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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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AdamT a part-timer user from UK writes:
Just Gotta pulse.. well SE1`s are too expensive in the UK aren`t they and wanted a rackmount MIDI monosynth.. around £240 (direct from Germany to the UK) gets you one hell a of a lot of bang for buck, I think the other reviews have summed this thing up but wil add that this machine ain`t just a Techno box. it actually pulls off convincing Minimoog lead sounds!. Have a look on Mark Pulver`s site WWW.midiwall.com and go to the Synths section, there`s a full description and review which to say the least is enthusiastic!. The presets ARE largely crap, but probably relevant to the Euro dance scene, shame that you can`t overwrite all 99 presets (only 40) and the random patch generator can create some weird VCS3 like sounds.. It has been pointed out (in the Gas forums) that the Pulse uses VCOs not DCOs and can believe it.. If you want standard non-techno Monosynth sounds out of this take heed of the VCO Mixer level settings, on all 3 OSC`s things start to overdrive early (around 30..) so for those Mini lead sounds try around 20-30 for each osc.. The software EG`s BTW are incredibly fast..

This thing ain`t no SE1 but betters the ATC1 at it`s own game, filter cartridges or otherwise.

One interesting thing to note.. Pulses with V2.0 or higher software can be linked together to form one large rackmount POLYSYNTH!, up to 12 can be linked. so imagine a sort of racked Midi Oberheim "12" voice, multitimbral, with mod Matrix, memories and 3 VCOs per voice (but only a Low pass filter).. a 6-voice at German prices would cost £1440.. less than a Nord Lead II.. No contest there.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-07-1998 at 04:41
Gasman a professional user from USA writes:
I just got a Pulse a week ago and I just want to say " Holy analog Batman"The first time I tried it I said I'll take it!

Its very,very,MIDI friendly and Irealy like that! This little box packs a whole lotta PHAT!!!!

Do yourself a favor and buy one No better yet do me a favor and buy one!!!!

Peace,The Gasman

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-15-1998 at 23:16
charlie scott a professional user from united states writes:
Other than a two-tiered, not-very user friendly interface--which with a modicum of tweak time becomes surprisingly second nature--the pulse is an amazing fat loud unmistakably analogue beast of a keyboard. If your the kind of person who really can appreciate the subtle difference between real analogue and the new wave of &quot;virtual analogue&quot; synths the Pulse will make you smile, although in truth on record probably no one will have any idea that a pulse is not a nord or a kurzweil or roland. But the shear power blast rawness will brighten any bedroom and bring the keyboard player a little closer to wielding the kind of power afforded the guitarist.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:17
Matt Dula a part time user from USA writes:
Thought I'd update you on the price. As of summer 1997, the Pulse is going

for under $600, which is quite a deal. For another $150 you can get the Plus+,

which you will want if you have an arsenal of older analog synths that you want

to trigger. The sound of this machine is really great. It is a *real* analog synth with three

heavy hitting osc's and two LFO's. Also an arp. with some nice patterns and many

modulation routings. No onboard effects; but I run it through an old Alesis

Quadraverb Plus and clip it a bit to give it a very ballsy, dirty feel. Another

cool thing is that *every* parameter sends midi data (except the arp.) which

is great. It would be nice if this were a polyphonic unit; but for under

$600, it can't be beat. If you are thinking of a Minimoog or a Minimoog clone,

the Pulse is well worth looking at. VERY FAT SOUND and excellent midi control. Finally, if you are a user of Cakewalk 6.0, a very nice control panel is available

for the Pulse at Cakewalk's website (free). It gives you immediate access to every

control parameter with your mouse. Extremely cool. -Matt

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:17
Mike Pisano a professional user from USA writes:
All in all, this is a fairly cool synth. Has great filters, excellent control over the sound....extremely user friendly What I just don't get is why they loaded it with crappy sounds to show off the excellent features of the machine...overall, I would definetly advise new players (especially you techno folks) to purchase the unit. It's a great intro to analog programming.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:17
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