Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers Lifeforms Percussion Sequencer
Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms Percussion Sequencer is a seriously featured four-channel eurorack beat programmer with a classic drum machine-style interface. The familiar interface allows for quick mastery of all the features leaving the focus on the music. Seamlessly move around the module tweaking patterns and effects without ever stopping the beat. Easily create new patterns using the live performance or step recording modes, then add one of the powerful pattern effects to each channel to take the sequence to a new level. Designed to integrate into any size eurorack system, simply patch four audio signals through the integrated high quality VCAs to create a set of unique percussion voices. Eurorack drum programming has come to life.
Anything is a drum
Traditionally, patching up a modular drum kit was constrained by the amount of envelope and VCA modules in a system, restricting the number and complexity of percussion voices in most systems. Another option was to use dedicated drum modules that offer a limited sonic palate and few modulation options. Lifeforms Percussion Sequencer breaks through these barriers by including a percussion tuned analog envelope and VCA on each channel. Patching anything from a basic sine wave to heavily modulated and processed noise sources through Lifeforms Percussion Sequencer will quickly create a distinctive drum kit that takes full sonic advantage of the unique synthesis options available in any system.
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. 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 copied and pasted to 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, 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
Lifeforms Percussion Sequencer includes six 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 four 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: 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 1/8 to 7/8 of a beat.
- Glitch: 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 goes from 'minimal' to 'absolute chaos.'
- Density: 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: 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: 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: 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.
- 4-channel, 32-step sequencer
- 32 sequences can be stored in non-volatile memory
- 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 length
- Channel mute
- Physical specifications
- Size: 24hp
- Depth: 28mm
- Power usage: 100mA @ +12V, 15mA @ -12V, does not require +5V. Reversed power polarity protection.
|Manufacturer||Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers|
|Included from Manufacturer|
|Module Power Usage||100mA @ +12V
15mA @ -12V
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.