Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms Double Helix Oscillator Complex Matrix Oscillator Eurorack Module

Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms Double Helix Oscillator Complex Matrix Oscillator Eurorack Module

Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms Double Helix Oscillator Complex Matrix Oscillator Eurorack Module

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  • Two Complex-Waveform Oscillators
  • Sine, Saw, Blade, Sub, Pulse Waveforms
  • Oscillator 2: Frequency Modulation
  • Contour Section: Low-Pass Gate
  • Adds Harmonics to Sound
  • Shapes Sound with Filter/VCA
  • Creates a Natural Tonal Response
  • Modulation Section: LFO
  • Voltage Controlled Router
  • Includes Ribbon Cable
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Pittsburgh Modular PMS2036 overview

  • 1Description

The Lifeforms Double Helix Oscillator from Pittsburgh Modular is a complex matrix oscillator designed to be the nucleus of a Eurorack analog synthesizer. At the core of the Double Helix are two wide-range precision oscillators with the primary offering a full complement of waveforms and multiple modulation options, while the secondary oscillator features a more focused set of waves and frequency modulation. Both oscillators will run a sub-audio frequency and will work as LFOs for a voltage-controlled modulation source.

The contour section features a highly-tuned wavefolder paired with a dynamic impulse low-pass gate. The first half of the section is a voltage-controlled, 6-stage wavefolder that adds odd harmonics to the incoming waveform. The timbre controls set the density and amplitude of the folds. When processing a sine wave, the wavefolder creates a spectral change from zero harmonics to square, with an infinite harmonic series.

The second half of the contour section is a dynamic impulse low-pass gate that performs similarly to pairing a low-pass filter and VCA together and as the dynamics control is opened, the filter adds harmonics and the VCA increases the amplitude of the waveform. As the dynamics control is closed, the filter removes harmonics and the VCA decreases the amplitude of the waveform, which mimics how sound behaves in the real world, creating a more naturally tonal response.

The modulation section includes an LFO offering simultaneous square, sine, and random waveforms, as well as a noise source for audio or modulation use. Two voltage-controlled routers manage all the CV inputs and create a dual voltage-controlled modulation matrix, well suited for complex signal paths, experimentation, and live performances. The Lifeforms Double Helix is 28hp wide, 1.5" (37mm) deep, and requires 205mA of power. The module includes a ribbon cable.

Double Helix Oscillator Controls
  • Primary Oscillator Controls
    • Frequency Knob: Frequency control sweeps from LFO through the full audio range
    • Fine Tune Knob: Limited-range frequency control
    • Blade/Pulse CV Knob: Blade wave shape and pulse width control CV input attenuator
    • FM CV Knob: Frequency modulation CV input attenuator
    • V/O Input Jack: 1 volt per octave pitch tracking input
    • Sine Wave Output Jack
    • Saw Wave Output Jack
    • Blade Wave Output Jack
    • Sub Wave Output Jack
    • Pulse Wave Output Jack
  • Secondary Oscillator Controls
    • Frequency Knob: Frequency control sweeps from LFO through the full audio range
    • Fine Tune Knob: Limited range frequency control
    • FM CV Knob: Frequency modulation CV input attenuator
    • V/O Input Jack: 1 volt per octave pitch tracking input
    • Sine Wave Output Jack
    • Saw Wave Output Jack
    • Square Wave Output Jack
  • Contour Controls
    • Timbre CV Knob: Timbre control CV input attenuator
    • Timbre Knob: Wave folder gain control
    • Dynamics Knob: Low pass gate dynamics control. Full left, no gain and no harmonics. Full right, full gain and full harmonics
    • Dynamics CV Knob: Dynamics control CV input attenuator
    • Dynamics Response Knob: Sets the decay time related to the impulse gate input and dynamics CV input
    • In 1 Input Jack: Contour section audio signal input mixed with In 2. This jack is normaled to the primary oscillator sine wave
    • In 2 Input Jack: Contour section audio signal input mixed with In 1
    • Impulse Input Jack: Gate or trigger input used to strike the dynamic impulse circuit and quickly modulate the dynamics of the audio signal
    • Output Jack: Contour section audio signal output jack
  • Modulation Controls
    • Frequency Knob: Frequency control sweeps through LFO range
    • Square Output Jack: Square wave output jack
    • Random Output Jack: Stepped random CV output jack
    • Sine Output Jack: Sine wave output jack
    • Noise Output Jack: Analog noise output jack
Voltage Controlled Routers Controls
  • In A Input Jack: Modulation source A. This signal is sent through the voltage controlled router to any CV input switched to the A position. This jack is normaled to the modulation section sine wave
  • VCR A CV Input Jack: CV input used to modulate channel A modulation signal level passed through to the routing switches
  • VCR A Level Knob: Sets the channel A modulation signal level passed through to the routing switches
  • FM 1 CV Input Source Switch: Sets primary oscillator FM CV input source. Select between A (up), B (down), A and B off (center). The selected signal is mixed with the signal from the FM 1 CV Input Jack
  • FM 1 CV Input Jack: Primary Oscillator FM signal input jack. The input jack is mixed with the FM 1 CV Input Source Switch
  • Blade/Pulse CV Input Source Switch: Sets Primary Oscillator blade wave shape and pulse width CV input source. Select between A (up), B (down), A and B off (center). The selected signal is mixed with the signal from the Blade/Pulse CV Input Jack
  • Blade/Pulse CV Input Jack: Primary Oscillator blade wave shape and pulse width signal input jack. The input jack is mixed with the Blade/Pulse CV Input Source Switch
  • FM 2 CV Input Source Switch: Sets Secondary Oscillator FM CV input source. Select between A (up), B (down), A and B off (center). The selected signal is mixed with the signal from the FM 2 CV Input Jack
  • FM 2 CV Input Jack: Secondary Oscillator FM signal input jack. The input jack is mixed with the FM 2 CV Input Source Switch
  • Timbre CV Input Source Switch: Sets the contour section timbre CV input source. Select between A (up), B (down), A and B off (center). The selected signal is mixed with the signal from the Timbre CV Input Jack
  • Timbre CV Input Jack: Contour section timbre CV input jack. The input jack is mixed with the Timbre CV Input Source Switch
  • Dynamics CV Input Source Switch: Sets the contour section dynamics CV input source. Select between A (up), B (down), A and B off (center). The selected signal is mixed with the signal from the Dynamics CV Input Jack
  • Dynamics CV Input Jack: Contour section dynamics CV input jack. The input jack is mixed with the Dynamics CV Input Source Switch
  • VCR Output Jack Source Switch: Sets the VCR output jack source. Select between A (up), B (down), A and B off (center)
  • VCR Output Jack: Channel A or Channel B signal output jack. Output of modulation signal passed through to the routing switches
  • VCR B Level Knob: Sets the channel B modulation signal level passed through to the routing switches
  • In B Input Jack: Modulation source B. This signal is sent through the voltage controlled router to any CV input switched to the B position. This jack is normaled to the modulation section sine wave
  • VCR B CV Input Jack: CV input used to modulate channel B modulation signal level passed through to the routing switches

 

In the Box
Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms Double Helix Oscillator Complex Matrix Oscillator Eurorack Module
  • Ribbon Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Pittsburgh Modular PMS2036 specs

    Control Knobs Primary Oscillator Controls
    Frequency Knob: Frequency control sweeps from LFO through the full audio range
    Fine Tune Knob: Limited-range frequency control
    Blade|Pulse CV Knob: Blade wave shape and Pulse width control CV input attenuator
    FM CV Knob: Frequency modulation CV input attenuator
    Secondary Oscillator Controls
    Frequency Knob: Frequency control sweeps from LFO through the full audio range
    Fine Tune Knob: Limited range frequency control
    FM CV Knob: Frequency modulation CV input attenuator
    Contour Controls
    Timbre CV Knob: Timbre control CV input attenuator
    Timbre Knob: Wave folder gain control
    Dynamics Knob: Low-pass gate dynamics control. Full left, no gain and no harmonics. Full right, full gain and full harmonics
    Dynamics CV Knob: Dynamics control CV input attenuator
    Dynamics Response Knob: Sets the decay time related to the impulse gate input and dynamics CV input
    Modulation Controls
    Frequency Knob: Frequency control sweeps through LFO range
    Voltage Controlled Routers Controls
    VCR A Level Knob: Sets the channel A modulation signal level passed through to the routing switches
    VCR B Level Knob: Sets the channel B modulation signal level passed through to the routing switches
     
    Control Switches Voltage Controlled Routers
    FM 1 CV Input Source Switch: Sets Primary Oscillator FM CV input source. Select between A (up), B (down), A and B off (center). The selected signal is mixed with the signal from the FM 1 CV Input Jack
    Blade|Pulse CV Input Source Switch: Sets Primary Oscillator blade wave shape and pulse width CV input source. Select between A (up), B (down), A and B off (center). The selected signal is mixed with the signal from the Blade|Pulse CV Input Jack
    FM 2 CV Input Source Switch: Sets Secondary Oscillator FM CV input source. Select between A (up), B (down), A and B off (center). The selected signal is mixed with the signal from the FM 2 CV Input Jack.
    Timbre CV Input Source Switch: Sets the contour section timbre CV input source. Select between A (up), B (down), A and B off (center). The selected signal is mixed with the signal from the Timbre CV Input Jack.
    Dynamics CV Input Source Switch: Sets the contour section dynamics CV input source. Select between A (up), B (down), A and B off (center). The selected signal is mixed with the signal from the Dynamics CV Input Jack.
    VCR Output Jack Source Switch: Sets the VCR output jack source. Select between A (up), B (down), A and B off (center)
    Patch Points Primary Oscillator Controls
    V/O Input Jack: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Sine Wave Output Jack: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Saw Wave Output Jack: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Blade Wave Output Jack: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Sub Wave Output Jack: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Pulse Wave Output Jack: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Secondary Oscillator Controls
    V/O Input Jack: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Sine Wave Output Jack: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Saw Wave Output Jack: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Square Wave Output Jack: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Contour Controls
    In 1 Input Jack: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    In 2 Input Jack: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Impulse Input Jack: G1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Output Jack: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Modulation Controls
    Square Output Jack: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Random Output Jack: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Sine Output Jack: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Noise Output Jack: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Voltage Controlled Routers
    In A Input Jack: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    VCR A CV Input Jack: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Blade|Pulse CV Input Jack: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    FM 2 CV Input Jack: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Timbre CV Input Jack: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Dynamics CV Input Jack: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    VCR Output Jack: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    In B Input Jack: Modulation source B. 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    VCR B CV Input Jack: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Power Usage +12 V 223 mA, -12 V 205 mA Does not require +5 V Reversed power polarity protection
    Size Horizontal Pitch (hp): 28
    Depth 1.5" / 37 mm
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    Package Weight 1.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.8 x 6.4 x 3.4"

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