Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms System 101 Modular Synthesizer

Complete Eurorack Synthesizer with Lifeforms SV-1 Synthesizer Voice Module, Structure EP-96 Enclosure, 12 Nazca 3.5mm Patch Cables, MIDI Adapter Cable, and 48HP of Expansion Space
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$949.00
Sweetwater Savings: $130.00 MSRP: $1,079.00
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Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms System 101 Modular Synthesizer
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The Perfect Way to Get Into Eurorack Synthesis

If you've been waiting for the perfect centerpiece before you dive into the world of Eurorack modular synthesis, then the Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms System 101 is it. The comprehensive 48hp Lifeforms SV-1 Synthesizer Voice Module includes all of the basic elements you need: oscillators, modulation options, filtering, and essential signal routing tools. Using the included Nazca braided 3.5mm Eurorack patch cables and more than 55 patch points, you can route control voltage, gate, and even MIDI in countless fun and creative ways. There's an additional 48hp of expansion space in the Structure EP-96 enclosure as well, making it easy to grow your Lifeforms System 101.

Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms System 101 Eurorack Synthesizer at a Glance:
  • Stack up waveforms with two sweet oscillators
  • Shape your sound with a 3-way filter section
  • Take control with extensive MIDI to CV options
Stack up waveforms with two sweet oscillators

No matter how simple the Lifeforms SV-1's oscillator sections may look, once you start patching them together, you'll be amazed by the sonic range they deliver. Start building your sound from sine, triangle, sawtooth, square, and even Pittsburgh Modular's own blade waveforms. You'll find options for accessing rigging FM, thunderous sub-oscillator rumbles, and everything in between. Noise and sample-and-hold circuits are just a patch point away, and a clock-syncable digital LFO adds even more possibilities to your sound creation.

Shape your sound with a 3-way filter section

You can't have subtractive synthesis without a worthy filter section, and the Lifeforms SV-1 delivers. This big, fat, and vibrant filter includes discrete outputs for highpass, lowpass, and bandpass processing. There's plenty of resonance on tap, with ample headroom for harmonic content across the spectrum. In addition to controlling the base cutoff frequency, this filter section includes a CV adjustment control, which can both attenuate and even invert the modulation signal coming from the LFO, the ADSR envelope, or an external source.

Take control with extensive MIDI to CV options

There's a lot of cool electronic music gear out there that's fun to play with but hard to incorporate into a bigger system. At Sweetwater, we're constantly helping our customers put together complex rigs that span multiple manufacturers, which is why we're so pleased with the Lifeforms SV-1's extensive MIDI implementation. Not only can you play the SV-1 using MIDI (it comes with a special MIDI cable), but basic CV and gate are only the beginning. Dedicated outputs for velocity and CCs allow the SV-1 to react dynamically to your keyboard or sequencer, and onboard glide control is a wonderful bonus.

Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms System 101 Eurorack Synthesizer Features:
  • Powerful, comprehensive Eurorack fully modular all-in-one synthesizer
  • Stack up massive synth sounds with 2 VCOs, sub oscillators, and cross modulation
  • Shape your sound with a VCF, a digital LFO, an ADSR section, and more
  • Extensive MIDI to CV section lets you perform dynamically
  • Create complex patches with 55+ patch points
  • Structure EP-96 Eurorack enclosure includes 48hp of expansion room
  • All components preinstalled with universal DC adapter
  • Includes custom MIDI adapter cable and 12 Nazca 3.5mm patch cables
Dive into Eurorack synthesis with the Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms System 101!

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A special-order product is one that we don't normally keep in stock. We order it from the manufacturer as soon as you order from us. We have great relationships with all the manufacturers we carry, so we can get your special order to you as fast as or faster than anyone else. Remember that special orders are non-returnable and non-cancelable, so make sure the item is right for you. A Sweetwater Sales Engineer can help you decide — call (800) 222-4700 for assistance!

Tech Specs

Sound Engine Type(s) Analog
Polyphony 2 x Analog oscillators
Expansion 48hp expansion space
MIDI I/O MIDI to CV converter included
Analog Outputs 1 x 1/8" (main out), 1 x 1/8" (headphones), 1 x 1/8" (In VCA)
Other I/O 53 patch points
Height 3.8"
Width 10.5"
Depth 11.5"
Power Supply DC adapter included
Manufacturer Part Number PMS1005

Customer Reviews

2.5/5
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2.5/5

It's alright..

Was hoping it would be much better than it is. Multiple production quality issues and had to send it back to the manufacturer 3 times for tune-up. Good sound but barely worth the hassle. A little oscillator drift is to be expected but almost a semitone is unacceptable.
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