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Pittsburgh Modular Microvolt 3900

Post by Catmandeux » Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:51 am

Pittsburgh Modular throws their hat into the ring of semi modular again, this time with something that looks like a Dreadbox crossed with an M32 patchbay.

Finally a name and a blurry photo to go with the original teaser vid.

Doesn’t appear to have a eurorack mounting option as I don’t see any screws at the corners. Purely stand alone semi modular thus far.

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Post by anselmi » Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:05 am

it seems like the semi-modular and mega-delays era is here

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Post by dumbledog » Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:19 am

i effin love semi-modulars so give it to me.

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Specs and a video from namm

Post by Catmandeux » Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:50 am

Lots of good west coast timbres in the video below!!

https://encyclotronic.com/synthesizers/ ... izer-r1740

Architecture
Type: Analog
Synthesis: Subtractive, Wave Folding
Oscillators
Oscillators: 1
Waveforms: Pulse, Saw Down, Sine
Osc Modulation: Envelope, Input, Keyboard, Knob, LFO
Envelopes
Envelopes: 3
Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release, Looping, Slope, Triggered
Envelope Notes::
1 x ADSR
1 x Function Generator (Slope)
1 + Low Pass Gate
Filters
Filters: 1
Types: 24dB Slope (4-pole), Low Pass, Resonance
Filter Modulation: Envelope, Keyboard, Knob
Filter Notes:
+ 2 resonance modes
+ Binary Filter
LFO
LFO: 1
LFO Parameters: Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Saw Down, Sine, Square, Triangle
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 1
Timbrality: 1
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Mono
Arpeggiator
+ Modes: Up, Down, Etc.
+ Hold
Case
Case: Desktop
Controls: Buttons, Knobs, Sliders, Modulation 1/8" Jacks, Pedal - Filter
Display Type: LED, Backlit
Connections
Audio Output Connections: 1/8" Phone Jack, Mono Out
MIDI Ports: IN, OUT
CV Ports: CV IN, CV OUT, Gate In, Gate Out
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Year Released: 2018
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Post by strangegravity » Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:37 pm

1 OSC :doh:

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Post by starthief » Thu Jan 25, 2018 3:05 pm

strangegravity wrote:1 OSC :doh:
So is the 0-Coast. This seems more like a... Both Coast? With both the filter and something closer to a traditional LPG.

Like on the 0-Coast you should be able to abuse the function generator at audio rates for many giggles, or just connect another VCO. Also with the patch points it seems like separating the filter, making it self-resonate and mixing it into the external audio input is another thing that'd work.

No EOR/EON on the ADSR/function generator and no CV over the LFO is about the only part of this that makes me sad; seems kind of typical for Pittsburgh where one always wishes for a couple more inputs than they provide.

I'm currently thinking about my relationship to semi-modulars though and with several Euro modules I plan to jump on in the next 2-3 months, this is gonna be lower priority.

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Post by starthief » Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:17 pm

starthief wrote:Also with the patch points it seems like separating the filter, making it self-resonate and mixing it into the external audio input is another thing that'd work.
...except I just saw another demo where they said it's an SVF with "infinite resonance without self-oscillation", oh well :)

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Post by strangegravity » Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:27 pm

starthief wrote:
strangegravity wrote:1 OSC :doh:
So is the 0-Coast. This seems more like a... Both Coast? With both the filter and something closer to a traditional LPG.

Like on the 0-Coast you should be able to abuse the function generator at audio rates for many giggles, or just connect another VCO. Also with the patch points it seems like separating the filter, making it self-resonate and mixing it into the external audio input is another thing that'd work.

No EOR/EON on the ADSR/function generator and no CV over the LFO is about the only part of this that makes me sad; seems kind of typical for Pittsburgh where one always wishes for a couple more inputs than they provide.

I'm currently thinking about my relationship to semi-modulars though and with several Euro modules I plan to jump on in the next 2-3 months, this is gonna be lower priority.
Guess what I said about the 0-coast 1 OCS ........... :doh:

At least toss in a second OSC with a tune knob and a saw/square switch. Allow for some FM and voice mixing.

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Post by Spectromat » Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:27 pm

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Interesting.. :hmm:

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Post by thevegasnerve » Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:51 pm

I dig it, very cool little synth.

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Post by luketeaford » Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:34 pm

I wonder if I'm the only one who thinks this thing sounds bad. I like the wave folder section, but that filter comes off sounding really horrible in the demos. It reminds me of my Roland JX-305 except without stepping.

The rest of it just seems bland to me. I like Pittsburgh, but I can't imagine why anyone would prefer this to an SV1 or frankly any other semi modular synthesizer.

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Agreed

Post by bhmcc » Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:19 pm

luketeaford wrote:I wonder if I'm the only one who thinks this thing sounds bad. I like the wave folder section, but that filter comes off sounding really horrible in the demos. It reminds me of my Roland JX-305 except without stepping.

The rest of it just seems bland to me. I like Pittsburgh, but I can't imagine why anyone would prefer this to an SV1 or frankly any other semi modular synthesizer.
You are definitely not the only one... I wasn't impressed with the sound either and I generally like Pittsburgh stuff. Also, it seemed like Richard was having a tough time finding the sweet spots when twiddling which isn't too confidence inspiring.

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Post by leftbracket » Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:58 pm

Odd to see Pittsburgh making something with even a hint of originality. Never understood how so many are so into them.

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Post by cscairney » Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:36 am

I hear a lot of potential in this thing... Also correct me if I'm wrong but I think there is a switch that allows one to self oscillate the filter or dial it back

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Post by starthief » Sun Jan 28, 2018 12:30 pm

The more I think about it, the less sense it makes for me to switch out my 0-Coast for it. I have the best parts of this already in the Double Helix.

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Post by AW198 » Sun Jan 28, 2018 1:44 pm

starthief wrote:
starthief wrote:Also with the patch points it seems like separating the filter, making it self-resonate and mixing it into the external audio input is another thing that'd work.
...except I just saw another demo where they said it's an SVF with "infinite resonance without self-oscillation", oh well :)
Doesn't it self resonate when you engage the overdrive circuit in the filter controls?

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Post by bobdylan » Sun Jan 28, 2018 5:17 pm

I guess people like the cable management but I'm not a fan of the segregated patch bay. I like reaching into a deep tangle of cables! :hihi: Otherwise this thing sounds awesome. Definitely seems like their take on the 0-Coast. Wish it was euro mountable though... Definitely would have swapped out my SV-1 for this...

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Post by Rex Coil 7 » Sun Jan 28, 2018 5:51 pm

luketeaford wrote:I wonder if I'm the only one who thinks this thing sounds bad....
Right there with ya, Ace!

On another note, they've gone so far away from what/who they originally started out as .... what with the "Lifeforms" stuff, and now this ... uh ... thing.

Oh look, another normalized synth with only one VCO .... oh how original and fresh.

"Me Too" culture ... ugh ... With the resources that some of these manufacturers have at their reach, one would like to think we'd see better from some of them.

What next ... OH! I KNOW! Let's build a digital mega-box that can be programmed to do anything ....

oh wait, seems like expert sleepers, Line 6, Boss, .... uhm .. yea ...


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Seriously man, is that all they got?

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Post by Funkydroid » Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:32 am

From Pittsburgh "this is the best filter we made so far" and then reading this topic...

...ouch, you guys are a tough audience, but i like that :hihi:

I can imagine it's temptating to enter the "behringer/arturia" market and make what average synth joe wants. They coincidentally beat Behringers Neutron launch so good for them. But definitely lacks the wow factor, altough can see this as a nice addition to the smaller modular rack, where you can add additional osc.

Eitherway, innovation doesn't stop in the land of music electronics, one gives away little bit and 2 new heads will arise. :bump:

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Post by dumbledog » Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:46 am

Rex Coil 7 wrote:
luketeaford wrote:I wonder if I'm the only one who thinks this thing sounds bad....
Right there with ya, Ace!

On another note, they've gone so far away from what/who they originally started out as .... what with the "Lifeforms" stuff, and now this ... uh ... thing.

Oh look, another normalized synth with only one VCO .... oh how original and fresh.

"Me Too" culture ... ugh ... With the resources that some of these manufacturers have at their reach, one would like to think we'd see better from some of them.

What next ... OH! I KNOW! Let's build a digital mega-box that can be programmed to do anything ....

oh wait, seems like expert sleepers, Line 6, Boss, .... uhm .. yea ...


:roll:

Seriously man, is that all they got?

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Post by clipper » Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:12 am

not a new concept or format, but interesting package. unfortunately, bad design and marketing (need good demos to judge properly..)

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Post by starthief » Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:03 am

dumbledog wrote:NAMM next year is scheduled to take place on your lawn
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Post by flabby » Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:52 pm

bobdylan wrote:I guess people like the cable management but I'm not a fan of the segregated patch bay. I like reaching into a deep tangle of cables! :hihi: Otherwise this thing sounds awesome. Definitely seems like their take on the 0-Coast. Wish it was euro mountable though... Definitely would have swapped out my SV-1 for this...
I think the O-Coast and the micro volt are takes on the Buchla Music Easel. Both have that kinda sound, although each with their own character. I like the inclusion of a resonant filter because LPGs aren't always appropriate IMO. It would be nice to see them both with memory though. Don did it way back in the 70s and the new easel has the iProgram card, none of which compromises sound or performance....IMO

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Post by Tonsil » Fri Apr 27, 2018 3:21 pm

Looks like they pushed back the delivery date. Originally it was supposed to be April 27, 2018 (today), but they just updated the website to say "shipments beginning May 25th." No idea why, yet.

https://pittsburghmodular.com/

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