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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Busch a professional user from USA writes:
I tried very hard to buy a Pulse+, but didn't have much luck. With the first one I brought home, the MIDI IN would introduce random notes all over the place. Even with no MIDI cord connected, the MIDI light would light up randomly. The second unit had corrupted RAM areas. In roughly 25% of the 40 RAM locations, I could save a patch, only to find it corrupted later. These were both NEW units. Needless to say, I'm not impressed with Waldorf's quality control.

I picked up the SE ATC-1 instead. In the USA, the Pulse+ and the ATC are the same price (~$700). The ATC's interface is vastly superior to the Pulse's and has 512 patch locations vs. 40. Add a third EG and more flexible second LFO. You lose the third VCO and the arp. The Pulse sounded neutral to me. The ATC, to my ear, has more of a distinct (yes Moog) character.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-06-1999 at 00:39
Robert Rada a professional user from USA writes:
Update on my review last summer:

I've been using a Roland MC-505 lately (the same guy who owned the Pulse sold it to me), and I've been getting really irritated by it. My Waldorf has been sitting on the shelf untouched though. While on a creative low, I said fudge it! and pulled out the pulse. I quickly created a cool ambient and jazzy drum and bass track using the fattest sounding synth lines I'd heard in awhile. I'm not one of those who says bad things about others, but, truly, things like the Access Virus, Novation Supernova, and especially anything from Waldorf kick Roland's monopolizing/digitally sampled ass. And the filters......Waldorf have perhaps the best filters in the world. Imagine playing around with the MC-505 filters after that! Oh well, I can't really bash the 505, it was being used, and the drum sets are nice in my opinion. It does it's job.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-06-1999 at 13:26
Ev a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I traded my immaculate Akai AX-60 for the Pulse. At first , I thought " What I am doing ? the Pulse is a monosynth !! " That it may be, but this little box really roars !! Very simple to set up and play. The matrix editing doesn't bother me at all. The arpeggio is very cool. I synced it to Rebirth , using only the TR808/909 kit. The timing was perfect. I tried that with some other synths and it was always off. Very fun to play as well. I though I was going to just use it in sequences , but it's very expressive and begs you to actually play it with a keyboard. No " virtual " analog can touch this. Got to get the Pulse Plus , for the CV and input filter.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-07-1999 at 20:56
Guillaume a hobbyist user from the US baby writes:
Just wanted to say... The more I work with the Pulse, the more I'm liking it's sound... It is indeed quite rich and full sounding. I got a plus model (with audio input and control for cv gear) for 600 US duckets shipped. Brand new from Eurosynth ( It took a while to get here, but now that I've got it I agree with everyone... it's an excellent value. Once you get used to the interface (a little odd at first) it's pretty easy to make your way around, in, out, and through all of this things parameters. All kinds of modulation routings are available too. I agree as well that the presets are pretty wacked - even for people like me who have an interest in making techno and the like. I've spend a lot of time "resetting" the factory patches to something half-way "normal" sounding (I wish they had incorporated an "initialize" function). But those are such minor complaints compared to what you'll be able to get out of the Pulse. It looks like I will be using it for all my dance basses. I don't think anyone said anything about it's great sounding filter. It makes my (now sold) Juno 106 filter sound like plastic or something. This filter stays sounding good all the way through the frequency cutoff range, with or without resonance. Anyway, I personally would recommend it to anyone looking for an anologue monosynth. It's new, stable, fully midi, fairly intuitive (no layers of menus), and has lots of real-time control (6 assignable knobs). Oh, and it's German, so you know it's a techno machine. Also, I've been told that Vince Clark uses it! Sound-wise it's outstanding! G.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-08-1998 at 13:55
Chad Gould a part-timer user from USA writes:
The Xpander of the monosynth world. Not as deep deep bass as older analogs, but more than makes up for it with its flexibility. Great Minimoog style bass, awesome lead noodlings, and more wild patches than you can count thanks to its implementation. Filter is nice sounding, the polyphonic ability is a plus. Can get very metallic and agressive or can be mellow, soft, and smooth. Not so hands on but relatively easy to create a sound. Cheap these days too. Arpeggiator is trippy and can control other things.

I don't think the dance world will like it as much cause its not so acid- tweaky. Vintage buffs will hate it too cause it stays in tune and causes the price of their collectibles to go down. Elsewise, it's a great synth, especially for the programmers - it sounds incredible in a mix, and will definitely kick the living crap out of most modern monosynths or virtuals. If you don't mind working around the presets, check it out.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-26-1998 at 19:03
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