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Wednesday
Jul222015

PITTSBURGH MODULAR ANNOUNCES THE GAME SYSTEM 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.

 

Monday
Jul132015

PITTSBURGH MODULAR ANNOUNCES THE CRUSH MODULE

The latest addition to our exceptional line of eurorack format effects modules, the Crush is an audio destroyer; a voltage controlled, all analog sound decimator. A sonic laser designed to shatter waveforms into a million pieces.

Built around a custom, analog downsampling circuit, the sound of the Crush module is defined by two parameters, Sample Rate and Interpolation. Sample Rate assigns the sample timing, breaking down an audio source into ever-larger static chunks. The Interpolate switch attempts to rebuild the original waveform from the remaining pieces, imprinting a second layer of errors and unique artifacts on the output. The results are crushing.

The Crush wrecks audio without ever sounding harsh or thin. Compared to a digital bit crusher, the analog Crush sounds full and warm. Taking advantage of unlimited bit and sample rate resolutions, the Crush avoids lo-fi digital results by smoothly downsampling at infinite resolution.

An integrated voltage controlled mix circuit allows the perfect amount of destruction to be added to the audio. Manually set the mix or use a control voltage to sweep from squeaky clean to completely crushed.


Availability, Price and More Information
The suggested retail price for the Crush module is $199 and it begins shipping to our dealers today. More information is available at pittsburghmodular.com/crush.

 

Friday
Jun192015

Pittsburgh Modular Cell Cases Updated

Our most popular line of cases has been updated with cleaner graphics and a new universal DC power supply. The Cell[48] DC and Cell[90] DC now include a powered +5v rail and eurorack bus in addition to beefier +12v and -12v power rails.

Built like a tank, the Pittsburgh Modular Cell DC cases are expandable, eurorack format synthesizer cases. The cases include a custom universal DC power supply and flexible power rails. A unique, low profile, heavy duty steel frame neatly houses up to 180hp of eurorack format synthesizer modules. The Cell DC cases are a perfect solution for studio or desktop applications, yet more than tough enough to pack in a bag and take on the road. Designed to be finished with replaceable single or double row hardwood sides, Cell DC cases and wood sides are sold separately. This allows for maximum flexibility when configuring the perfect Cell DC solution.

Cell DC cases are available in two sizes. The small case offers a compact 48hp and the larger case includes a full 90hp for eurorack synthesizer modules. Modular by design, both the Cell[48] DC and the Cell[90] DC can be configured as single or double row systems. Simply screw on a set of single row wood sides to a single case or a set of double row wood sides to two cases.

Cell DC cases, single and double row hardwood sides are in stock now and available through any of our dealers. More information is available at http://pittsburghmodular.com/cell-dc-cases/.

 

Wednesday
Jun172015

PITTSBURGH MODULAR ANNOUNCES THE PATCH BOX MODULAR EFFECTS PEDAL ENCLOSURE

 

 

PATCH BOX SYSTEMS

An epic shift in the definition of what a modular can be. The Pittsburgh Modular Patch Box redefines modular synthesis around the venerable stomp box. A monster performance device for guitarists and synthesists alike. A patchable, modular system designed to handle anything.

A playground for unrestricted creativity, 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 ready to fill with a wide assortment of analog and digital eurorack effects and modulation modules.

PATCH BOX ENCLOSURE

The Patch Box is not just another empty eurorack case. It ships packed with the functionality of five highly tuned modules integrated into the heavy duty steel enclosure.

To protect your instrument's tone, we included true bypass switching. Once the Patch Box is engaged, the audio signal passes through a unique preamp with extremely high headroom and a pair of fully buffered outputs. Custom engineered soft limiting circuitry built into the preamp adds everything from clean gain to sweet distortion without overdriving the modules within the Patch Box.

Dual, assignable expression pedal inputs allow the Patch Box to integrate 3rd party expression pedals anywhere into the signal path. This allows for realtime foot control of any voltage controllable parameter. Or split the signal from the foot controller and control two parameters at once.

Dual, assignable A/B footswitches expand signal routing options. Perfect for use as on/off switches or to flip between two signals, the footswitches can be patched up to enable/disable individual modules or route audio and control voltages. Patch a modulation source such as an LFO or external expression pedal through the footswitch to enable or disable the modulation while playing. Patch the outputs of two effects into one of the footswitches to bounce between effects. With two independent, patchable footswitches, there are countless options for realtime signal routing.

The preamp has dual buffered outputs to allow for complex signal routing, but for patching a single modulation or audio source into two destinations, the patchable signal splitter is a perfect solution. Also known as a multiple, the signal splitter has one input and two outputs allowing any signal to be routed to two destinations.

The last stage of the Patch Box signal path is a master output level control. Adjust the output signal level to connect with a wide range of devices. 

The Patch Box is available as an empty case, ready to customize with a huge selection of Pittsburgh Modular, Dwarfcraft, or other compatible eurorack format modules. The Patch Box is also available in a number of preconfigured ‘Complete’ and ‘Core’ effects systems that highlight the wide range of Pittsburgh Modular and Dwarfcraft effects modules. Stunning filters, character rich analog delays, sweeping phase shifters, nasty distortion, and much more are available to interact with and manipulate in entirely new ways. 

 

AVAILABILITY, PRICE AND MORE INFORMATION

The Patch Box Enclosure begins shipping is available now for a suggested retail price of $349. More information about the Patch Box Enclosure is available at http://pittsburghmodular.com/patch-box/.

 

Monday
May112015

Pittsburgh Modular Is Now the US Distributor for Patchblocks

Software Patching Goes Hardware
Pittsburgh Modular and Patchblocks are proud to announce a new partnership that brings Patchblocks sales and service to America. Patchblocks are small, programmable, standalone hardware blocks that can function as effects processors, sound sources, or complete synthesizers. Available in black, white, magenta, and yellow, a single Patchblock can be used on its own or multiple Patchblocks can be chained together to build complex performance systems.

What does the Patchblock do?
Quite a lot. Plug in some gear in and use the Patchblock as a sound processor. Output modulation or clock signals to control analog gear. Make an awesome noise box that produces pure digital filth. Layout a massive kick drum, 303 emulator, complex additive synthesis patch, or play a concerto of chaos based algorithmic sequences. Dual channel DC coupled inputs and outputs work great for both Audio and CV signals. Patchblocks are a platform for building an infinite number of unique instruments and effects.

How does it work?
All you need is a Patchblock, a Mac or Windows PC, and the free software. The software allows you to program your hardware module the way you want, without writing a line of code. Visual programming is easy: you choose from a variety of low level sound processing elements and combine their functions by connecting them with virtual cables – a bit like a modular synthesizer, but in software. Your library of software modules includes signal generators and processors (e.g. oscillators, filters, delays etc.), signal routing options and even modules for algorithmic composition. The software lets you emulate how your patch will sound and once you’re happy with it you can upload it to your Patchblock hardware simply by connecting it via USB. Once programmed you can unplug the Patchblock and jam away.


Expandable...
Join several Patchblocks together for even more complex effects and instruments. One Patchblock could for example generate an LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator) that you plug into another block to modulate processes that happen in there. Or use multiple Patchblocks to create a chain of audio effects and processes. You can do this analog style, by connecting them with audio cables, or via a digital connection, by clicking the Patchblocks together directly. Or even both!

More Information
Patchblocks begin shipping to our US dealers in 3 weeks. The software editor, documentation, and more available now at patchblocks.com.