VST-AU Pulse Editor

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The original VST-AU synth editor for the Waldorf Pulse! Comes in 32 and 64 bit VST or Audio Unit, and Standalone versions for Mac and Windows.


The VST-AU Pulse Editor™ is a real-time MIDI synth editor that allows you full control of every parameter of the sound on the Waldorf Pulse and Pulse Plus synthesizers. It is also an advanced librarian tool that allows you to view, edit, arrange and manage all the parameter, patch and bank data on modern computing platforms and applications, in smart and efficient ways. Now you can utilize your Pulse to its full potential in new and interesting ways, and build lasting and meaningful patches that will bring new life to your music.

You can manage, view and edit all your patches on the computer itself without the hassle of manual dumps. All parameters are fully automatable using your favorite VST or AU capable DAW host, giving you the ability to visually program the Pulse to your music in the host sequencer. This ability to model your synth patches in real-time, inside your main music production environment is part of what makes the VST-AU Pulse Editor™ unique when compared to other hardware synth editors. You may also use the standalone application if you do not need to work inside the host or if your DAW host is not supported. Please check the 'DAW Support' tab for details.


 This editor will work on the Waldorf Pulse and Pulse Plus model synthesizers. It will not work on the Pulse 2 model.

 This editor will work on Mac OSX 10.6 through 10.9 and Windows XP through 8.

 See the 'DAW Support' tab for supported VST-AU DAW hosts.


Advanced Patch Librarian

The VST-AU Pulse Editor™ includes a new advanced Patch Manager view that allows you to manage your patches and bank easily in one view. See below for some of the features. Check the product screen shots to see what this view looks like.

Here's just some of the amazing and useful features the Patch Manager offers:

  • Rename patches with with ease.
  • Drag and drop patches or blocks from one slot to another in copy, swap or move mode.
  • Highlights other patches in the bank which are 'Duplicates by Name', and 'Exact Duplicates'.
  • Easily remove all 'Exact Duplicate' patches with one click to clear space for other patches.
  • Undo feature allows for non-destructive editing and reversing mistakes.
  • Easily copy or swap patches, blocks, or bank A and B.
  • Randomize a patch or entire banks with one click.
  • Clear patches or entire banks with one click.
  • Add/Remove a prefix name to patches or entire banks to easily identify your patches.
  • Export just the Patch names as a .txt file.
  • Import your existing patch and bank libraries via System Exclusive data dump direct from the synth, or load them in from .syx files.
  • Save as standard .fxp/.fxb files or native .syx file format.


MIDI Input and Output Monitoring

The Midi Monitor view allows you to view all MIDI data coming in to and out of the VST-AU Pulse Editor™ . Easily switch between Input and Output views of both Host and Editor/Synth MIDI input and output data. You can even copy the data from the event logs for pasting and saving into standard text editors or other applications. Click the 'View Product Screens' link above to see what this view looks like.


MIDI Setup

The VST-AU Pulse Editor™ is based on an entirely new framework that allows you to select the MIDI input and output ports directly from within the editor itself. This allows you to send and receive MIDI system exclusive data, a feature not found in most VST-AU hosts or our previous product offerings. You are no longer limited by host system exclusive in-capabilities.

MIDI Setup allows you to filter specific MIDI messages from all MIDI data paths from the DAW host, Editor and Synth. Absolute control of the data paths allow for complex MIDI setups that can be saved and loaded for specific applications. By using specific MIDI Setups for different instances of the plug-in, you can now use multiple instances of the plug-in for multiple machine control. Click the 'View Product Screens' link above to see what this view looks like.



The Waldorf Pulse™ synthesizer...

The Waldorf Pulse™ is a rack mountable, monophonic analog synthesizer built in Germany. It sports three oscillators, two with pulse width, two LFOs, two assignable envelopes, a filter and amp section and an advanced arpeggiator. There is also a matrix of four modulation routings that are assignable by source and destination. This in part, is what gives the Pulse a unique sound characteristic. Later came the Waldorf Pulse Plus™, the same great synth, but fitted with the added capability of utilizing MIDI CV control and the ability to route external signals through the Pulse’s filter and amp sections.



The reKon audio VST Pulse Editor™ is not affiiliated or associated with Waldorf Music, or the Pulse/Pulse Plus product itself. Waldorf and the Pulse names and logos are the property of Waldorf Music. Apple Computer and the Audio Unit name and logos are the property of Apple Computer. VST plugin technology by Steinberg Media, Gmbh.

Current Version
Version Number 2.3.0
Audio Unit Instrument In 32 bit and 64 bit versions
VST Instrument In 32 bit and 64 bit versions
Standalone App In 32 bit version only
Mac OSX 10.6 through 10.9
Windows XP through 8

Check the chart below for details on which DAW hosts are supported before you purchase the software! Other DAW hosts may be compatible with the software, but have not been tested. This editor can also be run as a Standalone Application in the event your host is not supported.

Host Windows Mac
Apple Logic Pro 8 - X (AU Only) N/A Y
Ableton Live 7 - 9 Y Y
Steinberg Cubase SX 2 - Cubase 7 Y Y
Cakewalk Sonar 6 to XL2 Y N/A
Presonus Studio One 1.5 - 2.0 Y Y
MOTU Digital Performer 7 - 8 N/A Y
Cockos Reaper 2 - 4 Y Y
Imageline FL Studio 9 - 11 Y N/A
EnergyXT Y Y
Plogue Bidule Y Y
Mackie Tracktion Y N
Tobybear's MiniHost Y N/A
Hermann Sieb's VST Host Y N/A

This software product occasionally has changes to keep it up to date and bug free. The following is a list of changes since the software's inception. Please use the Contact page to send us Bug Reports.

Version Release Date Update
Version 2.3.0 01-20-2014 Bug Fix Changelog:
  1. Updated for OSX 10.9 support.
Version 2.2.0 01-10-2012 Bug Fix Changelog:
  1. The software now comes with both 32 bit and 64 bit VST-AU versions.
  2. A completely new MIDI engine. It runs much smoother than any previous version and is now as sample accurate as possible.
  3. Fixed several crash issues with the AU in Logic and Live.
  4. Incoming MIDI CC from the Host MIDI In will now get sent on to the synth (as well as changing the Editor view).
Version 2.1.0 10-03-2011 Bug Fix Changelog:
  1. Fixed the growing memory issue.
  2. Patch settings are now remembered when you reload.
  3. New Dual Pane MIDI Monitor window allows you to view MIDI In and Out data.
  4. Patches are now transfered bidirectionally via sysex messages. Changing patches is much faster now.
  5. You can now transfer sysex banks and patches directly to and from the editor and synth.
  6. Value scaling has been fixed. parameter values should always match now.
Version 2.0.5 03-19-2011 Bug Fix Changelog:
  1. Clock BPM display info has been fixed. It should now align with the value on the Pulse.
  2. Program Numbers are now properly aligned with those on the Pulse.
  3. You can now perform a 'single sysex patch dump' from the Pulse into the Editor to get your existing Pulse patches into the VST-AU Pulse Editor. You can do this with the older 1.4 Pulse OS versions as well as the newer 2.0.1 Pulse OS (Now you don't need the Pulse 2.0.1 OS to get patches into the editor!).
  4. Sysex file loading/saving has been fixed. Values should now match (or come extremely close to) the original data. The previous versions were assigning wrong values to a few parameters.
  5. MIDI Setup: Editor MIDI Input has been updated. You should be able to see the first MIDI port now. Previous versions had an issue where it would not display the first MIDI IN port.
  6. Changed the way presets are loaded. Previous versions would always load the default bank from file (which would override the users last settings). The editor will not load anything by default now. So, on the first run, you will need to manually open the Patch Manager dialog and load the default bank file. Once this has been loaded, the host should be able to take over and remember the settings. However, It is always recommended that you save your changes manually from the PATCH Manager as .fxb/.fxp files.
  7. New default sound bank (with proper patch names and sound data). Included are 100 free sounds.
  8. The Audio Unit version is now valid and working. It should now show up in Live and Logic as the VST-AU Pulse Editor and work properly as an Audio Unit.
Version 2.0.3 12-09-2010 Bug Fix Changelog:
  1. New windowing now closes all windows on editor close.
  2. New MIDI Setup window with full filtering options for both host and editor MIDI data.
  3. New Dual Pane MIDI Monitor window allows you to view MIDI In and Out data.
  4. New Patch Management features for Copy, Swap, or Move.
  5. New audio card set up window.
  6. Improved CPU and memory performance.
  7. Missing 'Patch' parameters for part two have been added.
Version 2.0.0 07-25-2010 Bug Fix Changelog:
  1. Audio Unit support.
  2. Standalone application version.
  3. Advanced MIDI Setup with independent MIDI ports.
  4. Patch Manager view, MIDI Monityoe view, Patch Randomizer.
  5. Pitchbend and Modulation Wheels added.
Version 1.5.2 10-28-2009 Bug Fix Changelog:
  1. Sysex Bank/Patch load and save.
  2. New MIDI engine.
  3. MIDI echo fixed.
  4. MIDI Send/Receive toggle buttons added.
  5. Program Change Send/Receive toggle buttons added.
Version 1.4.0 09-04-2006 Bug Fix Changelog:
  1. Fixed MIDI in problem in Cubase SX.
  2. Controller dumps from Pulse now working again.
  3. Works in most 2.4 VST Hosts.
  4. Now includes 100 preset locations.
  5. Presets are still set to '0' defaults, you can load the sample .FXB bank of 12 presets.
Version 1.3.0 04-10-2006 Bug Fix Changelog:
  1. Complete redesign in C++.
  2. All new GUI.
  3. Increased CPU and memory performance by over 800%.
Version 1.2.0 01-06-2006 Bug Fix Changelog:
  1. Reduced memory use, added Copy/Paste functions, added Pulse Plus features.
Version 1.1.0 11-14-2005 First release.

Before you begin

Using a VST-AU Synth Editor plug-in involves a bit more setup than traditional plug-ins in that it requires certain MIDI settings and hardware connections be made prior to use. It's not exactly a complicated process, but it also isn't exactly simple either. Using the software requires some basic understanding of your hardware synthesizer, MIDI, and the basic concepts of computer-based Music Production in a DAW environment, and of course, plug-in instruments. Here's what you will need to know beforehand in order to setup and use the software properly.

  • Be sure to read the product User Manual and DAW Setup Guide. These two documents will cover practically every detail about the product, how to install it, activate it, and set it up with your synth and preferred DAW host. That should be the first place you look for answers if you get stuck or have issues.
  • It is also advisable that you are familiar with your synthesizers user manual, its capabilities, and MIDI settings before you begin to use the software.
  • The DAW Setup Guide provides specific instructions for configuring your preferred DAW host for use with the editor. Most major DAW's are covered there.


Quick Start Guide

If you are anxious to get the software up and running so you may begin playing around quickly, without reading the User Manual and DAW Setup Guide... Well, you will likely find yourself running into problems or missing some setting(s) that prevent you from properly communicating, using, or hearing your modifications or edits. However, by following these steps below, you should be able to get up and running pretty quickly. If you do run into issues, then it's time to read the User Manual and DAW Setup Guide to get a firm grasp on how things work first. Always read these documents first, before contacting us for technical support!

  1. 1. Download and Install the product.
  2. 2. Make the audio and MIDI connections from your Synth to the PC. See the DAW Setup Guide's 'Physical Connections' section for more information.
  3. 3. Run the Standalone version first to Activate the product and set up the MIDI connections. Do NOT do this in a DAW host!
  4. 4. Activate the product using your rekonaudio.com account username and password. See the Product Activation Information page for more details.
  5. 5. Once Activated, the product will display the main Editor and 'MIDI Setup' views. Follow the message instructions and setup the MIDI ports and channels for the 'Editor MIDI In' and 'Editor MIDI Out' that are connected to your hardware synthesizer.
  6. 6. You should leave the MIDI Setup filter checkboxes at their factory default positions for best results. However, You may change these settings if neccessary for your particular use.
  7. 7. Open the 'Settings/Device Settings' and select the audio card, driver, and channel settings for your audio card. Pick the audio channels that are connected to your Synth. ASIO driver based sound cards work best.
  8. 8. Select a remote MIDI keyboard Controller input to play Note On/Off MIDI data to the Editor. Do not use the Synth as the remote keyboard input! Use a separate MIDI controller keyboard for this!
  9. 9. Close the 'Settings/Device Settings' dialog.
  10. 10. Select a patch in the Editor and play some notes. Move to other patches. You should hear your Synth and the changes as you play and modify parameters.
  11. 11. You can close the Standalone version now, and try running the VST or Audio Unit versions in your preferred DAW host. Your MIDI Setup Settings will be remembered from the last time you made changes (regardless of VST-AU or Standalone).
  12. 12. Open your preferred DAW host, then immediately open the DAW's MIDI Preferences (before instantiating the plug-in). Disable the 'MIDI In' and 'MIDI Out' ports for the MIDI ports you will be using to connect between the Editor and the Synth. This part is very important as failure to do so will not allow communication between the Editor and the Synth!
  13. 13. Check the DAW Setup Guide for details on setting the plug-in up in your particular DAW host. Most VST-AU based DAW hosts are covered.

In order to use the software properly you will need the following:

  • The actual model of hardware synthesizer the product is designed for.
  • A PC computer running Mac (OSX 10.6 - 10.9), and Windows (XP ,7 & 8).
  • An Audio Card to connect the synth to the PC audio inputs.
  • Audio cables to connect your synthesizer to the Audio Card.
  • A USB (or other) MIDI device with MIDI In and MIDI Out connectors.
  • 2 MIDI cables to connect between synth and MIDI device.
  • A reKon audio Activation Code.
  • A DAW Plug-In Host (Cubase, Live, Logic Pro, etc.) or use the Standalone version.
  • A firm understanding of MIDI, your synthesizer, its user manual, and its capabilities.
  • Some patience in getting things setup and working. Take your time. Double check your settings.