Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms Percussion Sequencer - Four-Channel Programmable Drum Controller - Eurorack Module

Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms Percussion Sequencer - Four-Channel Programmable Drum Controller - Eurorack Module

Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms Percussion Sequencer - Four-Channel Programmable Drum Controller - Eurorack Module

B&H # PIPMS2030 MFR # PMS2030
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Product Highlights

  • 32-Step, 4-Channel Sequencer
  • 32 Non-Volatile Sequence Memories
  • Six Pattern Effects: Shift, Glitch
  • Density, Morph, Swing, Add/Drop
  • Four Percussion-Tuned Analog Envelopes
  • Four Analog VCAs
  • Real-Time and Step-Record Modes
  • Polyrhythmic Patterns
  • Generative Beat Design
  • Includes Ribbon Cable
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Pittsburgh Modular PMS2030 overview

  • 1Description

The Lifeforms Percussion Sequencer from Pittsburgh Modular is a four-channel programmable drum controller in a Eurorack module with a classic drum machine-style interface. The intuitive interface allows the user to seamlessly move around the module, tweaking patterns and effects without ever stopping the beat. Use the real-time or step-input recording modes to create patterns quickly and easily manipulate the patterns by utilizing one of the six on-board processors. Each channel of the sequencer provides a percussion-tuned analog envelope and VCA, which quickly creates a distinctive drum kit from patching anything from a basic sine wave to heavily modulated and processed noise sources. The Lifeforms Percussion Sequencer is 24hp wide, 1.1" deep, and requires +12v 100mA, -12v 15mA of power. The module ships with a ribbon cable.

  • 32-Step, 4-Channel Sequencer
  • 32 Non-Volatile Sequence Memories
  • 6 Adjustable Pattern Effects (Shift, Glitch, Density, Morph, Swing, Add/Drop)
  • 4 Percussion-Tuned Analog Envelopes
  • 4 High-Quality Analog VCAs
  • Seamlessly Switch Between Play and Record Modes
  • Live-Performance and Step-Recording Modes
  • Internal Tap Tempo or External Clock Source
  • Variable Sequence and Individual Channel Length
  • Polyrhythmic Patterns
  • Generative Beat Design
  • Channel Mute
The Mind of a Modern Drum Machine
  • At the heart of the module is a 4-channel, 32-step beat sequencer designed for live performance. Seamlessly move around the module tweaking patterns and effects without ever stopping the beat. Create and store up to 32 sequences using live-performance or step-mode recording with pattern lengths varying from 1 to 32 steps. Patterns can be copy and pasted to easily create multiple versions of a beat. The sequencer is driven by an internal tap tempo or external clock source. A dedicated clock in/out jack syncs the sequencer with other modules
Four Integrated Analog Envelopes and VCAs
  • Instead of limiting the drums to a few onboard voices or lo-fi samples, the Lifeforms Percussion Sequencer uses an analog envelope and VCA built into each channel to shape any audio source into a percussive instrument. The envelopes are designed with a razor sharp attack and variable decay/release allowing for maximum control over the output of each channel. The envelopes can also be used externally. A short envelope creates a trigger while longer envelopes can be used as a modulation source for oscillators, filters, or anything at all
Six Adjustable Pattern Effects
  • The Lifeforms Percussion Sequencer includes 6 unique pattern effects to expand the musical possibilities of traditional grid style beat programming. Effects include everything from swing and beat shifters to glitch and generative algorithms designed to manipulate the sequencer pattern. Each channel can run a unique instance of one pattern effect at a time. A master pattern effect channel is also available that affects all 4 channels of the sequencer. The combination of the channel effect and the master effect allows for up to two effects at a time on each channel. Each effect has one parameter that can be adjusted to dial in the perfect response
  • Shift Effect: Delays the trigger output of a channel by small divisions of the tempo. Use this effect to create half-step or stutter-step drum triggers. Effect knob controls the amount of channel shift. The range of shift is 1/8th to 7/8ths of a beat
  • Glitch Effect: Probability based glitch effect that creates chaotic gates based on a cascading chance algorithm. The resulting patterns are always in sync with some division of the clock, allowing for stuttering but not disjointed patterns. The probability is set using the effect knob. The range of the glitch effect is minimal to absolute chaos
  • Density Effect: Sets the number and timing of triggers created for each active step. The result can be anything from a doubling of the trigger to a rolling effect. The effect knob controls the trigger density
  • Morph Effect: Create evolving patterns. The morph effect is a probability based algorithm that modifies an existing pattern by adding or removing active steps. The effect knob sets the probability that the pattern will morph
  • Swing Effect: A classic drum machine effect meant to mimic the feel of a real drummer by shifting the timing of every other step. The effect knob controls the amount of swing
  • Add/Drop Effect: Temporarily add or drop steps from a pattern. The results are similar to the morph effect but changes to the pattern are not compounded as the pattern plays allowing the resulting pattern to stay anchored to the original sequence. The effect knob sets the probability that a step will be modified


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Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms Percussion Sequencer - Four-Channel Programmable Drum Controller - Eurorack Module
  • Ribbon Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Pittsburgh Modular PMS2030 specs

    Trigger Pads Trigger 1/17 with LED
    Trigger 2/18 with LED
    Trigger 3/19 with LED
    Trigger 4/20 with LED
    Trigger 5/21 with LED
    Trigger 6/22 with LED
    Trigger 7/23 with LED
    Trigger 8/24 with LED
    Trigger 9/25 with LED
    Trigger 10/26 with LED
    Trigger 11/27 with LED
    Trigger 12/28 with LED
    Trigger 13/29 with LED
    Trigger 14/30 with LED
    Trigger 15/31 with LED
    Trigger 16/32 with LED
    Control Knobs Channel 1 decay control knob
    Channel 2 decay control knob
    Channel 3 decay control knob
    Channel 4 decay control knob
    Control Buttons Function
    Pattern length
    Stop (paste)
    Rec (copy)
    Play (clear)
    Ch select
    Ch effects
    Pattern group a
    Pattern group b
    LED Clock
    Patch Points Channel 1 in
    Channel 2 in
    Channel 3 in
    Channel 4 in
    Channel 1 env
    Channel 2 env
    Channel 3 env
    Channel 4 env
    Mix out
    Channel 1 out
    Channel 2 out
    Channel 3 out
    Channel 4 out
    Clock i/o
    Power Usage +12 VDC 100 mA, -12 VDC 15 mA
    Does not require +5 V (reversed power polarity protection)
    Size Horizontal Pitch (hp): 24
    Depth 1.1" / 28.0 mm
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.85 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.9 x 6.4 x 3.3"

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