Pittsburgh Synthesizer Box - Semi-Modular Synthesizer Voice - Eurorack Module

Pittsburgh Synthesizer Box - Semi-Modular Synthesizer Voice - Eurorack Module

Pittsburgh Synthesizer Box - Semi-Modular Synthesizer Voice - Eurorack Module

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Pittsburgh Synthesizer Box - Semi-Modular Synthesizer Voice - Eurorack Module

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Product Highlights

  • Analog Synthesizer Voice w/ Patching
  • Each Component Can Be Used Stand-Alone
  • Full-Range Complex-Waveform Oscillator
  • Oscillator Waveform Mixer
  • Multi-Mode Low-Pass Gate
  • Wide-Range Low-Frequency Oscillator
  • Glide Control for Portamento Effects
  • ADSR Envelope Generator
  • Voltage-Controlled Amplifier
  • Includes Ribbon Cable
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  • 1Description
The Synthesizer Box from Pittsburgh Modular is complete semi-modular monophonic synthesizer module that is wired for instant access to classic tones without needing a single patch cable. The module is compatible with all Eurorack modules and systems and features a complete set of patch points able to override the internal audio and CV signal paths.

The Synthesizer Box offers several components conveniently housed in one module including a full-range, complex oscillator, an oscillator-waveform mixer, a voltage-controlled multi-mode low-pass gate, a wide-range low-frequency oscillator (LFO), a glide control for portamento effects, an ADSR envelope generator, and a high-quality, linear-response voltage-controlled amplifier (VCA). Each component is fully patchable and functions independently of the rest of the module, allowing each circuit to be split apart and used like stand-alone modules. The Synthesizer Box is 88hp wide, 1.4" / 36.5mm deep, and requires 120mA of power. The module ships with a ribbon cable.

Synthesizer Box-Module Components

Waveforms - Complex Waveform Oscillator

Waveforms Controls

  • Coarse- and Fine-Tune Frequency Controls
  • Sub Oscillator: Square wave pitched one octave below the core oscillator creates a huge bottom-end for the Synthesizer Box. Switch adjusts between low volume / off / full volume
  • Frequency Modulation (FM): Used to modulate the pitch of the oscillator, the attenuated FM input can be switched between exponential and linear response. The FM input is internally patched to the LFO triangle output. This routing can be bypassed by patching into the FM CV IN input jack
  • Saw/Blade Switch: Selects the type of saw wave sent to the mixer. The SAW wave is the core wave of the oscillator and is not affected by the MOD CV input. The BLADE wave is a unique, complex saw wave that can be modulated using the MOD CV input. Additional manipulation of the blade wave can be achieved using the BLADE IN jack
  • Waveform Modulation (MOD CV): Attenuated MOD CV input controls the amount of waveform modulation. Waveform modulation effects the square wave and blade wave. The modulation effects each wave type differently. Pulse-width modulation of the square wave and wave-shape morphing of the blade wave. The MOD CV input is internally patched to the LFO triangle output. This routing can be bypassed by patching into the MOD CV IN input jack

 

Oscillator Patch Points

  • 1V/O IN: One volt per octave input
  • BLADE IN: Blade wave-manipulation input
  • FM CV IN: Frequency-modulation input overrides internal routing to allow for external modulation
  • MOD CV IN: Waveform-modulation input overrides internal routing to allow for external modulation
  • TRI OUT: Post-mixer triangle-wave output
  • S/B OUT: Post-mixer saw- or blade-wave output
  • SQR OUT: Post-mixer square-wave output
  • MIX OUT: Mixer output includes triangle, saw/blade, square, and sub-oscillator waveforms
LPG - Voltage-Controlled Low-Pass Gate

LPG Controls

  • Frequency Modulation (MOD CV): Attenuated MOD CV input controls the amount of low-pass gate frequency modulation
  • Mod / Ping Switch: Determines how the low-pass gate responds to frequency modulation. In MOD mode, the MOD CV is used to sweep the frequency range of the low-pass gate. In PING mode, the MOD CV is converted to a short trigger used to ping or strike the low-pass gate. The PING mode takes advantage of the low-pass gate's fast attack and slow decay to create organic percussive sounds with a natural decay. The MOD CV input is internally patched to the envelope generator output. This routing can be bypassed by patching into the LPG CV IN input jack
  • Frequency Control: In filter mode, the frequency knob controls the center frequency of the filter. In VCA mode, the frequency knob controls the pass-through signal level. In low-pass gate mode, the frequency knob controls both the center frequency of the filter and the pass-through signal level
  • Resonance Control: In filter mode, the resonance knob controls the amount of resonance. In VCA mode and low-pass gate mode, the resonance knob is not active
  • LPG Mode Switch: Switch between the 3 modes of the low-pass gate. VCA position (up) enables VCA mode, LPG position (center) enables low-pass gate mode, and low-pass position (down) enables low-pass filter mode


LPG Patch Points

  • LPG CV IN: Frequency-modulation input overrides internal routing to allow for external modulation
  • LPG IN: Signal input overrides internal routing
  • LFP OUT: Signal output
LFO - Low-Frequency Oscillator

LFO Controls

  • Rate Knob: Selects the frequency of the low-frequency oscillator
  • Range Switch: Determines the range of the rate knob. Switches between low range and high range


LFO Patch Points

  • TRI OUT: Triangle-wave output
  • SQR OUT: Square-wave output
Envelope - ADSR

Envelope Controls

  • Attack Knob: The first stage of the envelope generator. The attack knob adjusts the rise time of the envelope
  • Decay Knob: The second stage of the envelope generator. The decay knob adjusts amount of time the envelope remains at the maximum level while the envelope input contains a signal
  • Sustain Switch: The third stage of the envelope generator. The sustain knob sets the maximum output level of the envelope once the decay stage has completed
  • Release Knob: The fourth stage of the envelope generator. The release knob adjusts the amount of time it takes for the envelope to turn off once the decay stage has completed

Envelope Patch Points

  • ENV IN: Envelope input
  • ENV OUT: Envelope output
Glide - Portamento

Glide Controls

  • Time Knob: Adjusts the amount of time it takes to shift from one frequency to another

Mixer Controls

  • Triangle-Wave Attenuator: Adjust the level of the triangle wave sent to the TRI OUT and MIX OUT
  • Saw/Blade-Wave Attenuator: Adjust the level of the saw/blade wave sent to the S/B OUT and MIX OUT
  • Square-Wave Attenuator: Adjust the level of the square wave sent to the SQR OUT and MIX OUT


Mixer Patch Points

  • MIX OUT (in waveforms section): Mixer output includes triangle, saw/blade, square, and sub oscillator waveforms
VCA - Voltage Controlled Amplifier

VCA Controls

  • CV Input Attenuator Knob: Adjusts the output level of the VCA


VCA Patch Points

  • VCA CV IN: CV input. The VCA CV IN input is internally patched to the ENV OUT output. This routing can be bypassed by patching into the VCA CV IN input jack
  • VCA IN: VCA signal input The VCA IN input is internally patched to the LPG OUT output. This routing can be bypassed by patching into the VCA IN input jack
  • VCA OUT: Signal output
In the Box
Pittsburgh Synthesizer Box - Semi-Modular Synthesizer Voice - Eurorack Module
  • Ribbon Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Control Knobs Waveforms
    Coarse-Frequency control knob
    Fine-Tune control knob
    FM CV (LFO) control knob
    Mod CV (LFO) control knob
    LPG
    Mod CV (Env) control knob
    Frequency control knob
    Resonance control knob
    LFO
    Rate control knob
    Envelope (ADSR)
    Attack control knob
    Decay control knob
    Release control knob
    Glide
    Time control knob
    Mixer
    Triangle-Wave Attenuator control knob
    Saw/Blade-Wave Attenuator control knob
    Square Wave Attenuator control knob
    VCA
    CV Input-Attenuator control knob
    Control Switches Waveforms
    Sub-Oscillator 3-way switch
    Exponential/Linear-FM switch
    Saw/Blade switch
    LPG
    Mod/Ping switch
    VCA/LPG/Low-pass mode switch
    Envelope
    Sustain switch
    Patch Points Waveform
    1V/O In: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Blade In: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    FM CV In: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Mod CV In: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Triangle Out: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Saw/Blade Out: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Square Out: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Mix Out: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    LPG
    LPG CV In: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    LPG In: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    LFP Out: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    LFO
    Triangle Out: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Square Out: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Envelope
    Envelope In: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Envelope Out: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Mixer
    Mix Out: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    VCA
    VCA CV In: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    VCA In: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    VCA Out: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Power Usage 36.5 mA
    Size Horizontal Pitch (hp): 28
    Depth 1.4" / 36.5 mm

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