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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.

Thursday
May072015

Pittsburgh Modular Announces the Switch Module

Take control of your signal path! 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. 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. Easy.

The output signal is routed to three potential destinations. The first is a dedicated channel output jack. The remaining destinations are Bus A and Bus B. The signal can be independently routed to Bus A and Bus B by using the Send Bus Switches. The two Bus outputs can be switched between Bus A and Bus B for maximum signal control.

The Switch module uses fourteen manual switches and four CV inputs to allow intimate control of audio and CV signals. Each channel is routed through a dedicated, four stage switching circuit to ensure maximum signal isolation.

The module is available now exclusively at shop.pittsburghmodular.com. Production of the Switch was limited to 60 modules.

More information is available at pittsburghmodular.com/switch.

Thursday
Feb052015

PITTSBURGH MODULAR ANNOUNCES THE FLTR LIMITED EDITION MODULE

The Fltr is a voltage controlled, analog, state variable filter. A distilled version of our classic Filter module offers the same warm and gummy sounds in half the space. The Fltr utilizes the same core circuitry as our Filter module so the sound is identical. The state variable topology was chosen because it allowed us to produce a very smooth and natural sounding filter, in addition to offering several filter states, each with a unique sound and energy all their own.

 

The Sound Remains
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.

The module is available now exclusively at pittsburghmodular.com. Production of the FLTR was limited to 60 modules and once it is gone, it is gone.

More information is available at http://pittsburghmodular.com/fltr/.