Interview With Richard Nicol Of Pittsburgh Modular (History, Products, Designs & Open-Source Modules)

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I talked to Richard Nicol, the chief developer of Pittsburgh Modular about the company’s history, new modules & first open-source modules.

At NAMM 2020 Pittsburgh Modular showed the Lifeforms Cascading Delay Network, a powerful four-channel analog delay that features four delay units strung together combined with an internal modulation matrix. Each delay unit can go up to 600ms but you can tweak it up to 2.8s but this will starts to degrade the signal. The module provides 5 cascades modes which chain the delays together in different ways. This gives you plenty of delay and feedback options.

In addition to this, the team around Richard Nicol has given some already published modules new black front panels. For example, the well-known Lifeforms SV-1b Synth Voice has been reissued in black. Some other modules will follow here, such as the Lifeforms Micro Sequence Sequencer or the Primary Oscillator.

Pittsburgh Modular

Lifeforms Mixing Console & First Open-Source Modules

There was also a major update for the Lifeforms System Interface. Here the name has been changed in Lifeforms Mixer Console and the developers decided to redesign the front panel. The result is clearly visible: sliders and buttons replace many of the knobs and make intuitive work possible.

Aside from the big news, Richard Nicol announced in my interview that they will publish the schematics of their first modules as an open-source project. This has already happened. On the website, you will find the schematics for the sequencer and VILFO as a free download, which you can use to recreate them or to make something new from it. These files are available under the Creative Commons License.

Pittsburgh Modular Sequencer

Interview With Richard Nicol

If you want to know more about Richard Nicol and Pittsburgh Modular, you should watch my interview with him. We talked about the history of the company, DIY communities & open-source, organic analog synthesis and the new modules.

More information here: Pittsburgh Modular 

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