Introducing the Voltage Research Laboratory

A New Organic Synthesizer by Pittsburgh Modular

The Voltage Research Laboratory is a completely different analog synthesizer where every function of the instrument has been influenced by the behaviors and systems of the natural world. Wildly experimental and extremely deep, the Voltage Research Laboratory is a sonic playground created to explore the natural systems and lesser known fringes of analog synthesis.

The Voltage Research Laboratory is 100% eurorack modular format compatible and is comprised of 3 separate eurorack modules housed together in a purpose-built, handmade eurorack enclosure. More than a collection of tools and functions, it is a unique modular synthesizer designed to reward deep experimentation and encourage the creation of unique sonic systems.

We are excited to initially offer the complete instrument, case, and individual modules through a crowdfunding campaign. Using Kickstarter to finance the production of all the components at once allows us to lower retail costs and get the Voltage Research Laboratory into the hands of artists much sooner, without compromising the experimental creativity Richard and Michael have designed into the instrument.

More information on the Voltage Research Laboratory is available here.

Let's take an audiovisual journey into the world of the Voltage Research Laboratory

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On May 9th at Superbooth 19 we will debut the Voltage Research Laboratory, our most ambitious and experimental synthesizer yet. To celebrate, Pittsburgh Modular Documentary Films have put together a series of short films that showcase a few of the Voltage Research Laboratory’s unique capabilities. A new video or two will be posted daily over the next few weeks. The soundtrack for each documentary will be available on our Soundcloud page.

Enjoy.

Introducing the Structure 344 Eurorack Command Center

Eurorack Studio Command Center

Uncompromising power, craftsmanship, and a deep set of integrated utilities combine to create a flagship eurorack case for the Pittsburgh Modular Structure lineup. An inspiring centerpiece to any electronic music studio, the Structure 344 merges a classic form with robust power and deep, integrated synthesis tools. The 4 row, 344 hp desktop eurorack case features a custom Utility Bridge to handle a wide assortment of functions incorporating a preamp, mixer/splitter, dual voltage controlled signal buses, buffered, cascading attenuators, and more.

PRICE, AVAILABILITY, AND MORE INFORMATION

The suggested retail price for the Structure 344 is $1299.  Preorder now. Shipping begins October 26. More information is available at pittsburghmodular.com/structure-344

 

Introducing the Lifeforms Primary Oscillator

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A New Type of Oscillator Designed to Push Analog Synthesis Forward

Teased at Superbooth last month, the Lifeforms Primary Oscillator offers true analog innovation designed to stretch the boundaries of pure sonic sculpting. The Primary Oscillator uses unique cascading waveform processing to create increasingly complex, fully modulatable waveforms. Through the use of multiple interwoven waveshapers, a simple waveform can quickly mutate into something deeply dynamic and harmonically rich.

Price, Availability, and More Information

The suggested retail price for the Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms Primary Oscillator is $229. The module is available to order now and begins shipping today. More information is available at https://pittsburghmodular.com/lifeforms-primary-oscillator

Introducing the Microvolt 3900 Desktop Modular Synthesizer

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A Love Letter to the Monosynth
A modern, semi-modular synthesizer inspired by the instruments designed by our heroes. The Pittsburgh Modular Microvolt 3900 takes a new approach to building a raw, analog monosynth with a host of unconventional and inspirational features. Patch cables optional.

The Microvolt 3900 merges a unique analog synthesis engine with beautiful design and the creative freedom of a modular synthesizer to define the desktop sonic laboratory. The sound of the Microvolt 3900 is a unique blend of the organic and textural with raw, synthetic analog tones creating a new sonic palate perfect for deep experimentation.

Price, Availability, and More Information
The suggested retail price for the Pittsburgh Modular Microvolt 3900 is $629. Pre-order now with shipments beginning May 25th.  More information is available at https://pittsburghmodular.com/microvolt

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Introducing the Lifeforms Micro Sequence Eurorack Module

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Lifeforms Micro Sequence

Hands On Sequencing

With a simple, performance focused interface, the feature set of the Lifeforms Micro Sequence module speaks for itself. 8 sliders with integrated channel mute. 8 quantized scales. 8 sequencer direction modes. Sequences up to 8 steps. 4 external modulation functions. Integrated tap tempo clock. 8 step external clock divider. Run/Stop transport button. Sequence reset button. Dedicated analog CV output. And more...

Price, Availability, and More Information

The suggested retail price for the Lifeforms Micro Sequence is $199. Pre-orders begin December 8 and it begins shipping December 15. More information is available at www.pittsburghmodular.com/lifeforms-micro-sequence

Introducing A New Generation Of Lifeforms Eurorack Modules

Six New Lifeforms Modules

Our new core modules showcase the creativity and depth of the Lifeforms modular synthesis philosophy. Pushing the concept of one knob per function as far as it will go, these modules become more powerful the further they are explored:  a huge sounding dual oscillator with a unique performance CV routing bus; a four channel mixer that is also two mixers, or four attenuators, or any combination of the three; a unique modular modulation multi-tool with a wide array of interwoven functions; a creamy smooth filter that can also scream; an extremely musical envelope generator that can be a trigger delay; and a six channel performance mixer with custom preamps and flexible signal paths. The new Lifeforms modules are packed with unrestricted sonic potential.


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Lifeforms Double Helix Oscillator

Designed to be the nucleus of a synthesizer, the Double Helix Oscillator is a modular waveform generator like no other. A set of beefy, analog oscillators paired with voltage controlled shape contouring, deep modulation, and a performance ready voltage controlled modulation matrix create a dynamic, analog waveform playground. 


Lifeforms 2+2 Mixer

The Lifeforms 2+2 Mixer is a low noise, ambidextrous four channel mixer for both audio and CV signals. The signal path is extremely versatile allowing it to function in five different configurations: a four channel mixer; a pair of two channel mixers; four independent attenuators; two attenuators; and a two channel mixer, one attenuator and a three channel mixer.


Lifeforms ADSR

The Lifeforms 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.


Lifeforms Binary Filter

A deeper exploration of the Pittsburgh Filter sound, the Binary Filter is a voltage controlled, analog, state variable filter based on the filter of the Lifeforms SV-1. The state variable topology was chosen because it allowed us to produce a very smooth and natural sounding filter, in addition to offering several other modes of operation, each with a unique sound and energy all their own.


Lifeforms Mod Tools

Envelope, LFO, noise, sample and hold, mixer, analog logic, slew, and oscillator, the Mod Tools is a diverse analog ecosystem of modulation. The functionality of the Mod Tools is split into four sections: multi-function, analog logic, noise | sample & hold, and modulation.


Lifeforms System Interface

Packed with deep signal routing options and high quality preamps, the System Interface is a flexible audio hub, perfect for both studio and live performance. Squeezed into 24hp.


Price, Availability, and More Information

The suggested retail prices are: Lifeforms Double Helix Oscillator $449, Lifeforms Binary Filter $179, Lifeforms 2+2 Mixer $99, Lifeforms ADSR $119, Lifeforms Mod Tools $199, Lifeforms System Interface $249.  All modules begin shipping to authorized resellers March 2017. More information is available at pittsburghmodular.com/lifeforms-modules/

Introducing the Lifeforms Foundation 4 and Lifeforms Foundation Evo

A Strong foundation to explore

Introducing the expandable Lifeforms Foundation 4 and the flagship Lifeforms Foundation Evo. A pair of complete, modular synthesizers showcasing the full depth of the Lifeforms sound and design philosophies.

East Coast Mastery

Anchored by the powerful sound of the complex Double Helix Oscillator paired with a full complement of modulation options, resonant filters, envelopes, and deep midi options, the Lifeforms Foundation 4 and Lifeforms Foundation Evo are the perfect choice for east coast style subtractive synthesis. The onboard midi can be patched up to create amazing leads, unique pads, and crushing bass using massive monophonic or true duophonic synth voices.

West Coast Chemistry

The same complex Double Helix oscillator that sings for the east coast opens to reveal even more for the west. Extreme FM, non-linear waveshaping, and a unique variable response lowpass gate drive the Lifeforms Foundation 4 and Lifeforms Foundation Evo deep into west synthesis territory. An additional lowpass gate, voltage controlled multi-function generator, chaotic random generators, and a host of utility modules firmly plant the Lifeforms flag on west coast soil. 

Price, Availability, and More Information

The suggested retail price for the Lifeforms Foundation 4 is $2599 and the Lifeforms Foundation Evo is $3799.  Both synthesizers begin shipping to authorized resellers March 2017. More information is available at pittsburghmodular.com/lifeforms-synthesizers

Introducing the Structure EP-420 and Structure EP-270 Studio Eurorack Cases

Studio Sized with Road Tested Reliability

Introducing a pair of eurorack modular synthesizer cases designed to meet the the demanding requirements of project and professional studio environments. The Structure EP-270 and Structure EP-420 provide massive amounts of clean, quiet power housed in beautiful, angled hardwood enclosures, full of classic synthesizer styling. 

Uncompromising power and craftsmanship combine to create this set of stunning, studio cases. The Structure EP-420 offers a massive 420hp of space split into three rows paired with a combined 17 amps of industry leading power. The Structure EP-270 offers 270hp of module space with a combined 9 amps of robust power.

Price, Availability, and More Information

The suggested retail price for the Structure EP-420 is $799 and the Structure EP-270 is $599.  Both cases begin shipping to authorized resellers February 3. More information is available at pittsburghmodular.com/structure

Introducing the Nazca Audio Noodles Eurorack Patch Cables

Part of a Well Balanced System

An essential ingredient to modular synthesis, Noodles are an important part of a well balanced system. Because of their thin, flexible jacket and skinny plug over-molding, even the tightest patch points offer plenty of room for patching with Noodles. Soft and flexible, Noodles are available in 3 sizes and 6 different colors. 13", 25", and 37" sizes. Red, yellow, green, blue, purple, and black colors.

Price, Availability, and More Information

The suggested retail prices for the Nazca Noodles Eurorack Patch Cables are 12 Pack - $36, 24 Pack - $66, 6 Pack Long - $19.  Nazca Noodles begin shipping to authorized resellers February 3. More information is available at pittsburghmodular.com/noodle-cables