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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Aug-30-2011 at 11:12
Aston Clyde a professional user from Los Angeles writes:
I own 8 Pulses including 2 plus models with OS 2.01 (EPROM upgrade only) and I stack them to create a massive 8-voice ANALOG poly-monster! Hands down the best MIDI monophonic 3 OSC analog synth ever made. Period.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-09-2009 at 16:49
Matt a professional user from USA writes:
Bass Monster!!!!!! One of the best bass synths ever made. A little hard to program but the sound will shake your house.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-25-2009 at 09:10
Dr Who (with two Pluse's) a part-time user from UK writes:
I‘ve had at least one of these beauties by my side for 5yrs now and no matter how good virtual softsynths get I will always need that bit of real analogue grunge for when I need it. The 3 VCO’s are very crisp and stable with cross modulation on VCO 2, combine this with oscillator sync and you’ve got the scope for a wide range of clangourous noises and raw sync growls. LFO 1 has the usual waveforms (that can sync to MIDI on v2.01 or the Plus), which can go as fast as note C3 and is good for rasping hi frequency filter modulation. LFO 2 is a more simple sine wave affair (no Midi Sync)which is mainly for PW modulation although can assigned in the mod matrix. The two envelopes are sharper and faster than any vintage analogue, great for percussive sounds and they also have a variety of triggering modes to suit any playing style as well as reversible modulation. The four way mod matrix is very comprehensive, includes stereo panning and beats most other synths in this price bracket although having envelope parameters as destinations would have made this perfect especially for 303 style decays. The filter is the gold for me, having the VCO’s mixed at low volume gives you a soft squelchy Roland like tone, crank it up and your in overdriven Moog territory. The range between the two extremes is very smooth (unlike a Pro1) and really gives the synth a huge tonal pallet from a single 24db LPF the only criticism is that high resonance can steal a lot of volume but the filter will keytrack perfectly (unlike a Moog) so you can even get a usable pitch from self oscillation which sounds very sweet. Every parameter responds to MIDI CC# which makes it very easy to set up with a decent MIDI controller and easy to slot into a decent MIDI setup. Some say this is a disadvantage as all parameters are stepped to 127 increments but it can be very useful if you like drawing MIDI control graphs on your sequencer. The arpeggiator is functional but a little basic but one of my fave features is the random patch, which will bring up something weird and wonderful or completely useless. Its is great for unusual VCS3 style FX that you normally wouldn’t conceive through normal tweaking. I can flick all day (ahem) through the random patch for infinite analogue weirdness. The 40 memory presets however are a little stingy even for 1997 but don’t seem to be too much of a problem for me. One thing I would like to try with the later v2.01’s is the chain mode, which allows you to combine a stack of Pulse’s together to create a monster analogue polysynth and with the prices Pulse’s go for 2nd hand these days this shouldn’t be too expensive.

Ok the Pluse doesn’t sound as warm as some vintage classics especially with its stable VCO’s (if you want vintage buy a vintage) but it still packs a huge analogue clout (mainly due to the excellent filter overdrive) which you still just can’t quite get from any VA or softsynth. For the ‘only analogue synth you’ll need senario’ some say the Evolver is a better choice and it is a great synth but it’s the beefier sound of Pulse that keeps it safely above the virtual crowd and that’s why I’ll never get rid of mine (I might get an Evolver too btw). I’ve played on a lot of vintage analogues and some are better at some types of sounds than others but the Pulse is one of the few analogues that sound good all across the scale from deep basses, cutting mid range leads to tickly hi end FX and percussion. For functionality in a modern MIDI studio environment the Pulse is my desert Island analogue by far even against an ARP2600!.

All in all a greatly designed synth with extensive well thought out parameters that add up to a near perfect MIDI analogue monosynth although partnering the Pulse with a decent MIDI controller (like a Novation or Doepfer) is a essential as the programming matrix although usable can be a little awkward.

I would normally give minus 1 star for the interface but for the cash they go for these days it’s a small price to pay.

They don’t make em like this anymore and sadly may never again.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-01-2007 at 12:07
relis a part-time user from croatia writes:
This is the "stronges" synth I have ever played. Voyager can't beat it's transparency. My best buy ever. I don't wanna spread my glorification over 3 pages so I'll say this synth it just about my taste.

I have a plus version. Added CV control works perfectly with my MS20, I assume it would with other synths too (tried with sh2, perfect also, better than some doepfer modules).

I like the filter. Wish it were more flexible, rather than just 24dB mode, so it can't be used in any situation.

I like the fact that filters sounds differently at different levels.

Don't like the fact that it can't sounds "out of control" sometimes (some would say alive, like the signal flows), like those old vcos can, but you can't have everything in one box, expecially with dcos. On the other hand, basses and other sound are more usefull in the mix this way, imo. Clean, full, strong.

Needs good programing skills, but it's very rewarding.

other synths: Virus Classic, EX5, Supernova 2, MS20

5 of 5, if you ask me

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-16-2007 at 14:53
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