Pittsburgh Lifeforms SV-1 Blackbox Desktop Analog Modular Synthesizer - Eurorack

Pittsburgh Lifeforms SV-1 Blackbox Desktop Analog Modular Synthesizer - Eurorack

Pittsburgh Lifeforms SV-1 Blackbox Desktop Analog Modular Synthesizer - Eurorack

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Product Highlights

  • Analog Synthesizer w/ Patching Points
  • Integrated MIDI-to-CV Converter
  • Two Complex-Waveform Oscillators
  • Oscillator Waveform Mixer
  • Multi-Mode Filter
  • Low-Frequency Oscillator (LFO)
  • ADSR Envelope Generator
  • Voltage-Controlled Amplifier
  • Steel Desktop Enclosure
  • Includes 6 Patch Cables and MIDI Adapter
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Pittsburgh SV-1 overview

  • 1Description

The Lifeform SV-1 Blackbox from Pittsburgh Modular is a complete desktop analog modular 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 Blackbox 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 module's enclosure is made from powder-coat steel and features a DC power inlet for use with the included power adapter. The SV-1 Blackbox ships with six Nazca audio patch cables and an 1/8" stereo jack to MIDI connector cable.

Integrated Synthesizer Components

MIDI

  • 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

  • This 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

 

Mixer

  • 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
Splitters

  • 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 controlled by a master volume knob
In the Box
Pittsburgh Lifeforms SV-1 Blackbox Desktop Analog Modular Synthesizer - Eurorack
  • 6 x Nazca Braided Patch Cables
  • 1/8" to 5-pin DIN MIDI Adapter
  • DC Power Adapter
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Pittsburgh SV-1 specs

    Control Knobs MIDI
    Glide
    Oscillator 1 & 2
    2x Coarse-Frequency control knob
    2x Fine-Tune control knob
    2x FM CV (LFO) control knob
    Width CV control knob
    Filter
    Frequency control knob
    Resonance control knob
    Freq CV control knob
    LFO
    Rate control knob
    Envelope (ADSR)
    Attack control knob
    Decay control knob
    Release control knob
    Mixer
    Channel 1 control knob
    Channel 2 control knob
    Channel 3 control knob
    Channel 4 control knob
    VCA
    Level control knob
    Output
    Level control knob
    Control Buttons MIDI Control
    Mode
    Edit
    Hold
    Clock
    LFO
    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
    Modulation
    Triangle: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Square: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Mixer
    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
    Filter
    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
    Tools
    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
    ADSR
    In (MIDI): 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Out: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Amplifier
    In: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Level CV (ADSR): 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Out: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Splitter
    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 1.5 A +15 VDC power adapter
    Dimensions 9.8 x 5.3 x 2.5" / 24.8 x 13.3 x 6.4 cm
    Weight 3.5 lb / 1.6 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.8 x 9.6 x 4.4"

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