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ADSR Envelope Generator/Optical Compressor Pedal with External Expression and CV Control
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Redefine Your Dynamics!

Create cool swelling and sustain effects, with a Pigtronix Philosopher King envelope and compression pedal. The Philosopher King starts with the Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone circuit and marries it with a highly sophisticated ADSR envelope. The Philosopher King's controls include swell, fade, hold level, speed range, one-shot mode, and a selectable auto reset function, all of which let you define your sound's expression in amazing detail. From simple swells to infinitely sustaining notes, subtle punch to glistening pad-like washes, it's all possible with the Philosopher King. You can also affect the Philosopher King's settings on the fly by adding an expression pedal, or by utilizing its onboard CV I/O. The result is a unique pedal that lets you morph the dynamic characteristics of your guitar or bass in creative and exciting ways.

Pigtronix Philosopher King ADSR Envelope/Compression Pedal Features at a Glance:
  • Optical Compressor with outrageous sustain
  • ADSR envelope generator for guitar
  • Polyphonic operation allows use with chords
  • Grit control for Pigtronix "F.A.T. Distortion"
  • 2K treble cut/boost control
  • Expression pedals input lets you control Swell and Fade Times
  • Pick-triggered volume swell
  • OneShot Mode and Auto Reset function let you define triggering characteristics
  • CV I/O for integration with other synthesis components
  • Trigger input for and external rhythm source
  • True bypass preserves your sound when deactivated
  • Circuit Design by Howard Davis
  • Sound Design by David Koltai
  • Pigtronix 18V DC adapter included
Add brilliant swell and sustain effects to your rig, with a Pigtronix Philosopher King ADSR envelope/compression pedal!

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Customer Reviews

4.5/5
Based on 6 reviews

Sweetwater Advice

Mitch Gallagher

There's a familiar slogan that was used by Apple in the late '90s: "Think Different." Pigtronix is another company that could just as easily use that slogan. Founded by guitar players who wanted to create unique analog effects pedals, Pigtronix makes a line of pedals that at first seem familiar, but the more you dig into them, the more you find those twists and quirks that set them apart as truly unique tone tools for creative musicians. (Note: I said musicians, not just guitar players -- these pedals are useful in all sorts of studio and live applications.) I received a large box containing all 11 of Pigtronix's pedal offerings. I've checked out demos of the pedals before and have been very impressed, but I have to admit that I wasn't prepared for just how much fun these pedals can be. The company's products break down into a few broad categories: Gain/Distortion -- These pedals include the brand-new Class A Boost, a clean boost/preamp pedal; the Aria, a diode-based overdrive with a 3-band EQ; the PolySaturator, a multi-stage distortion with a 3-band EQ; and the Disnortion, which provides fuzz and overdrive wired in parallel, along with an octave-up effect. Each of the pedals provides a different take on overdrive or distortion. Both the Aria and the PolySaturator cover the more "conventional" sounds, with the added EQ capability. The Disnortion can take you in entirely new directions. Compressor/Sustainer -- Both the Philosopher's Tone, a compressor/sustainer with built-in distortion, and the Philosopher King, which combines a sustainer effect with an envelope generator, can give you tons of sustain and dynamics control, while also allowing those little "extras" that can give you a signature sound. Modulation -- The EP2 Envelope Phaser and the Tremvelope provide a new take on their respective effects, with much more dynamic control over the sounds produced. If you really want to "play" your mod effects, you can do it with these boxes. Delay -- The Echolution is an incredibly advanced multi-tap delay that gives you tons of control. If you can't get the delay effects you want with this pedal -- from a single repeat to a wash of stereo rhythmic taps -- the problem isn't with the pedal! Synth -- The Mothership is a crazy pedal. It can create synthesizer-type sounds without requiring a special pickup or a modification to your guitar. It can also reach into the extremely wacky world of ring modulation for totally off-the-wall sounds. If you're looking to push the boundaries of what guitar can do, the Mothership is the one for you. Studio -- Why relegate your pedals solely to guitar? With the Keymaster, you can easily interface your pedals with your studio gear for a wide range of processing possibilities on your recorded tracks. But you can do even more than that. The Keymaster has series and parallel loops as well as a crossfade control for blending effects. It's a super-versatile routing solution for your pedalboard too. To sum up, I love these effects. They all sound great in the conventional sense, but then there's always that unique Pigtronix twist that opens up new tonal vistas. These are awesome creative tools.
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See also: EQ Pedals, Pigtronix, Pigtronix Compressors and EQ, Pigtronix Distortion, Overdrive, Boost & Fuzz, Pigtronix Tremolo Pedals