Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers is now taking preorders on its Microvolt 3900 taking a new approach to building a contemporary analogue monosynth with innovative and unconventional features designed to make it stand out from the sound of the crowd.
Temperature Stabilised Dual VCA
Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers’ new temperature-stabilised, dual-VCA (Voltage Controlled Amplifier) oscillator core, provides the analogue audio engine of the Microvolt 3900 that feeds a set of timbral wave-shapers designed for deep harmonic shaping, offering a layer of additive synthesis alongside the classic synthesis waveforms. Waveforms are fed into the binary filter, a custom state-variable filter architecture allowing for near-infinite resonance — with or without self- oscillation.
Their new dynamic vca is at the heart of the Microvolt 3900’s sound world. A standard VCA works in two dimensions whereas the dynamic vca technology has been developed to add a third dimension. When the dynamic vca closes, decreasing the amplitude, harmonics are removed from the source. When the dynamic vca opens, the harmonics are restored, all designed to mimic the behaviour of sounds in nature. The design of the dynamic vca also allows the instrument to be plucked or struck, so-to-speak, opening up another set of musically percussive possibilities.
39 Point Patchbay
The semi-modular Microvolt 3900 includes a 39-point 1/8-inch jack patchbay for signal routing control over a full complement of audio and modulation options with sections categorised: clock, external, midi, output, waveform generator, envelope, filter, vca, modulation, function, and inverting mixer/splitter/offset.
Four Stage Envelope Generator
On top of that, a tuned, four-stage (attack, decay, sustain, and release) envelope generator; multitasking function generator (which works as a voltage-controlled envelope, LFO, and oscillator); wide-ranging lfo (Low Frequency Oscillator); chaotic random source (random complexity); multi-mode sequencing arpeggiator; and MIDI-to-CV (Musical Instrument Digital Interface to Control Voltage) control are also available to create dynamic sounds.
Price And Availability
The Microvolt 3900 is scheduled to ship to Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers’ global network of authorised dealers and resellers on April 27th, 2018, when it will become available to purchase with an RRP of $629.00.
For more in-depth information, please visit the dedicated Microvolt 3900 webpage