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Pigtronix Effects Pedals
BST Class A Boost
The Pigtronix Class A Boost will fatten up and boost anything you feed it. Our deceptively simple design uses discreet transistors in a single-ended 'Class A' configuration to achieve the warmest possible tone. This remarkable preamp can deliver up to 20db of clean boost and remains effective with both instrument and line level signals
Superior signal to noise performance allows you to put the Class A Boost anywhere in your pedal chain. It can add punch and extra output to a classic overdrive sound and is able to push distortion pedals into extremely aggressive crunch land. Class A Boost is also ideal for hitting the front end of a tube amp to achieve an added layer of sweetness and fat tone.
This pedal runs fine on 9 volts but ships with an 18 volt adapter for superior headroom and maximum punch. Make your sound 1 louder with this handsomely dressed, J-FET masterpiece from Pigtronix.
XES Aria Distortion
This pedal sings!
The Pigtronix Aria is smooth and musical. With the Aria pedal, Pigtronix takes a unique approach to diode clipping that retains the expressive nature of your music while imparting creamy sustain and enhanced harmonic content. More powerful than a modded Screamer and tastier than an old Muff, Pigtronix Aria delivers the goods, no matter how you turn the knobs.
The Aria's 3-band active EQ is voiced for maximum versatility and sweetness in all settings. Exceptional as a recording tool and essential in the live rig, the Aria's 12db / octave EQs boost and cut at carefully selected frequencies, allowing you to adapt to a variety of amps or to craft entirely new, killer tones of your own.
Layer the Aria with your amp's distortion or another gain pedal or a compressor (Philosopher's Tone) to create soaring tones that ooze pure ROCK inspiration. This pedal will make you write new songs. Do it.
FAT Drive Overdrive
Pigtronix FAT Drive is an all analog tube sound overdrive. The FAT Drive's multiple cascaded gain stages enable you to nail sounds ranging from bluesy overdrive to rich saturation, all while retaining musical dynamics and the original character of your instrument.
FAT Drive takes a futuristic analog approach to create complex crunch tones using CMOS clipping and a variable low pass filter for tone shaping. Bringing the tone control all the way clockwise takes this filter completely out of the circuit for total transparency and robust low end. Rolling the tone control back smooths out the highs, leaving ample mid-range bloom and bottom end punch.
A Hi / Lo toggle switch brings additional versatility to the FAT Drive's wide-ranging palette of overdrive tones, altering the gain structure for enhanced crunch and soaring leads. The FAT Drive features true bypass switching and runs fine on standard 9-volt power but ships with an 18-volt adapter for superior headroom, clarity and overall output.
EXP Dual Expression Pedal
Pigtronix Dual Expression has two outputs, letting the musician control expression functions on two separate effects at the same time. There is currently no other expression pedal in the world that has this ability. In addition to the dual functionality of the Pigtronix EXP, the unit also has a polarity reversal switch to let you move the parameters of two separate effects in opposite directions. A good example would be increasing the speed of the EP2 Envelope Phaser while decreasing the delay time on the PHI Echolution, simultaneously. This type of complex, multiple parameter manipulation allows guitarists to think more like a producer, achieving sonic textures that have never before been possible on stage.
Industry standard TRS wiring and 20K impedance allows the Pigtronix expression pedal to connect to effects devices from virtually every manufacturer. Made in the USA by Mission Engineering for Pigtronix, this is the world's finest expression pedal. Our custom made, sealed potentiometer is precision engineered to exactly match the throw of the foot pedal in order to achieve the full range of expression from your stompboxes. High quality Neutrik jacks and an automotive grade, textured green finish make this expression pedal both handsome and indestructible.
PSO Poly Saturator
Pigtronix PolySaturator is a compact yet powerful distortion featuring an extra-wide gain range coupled with precision tuned graphic EQs and a Class A, J-FET front end. The PolySaturator produces everything from vintage tweed style break up to outrageous over the top screaming high gain shred tone. It is extremely low noise and can be used as a lead channel or in front of your amp's lead channel.
Unprecedented touch sensitivity and overall range of distortion tones is achieved through multiple gain stages, and active EQ, perfectly balanced to give the musician enhanced control and expression using picking dynamics alone. The PolySaturator can do gritty, edge-of-overdrive sounds, but crank up the gain and you will be assaulted by face melting ultra-high gain tone that will please shredders and shoe-gazers alike with impressive string to string clarity. Our unique JRC4558D powered EQ circuits provide 12 db / octave active filtering over three distinct audio bands. This powerful EQ structure combined with our solid-state of the art approach to tube emulation, allows the musician to dial up wildly diverse and satisfying textures of analog distortion.
For those guitarists who are looking to graduate beyond more common and outdated OD pedals, the PolySaturator presents a flexible and affordable alternative that will outperform any other boutique or mass production distortion pedal available. Great on guitar, bass, drums and synthesizers!
CSD Philosopher's Tone
Turn Lead to Gold!
The Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone is a state-of-the-art analog compressor / sustainer, providing endless clean sustain. With variable Sustain, Blend and Treble controls, the Philosopher's Tone offers a huge range of compression sounds for the discerning musician. The Philosopher's Tone also contains a harmonic distortion for clean or dirty compression sounds and any mixture of the two. While the Philosopher's Tone rocks on its own, it is designed to play well with other dirt pedals in order to create your ultimate distortion tone that sustains forever.
Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone is unlike the common compressor. This pedal has more sustain and less noise. The dynamic range, touch sensitivity, overall transparency and outright sustain of the Philosopher's Tone is un-paralleled in the crowded world of compressor pedals.
Tremvelope puts a new spin on a classic effect. This tremolo pedal allows the dynamics of your playing to change the speed and depth of the effect. The result brings traditional sound to a whole new level that is intuitive, engaging and totally addictive.
Tremvelope is a versatile, high fidelity optical tremolo with stereo panning outputs. The Tremvelope's fat sounding audio path is modulated by SPEED, DEPTH and WAVEFORM controls. When the envelope is switched on, the tremolo effect is influenced by what you play. The SPEED and DEPTH knobs can each be assigned to increase or decrease in response to the strength of the signal coming from your instrument. These changes start from where the knobs are set and independently move in the assigned direction.
The ACCELERATION switch adjusts the response time of the tremolo to changes in your playing and the SENSITIVITY knob provides control over the amount of increase it takes to create changes in the tremolo settings. Expression pedal inputs for speed, and vol / pan add external foot control to this animated beast of a pedal. There is also a TRIGGER input for running the Tremvelope late in an effects chain but still allowing your clean signal (or even a different instrument entirely) to control the envelope directly.
Go forth and modulate!
Pigtronix Disnortion sports parallel Fuzz and Overdrive circuits, allowing you to pile on the gain without sacrificing clarity, dynamic response, punch or low end. It is like double tracking your guitar inside the pedal! The Pigtronix Disnortion features three elements: a touch sensitive Overdrive, Fuzz with 6 different filters, and a frequency doubler named Octava. Each effect is an original analog design and can each be used independently or in combinations to forge a tremendous range of musically responsive distortion sounds.
Overdrive - The Pigtronix Overdrive responds to the dynamics of your playing using a unique, 6-stage gain architecture that retains the natural tone of your instrument, adding tube style breakup as you play louder. This circuit is so touch sensitive, you must play it to believe it! From Clean or Gritty Boost right up through Plexi roar, the Pigtronix Overdrive is the definitive musical overdrive.
Fuzz - Massive Gain, Full Bodied Sustain and Flexible Tone Shapes define our fuzz effect. Pigtronix's unique diode-clipping architecture provides plenty of compression and controllable feedback while preserving the dynamics of your playing style. The rotary tone control switch provides 6 musical EQ curves.
Octava - This frequency doubler effect makes the notes you play sound one octave up. A Filter control allows you to achieve singing octave up tones without adjusting your guitar's tone control. Stable intervals such as 4ths and power chords result in knarly, tweezed out grind, while other intervals create ring- modulator textures in all registers. The Octava is wired in series before the Overdrive and Fuzz, allowing the pedal to produce uniquely devastating & gnarly tones.
EP2 Envelope Phaser
The Pigtronix Envelope Phaser pours on the special sauce to take your tone into outer space. Accentuating and sweeping through the harmonics of any musical source, the motion of this revolutionary phase shifter can be controlled by Envelope, LFO or a blend of both.
Envelope Phaser makes it easy to dial in monster envelope tones for any instrument or playing style. This envelope kicks it up a notch with a 'Staccato' function that is ideal for fast picking, funk bass and tight rhythm guitar. The Staccato circuit enables an 'intelligent envelope' that listens to your playing and quickly discharges the envelope between your notes. This crafty circuit enables incredibly responsive envelope performance, even during rapid fire playing.
Rotary LFO modulation is tunable with depth and center controls that set the frequency range of operation, from subtle swirls to screaming sweeps with a huge range of available speeds. Another crucial addition is the new 'LFO smooth' switch, which automatically reduces the resonance setting when the LFO is in use. This performance friendly function finally lets you switch between corpulent, Mutron style quack and deep, swirling Uni-Vibe sounds with a single footswitch stomp.
In addition to its unique voice and interactive modulation section, Envelope Phaser incorporates expression pedals for both SWEEP and SPEED as well as a continuous blend between envelope and LFO modulation. Use the side-chain 'trigger' input to manipulate the envelope with any external audio source. Years of work went into the development of this unique and ridiculously funky device. If you are a musician seeking the ultimate analog phase shifter, this is your ticket to bliss.
Pigtronix Keymaster is a dual, true bypass FX loop pair that can be run in series or parallel. This intuitive, impedance matching device will route any signal into pedals and then back out to any where else. The Keymaster opens up new worlds of tone from the effects pedals you already own.
Keymaster lets a musician crossfade between different effects (or entire pedal boards) with a standard expression pedal. The Keymaster also allows you to add an expression pedal controlled Blend function to your favorite delay pedal or any other effect. A player can turn effects off gradually this way for smooth transitions between tones. Blend two crunch pedals together in parallel to achieve the ultimate thick wall of sound.
In the studio, Keymaster provides the ideal re-amp solution for engineers who wish to run a line level signal out of their console, into effects and then into an amplifier or back into the console; all from a single, easy to use interface sporting XLR as well as 1/4 inch (balanced or un-balanced) inputs and outputs. Keymaster is also perfect for vocalists or horn players looking to manipulate effects on stage. Instantly blend a clean vocal into any effect by bypassing one of the channels.
Every once in a while a device comes along that simply and elegantly answers the unmet needs of musicians at every level. Pigtronix Keymaster will enable you to create new sounds with your favorite gear.
EGC Philosopher King
Pigtronix Philosopher King is a compressor, sustainer, distortion and polyphonic amplitude synthesizer. The Philosopher King takes our award-winning Philosopher's Tone design even further, adding a full set of ADSR controls including swell, fade, hold level, speed range, one-shot mode, selectable auto reset, CV i/o and expression pedals for swell and fade times.
With the Swell and Fade functions switched off, the Philosopher King provides transparent optical compression with endless sustain on tap. Adjustable compression, sustain and treble controls allow the musician to tailor the nature of the effect to meet the needs of the material at hand. From a subtle dash of added punch to massive, over-the-top howling sustain, the Philosopher King delivers clean, powerful optical compression. The grit control blends in a layer of sweet harmonic distortion that plays nice with other gain pedals as well as amplifier-generated tube distortion.
The Philosopher King's Swell function provides a pick triggered volume swell effect. The volume swell can be reset at any moment by muting or held open by continuous playing. This 'slow gear' type effect is smooth and controllable with variable timing from extremely fast to very slow. The Fade function creates pulsating tremolo and stutter effects on its own as well as undulating amplitude modulation when used in conjunction with the Swell. The Philosopher King is a modern analog masterpiece, unmatched in its ability to re-shape the essential nature of any sound source.
MGS Mothership Synthesizer
Pigtronix Mothership is an analog synthesizer featuring VCO, Sub-Octave and Intelligent Ring Modulator. Incredibly fast tracking and ultra FAT tone make this unique synthesizer ideal for use with guitar, bass, horns, vocals or any other musical instrument. No special pickup or interface is required. At the heart of the Mothership is a revolutionary note recognition system that achieves instantaneous and accurate pitch to voltage translation. The Mothership is a true analog monosynth with a limitless array of tuning options between its voices covering 8 octaves.
VCO - The main voice of the Pigtronix Mothership is a VCO (voltage controlled oscillator) that outputs either triangle or square waves. An adjustable portamento (glide) effect can be added to produce subtle slides from note to note or outrageous multi-octave glissando maneuvers. An expression pedal jack for Whammy control provides tunable pitch bending up to one octave using a TRS Expression pedal. That's right… ANALOG WHAMMY!
Sub-Octave - The octave down is a massive, earthshaking sine wave bass tone that remains locked to the input signal. A dedicated SUB Out jacks allows low frequencies to be sent to a separate bass amp or house DI for maximum booty.
Intelligent Ring Modulator - Pigtronix unique pitch tracking ring modulator follows every note you play, retaining the exact harmonic intervals between its output and the signal it is tracking. A 'ring mod source,' switch lets the ring modulator follow either the input signal or the VCO signal, providing an immense array of analog textures and interactive harmony. The glide and whammy functions also apply to the intelligent ring modulator, letting the musician morph one harmony into another and then back again.
PHI Echolution Delay
Echolution is the world's finest delay pedal. A hybrid of analog and digital technology, Echolution's ethereal tape echo sound can be manipulated by a creative arsenal of features as Pigtronix Echolution drenches your tone in analog goodness with a world class pre-amp driving a pair of proprietary analog tape emulation filters, a hi-cut stage and stereo outputs. The echoes are further massaged by chorus and tremolo modulation.
Independent Tap Tempo and Modulation modes allow you to switch between different sounds on the fly, with a maximum delay time of 12 seconds. A newly updated precision tap tempo algorithm matches the beat with only two stomps while the expression pedal jack allows for external adjustment of delay time.
The Modulation Delay operates over three distinct time ranges, providing easy access to a huge array of delay-based effects. The short setting (10ms-120ms) provides stereo chorus, reverb and slap-back sounds. The medium setting (100ms-1.2sec) covers classic BBD and tape echo territory with lush modulation and rich dub tone. The long setting (1sec- 12sec) allows for epic sound on sound jams, sampling, reverse playback and rhythmic multi-tap patterns.
The Multi-Tap toggle switches introduce any combination of five additional echoes at musical fractions of the master delay time. This is like having up to 6 delay pedals in a parallel! The fractions are be based on quarter note and triplet subdivisions or can be aligned to the Golden Ratio. The Golden Ratio (PHI) is a naturally occurring spiral rhythm that is found throughout the universe. PHI is observed in the shapes of galaxies, DNA and in the work of many great musicians.
Echolution is more than a pedal, it is an electronic instrument that will expand your mind and your music.