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Pittsburgh Modular Announces the Return of the ADSR

The Pittsburgh Modular ADSR is back. The new version offers the exact same functionality of the original module hidden behind an updated panel design.

The Pittsburgh Modular ADSR is a four stage envelope generator with independently adjustable Attack, Decay, Sustain, and Release stages. This module does one thing amazingly well: the ADSR smooths the shape of the incoming gates and triggers to produce a more expressive instrument. The ADSR output can be used to control the amplitude of an oscillator, the cutoff frequency of a filter or any other function on a module that accepts control voltages.

The ADSR begins shipping to our dealers this week. More information is available at




Pittsburgh Modular Announces the TimeRunner Limited Edition Module

The next generation of time has arrived with the fourth module of our limited edition line. The TimeRunner is a logical pattern generator. An analog clock divider and programmable pattern creator. The TimeRunner utilizes a voltage controlled dual logic core to create a wide range of programmable gate patterns. Starting with a single clock source and dividing it down into four unique channels, the TimeRunner creates the foundation for complex gate patterns. The output of each channel is based on a complex relationship between the clock source, a clock divider, and a chain of switchable and voltage controlled logic options. The result is a unique and extremely musical patten generator.

The module is available now exclusively at Production of the TimeRunner was limited to 50 modules and once it is gone, it is gone.

A Reimagining of the Timetable
The first module designed from scratch specifically for the limited edition line, the TimeRunner was not meant to simply be a redesign of the classic Timetable module. Both the Timetable and TimeRunner modules focus on the idea of controllable logic but the TimeRunner expands on that concept in a whole new way. The TimeRunner builds on the legacy of the Timetable by offering more complex logic routing, better performance and CV control options, and more musical results.

More information is available at


Richard Nicol Performing Live to The Octopus

Richard Nicol performs to The Octopus live @ the shop using a custom double row Pittsburgh Modular system. The modular was augmented with a Moog Old School, a Roland Juno 60, and effects.


Pittsburgh Modular Announces the Collapse Limited Edition Module

Our third limited edition module, the Collapse is an audio decimator; a voltage controlled, all analog audio crusher. A sonic death ray designed to disintegrate waveforms. The module is available now exclusively at Production of the Collapse was limited to 50 modules and once it is gone, it is gone.

The sound of the Collapse module is defined by two parameters, Interval and Contour. Interval assigns the periodic voltage sample rate, breaking down an audio source into ever-larger static chunks. Contour adds wow and flutter to the internal clock source, imprinting unique artifacts and subtle character on the output. The results are heavy.

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

Audio demos are available at


Learn Mic and Pickup Design NOW!

Our mad scientist Michael Johnsen is teaching a class on homemade mics and pickups at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Learn NOW!


Michael Johnsen is offering a new class in homemade microphones and pickups. It runs for 6 weeks on Tuesday evenings 6-9pm at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

Explore the essential creative role that microphones play in music making and develop an understanding of the simple yet powerful ways in which they work. Topics include design and fitting of special pickups for acoustic instruments, carbon and telephone mics, hand-wound guitar pickups, drum mics, underwater sensors, loudspeaker instruments, ultrasonic transducers, light/magnetic sensors and miniaturization. Participants will 
design their own project. Most materials will be supplied, but students will be responsible for costlier or unusual sensors and hardware. 

Please note that circuit building 1 or instructor’s permission is a prerequisite. Good soldering and mechanical skills are essential.

Link course description and registration