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Uploaded on Aug 12, 2010
The Pigtronix Philosopher King is a sustainer, compressor, distortion, and polyphonic amplitude synthesizer. Wow. That's why it is called the KING. The Pigtronix Philosopher King takes the same compression and sustainer circuits and build from the Philosopher's Tone and adds a full set of the ADSR controls. The ADSR controls include swell, fade, hold level, speed range, one-shot modes, selectable auto reset, CV i/o, and the ability to add an expression pedal for swell and fade times. This does a lot, folks. Of course, you get all the sweet optical compression of the original Philosopher's Tone -- from subtle and clean to the ability to dial in howling sustained lines. The swell function is truly fantastic, and easy to apply or disengage -- it is a pick triggered volume swell and will reset itself when you mute the instrument. The fade function can be used independently of the swell and is also pick triggered. You can also set the level of decay, bringing the audio down to a predetermined level. The auto reset switch can deliver fluttering trem waves and amplitude modulation. The one shot mode allows you to run through the swell/fade/hold/release cycle no matter what is played after the cycle is triggered. This allows intricate waves of amplitude modulation on top of the sounds coming from your signal...and with a trigger input jack the swell and fade functions can be controlled by an external source. The possibilities are endless with this extraordinary and massive sounding device.