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by Waldorf
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Manufacturer referenceWAL019
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Best Sellers Rank 36,361 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Date First Available20 Sep 2013
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Cutting edge and powerful lows in one compact box Sometimes they do come back, and this time, it's with even more brute-strength power onboard. You are looking at a completely analog synthesizer that accurately delivers what synthesizer enthusiasts around the world truly crave. Pulse 2 is the reincarnation of it's legendary ancestor, the Waldorf Pulse, that dominated the electronic music of the 90s. Three analog oscillators in combination with a true analog cascading filter is what Pulse and Pulse 2 have in common. But we didn't stop there. The filter circuits now also offer Highpass and Bandpass modes. We added analog Filter FM and Ring Modulation along with paraphonic modes that allow up to eight voice chords. Like the Blofeld Synthesizer, the Pulse 2 is housed in a sturdy metal desktop case. Besides its large LCD display, 8 stainless steel knobs are available to surf through its clearly arrayed parameter matrix, set master volume and edit display accessible parameters. Specifications Analog Monophonic Synthesizer 3 analog oscillators + 1 noise generator Pulse width modulation Hard sync Filter FM from Oscillator 3 Ring Modulation from Oscillator 3 XOR Osc Mode 8/4 Voice Paraphonic modes Cascade Filter 24dB/12db Lowpass, 12db Highpass/Bandpass filter modes Powerful Arpeggiator 8-slot Modulation Matrix USB MIDI External analog signal input Stereo line out Headphone out Backwards compatible with classic Pulse 128x64 character backlit LCD 8 stainless steel knobs 500 Sound Programs Electron-absorbing black case

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So many to choose from but - 31 Dec 2013
By Richard
This is up there in the top 3 at this price and might even be the best. The build quality is built like most things German - to last. The sounds and sound creation limits are unlimited and this beast can do things that other synths can't. For instance 8/4 Voice Paraphonic modes. Experts reviewer from Sonic Lab has reviewed this and describes it as being a little analogue beauty. He also emphasises how great the build quality is. For more info watch his full review here -

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3.0 out of 5 stars It's just not that special 9 April 2014
The Pulse 2 is a lot of synth for the money. For me though, it's a lot of uninspiring synth for 399.

The main issues for me were
1. There are 500 presets that all sound pretty much the same, they just don't do the machine justice.
2. It didn't blow me away like the original 90's pulse. I remember plugging that in, hitting a key and promptly soiling myself!
3. A lot of the sounds on key release have a sort of 'interference noise' after the sound ends...it's annoying especially when loud.
4. Somehow it just doesn't sound analogue...it's very digital and slightly cold.

Now I like Waldorf gear, the build quality is excellent, their sound is unique and cuts through the mix and you just know the gear is going to last.

But since the 'Blofeld' which was (and still is) a completely bug fest nighmare. I just feel that they've somewhat lost the plot a little.

The pulse 2 should be the sort of synth that comes with a free pair of underpants because once you plug this baby in you're gonna need 'em. It's not, it's quite tame & mild by Waldorf standards. I was disappointed.
I didn't want to hear just another bass synth with the odd boom, tish patch thrown in but that's essentially what you get!

The pseudo 'poly' effect is quite remarkable. I don't know how Waldorf did it but to get 8 notes at once out of a monophonic synth is astounding. Unfortunetly the patches that demonstrate the effect are bland at best.

The noise on key release annoyed me enough for me to decide to return it. That plus the fact that having 500 presets and not one being an inspirational starting point for tweaking my own ideas, just didn't make me feel that I wanted or needed to keep it. I paid 369.
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