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Pittsburgh Modular

Pittsburgh Modular

The Electronic Sequence Designer 128 from Pittsburgh Modular is a very complex and flexible 32-step sequencer.

Electronic Sequence Designer 128

You can create up to four sequences going on simultaneously with four gate and pitch outputs. This four sequences can share the 32 faders, dividing the control panel in 2 x 16 steps or 1 x 16 + 2 x 8 to be accessed directly via the faders – which make this sequencer really hands-on! It is also possible to use the sequencer in layers of 32 steps, giving you only direct access to the last programmed sequence. This way you get 4 x 32 = 128 steps!

It features MIDI in and out, which enables you to send all four sequences to your computer or other musical gear, and receive MIDI Data for transposing sequences for example. You can apply different scales via buttons on the front panel. Furthermore there is an euclidian system integrated which will distribute the active steps through the sequence.

The sequencer offers a lot more features like swing, ratcheting and two modulation inputs.

Lifeforms Primary Oscillator

In a very compact module, Pittsburgh Modular presents a new oscillator, the Lifeforms Primary Oscillator. It has a very large spectrum of sound and interesting shaping options – with only three faders!

It features four waveforms : sine, saw, pulse and blade – a mix between pulse and sawtooth. A special sine mode called Harmonic Sine gives you a sine with more harmonic content. There is also a sort of bit crusher output called Fragments which gives rather digital type of sounds. It is controlled by the Fragments Density fader. The Timbre output comes from a wave-folder which is adjusted with the Timbre Depth fader.

This oscillator module gives you a lot of sound-sculpting options.

NAMM 2018 – Pittsburgh Modular

Pittsburgh Modular came to the NAMM show with a huge (yet compact) surprise: A semi-modular desktop synthesizer named Microvolt 3900. Its concept is somewhat similar to the Make Noise 0-Coast, as it combines east coast and west coast philosophies. In detail, however, the two instruments differ significantly from each other.

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The Microvolt’s VCO generates four waveforms. Besides a saw-tooth and a pulse with variable width, there are two kinds of sine waves. One of them is editable via button. In detail, the negative half-wave can be inverted into the positive range. This results in a slightly richer and warmer sound. The second sine wave is transformable via a wave folder. Using a slow LFO, it was very easy for us to achieve subtle to lively sound variations. All of the oscillator’s waveforms are usable in combination. An external signal can be added to the mix as well. For processing audio material, there is a binary filter and a dynamic amplifier. They can work as a VCF/ VCA combination or in a low-pass gate mode. The filter’s sound character can be varied using the stable / unstable button. The resonance of the NAMM prototypes was quite harsh in both modes. Thanks to transistor based circuits, the LPG behavior can be adjusted to taste.

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As for modulators, there is a LFO / random generator combination, a function generator and an ADSR envelope. Thanks to the Microvolt’s 39 patch points, the circuits can be used very flexibly. Other features include a MIDI / CV interface with arpeggiator and an inverting mixer / splitter / offset section.

The Microvolt 3900 will be available in two to three month. The MSRP will be 629 USD.

NAMM 16 – mixed news

In WMD’s big collective booth a lot of manufacturers were displaying a massive amount of gear so you had to look closely to get all news. Here is a mixed overwiev of things we discovered.

soulsby Soulsby Synths presented the Oscitron, a voltage controllable Eurorack version of their 8-Bit synthesizer Atmegatron. It features more wavetables, allows for recording your own wavetables and it has 128 samples resolution instead of 32. Price will be 299€ and release is in April ’16.


synthrotek-midicv-expressor Synthrotek’s new MIDI/CV interface offers something unique: it can be used in opposite direction, too so you can use it as a Clock-to-MIDI/USB interface. Imagine synchronizing your DAW to your modular’s clock – exactly this is possible! Cost is $199 and it seems to be available now

An expander will add arpeggiator functionality to the MIDI/CV interface for $150.

The Expressor module is a dual foot controller with a twist: each of the two channels having a pedal-controlled VCA allows for direct volume control by foot. Adjustments to the CV characteristic can be made as well.


pittsburgh-lifefoms   WP_20160124_19_53_59_Raw  Pittsburgh Modular have a new line of rather heavy yet really beautiful wooden flightcase enclosures and two modules from the new Lifeforms line:

The sv-1 is a new synth voice, bigger and more flexible than the Synthblock modules from the past. $699.

The kb-1 will be really interesting for users who like to have a touch plate keyboard but dislike the size and/or price of the existing ones. This one will cost $499, it is pressure sensitive, has an arpeggiator, one octave, four adjustable preset plates and two manual trigger generator plates.


No picture of Harvestman here but we were told his killer über-sequencer Stilton Hammer II will be available late February.

Analogue Systems?

Bob-WilliamsAccording to Mr. Bob Williams originally idea, his brand and product line – the integrator modular system a.k.a. analogue systems – will be sold in ready to go casings and wooden cabints again. They will come – just completely mounted up the way you want them – with a full five years warranty from now on.

After having had too much trouble from circuitries damaged with wrong or misused connector cabels, with (others) power supplies that did not serve enough ampere for some of the high class functionalities, or selfmade casings, where the modules has been returned once they did not fit, taking this excellent products out of the mixed systems is indeed a bad decision for the idea of the common eurorack, but a good one for the position of analogue systems.

aorsThe integrator system can be configurated on a comfortable modular planner and should be coming from the production to your retail store within a month now. For any kind of questions please get back to your modular stores over europe.

Pittsburger Togo!

P1080497The compact Pittsburg System 1 has been a good idea for starters by that symphatic young manufacturer Richard Nicol from Pittsburg. Finally now – about a half a year later – they came in and invite you to add another small halfmodular synth (the synthblock) with midi and out and more in a modular case to your  synth park for camparable low money now. You can also add further modules of nearly any kind in such a compact case if you are ready to find your own wooden side panels or other solutions (as seen in the pic).


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