Introducing the LIfeforms SV-1 Blackbox Desktop Modular Synthesizer

Desktop Portability with Analog Power and Modular Flexibility

The  Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers Lifeforms SV-1 Blackbox is a complete, standalone desktop format modular synthesizer. A full compliment of analog tools for sonic experimentation stuffed into a portable steel enclosure. Two patchable oscillators and our legendary state-variable filter are paired with a perfectly curated set of synthesis components including a dual sub oscillator, dual, chained mixers, a plucky, four stage envelope generator, sample and hold, noise, low frequency oscillator, voltage controlled amplifier, a feature rich MIDI to CV converter, and a pair of utility signal splitters.

A standalone modular powerhouse, the Lifeforms SV-1 Blackbox provides absolutely everything you need to create gigantic and iconic synth sounds: roaring bass, shimmering leads, lush pads and warm drones are only a few knob turns away. Instantly, out of the box, a rich feature set with a fluid, easy to understand interface empowers you to create vibrant, thick tones. A few patch cables Modulation and Tools sections fill out the analog SV-1 modulation capabilities with a triangle and square LFO, two sub-octave oscillators chained to the main oscillator, and noise with sample & hold. 

Price, Availability, and More Information

The suggested retail price for the Lifeforms SV-1 Blackbox modular synthesizer is $699 and it begins shipping to authorized resellers August 12. More information is available at lifeformsmodular.com/blackbox.

Introducing Lifeforms

Lifeforms Eurorack Systems

Our best sounding synthesizer yet, Lifeforms systems are available in three configurations. System 101, System 201, and System 301 are the perfect gateway to the eurorack modular synthesizer world.

Interactive inspiration machines. The next generation of our System line of eurorack synthesizers harnesses the power of the new Lifeforms modules and Structure enclosures. Designed around the Lifeforms SV-1 modular analog synthesizer voice and anchored by the classic Pittsburgh Modular filter and two full range analog oscillators packed with harmonically rich waveforms, the Lifeforms Systems offer a rich sound palette with the flexibility of an open, fully patchable analog voice architecture.

The System 201 and System 301 also include the Lifeforms KB-1 pressure sensitive keyboard controller. The pressure sensitive keyboard maximizes the creative process with arpeggios, sequences, triggers, voltage memory, and more. More information on the entire Lifeforms line is available at lifeformsmodular.com.

Evolution of the Synthesizer Voice

The Lifeforms SV-1 is a fully patchable synthesizer module, destined to be the heart and soul of any eurorack modular system. It features two independent, full-range analog oscillators, and the unmistakeable sound of the Pittsburgh Modular filter paired with a highly curated set of modular tools designed to fuel the creative fire. More information on the Lifeforms SV-1 is available at lifeformsmodular.com/sv-1.

Control At Your Fingertips

Shape music like never before with the Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms KB-1 pressure sensitive controller. The Lifeforms KB-1 eurorack module provides a multi-function, expressive, capacitive touch keyboard designed for performance. It contains a powerful one octave pressure sensitive keyboard complete with arpeggiator, step sequencer, preset voltage memory array, and a pair of multi-mode trigger pads. Eleven patchable outputs and a deep feature set enable an unprecedented level of control over any eurorack system. More information on the Lifeforms KB-1 is available at lifeformsmodular.com/kb-1.

Professional Eurorack Enclosures

Our new line of Structure enclosures pushes eurorack case technology forward. With new, innovative power supplies providing extreme amounts of clean, quiet power, up to 3x the power available in other brands, Structure cases are designed to work with the most sensitive analog and power hungry digital modules.

To improve the strength of the Structure shells, our engineers tested countless combinations utilizing different types of wood, joints, adhesives, assembly techniques, and hardware. The result is our most robust and refined case line yet. With massive amounts of both room and clean, quiet power, Structure enclosures are the perfect start to any eurorack modular system.

The Structure enclosures are available in three sizes. 96hp, 208hp, and 360hp. The Structure EP-96 is a 96hp desktop case. A perfect case for starting a eurorack synthesizer. The Structure EP-208 and Structure EP-360 are serious, road ready travel cases. The right choice for large or growing systems. More information on the entire line of Structure cases is available at pittsburghmodular.com/structure.

Pittsburgh Modular Announces the Verbtronic Digital Reverb Module

VERBTRONIC

Reverb creates the illusion of space, adding another dimension to sound and offering a sense of time and distance. The Verbtronic digital reverb module generates spaces large enough to overwhelm sounds and smear the audio spectrum with a wash of relentless reflections and echoes, building a tidal wave of never-ending feedback.

"Space...is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is." - Douglas Adams

We did not design the Verbtronic to mimic the real world; instead we have created a reverb full of lush, artificial spaces that blend perfectly with the electronic sounds of modular synthesis.

The Verbtronic controls offer a full palette of reverberation effects. Tonal Tilt shifts the frequency emphasis from low and dark to high and bright, acting as a tone control for the reverberated signal. The Feedback knob sends a variable portion of the output signal back into the input, creating results similar to simultaneously adjusting both reverb density and decay time. The Verbtronic voltage controlled Mode switch flips between two unique reverbs: Verb mode is a shorter, more natural sounding reverb, perfect for augmenting leads and more fragile sounds; and Tronic mode creates a much larger, synthetic sounding reverb. The voltage controlled Output Mixknob smoothly shifts between the dry input signal and 100% reverb. Giant percussion drowning in feedback and alien soundscapes are just the beginning....Mix in a touch of reverb to add a sense of space or turn it up for full signal saturation. Dial in the perfect mix for any sound.

Price, Availability, and More Information

The suggested retail price for the Verbtronic module is $199 and it begins shipping to our dealers August 14. More information available at pittsburghmodular.com/verbtronic.

Pittsburgh Modular Announces the Game System Sequencing Module

GAME SYSTEM

Packed with six unique multi-mode sequencers and a fully voltage controllable user interface, the Game System is deep!  Each game represents a different type of sequencing, from classic step sequencers, to unique multi-dimensional clock dividers, to chaotic gate generators. Individual sequencers in the Game System would make great standalone modules. Bundled together, they offer an entire arcade of sequencing options, with lots of room for creativity.

A Unique Set of Controls

The Game System uses a thumb joystick and button press interface for fast and intuitive 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, freeing the sequencers to shift and morph with the zeros and ones.

Price, Availability, and More Information

The suggested retail price for the Game System module is $299 and it begins shipping to our dealers July 31. More information available at pittsburghmodular.com/game-system.

Game 1: Meteor Shower

Meteor showers have inspired musicians since the dawn of time. The Game System transforms these celestial events into an 8x8 matrix filled with pixelated meteors, explosions, and one panicked spaceship. Pilot your unarmed ship through the matrix while dodging falling meteors. Explosion based gates and random control voltages react to the action and provide the perfect score to the amazing events taking place in the simulated night sky. God speed, fearless astronauts.

Game 2: Music Programmer (CV/Gate Sequencer)

Create your own musical masterpiece, a melody that defines a generation. Music Programmer is a classic 32 step CV and gate sequencer that is programmed with the joystick or auto-generated using control voltages. Sequences can vary in length from 1 to 32 steps and can be played in forward, reverse, pendulum, or random order. CV output is quantized to 1 volt per octave to keep the resulting patterns well tempered.

Game 3: Percussion Programmer (4 Channel Gate Sequencer)

Hmm.... Percussion can mean anything. A short (or long) burst of sound (or silence) used to create rhythmic patterns (or not) that drive (or don't) the beat of a song (or endless noodle). Regardless of the definition, the Percussion Programmer game features four channels of programmable gate sequencing that can be used for, um... anything. Rock and roll would probably assign the channels to kick, snare, high hat, and crash while EDM would go with something closer to kick, high hat, kick, and kick. Whatever gets you moving....

Game 4: Time Traveller (4 Channel Clock Divider)

A way to be in four places at once. Time Traveller is the first two dimensional clock divider. A game that shifts outputs freely within clock divisions and offsets. Using the idea of a time grid, clock divisions from 1 to 8 are laid out on the x axis allowing the y axis to be assigned to 8 steps of offset. The four outputs can be independently set to a static location, or allowed to freely roam the time grid creating unpredictable results. Time travel can be complicated; don't forget your towel.

Game 5: Probability Machine (2 Channel Chaotic Gate Generator)

The real world is a crazy place and music should reflect that. The Probability Machine creates chaotic gates based on a cascading chance algorithm. The resulting patterns are always in sync with some multiple of the clock, allowing for stuttering but not disjointed patterns. The density of the gates is based on a two dimensional probability field. The X axis defines the potential of an event and the Y axis defines the the depth of the event while the joystick button adds additional layers of complexity to the outputs. Spaztastic!

Game 6: Euclidean Rhythms (Algorithmic Gate Sequencer)

Impress your friends by applying all that geometry you learned in school. Inspired by the paper by Godfried Toussaint, the Euclidean Rhythms game is an auto-generating gate pattern sequencer that organizes complexity. Mathematically, the Euclidean Rhythms sequencer works to evenly space the number of active beats over the length of the sequence. Musically, the Euclidean Rhythms effortlessly creates organic patterns steeped in both Western and non-Western musical philosophies. Add a bit of CV control to create sequences that evolve with the incoming voltages, and suddenly math never sounded so good.