The Pittsburgh Modular Dynamics Controller Bat module is a reinterpretation of Don Buchla’s famous "lowpass" gate that offers a modern, variable decay low pass gate. It functions both as a resonant filter and a VCA, providing a unique sound that mimics the natural characteristics of sounds. Unlike a VCA, which simply modifies the loudness of the sound without altering the harmonic content, the lowpass gate circuit in Dynamics Controller Bat provides a more organic, complex, and rounded sound by simulating how sounds interact in natural environments.
The original LPG by Don Buchla had a static response time that varied from unit to unit, making each LPG a little different. The Pittsburgh Modular Dynamics Controller Bat module solves this issue by adding a voltage controllable response curve and variable resonance to the lowpass gate, making it completely controllable while providing all the sonic depth of the LPG. This modernization of Don Buchla’s concept has resulted in the best of both worlds, a natural and alive sound with sustain control.
The Pittsburgh Modular Dynamics Controller Bat can be used as a traditional VCA, but it is in the lowpass gate mode where it shines. Louder sounds contain more harmonic content and quieter sounds contain less harmonic content, resulting in a more complex and organic sound. The variable decay on the Pittsburgh Modular Dynamics Controller Bat helps to shape the overall sound of the lowpass gate mode.
In addition to its unique sound and modern features, the Pittsburgh Modular Dynamics Controller Bat is a visually appealing module. Its design features a black and white color palette with bat artwork on the faceplate, making it stand out in any Eurorack setup.
In conclusion, the Pittsburgh Modular Dynamics Controller Bat module is a versatile and innovative module that offers a modern reinterpretation of Don Buchla’s famous lowpass gate. Its voltage controllable response curve and variable resonance provide complete control over the sound, making it ideal for musicians who are looking for a natural and alive sound with sustain control.
If you're a novice to eurorack modules, the Pittsburgh Modular Dynamics Controller Bat is a great place to start. Simply patch an incoming audio signal into the module's input and use the Dynamics Controller Bat's variable decay knob to adjust the sustain of the sound. The decay feature gives you a lot of control over the shape of percussive hits, which is perfect for making drums with your modular setup. Try experimenting with different settings and listen to how the sounds are modified. You'll quickly discover how powerful and versatile this module can be.
An intermediate-level usage example of the Pittsburgh Modular Dynamics Controller Bat is to use it in conjunction with a sequencer and an envelope generator. The sequencer can provide a sequence of notes, and the envelope generator can be used to modulate the dynamics of the sound. By patching the output of the envelope generator into the Dynamics Controller Bat's CV input, the response time and decay of the low pass gate can be controlled dynamically in time with the sequencer's note sequence. This results in a sound that is both rhythmic and tonally deep, and can be further enhanced by using the Dynamics Controller Bat's variable resonance to add harmonic content to the sound. This is a great way to add complexity and musicality to a basic sequenced pattern.
One unique usage example for the Pittsburgh Modular Dynamics Controller Bat could be to incorporate its variable decay feature into a complex percussion or drum sequence. By utilizing the lowpass gate mode and adjusting the decay time, a wide range of percussive sounds can be created. From sharp, staccato hits to long, sustained tones, the Dynamics Controller Bat is capable of adding nuance and depth to any drum rack. Applying the resonance control can also add a touch of grit and character to the sound. Whether used as the main module in a drum rack or as an accent for existing percussive sounds, the Dynamics Controller Bat is an essential tool for any electronic musician looking to add sonic variety and versatility to their beats.