Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms System 301 Modular Synthesizer

Complete Eurorack Synthesizer with Lifeforms SV-1 Synthesizer Voice Module, Lifeforms KB-1 Keyboard Controller Module, Structure EP-208 Enclosure, 12 Nazca 3.5mm Patch Cables, MIDI Adapter Cable, and 112HP of Expansion Space
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Super-playable Eurorack Synth with Room to Grow

If you want serious playability with room to grow (or space for the rest of your Eurorack modules), then you just can't beat the Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms System 301 modular synth and keyboard rig. Pittsburgh Modular's Lifeforms System 301 combines the awe-striking power of their Lifeforms SV-1 Synthesizer Voice Module with the performance flexibility of their Lifeforms KB-1 Keyboard Controller Module, all in a massive Structure EP-208 with 112hp of room for additional modules. Oscillators, modulation options, filtering, pressure-sensitive key zones, arpeggiation, step sequencing - you name it, the Lifeforms System 301 has it!

Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms System 301 Eurorack Synthesizer at a Glance:
  • Stack up waveforms with two sweet oscillators
  • Shape your sound with a 3-way filter section
  • Perform with the Lifeforms KB-1 keyboard module
  • 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.

Perform with the Lifeforms KB-1 keyboard module

Despite its appropriately dainty size, the Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms KB-1 Keyboard Controller Module delivers a ton of performance power to your Eurorack rig. For starters, its 1-octave layout includes 13 pressure-sensitive key zones, which provide you with continuously variable expression in mono or duophonic modes. There are also two multimode trigger pads and four preset voltage memory triggers, which allow you to pull off some fancy tricks. On that note, the onboard arpeggiator and step sequencer are a blast to play with while you tweak knobs on your synth. What's more, 11 patch points provide all the programming flexibility you could ask for.

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 301 Eurorack Synthesizer Features:
  • Powerful, playable, fully modular Eurorack all-in-one synth rig
  • 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
  • Lifeforms KB-1 Keyboard Controller Module makes this rig super playable
  • Perform with 1 octave of pressure-sensitive key zones, 2 triggers, and 4 CV presets
  • Keyboard includes monophonic and duophonic operating modes
  • Arpeggiator and step sequencer onboard
  • 11 patch points provide extensive setup opportunities
  • Structure EP-208 Eurorack enclosure includes 112hp of extra expansion room
  • All components preinstalled with universal DC adapter
  • Includes custom MIDI adapter cable and 12 Nazca 3.5mm patch cables
Take Eurorack power onstage with the Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms System 301!

Tech Specs

Sound Engine Type(s) Analog
Polyphony 2 x Analog oscillators (SV-1), monophonic/duophonic (KB-1)
Expansion 112hp expansion space
Arpeggiator Yes
Sequencer 64-step sequencer (up to 4 sequences)
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 (SV-1), 11 patchable outputs (KB-1)
Height 12.3"
Width 22"
Depth 9.3" (with lid), 5.5" (without lid)
Power Supply DC adapter included
Manufacturer Part Number PMS1007

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