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Waldorf Streichfett Review

Fat Strings Unveiled last spring at Frankfurt, it wasn't until mid-summer that the Streichfett was to be seen in stores. As soon as it came out, we grabbed one and stripped it down! read more…

Waldorf Rocket Review

Monster Sound While we impatiently waited over a year for the Pulse 2, this small module named Rocket came out offering us an open sound buffet in early 2013. Fire it up! read more…

Waldorf Pulse 2 Review

Ace Of Hearts… Introduced in Frankfurt 2013 in its almost final version, Pulse 2 marks the return of Waldorf to its analog passions. The brand recently lent us one, just when its first commercial models are hitting the market... gulp! read more…

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My most faithful companion (Pulse 2)

By [d-_-b], 08/12/2014
My most faithful companion

I've been using it intensively for several months in different manners: With Ableton sequences, with Machinedrum sequences or played with a midi keyboard. It's awesome in all cases!

Overall opinion:
It's simple, ever since I got it, it's almost the only thing I use. It really offers amazing synthesis possibilities. Its sound is precise under all circumstances with a very present character so that you cling to it, but discreet enough so that you don't get tired of it. The arpeggio is pretty mad (swing, time, glide, different events, trigger delay, loading other patches' patterns or random generation....). The paraphonic mode has its charm (it sounds pretty vintage with the detuned unison) and it can come in handy, although I don't use it much.
The modulation matrix allows lots of things, although I would've loved to have more destinations.
There's not much to say about the filters, other that they are precise and capable of many things. I sometimes input some beats and what comes out its truly great! As for the envelopes, they are fast enough to make drums and, once again, very precise, like everything else.

The pros:
- Less expensive and cheaper than competing products, there's nothing to envy similar products from other brands at this price point for
- Everything goes pretty fast with some practice, because everything is quickly accessible, with almost no submenus
- The sound! Personally, I love it. It sounds, fat, cold, warm, metallic, organic, anything you want, all at the same time :P
It's fantastic if you know some synthesis basics!

The cons:
- The volume cancels out when you increase the filter's resonance, which is good to know to anticipate the creation of a patch
- It lacks different triggering modes for the LFOs and only the second one can be thinned down, which is a pity
- It still has some MIDI bugs, particularly with the arpeggio, but the final OS version is not available yet, and I trust Waldorf will fix it quickly enough :)

Amazing versatility for the $$ (Pulse 2)

By dNoise, 24/02/2017
I wanted to extend my digital oriented keyboards (Yamaha MOTIF, TX81Z) with a truly analog synth. Some key reasons to go for Pulse 2: 3 oscillators; Synch; Paraphonic Pulse; Pulse modulation; Feedback; extensive modulation matrix; Arpeggio.
Obviously one needs to be able to cope with the matrix editing approach. I think it is pretty straightforward. I used the machine for over 1 year now, my key experience.
Quality and versatility are a real bargain for the $$. I prefer this to synths that have more knobs but are so much more limited for the same $$, or even minimoog.
The sound is great, really strong in bass, warm sound, great to use as minimoog or other classic analog synths
Endless possibilities, still unexplored. Both in modulation matrix, voice routing and arpeggio
Paraphonic pulse and Unison really allow to use this as a poly synth, string machine
Small form factor allows to easily add to master keyboard as extra synth, it takes no space and many patches make it great for live performance
Lack of public patches, this machine has lots of possibilities, there should be many more programming guru's trying this out.
Lack of a good software librarian, there are a few editors but they lack good patch management. This is linked to the weak patch selection on the Pulse 2, a favorites tag is dearly missing with 500 patches available
Arpeggio hard to program, the modes (reset, Oct, ..) seem to be more designed to puzzle rather than create arpeggios. Also some bugs, like not being able to add repeated notes.
The Ext in is noisy, there is clear hiss following the amp envelope
No simple reverb and delay, should be so easy to add
Conclusion: worth every penny, great sound and inspires every day to create new sounds. I think it is underrated by the pro's.

News Waldorf

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Published on 04/21/16
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Published on 01/22/16

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