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Thursday
Apr022015

PITTSBURGH MODULAR ANNOUNCES THE PATCH BOX MODULAR EFFECTS PEDALS

 

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 or as a pre-configured set of Complete and Core effects systems. Complete systems provide a fully curated modular effects system utilizing all the available space of the Patch Box Enclosure. Core systems offer a core effect and patchable modulation with room to expand and customize.

TIME BOX

The Time Box Complete is a modular time machine driven by our voltage controllable Analog Replicator delay and Reverb modules paired with a dual modulation source, LPG multi-mode VCA, filter and lopass gate module, and a dual signal splitter. The expandable Time Box Core distills time travel to the Analog Replicator and dual modulation source with 20hp of space available to customize with Pittsburgh Modular, Dwarfcraft, Studio Electronics, or other compatible eurorack modules.

FILTER BOX

Filter and destroy! The Filter Box Complete attacks with a pair of highly tuned filters and analog signal crushing. The state variable Filter module provides creamy, voltage controlled low pass, high pass, band pass, and notch filters while the LPG module adds an aggressive, modern filter, VCA, and lopass gate. Destruction comes compliments of Crush, a voltage controlled analog downsampler signal smashing module. Modulation and control are handled with a set of modules including an Envelope Follower, dual modulation source, and dual signal splitter. The power of the Filter Box Core system comes from the flexibility of the state variable Filter, control of envelope follower, and modulation of a dual low frequency oscillator leaving 18hp to fill with more Pittsburgh Modular, Dwarfcraft, Studio Electronics, or other compatible eurorack modules.

DWARF BOX

We asked our friends at Dwarfcraft to design a fully voltage controlled modular version of the epic Devi Ever Big Distortion Sound Machine and wow did they deliver! The Dwarf Box Complete offers unprecedented signal routing between the Big Distortion Sound Machine and our own state variable Filter. Complex modulation is provided by the Chain Reactor, a voltage influenced, quad low frequency oscillaltor. A noise source, sample and hold, glide, and voltage inversion are included compliments of the Toolbox module. The Dwarf Box Core system includes the Dwarfcraft Big Distortion Sound Machine and a dual modulation source with 20hp of space available to customize with Pittsburgh Modular, Dwarfcraft, Studio Electronics, or other compatible eurorack modules.

PHASE BOX

Over the top in every way the Phase Box Complete, is built on the power of a 16 stage, analog phase shifter module. The large number of phase shifting stages allows for richer phasing, deeper tremolo effects, and multiple complex modulation options. Matched with a LPG multi-mode VCA, filter and lopass gate module, dual modulation source module, and a dual signal splitter module, the Phase Box Complete is an unmatched sonic labratory for signal modulation. The Phase Box Core strips the modular phase shifter pedal down to just the essentials. A Phase Shifter module paired with a dual modulation source leaving 20hp to fill with more Pittsburgh Modular, Dwarfcraft, Studio Electronics, or other compatible eurorack 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 to our dealers in May with a suggested retail price of $349. More information about the Patch Box Enclosure is available at http://pittsburghmodular.com/patch-box/.

Patch Box Complete and Patch Box Core systems will begin shipping in June with the suggested retail prices listed below. Detailed information on the individual Patch Box Core and Patch Box Complete systems will be available soon.

Time Box Core - Suggested Retail Price $779
Time Box Complete - Suggested Retail Price $1,199

Filter Box Core - Suggested Retail Price $679
Filter Box Complete - Suggested Retail Price $1,199

Dwarf Box Core - Suggested Retail Price $799
Dwarf Box Complete - Suggested Retail Price $1,199

Phase Box Core - Suggested Retail Price $799
Phase Box Complete - Suggested Retail Price $1,019

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/.

Sunday
Jan042015

Announcing Nazca Audio Eurorack Modular Synthesizer Accessories

 

We're pleased to announce that Nazca Audio (www.nazcaaudio.com) is our new brand for premiere eurorack modular synthesizer accessories. The first Nazca Audio products we are offering are handmade braided nylon patch cables. Nazca Audio patch cables are designed with the perfect combination of flexibility, strength, and arc retention. The cables, available in 3 sizes and 6 colors, can be purchased individually and in packs of 6 and 18. Every pack includes cables of each size and color. All Nazca Audio products come with a 1 Year Limited Warranty.

 

Wednesday
Nov262014

Pittsburgh Modular Announces the Analog Replicator

Cleaner, dirtier, brighter, darker, and more versatile than any other analog BBD delay line effects unit available, the Analog Replicator is the astounding result of over a year of ambitious design and engineering.

A New Beginning 
The Analog Replicator was redesigned from scratch to be the finest analog delay available with a sound and feature set focused around the modular synthesizer. 

Our original Analog Delay module grew out of the circuitry of a guitar pedal. The new Analog Replicator module does not share the same stompbox lineage. Michael Johnsen, Pittsburgh Modular's analog engineer, created a modern BBD core fed by a unique clock source and proprietary signal processing circuits. The result is a flexible, more musical, eurorack delay module.

How It Works 
At the heart of the Analog Replicator is a pair of 4,096 stage BBD chips. The name BBD stands for [B]ucket [B]rigade [D]evice in reference to a line of people passing buckets of water to quickly extinguish a fire.  Each stage of a BBD chip contains a single capacitor. Pairing two chips together creates a chain of 8,192 capacitors.  Like the water buckets, an audio signal is passed from capacitor to capacitor within the BBD chips once every clock step. A slower clock produces a longer delay and a faster clock produces a shorter delay.

Multi-Mode Delay
The controls of the Analog Replicator can be used to produce a wide range of delay effects. The STAGES switch flips between 4,096 and 8,192 BBD stages. 4,096 uses a single BBD chip and 8,192 uses two. Using both BBD chips doubles the available delay time, perfect for echos and longer delays. Using a single BBD is useful for reverb and chorus effects. The SHORT/LONG switch drastically adjusts the delay range. The SHORT mode produces bright, clean analog repeats. LONG mode is dark and grimy. Mud and clock noise (whine) begin to leak in and eventually take over as the Analog Replicator reaches the longest available delay time of 2.6 seconds.

Availability, Price and More Information
The suggested retail price for the Analog Replicator module is $349 and it begins shipping to our dealers today. More information is available at pittsburghmodular.com/analog-replicator.

 

 

Monday
Nov172014

PITTSBURGH MODULAR WINTER 2014 NEW PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Pittsburgh Modular is gearing up for winter with updated and expandable synthesizers, a feature packed new midi module, and a beautiful redesign to our most popular cases. 

 

 

UPDATED AND EXPANDABLE SYNTHESIZERS

SYSTEM 10.1 and SYSTEM 10.1+

MASSIVELY SMALL MODULAR SYNTHESIZER

Our amazing semi-modular sound lab, the System 10 has been updated to include the new feature packed 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 begins shipping to our dealers today. More information is available at pittsburghmodular.com/system-10-1.

STRECHING SMALL TO THE LIMITS

The Pittsburgh Modular System 10.1+ is an expandable version of the System 10.1. Housed in our larger Cell[90] desktop case, the System 10.1+ synthesizer includes all the same modules as the System 10.1 but with the extra space to grow. The extra space allows for an additional 42hp of Pittsburgh Modular or other eurorack compatible modules to be added to the synthesizer. The suggested retail price for the System 10.1+ synthesizer is $709 and it begins shipping to our dealers today. More information is available at pittsburghmodular.com/system-101-plus.

SOUND IS WHAT MATTERS

The System 10.1 and System 10.1+ offer direct access to a wide array of modern, analog monosynth sounds. Without a single patch cable, earth shaking bass and aggressive, arpeggiated leads are just a few knob tweaks away. Plugging in a few patch cables opens the Pittsburgh Modular System 10.1 Synthesizer to complex experimentation by offering unlimited control over both the modulation and audio signal paths. All of the elements of a classic voltage controlled, analog modular synth are available as an open, patchable, modern synthesizer.

 

FOUNDATION 3.1 and FOUNDATION 3.1+

A STUNNING CREATURE

Housed in our beautiful new Move[104] Black road case and controlled with the feature packed Midi 3 module, the Foundation 3.1 Synthesizer is the continuing evolution of a classic. The Foundation 3.1 is assembled one at a time in Pittsburgh, PA using handbuilt components to ensure every one sounds incredible. The core of the Foundation 3.1 remains the same, two huge Waveforms oscillators driving a pair of filters that are dripping with character. The suggested retail price for the Foundation 3.1 synthesizer is $1999 and it begins shipping to our dealers today. More information is available at pittsburghmodular.com/foundation-3-1.

A BIGGER DRAGON

The Foundation 3.1+ Synthesizer is an expandable version of the Foundation 3.1. Housed in our larger Move[208] desktop case, the Foundation 3.1+ has room to grow. The additional space allows a nearly infinite number of expansion options. The included black plastic blank panel can be easily trimmed as new modules are added to keep the case looking clean. The suggested retail price for the Foundation 3.1+ synthesizer is $2,249 and it begins shipping to our dealers in January. More information is available at pittsburghmodular.com/foundation-31-plus.

FULL OF FIRE

A standalone, fully modular synthesizer styled after the great monosynths of the past with no hardwired signal path or fixed voice architecture to restrict creativity. An all analog signal path driving massive oscillators and multiple filters pushes the Foundation 3.1 Synthesizer to new worlds of musical creativity. An unpatched Foundation offers a clean slate for sonic exploration and sound design and the open format of a modular synthesizer allows for greater control and a deeper understanding of synthesis.

 

UPDATED ROAD CASES

MOVE [104] BLACK and MOVE [104] LIMITED

MOVE [104] BLACK

The Pittsburgh Modular Move [104] Black is a beautiful, fully featured, roadworthy eurorack case and power supply designed to safely house and power up to 104hp of eurorack modules. Handbuilt in Pittsburgh, PA using select Ukrainian Birch Ply, the Move [104] Black case celebrates the classic pairing of synthesizers with beautiful hardwood. Each case has been constructed and stained by our craftsmen to emphasize it's unique beauty. The suggested retail price for the Move [104] Black eurorack case is $349 and it begins shipping to our dealers today. More information is available at pittsburghmodular.com/move-104-black.

MOVE [104] LIMITED

The Pittsburgh Modular Move [104] Limited cases are an experiment in color and wood. The case and power specs are identical to the Move [104] Black we just decided to expand the visual palette. The Limited cases are available in an ever changing array of finishes meant to accentuate the grain of the hardwood resulting in a uniquely beautiful, fully featured, eurorack case. The first batch of Move [104] Limited cases are stained deep red and paired with a set of all black hardware. The suggested retail price for the Move [104] Limited eurorack case is $349 and it begins shipping to our dealers today. More information is available at pittsburghmodular.com/move-104-limited.

EVERYTHING TOGETHER

The Move [104] Black and Limited cases includes a removable lid. The lid fits over the patch cables allowing a fully patched modular to hit the road. Powered with the Pittsburgh Modular Power Rail supplying +12v/-12v/+5v power, the Move[104] is designed for maximum compatibility with all Pittsburgh Modular and other brand eurorack compatible modules.

 

MOVE [208] BLACK and MOVE [208] LIMITED

MOVE [208] BLACK

The Pittsburgh Modular Move [208] Black and Move [208] Limited double row eurorack cases and power supply featuring the same stunning woodwork as the single row Move [104] Black. The Move[208] Black and Limited power supply has been redesigned around a robust, universal DC power adapter allowing the power supply of the Move [208] to provide more power to the case. The universal DC supply also allows us to ship the Move [208] worldwide. The suggested retail price for the Move [208] Black eurorack case is $599 and it begins shipping to our dealers January. More information is available at pittsburghmodular.com/move-208-black.

MOVE [208] LIMITED

The Move [208] Limited will be available in an evolving assortment of colors and woods with identical case and power specs as the Move [208] Black. The first batch of Move [208] Limited cases are stained deep red and paired with a set of all black hardware. The suggested retail price for the Move [208] Limited eurorack case is $599 and it begins shipping to our dealers in January. More information is available at pittsburghmodular.com/move-208-limited.

BUILT TO LAST

Like the Move [104] single row cases, the double row Move [208] Black and Move [208] Limited cases are handbuilt in Pittsburgh, PA using select Ukrainian Birch Ply. The strength of the wood allows the Move [208] Black and Limited to stand up the the most rigorous road use. 

 

NEW MIDI 3 MODULE

 

EXTREMELY FULL FEATURED MIDI TO CV CONVERTER

The Midi 3 is our third generation Midi to CV converter. We have stuffed this one with with a robust list of features. It includes 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. This module is deep.

The suggested retail price for the Midi 3 module is $229 and it begins shipping to our dealers today. More information is available at pittsburghmodular.com/midi3.