We haven’t heard much from Sonic State recently – and we suspect it may be because Nick’s got his hands on some interesting new synth modules from Pittsburgh Modular.
Here’s his take on Pittsburgh Modular’s Oscillator, Generator, Outs and Audiomixer Attenuator modules.
Pittsburgh Modular promises that the generator and other modules offer “Tones, drones, textures, and drums to atonal, nintendo zipper/fart noises.” While Nick notes that he didn’t quite hit the sweet spot on the fart noises, the modules do deliver ‘a great deal of flexibility and functionality.”
Pittsburgh Modular Oscillator
A wide range, high quality, 8hp utility VCO. It offers a full compliment of standard waveforms including Sine, Triangle, Saw, and Pulse waves. The Oscillator offers 5 octaves of 1 volt per octave tracking, and a frequency range starting as low as 7 seconds per cycle, allowing it to double as an LFO. Additional features include oscillator reset for hard syncing, attenuated linear FM input, pulse width, and pulse width CV input.
- Excellent logarithmic conformance
- Temperature compensated 1 volt per octave operation
- Simultaneous sawtooth, pulse triangle, and sine wave outputs
- Sawtooth wave based oscillator circuit
- PWM Input: 0% to 100%
- Hard sync input
- below audio frequency operation.
- Size: 8hp
- Module depth with ribbon cable attached: 35mm
- Power Usage: 30mA
Pittsburgh Modular Generator (Dual Oscillator FM Monster)
A dual oscillator built around two triangle core, wide range, periodic waveform generators. As a multipurpose signal generator, it can provide the basis of a wide range of complex sounds ideal for tuned percussion/noise, abrasive amplitude, frequency and timbral modulation. Tones, drones, textures, and drums to atonal, nintendo zipper/fart noises. This module was made for FM madness.
Pittsburgh Modular Outs
The simplest way to get sound out of a modular. Outs is a dual independent output module featuring a stereo 1/4″ headphone amplifier output and dual mono 1/4″ line level outputs.
Left and Right inputs are available. If only the left input is used, it is sent to both the Left and Right outputs.
Pittsburgh Modular AudioMixer/Attenutuator (Multifunction Utility Module)
- 4 Channel Mixer
- 4 Independent Attenuators
- 2 Attenuators and a 2 Channel Mixer
- 1 Attenuator and a 3 Channel Mixer
- Width: 8hp
- Module Depth 20mm with a power cable connected
- Power Usage: 20mA
A flexible, low-noise four channel mixer and/or attenuator for audio and cv that can be used in several ways. Three of the four channels have an output that removes the channel from the mixer circuit and allows it to become a standalone attenuator.