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