......esssyyy.(4 of mine got loose)so,4 of 5,no less.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-May-11-2001 at 23:59
squidpop from Urze writes:
I have had the Pulse for several months. I do not gravitate toward it the way I do my other synths. Howsumever, I got it for base and Moog-like sounds. For this it can do the job. Compared with my Qrack it pales, but then it was just a fraction of the cost, and like I say, I have not spent much time with it. The An!X and the Emu P2K are more inviting and the Metasynth is like taking a walk with Kepler through a musical starfield. And the Metasynth is less expensive, provided you already have a Mac. I purchased a Mac to run Metasynth and I am excited I did.

While the Pulse never grabbed me like this, I can feel how its sounds will compliment those of the Q and Metasynth. I often control the Pulse with a Marimba Lumina. Wompass combination, because each pad on the Lumina is like a finger pad for morphing between sounds and because both are supreme MIDI instruments.

I do not doubt that in the future I could fall in love with the Pulse. I might even purchase another some day, to organise a little Moog-like polyphany. But fir now folks, if you only got a tad of money to invest in a synth, allow me to suggest the MicroQ, the Nord Micro Mod and most ezpeshly, the Metasynth!


Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-21-2001 at 02:18
Markus a professional user from Germany writes:
This is a very well engineered electronic instrument. You can get all these famous electronic sounds (from Moog to the future) in excellent quality and more: you´ve got a sound-tool that is especially great if you are interested in anything experimental. Real analogue sound with ALL the midi-control at a relatively low price. This synth is far more than a bass-synthesizer! And most of those presets are great - I don´t know what all these people are talking about - of course, you could use them if it wasn´t a thousand times more interesting to create your own sounds with this tool. (The presets are a good basis for your own sounds by the way.) Theirs only one thing: why is there no polyphonic pulse? The only possibility to play the pulse in polyphony is to link a few of these instruments together ... Maybe someday ...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-15-2001 at 13:43
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