Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms System 101 - Complete Eurorack Modular System

Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms System 101 - Complete Eurorack Modular System

Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms System 101 - Complete Eurorack Modular System

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Product Highlights

  • Semi-Modular with Patchable Signal Path
  • 48hp of Expansion
  • Lifeforms SV-1 Synthesizer Voice Module
  • Structure EP-96 Enclosure
  • Customizable Blank Panel
  • Includes Custom MIDI Adapter Cable
  • Includes 12 Nazca Braided Patch Cables
  • Includes Power Supply
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Pittsburgh Modular PMS1005 overview

  • 1Description

The Lifeforms System 101 from Pittsburgh Modular is a stand-alone, semi-modular synthesizer which offers a hardwired signal path, allowing for sound generation without the need for a single patch cable. The heart of the system is comprised of the Lifeforms SV-1 synthesizer voice module, a complete synthesizer voice featuring several components including a powerful MIDI-to-CV converter, two complex waveform oscillators, a voltage-controlled multi-mode filter, an LFO, an ADSR envelope generator, glide circuit for portamento effects, a waveform mixer, a splitter, a linear voltage-controlled amplifier (VCA), and a set of utility tools such as two sub-oscillator outputs, a noise circuit, and a sample-and-hold circuit. The SV-1 offers a complete set of patch points able to override the internal audio and CV signal paths and each component can be split apart and used like stand-alone modules.

The Lifeforms Systems 101 is housed in the Structure EP-96 desktop case with an empty 48hp row and includes a black plastic panel that can be easily trimmed as new modules are added to keep the case looking clean. The case offers an integrated power supply and Eurorack bus system capable of powering up to 12 modules. The Lifeforms System 101 is compatible with all Eurorack-format modules and ships with a custom MIDI adapter and 12 1/8" / 3.5mm patch cables.

  • Lifeforms SV-1 Analog Synthesizer Eurorack Module

    The Lifeform SV-1 from Pittsburgh Modular is a complete analog synthesizer module that is wired for instant access to classic tones without needing a single patch cable. Out of the box, the module is capable of generating huge basses, shimmering leads, lush pads, and warm drones. The SV-1 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 SV-1 features a powerful MIDI-to-CV converter, two independent, full-range oscillators, a dual-chained mixer, a four-stage envelope generator, an analog state-variable filter, an LFO, a VCA, two splitters, and an output section with headphone and main-out connectors. The Lifeform SV-1 is 48hp wide, 1.4" (35mm) deep, and requires 230mA of power. The module includes a ribbon cable and a 1/8" (3.5mm) to MIDI adapter.

    Integrated Synthesizer Components


    • The integrated MIDI-to-CV converter is based on the MIDI 3 module with a modified source code to create a feature set specifically designed for the SV-1. This MIDI-to-CV converter enables you to connect all your MIDI-compatible gear and convert it to control voltage right inside the SV-1. Volt per octave and gate outputs allow you to connect to your MIDI keyboard or DAW and take control of the SV-1 your way
    • Extensive patch options give you access to glide, CC, and velocity. A digital clock-syncable LFO with triangle and quantized random voltage waveforms provides even more modulation options. A clock input allows you to override the internal or MIDI clock and sync to external CV and gate clock signals. A built-in arpeggiator provides all of the deep arpeggio responses from the MIDI 3, including as played, double-triggered, random, and random with random gate. This unlocks another level of playability and the capacity to create complex and fresh musical patterns out of just a few notes.
    Oscillator 1 and Oscillator 2

    • The next-generation dual-analog oscillator provides the sonic framework for massive synth sounds or deep exploration of west coast-style frequency modulation. Sine, triangle, saw, and square waves are at your control, all available to modulate via FM and hard sync. As a bonus, Oscillator 1 also contains our unique blade wave. The shape of the blade wave can be controlled using the width CV input, creating a sweeping or chorusing effect.
    • Oscillator 2 is normalled to the FM of Oscillator 1, providing huge analog FM bass, deep percussive hits, searing leads, and thick, warm analog pads which all come to life from these two modern, organic sounding oscillators. Both analog oscillators dip well below audio rate, allowing them to function as voltage-controllable LFOs.
    Modulation and Tools

    • A wide-range utility LFO with triangle- and square-wave outputs is ideal for VCA or filter-frequency sweeps. Or, turn it up and release the dynamic FM capabilities of either oscillator. A Tools section provides access to two sub-octave oscillators, derived from Oscillator 1’s core frequency. Analog noise and sample & hold finish out the Tools section—the hold function is initially pre-wired to MIDI clock, and equips you to create perfectly timed, random voltage steps.



    • This versatile four-channel mixer comes pre-wired for fast access to Oscillator 1’s sine, saw, pulse and sub. However, you are just a patch cable away from instantly making your own unique blend of waveforms from the SV-1. The mixer can be split into two independent two-channel mixers simply by patching into the top output.
    State-Variable Filter

    • Rich and thick, the sound of the revered Pittsburgh Modular Filter is unmistakable. Absolutely stunning harmonic character with voltage control over the entire frequency range. A provided attenuverter lets you dial in exactly how much CV to feed the frequency input, even inverting the input for dramatic changes in modulation. Separate high-pass, low-pass, and band-pass outputs are provided as breakout options, each with its own powerful sonic timbres. Turn up the resonance for an added growl, giving your tones an aggressive edge that no soft-synth can match.
    Four-Stage Envelope Generator

    • Designed specifically for the Lifeforms SV-1 with a plucky, organic feel, the four-stage analog ADSR allows you to generate envelopes with remarkable, precise control over each stage. Pre-patched to receive gate signals directly from MIDI, the gate input may be overridden by any available clock, trigger, or square-wave source.
    VCA - Voltage-Controlled Amplifier

    • The amplifier section not only controls the overall level of the output, but is voltage controllable. A clean, responsive VCA, capable of everything from transparent control to mild overdrive, contours audio or CV signals. The ADSR is pre-patched to the level CV providing shape to the synthesizer audio.

    • Two unbuffered audio or CV-splitter sections allow you duplicate your signal in creative ways, routing a single audio or CV source to multiple destinations.
    Line-Level and Headphone Outputs

    • High-quality stereo headphone amplifier and monophonic line-level outputs are controlled by a master volume knob.
  • Structure EP-96 - Professional Eurorack Modular-Synthesizer Case

    The Structure EP-96 from Pittsburgh Modular is a professional Eurorack modular-synthesizer case designed to hold up to 18 Eurorack modules. The case is constructed from hand-stained premium hardwood and features four rails, each with 9 sliding square nuts, and 40x black (4-40-sized 1/4") screws for mounting modules. The overbuilt power supply delivers three times the amount of power than most other cases and is designed for sensitive analog circuitry, power-hungry digital processors, and ground-sensitive user-interface modules. The Structure EP-96 features an external power button and ships with a universal earth-grounded DC power adapter.

    • Hand-stained all hardwood construction
    • Two 48hp rows
    • 96hp total space available
    • Edge-to-edge rails reduce gaps between modules and the case side
    • 9 smooth-sliding square nuts per rail (Holds up to 18 modules)
    • Includes 40 black (Size 4-40 1/4") module-mounting screws



    • 1.5 amps of clean +12V power
    • 1.5 amps of clean -12V power
    • 1 amps of clean +5V power
    • 12 keyed Eurorack power headers
    • External power button
    • Universal earth-grounded DC adapter
In the Box
Bundle Items
  • Ribbon Cable
  • 1/8" to 5-pin DIN MIDI Adapter
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • 40-Pack of Screws (Size 4-40)
  • Standard IEC Power Cord
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty

Also Includes

  • 12 x Nazca Braided Eurorack Patch Cables
  • Black Plastic Blank Panel
Table of Contents
  • 1Description
  • Lifeforms SV-1 Analog Synthesizer Eurorack Module
    Control Knobs MIDI
    Oscillator 1 & 2
    2x Coarse-Frequency control knob
    2x Fine-Tune control knob
    2x FM CV (LFO) control knob
    Width CV control knob
    Frequency control knob
    Resonance control knob
    Freq CV control knob
    Rate control knob
    Envelope (ADSR)
    Attack control knob
    Decay control knob
    Release control knob
    Channel 1 control knob
    Channel 2 control knob
    Channel 3 control knob
    Channel 4 control knob
    Level control knob
    Level control knob
    Control Buttons MIDI Control
    Patch Points MIDI
    LFO: 2x 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    CC: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Velocity: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    V/O: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Gate: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    MIDI In: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Clock I/O: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Oscillator 1
    Sync: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Blade: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Pulse: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Sine: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Triangle: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Saw: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Oscillator 2
    V/O: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    FM CV (MOD): 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Square: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Sine: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Triangle: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Saw: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Triangle: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Square: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Channel 1 (Sine 1): 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Channel 2 (Saw 1): 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Mix 1+2: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Channel 3 (Pulse 1): 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Channel 4 (Sub 1): 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Mix 3+4: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Freq CV: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    In (Mixer): 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Band-pass: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Low-pass: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    High-pass: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Sub 1: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Sub 2: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Noise: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Sample (Noise): 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Hold (MIDI): 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    S&H out: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    In (MIDI): 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Out: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    In: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Level CV (ADSR): 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Out: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    In: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Out: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Out: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    OutputsIn (VCA): 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Phones: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Main: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Power Usage 230 mA
    Size Horizontal Pitch (hp): 48
    Depth 1.4" / 35.0 mm
  • Structure EP-96 - Professional Eurorack Modular-Synthesizer Case
    Size Horizontal Pitch (hp): 2x 48hp (96hp total)
    Screws 4-40-Sized Panel Screws: 40
    Header Module Power Header: 12
    Dimensions (W x D x H) External Depth: 11.5" / 29.2 cm
    External Height: 3.8" / 9.5 cm
    External Width: 10.5" / 26.7 cm
    Internal Depth Above Power Supply: 2.2" / 5.6 cm
    Internal Depth Above Bus Board: 2.8" / 7.0 cm
    Internal Depth Above Nothing: 3.8" / 9.5 cm

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