What's included in this bundle:
The Lifeforms SV-1 Blackbox is a complete standalone desktop format modular synthesizer, a full complement of analog tools for sonic experimentation stuffed into a portable, powered steel enclosure.
This padded utility bag features a shoulder strap and external pockets for accessories.
Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers Lifeforms SV-1 Blackbox is a complete standalone desktop format modular synthesizer, a full complement of analog tools for sonic experimentation stuffed into a portable, powered steel enclosure. Two patchable oscillators and Pittsburgh's legendary state-variable filter are paired with a perfectly curated set of synthesis components including a dual sub oscillator, dual chained mixers, a plucky four-stage envelope generator, sample and hold, noise, low frequency oscillator, voltage controlled amplifier, a feature rich MIDI-to-CV converter and a pair of utility signal splitters.
A self-contained modular powerhouse, Lifeforms SV-1 Blackbox provides absolutely everything you need to create gigantic and iconic synth sounds in the studio or on the go.
Your sound, your way
Since SV-1 Blackbox is pre-patched under the hood patch cables are not necessary to get started, but as soon as you begin patching you will feel the power provided by the 53 patch points and 21 knobs. By breaking out each feature of the synthesizer with patch cables, a tremendous amount of flexibility and control emerges to patch up any sound your imagination can conjure. All the tried and true analog classics are there at your disposal: sine, sawtooth, triangle and square. In addition, Pittsburgh's exclusive and powerful blade wave adds a unique weapon to your sonic arsenal. Deep modulation options provide complex control over nearly every function of SV-1.
A team player
Pittsburgh Modular designed Lifeforms SV-1 to be patch compatible with any eurorack synthesizer, regardless of size. In a smaller system SV-1 provides a wide variety of synthesis options through a hefty set of synthesis tools; combined with a larger collection of modules you can unlock never-before-heard expressiveness and unparalleled control over the rich feature set of SV-1. The ability to patch and integrate SV-1 with other existing eurorack-compatible gear gives you truly infinite modulation and expansion options. The Lifeforms SV-1 module can also be removed from the Blackbox enclosure and inserted into one of Pittsburgh's larger Structure eurorack cases or any other eurorack case as your system grows.
Integrated synthesizer components
Pittsburgh started with the core of their rock solid MIDI 3 module and then modified the source code to create a feature set specifically designed for SV-1. This MIDI-to-CV converter enables you to connect all your MIDI-compatible gear and convert it to control voltage right inside SV-1. Volt-per-octave and gate outputs allow you to connect to your MIDI keyboard or DAW and take control of 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.
Pittsburgh Modular's 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 Pittsburgh Modular's 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 jaw-dropping 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 and 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.
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 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 their own powerful sonic timbres. Turn up the resonance for added growl, giving your tones an aggressive edge that no softsynth can match.
- Four-stage envelope generator
Designed specifically for Lifeforms SV-1 with a plucky, organic feel, Pittsburgh Modular's 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.
- Voltage-controlled amplifier
The amplifier section not only controls the overall level of the output, but is voltage controllable to boot. 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.
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.
|Manufacturer||Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers|
|Included from Manufacturer||MIDI Adapter Cable
(6) Patch Cables
|Module Type||Synth Voice|
|Module Power Usage||230mA @ +12V
200mA @ -12V
|Unique Features||Black powder coat steel enclosure
Dedicated 1.5A +15v DC power adapter
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.