Pico System III
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- 2-3-4 step sequencer
- 2x VCOs
- VCO controller/VCA module
- several mixers that work both with CV and audio signals
- Modulator (syncable LFO, random CV and noise source)
- 2x voltage controlled ASR envelope generators
- 2x resonant lowpass gates
- BBD delay
Pico System III brings modular synthesis back to the basics – the system has multi functional (instead of single-function, like Pico Drums or Pico Trigger in the Pico System II) analogue modules and is intended to encourage creativity in modular patching.
The system has 31 inputs and 20 outputs (master output is duplicated) + 7 switches; if you have enough patch cables at your disposal, you can patch the system in 121000931215044250740178662400 or 1.21x1029 variations (we ignored the possibility to adjust potentiometers here). Even though only 0,0001% of all patches will sound more-less enjoyable, you and all your future generations can spend a lifetime only patching the Pico System III.
Voice-cards with preset patches set it apart from other eurorack systems – they allow user to change patches instantly and radically, which makes the system well suited for experimental live performances. The system comes with 5 great sounding “factory preset” voice-cards, and 5 DIY voice-cards that are empty and users can develop their own patches. More voice-cards will be available from Erica Synths shop.
Pico System III comes both as a desktop unit and a eurorack module. It features a set of modules for advanced sound design, experiments in modular patching and educational purposes.
What do you get?
|Desktop unit||20 patch cables, 1 Hosa stackable cable, PSU, 5 factory preset & 5 DIY voice-cards, user manual and patch note sheets|
|Eurorack module||1 Hosa stackable cable, ribbon power cable, 5 factory preset & 5 DIY voice-cards, user manual and patch note sheets|
Also, you can get perforated patch note sheets (10pcs) and DIY Voice card 5pcs separately.
|Audio signal levels||10Vptp|
|CV signal levels (full span)||-5V - +5V|
|Sequencer CV output range||0 - +5V|
|VCO tune range||C0 - E7|
|LFO rate||0.21Hz - 20Hz|
|VC EG attack time||0...3''|
|VC EG release time||0...4.2''|
|Max BBD delay time||400ms|
|Panel width||42 HP|
The Pico System III is a completely analog modular system with 13 Pico modules and preset memory. The good selection of modules allows a large number of patches and is ideal for learning analogue synthesis. The Pico System III is small and above all cheap, which makes it a modular synthesizer for everyone. - Bonedo
The sound out of the box is very unique, sometimes rough or even a bit harsh - with all limitations it's an inspiring little tool to experiment with - it's like a basic LEGO set, you can build everything - with some simple parts. Compared with Make Noise 0-Coast or Moog Mother-32 (I had played both) - I would say that The Pico System III is way more a real toy - in the sense of exploring sounds paired with randomness and fun. It's the right tool to get a break from the big system approach. - RED @ Muff Wiggler
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