Today German synth-maker Waldorf announced that their latest analog synthesizer, the Pulse 2, is now available, spinning the long-awaited synth’s debut as “proof positive that good things can come to those that wait.”
We first told you about the Pulse 2 almost two years ago, at the 2012 NAMM Show. At that time, Waldorf was promoting the Pulse 2 as the reincarnation of its “legendary” ancestor, the Waldorf Pulse, that was a constant presence in the electronic music of the 1990s.
Waldorf Pulse 2 Features:
Pulse 2 boasts three analog oscillators with a VCF (Voltage-Controlled Filter). The filter circuits in the Pulse 2 offer 12dB Highpass and Bandpass modes, in addition to 24dB/12dB Lowpass for “strengthened sound-sculpting flexibility.”
Waldorf has also 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 feature found on Waldorf’s recently-released Rocket Synthesizer.
The Pulse 2’s connectivity comes via USB, MIDI In, MIDI Out, Ext In (external analogue signal input), line OUT, and headphone output. The synth also has CV Out (supporting both the V/octave and Hz/V standards) and Gate Out (V-Trigger- and S-Trigger-compatible), to allow “suitably equipped” older/other synths to connect 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). The CV Out can also be modulated in the eight-slot modulation Matrix.
Alongside analogue must-haves like a noise generator, Pulsewidth modulation, and hard Sync, other features include:
- an Alternating Pulsewidth Modulation mode (offering a dense PWM sound without affecting perceived loudness),
- an XOR Osc mode (which is a binary XOR combination of two PWM oscillators with two distinct output levels — high and low only — capable of producing in-harmonic spectra unlike anything associated with any analogue synthesizer other than Waldorf’s original Pulse)
- 500 onboard sound programs, and
- backwards compatibility with the original Pulse series, so original Pulse owners can quickly transfer sounds from the old gear to new Pulse 2 via MIDI (dump).
Pricing and Availability. Waldorf’s Pulse 2 Analog Synthesizer is available to purchase from Waldorf dealers worldwide with at a suggested retail price of 461.00 EUR ($610.00 US), excluding tax. For more information, consult the Waldorf website.