Pulse Control VSTi
NOTE: This plugin is for controlling a Hardware synthesizer called the Waldorf Pulse, the plugin is useless unless you actually own a Waldorf Pulse It is also 32-bit only.
Pulse Control V1.2 takes the Waldorf Pulse into previously unknown territory adding three Modulation and three Gate Sequencers, an Advanced Arpeggiator/Sequencer with Scale Remapper, 2 Additional 32 Stage Envelopes, an Advanced programmable LFO, and local/Global Randomization. Using this plugin gives complete control over each of the Oscillators allowing independent Sequencing via the Modulation Sequencers. This allows creating complex one finger style sequences which will make you doubt that the pulse is a mono synth. Pulse Control additionally adds a second software based Modulation Matrix with 7 slots with most of the Pulses parameters available as Destinations.
Pulse Control also can be used on a basic level as an interface to the Pulses on-board parameters, all of which are displayed on the main page. For those who have a midi controller set up to control the Pulse, it will also control the plugin and full VST automation is supported. The plugin does not use the Pulses internal patch system, instead patches are store within the plugin/project and restored when reloaded like all other VST Instruments.
The plugin is available for any Windows VST host which allows sending Midi Out from a VST Plugin to external Midi Ports such as Reaper and Cantabile.
There is a fully functional demo available which will time out after 10 minutes of use, but other than that it it is identical to the paid version.
- Complete Control over all of the Pulse Parameters - via the Main Screen.
- Uses the same Control Change Messages as the hardware Pulse which means that existing hardware controller setups will work to control the plugin flawlessly.
- Full VST Automation.
- Advanced Arpeggiator/32 Note Sequencer.
- The Arpeggiator has the ability to mute steps via the muter section for creating interesting variations on the usual ARP styles.
- If Sequencer mode is selected, the 32 bars control the notes used by the sequencer.
- Hold Mode, Octaves, Note Repeat, Fixed/Actual Velocity, Retrigger and Latch.
- ARP Keyboard Range: The ARP can be limited to a section of the keyboard like a zone.
- 3 x Modulation Sequencers– Each plays back a sequence of up to 32 values which can then be assigned to any parameter via the Modulation Matrix.
- Direct 2 Octave Pitch Control to each of the Pulses 3 Oscillators, all Oscillators can be controlled independently.
- Smooth – This will Smooth out the values and includes a intense smooth mode which behaves more like an envelope follower.
- 8 Direction Modes.
- 3 x Gate Sequencers– Each is used to trigger Envelopes which can be assigned to any parameter via the Matrix. The ENV Release time is configurable.
- Direct Re-triggering of Envelopes 3 & 4.
- Inverse Gate Sequencer (GS1 Only) with selectable Mode, which will trigger either all OFF Notes, or just the first OFF after an ON has occurred. This can be used for interesting rhythmic patterns.
- 2 x 32 Stage Envelopes – Assigned via the Mod Matrix, they can have complex shapes, and have the ability to repeat a section endlessly.
- Advanced LFO – The same LFO used in the Astralis Synths, capable of all the usual shapes plus custom mode which uses 2 sliders to choose from 3500 possible combinations, which also has a smooth control. There is also slider mode for creating your own 8 point shape with smooth control.
- Global Randomizer – This allows choosing which sections that the Globalo Randomize button will effect when it is pressed.
- Modulation Matrix:
- Each Slot has and ON/OFF, Source, Amount, Destination and Invert.
- Slots 1 - 5 is for Modulating the pulse internal parameters.
- Slots 6 - 7 are for controlling the Mod Matrix Amounts and Gate Sequencer Release.
- Manual Tempo – Overrides the Host Tempo for Freeform control of the tempo between 48 and 300 bpm (which mimics the Pulses internal Manual Tempo).
- Swing – The Global Clock can have a swing amount assigned when using any sequencer in 32 step mode.
- Adjustable Master Clock Speed.
- Configurable Midi Speed – This parameter determines what amount of time each midi message is sent in the queue to help prevent dropped messages.
- ARP added – The existing ARP has now been replaced by the ARP/Sequencer from the HGSounds plugin 'ARP' which features:
- 32 Note Sequencer Mode - This has a 2 octave range, centre value represents actual note pitch.
- Direction Modes - Forwards, Reverse, Alternate and Random Modes.
- 32 Note Muters – Basically a gate sequencer that decides if a note should play or not, can be used with the Sequencer or the Arpeggiator.
- 32 Note Tie - Allows tie-ing notes for classic analog style sequences, and even works in polyphonic mode for chord like effects.
- Vol Row - This row can be used to select a set velocity for the step so can be used for accent, or alternatively a quieter note.
- Octave Row - This Sequencer Row will decide whether a step uses the Octave rules selected via a popup menu. The rules range from standard +1 octave to cyclic which create an interesting flowing sequence.
- 1-4 Octaves – Once the ARP run is complete it will go up an octave as far as 4 Octaves.
- Fixed Velocity Mode – can use a fixed Velocity instead of played velocity, which is set via a knob.
- Latch Mode – Holds the note until the next one is played.
- Pulse Width – When Latch is off, this determines how long the pulse is, affecting how long the note trigger is held.
- Hold – This will hold any pressed keys until hold is depressed.
- OmniChorder - This can be used along with the Sequencer and also when the ARP is disabled. It allows setting 2 further notes to trigger to form a chord from pressing one key. Once this is enabled, the Scale Remapper can be used to manipulate the chord for each note in the octave, reminiscent of the classic Omnichord.
- Scale Remapper– Allows changing the Scale on each note (C – B) so that a sequence can be squashed to the selected scale:
- Over 70 scales to choose from.
- Sequence Offset – This allows offsetting the start note of each sequence when it is triggered. For example in Poly Mode pressing 2 keys together will start both sequences running, one could be set to start on step 2 so that it will syncopate. In Monophonic mode it allows building more complex sequence patterns as they iterate.
- Pitch Disable per note – This can prevent a sequence playing on the selected note, so that for example note C won't play the sequence but just C notes. This is useful in Polyphonic mode so that one key can be consistent whilst another note can play a sequence alongside it.
- 7 Scale Mapping Modes – The mode decides how the scale is altered, when a note doesn't match the scale, Up will select the next above, Down the next one down etc. There is also nearest, furthest and alternate. There is also a mode which holds the pitch of the octave, and simply uses the scale remapper to force the scale, useful for music without key changes.
- Scale Remapper works with the OmiChorder even when the ARP/Sequencer is switched off.
- Polyphonic – When used with a polyphonic instrument, notes can trigger individual sequences which is great for use with the Muters(Gate Sequencer) which can create complex rhythmic patterns.
- Manual Tempo – Normal Operation is based on the Host Tempo so that it remains in sync with the project, however manual mode can be used in the fashion of an old analog sequencer.
- Swing – Swings the beats!
- Channel 16 Pitcher - When midi notes are sent to channel 16 the entire pitch of the plugin is transposed.
- Copy/Paste - Can be used to copy a sequence to another preset including all rows.
- Double/Quadruple - Double will copy the first 16 steps to the last 16 steps, Quadruple will duplicate the first 8 steps x 3.
- Sequencers - no longer require the GUI to be open to initialise.
- Swing localised – Now Swing is used at all tempos in all sequencers (previously it only worked with 32 steps and relied on using master tempo to use at other tempos).
- NOTE – Whilst every effort has been taken to keep compatibility with old patches, some setting may have changed slightly, specifically ARP Pulse Length and Swing and may need re-adjusting in old projects.
- NOTE 2 – Channel 16 is now reserved for the Note Pitcher and should not be used for the Pulse. This channel is solely used to use the midi keys to re-pitch the entire output of the Pulse Control ARP.
- Initial Release