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Waldorf Pulse 2 Analog Synthesizer

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    Description
    Pulse 2 Analog Synthesizer is proof positive that good things can come to those who wait. For ever since this high-quality synthesizer developer discontinued its original rack-mountable Pulse and Pulse+ programmable analogue monosynths boasting ballsy bass tones and legendary leads beyond compare, those Nineties electronic music dominating sounds have been severely sought-after by those in the know. Which was exactly what drove us into development overdrive to produce an all-new Pulse fit for the 21st Century.

    As an all-new, all-analogue synthesizer design, Pulse 2 flawlessly delivers exactly what synth connoisseurs around the world have been truly craving for quite some time — three analogue oscillators living in perfect harmony with a VCF (Voltage Controlled Filter), yet we did not stop there: the fresh filter circuits in the Pulse 2 now offer 12dB Highpass and Bandpass modes in addition to 24dB/12dB Lowpass for strengthened sound-sculpting flexibility, while we added analogue Filter FM, two Overdrive circuits, and Ring Modulation from OSC 3, together with Paraphonic and Unison modes allowing up to eight-voice chords — a fantastic feature found on our recently-released Rocket Synthesizer.

    Pulse 2 is housed in a sturdy metal desktop casing. Alongside its generous 128 x 64-character backlit LCD, eight eye-catching stainless steel knobs are available to nimbly navigate through the parameter matrix — logically laid out across the front panel for all to see at all times, set the master Volume, and easily edit display-accessible parameters.

    Connectivity comes well catered for courtesy of USB, MIDI In, MIDI Out, Ext In (external analogue signal input), line OUT, and headphone output — not forgetting, of course, CV Out (supporting both the V/octave and Hz/V standards) and Gate Out (V-Trigger- and S-Trigger-compatible), allowing a myriad of suitably equipped older (or newer) synths to be connected to the Pulse 2 to mirror whatever MIDI ‘note’ information is being played by the Pulse 2, including the output of its powerful ARP (arpeggiator). And if that’s not enough to be getting on with, the CV Out can even be modulated in the eight-slot modulation Matrix, making for even more tantalising tone colours and performance possibilities!

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    Alongside analogue must-haves like a noise generator, Pulse Width modulation, and hard Sync, other notable features include an Alternating Pulse Width Modulation mode new to the Pulse 2 (offering a dense PWM sound without affecting perceived loudness), and an XOR Osc mode (that is a binary XOR combination of two PWM oscillators with two distinct output levels — high and low only — capable of producing inharmonic spectra unlike anything associated with any analogue synthesizer other than the original Pulse) — all of which, of course, contribute to kickstarting those still sought-after sounds right here, right now in the 21st Century. Speaking of which, 500 onboard sound programs should be more than
    enough to keep the most diehard synthesist smiling! What’s more, all are backwards-compatible with the original Pulse series, so original Pulse owners can quickly transfer their favourite sounds to their new Pulse 2 via MIDI (dump).

    Thanks, then, to the timely arrival of the Pulse 2 Analog Synthesizer, readily reincarnated ballsy bass tones and legendary leads beyond compare can all be yours with much more besides in a truly 21st Century compact and bijou performance package priced to go!
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    Architecture
    Type: Analog
    Synthesis: Subtractive
    Oscillators: 3
    Waveforms: Pulse, Saw Down, Saw Up, Square, Triangle, White Noise
    Osc Modulation: Continuous Controller, Envelope, Input, LFO, Oscillator, Pitch Wheel, Glide / Portamento
    Oscillator Notes:
    8/4 Voice Paraphonic modes allows for 4 to 8 voice polyphony using a trick from the Waldorf Rocket Synthesizer
    Envelopes: 2
    Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
    Filters: 2
    Types: 12dB Slope (2-pole), 24dB Slope (4-pole), Band Pass, High Pass, Low Pass
    Filter Modulation: Envelope, Input, Knob, LFO, Mod Wheel, Oscillator, Pedal, Pitch Wheel, Portamento, Sequencer
    LFO: 2
    LFO Parameters: Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Saw Down, Sine, Square, Triangle
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 8
    Tuning: Standard
    Modes: Mono, Paraphonic
    Patches
    Patches RAM: 500
    Patches ROM: 500
    Storage: Internal, USB
    Editing: MIDI, USB
    Arpeggiator
    Powerful fully editable arpeggiator.
    Case
    Case: Desktop
    Controls: Modulation - Audio Input, Buttons, Knobs
    Display Type: LCD, Backlit
    Display Count H: 128
    Display Count V: 64
    Display Notes: 128 x 64 character backlit LCD
    Dimensions (WxDxH): 304 x 132 x 54 mm
    Weight: 1,5 kg
    Connections
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, 1/8" Phone Jack, Stereo Main, Stereo Headphone
    Audio Output Count: 3
    Inputs: 1/4"
    MIDI Ports: IN, OUT, USB
    CV Ports: CV OUT, Gate Out, 1V Octave, 5V Octave
    Power: 6W
    Production
    Year Released: 2014
    Manuals & Documents

    Product Links
    Company Product Sites:
    [+] www.waldorf-music.info
    Pricing
    MSRP List Price: $799 - convert
    Retail Street Price: $749 - convert
    Used Price: $399-$510 - convert
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