Pittsburgh Modular Intros Game System Module Step Sequencer

game-system-sequencerPittsburgh Modular has introduced the Game System – a new Eurorack module that is packed with six different multi-mode sequencers and a fully voltage controllable user interface.

Each game represents a different type of sequencing, from classic step sequencers, to unique multi-dimensional clock dividers, to chaotic gate generators.

According to Pittsburgh, “Individual sequencers in the Game System would make great standalone modules. Bundled together, they offer an entire arcade of sequencing options.”

Unique Controls

The Game System uses a thumb joystick and button press interface for fast navigation of the sequencers. Joystick movements and button presses are voltage controllable, inviting external CV and gate signals to take control of the gaming experience.

The Game System can also be computer controlled.

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Pittsburgh Modular Patch Box ‘An Epic Shift In The Definition Of What A Modular Can Be’

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At the 2015 Summer NAMM Show, Pittsburgh Modular was showing their Patch Box Eurorack enclosure. They describe the Patch Box as ‘an epic shift in the definition of what a modular can be.’

That sounds a little hyperbolic – until you consider that the Patch Box opens up the Euro world to an audience exponentially larger than the traditional synth audience.

Here’s Pittsburgh Modular’s Richard Nikol introducing the Patch Box: Continue reading

Pittsburgh Switch Module Now Available

SwitchPittsburgh Modular has announced that their new Switch Eurorack module is now available.

The Switch is an analog, four channel signal switch with gate control and dual, assignable output busses.

Designed for performance, the Switch offers an interactive way to manage audio and CV signals within a complicated patch. Switch is a human- or machine-controlled signal router that utilizes four independent channels of manual and/or voltage controlled analog switching.

Each channel offers a manual on/off switch that acts as a master on/off control for the channel. With the master on/off switch flipped in the off position, the channel can be enabled or disabled using an external gate signal. If the external gate goes high, the switch opens, if the gate goes low, the switch closes. Continue reading

Pittsburgh Modular Intros Patch Box Modular Effects Pedal Case

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Musikmesse 2015: Pittsburgh Modular has officially introduced the Patch Box modular effects pedal case.

According to the company, the Pittsburgh Modular Patch Box ‘redefines modular synthesis around the venerable stomp box’.

The Patch Box is a fully patchable, customizable effects pedal. The open architecture allows the patch box to create unique effects unattainable with standard, fixed signal path guitar pedals.

The Patch Box is available as a fully customizable, empty enclosure or as a pre-configured set of Complete and Core effects systems. Complete systems provide a fully curated modular effects system utilizing all the available space of the Patch Box Enclosure. Core systems offer a core effect and patchable modulation with room to expand and customize. Continue reading

Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers ‘Eurorack Drum Machine’

At the 2015 NAMM Show, Pittsburgh Music’s Richard Nicol demonstrated how you can create a custom drum machine using their Eurorack modules.

The demo is not meant to highlight a particular module or new product, but rather to show how you can used modular synthesis to create an analog drum machine with its own, unique sound.

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Pittsburgh Modular Intros Fltr Variable State Filter

pittsburgh-modular-fltr-filterPIttsburgh Modular has introduced Fltr, a voltage controlled, analog state variable filter.

According to the company, Fltr is ‘a distilled version’ of their classic Filter module, that offers the same ‘warm and gummy sounds’ in half the space.

Here’s what they have to say about the Fltr module:

The Fltr offers a warm, organic sweep through the full frequency range. The lowpass filter is gummy and relaxed while the highpass is clean and defined. The goal was to produce a filter that does not have a single sweet spot. We worked to make every turn of a knob offer something musically engaging. Multiple filter responses are available simultaneously including lowpass, highpass, and bandpass.

Controls:

  • Frequency Knob – Adjusts the cutoff frequency of the filter.
  • Frequency CV Knob – Attenuator and/or invert the frequency CV input.
  • Resonance Knob – Adjusts the resonance (Q) of the filter.
  • Frequency CV Input Jack – Frequency CV input.
  • Input Jack – Audio input.
  • Highpass Output Jack – 12db highpass filter output.
  • Bandpass Output Jack – 12db bandpass filter output.
  • Lowpass Output Jack – 12db lowpass filter output.

Production of the Fltr is limited to 60 modules. The Fltr module is available now via the Pittsburgh Modular site for US $169.

The Boomstar Modular Synthesizer

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Last week, Studio Electronics introduced four Boomstar Modular System modules – Eurorack modules, created in partnership with Pittsburgh Modular, based on the Boomstar all-in-one synthesizer designs.

Now they have introduced the complete Boomstar Modular System – 14 modules that they say ‘dramatically opens up the root level programming and sound sculpting of that lush and potent, and already flexible Boomstar sound’.

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