Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers Lifeforms KB-1 Eurorack Module


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Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers Lifeforms Eurorack Pressure-Sensitive Capacitive Touch Keyboard Controller Module

Shape your music like never before with Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms KB-1, a fresh look at controlling your eurorack modular system. Lifeforms KB-1 provides a multi-function, expressive, capacitive touch keyboard designed for performance. KB-1 contains a powerful one-octave pressure-sensitive keyboard complete with arpeggiator, step sequencer, preset voltage memory array and a pair of multi-mode trigger pads. Eleven patchable outputs and a deep feature set enable you to cover new sonic territory with an unprecedented level of control.

Take control of your modular synthesizer
Monophonic and duophonic response modes with user-selectable note priority and retrigger options let you customize KB-1 specifically to your needs. Octave buttons provide quick keyboard transposition for a wide sonic range. Monophonic mode allows you to perform soaring leads, buttery basslines with legato, or classic arpeggios. Or take control of two separate oscillators in duophonic mode to create rich soundscapes, complex drones, lush pads and thundering bass. Along with immersive keyboard features there is also a powerful ten-note arpeggiator and sixty-four note sequencer, each focused around playability, empowering you to craft inspiring melodies, or utilize the stepped voltage as control for other parameters, such as filter frequency or VCA control.

The next step
Lifeforms KB-1 features a playable ten-note arpeggiator. This robust arpeggiator can cycle through one to three octaves. The arpeggiator in Lifeforms KB-1 contains three different arpeggiator modes, including single- or double-note trigger and random monophonic or duophonic note cycling with random gates. Probability gate burst mode can trigger additional random gates to add complexity to arpeggios. This feature, unique to Lifeforms KB-1, enables you to have rolling pulses divided by the clock source, allowing for dramatic rhythmic variations of your sequence.

A feature-packed sixty-four step sequencer with multiple play modes gives you precise control over the cycling of your sequence. Sequences can be played forward, reverse or random. Sequences are quickly created by step programming and each step can have one of six step modifiers: pitch bend, tie, single trigger, double trigger, quad trigger, and whole note. Once the sequence is complete, the first note of a sequence can be shifted back or forward, generating new sequences out of your initial performance. Probability gate burst mode is also available to sequences, adding realtime complexity to a performance.

Express yourself
The two assignable trigger buttons enable you to unleash your creative potential in new ways. Trigger 1 and trigger 2 can be independently assigned to one of six different functions, including pressure-sensitive pitch bend, gate, latch enable/disable, trigger, pressure sensitive probability trigger burst generator and a pressure-sensitive clock divider.

Preset voltage memories
The programmable voltage memory section can function as a four-channel sequencer, cycling forward, reverse, randomly, or the active channel can be selected manually, allowing the section to function as a four-channel voltage memory. Voltages are unquantized analog voltages offering infinite resolution between 0 and 5 volts.

On the beat
Multiple clocking options are available to drive the different sections of KB-1. The master clock within Lifeforms KB-1 can be clocked internally via tap tempo or from an external clock source such as a sequencer, square wave, trigger or clock divider. This allows you either to play on your own or to perform locked in time with external devices.

  • Physical specifications
    • Size: 42hp
    • Module depth: 38mm
    • Power usage: 160mA @ +12V, 15mA @ -12V
More Information
Manufacturer Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers
Condition New
Included from Manufacturer  
Module Type Misc/Other
Module Width 42hp
Depth 38mm
1U Module No
Module Power Usage 160mA @ +12V
+5V Required No

Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers Limited Warranty

For a period of one year after the date of original purchase, the instrument and all factory installed parts and modules manufactured by Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers LLC. are warranted to function properly and be free of defects in materials and workmanship.

Should a factory installed module fail during the warranty period, contact Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers, LLC. Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers will repair it (or at its option, replace it) at no charge, and pay the cost of shipping it back to you.

The case and all case related hardware are warranted to function properly and be free of defects in materials and workmanship for 1 year.

Patch cables are not covered by the 1 Year Limited Warranty.

This warranty is void if in the opinion of Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers the instrument has been damaged by accident, mishandled, altered, improperly serviced, or repaired by the customer where such treatment has affected its performance or reliability. This includes but is not limited to damage related to incorrectly attaching power ribbon cables. In the event of such misuse/abuse by the customer, costs for repairs plus two-way shipping costs will be borne by the customer. Instruments found defective should be returned to the factory carefully packed, as the customer will be responsible for freight damage.

Incidental or consequential damages or costs incurred as a result of product malfunction are not the responsibility of Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers LLC.

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