Pittsburgh Modular Intros Updated Modular Synthesizers & Cases

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Pittsburgh Modular has announced updates to their all-in-one modular synths and cases.

Updated System 10 Modular Synthesizer

PM has updated their semi-modular sound lab, the System 10, above left, to include their new Midi 3 module. The Midi 3 adds a complete set of mono and duophonic midi response modes, assignable CC and dedicated velocity outputs, a feature rich clock source with tap tempo, midi and external gate clock dividers, and multiple arpeggiator responses to an already full set of features.

The Synthesizer Box remains at the heart of the instrument. A semi-modular synthesizer voice module featuring a unique set of modulatable waveforms, a rich lopass gate filter, and a tight envelope continues to define the sound of the synthesizer.

The suggested retail price for the System 10.1 synthesizer is $649 and it is shipping now. Details are available at the PM site. Continue reading

Pittsburgh Modular MIDI 3 – “This Module Is Deep”

pittsburgh-modular-midi-to-cv-module-eurorackPittsburgh Modular has introduced MIDI 3 – an ‘extremely full featured’ MIDI to CV converter for Eurorack modular synthesizers.

The Midi 3 is PM’s third-generation Midi to CV converter. It includes a complete set of mono and duophonic MIDI response modes, assignable CC and dedicated velocity outputs, a clock source with tap tempo, MIDI and external gate clock dividers, and multiple arpeggiator responses.

As PM says, “This module is deep.”

MIDI 3 MIDI to CV Converter

A MIDI to cv module converts standard MIDI note messages into the analog control voltages used by modular and other analog synthesizers. This allows the synthesizer to be controlled by a midi keyboard, sequencer, or DAW.

The two CV outputs on the Midi 3 can be used to control the pitch of an oscillator, cutoff frequency of a filter, or any other function that requires a control voltage signal. The set of Gate outputs on the Midi 3 can be used to trigger envelope generators or other modules expecting a gate or clock source. Continue reading

Pittsburgh Modular Time Runner Logical Pattern Generator

pittsburgh-modular-time-runnerThe Pittsburgh Modular Time Runner is an analog clock divider and programmable pattern generator for Eurorack modular synthesizers.

The Time Runner utilizes a voltage-controlled dual logic core to create a wide range of programmable gate patterns.

The TimeRunner starts with a single clock source and divides it down into four individual channels. The output of each channel is based on a complex relationship between the clock source, a clock divider, and a chain of switchable and voltage controlled logic options. The result is a unique and extremely musical patten generator.

How It Works

The signal path of the TimeRunner starts with an internal or external clock source. The clock is split using a divider into 4 cascading channels creating even /2, /4, /8, /16 divisions of the clock source. Continue reading

The Best Of The 2014 NAMM Show

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The 2014 NAMM Show was another great year for the event – the weather was fantastic, there were tons of new synths and interesting gear introduced and we got to see a lot of people passionate about synths and electronic music.

Here’s our pick of the best new gear that was either introduced at the show this year or that made its NAMM debut this year: Continue reading

New Analog Synths At The 2014 NAMM Show

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At the 2014 NAMM Show, there were more new analog synths than we have ever seen at the show. There were new analogs from companies like Korg, Moog and Elektron; there were a lot of interesting new synths from smaller companies; and there were several all-in-one Eurorack synth modules.

murmuxp2Here’s a roundup of the full-fledged analog synthesizers introduced at the 2014 NAMM Show: Continue reading

Pittsburgh Modular Intros Three New All-In-One Modular Synths

At the 2014 NAMM ShowRichard Nicol of Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers introduced three new all-in-one modular synthesizer systems.

The System 10 synthesizer, above, is housed in Pittsburgh Modular’s Cell [48] Case and includes the new Synthesizer Box module, along with Mix Mult, MIDI2 and Outs utility modules. The Synthesizer Box module incorporates Pittsburgh’s new Waveforms oscillator and Lopass Gate.

The System 10 synthesizer has a street price of about $600. Continue reading

2014 NAMM Show Preview: Pittsburgh Modular + Studio Electronics Team Up On High-End Euro Modular Synthesizers

pghsePittsburgh Modular Synthesizers has announced a collaboration with Studio Electronics:

Together we are designing and manufacturing a new line of high-end Eurorack format modular synthesizers. The new product line will build off of the time-tested designs of Studio Electronics, manufacturers of Premium Quality Analog Synths and Class-A Audio gear since 1985.

We will be giving a sneak preview of the new line at NAMM later this month with pictures, sound, and video to follow.

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