Combining the Pigtronix' award-winning Philosopher’s Tone circuit with a next generation envelope generator, the Pigtronix Philosopher King Compressor, Sustainer, Envelope Pedal takes your guitar tone beyond other effects with its full set of ADSR controls including swell, fade, hold level, speed range, one-shot mode, selectable auto reset, CV i/o and optional expression pedal connections to gain full hands free control over your swell and fade times.
Pigtronix Philosopher King Compressor Envelope Pedal Features
- Optical Compressor with Outrageous Sustain
- ADSR Envelope Generator for Guitar
- Polyphinic design works when chording
- Grit control for F.A.T. Distortion
- 2K Treble Cut / Boost
- Expression Pedal input jacks for additional Swell and Fade controls
- Pick Triggered Volume Swell
- One Shot Mode and Auto Reset
- CV in/out
- Trigger Input for External Rhythm Source
- Pigtronix 18VDC adapter included
- Circuit Design by Howard Davis
- Sound Design by David Koltai
- True Bypass Circuitry Design
Providing transparent and adjustable optical compression with endless sustain treble cut / boost controls, and a 'grit' control to blends in a layer of sweet harmonic distortion. The Philosopher King’s swell function provides a pick triggered volume swell effect that can be reset simply by muting or held open by continuous playing. Smooth and controllable, this 'slow gear' type effect offers variable timing from extremely fast to very slow while the fade function can be used independently of the swell and is also pick triggered.
The decay cycle allows the ability to fade out from peak level only partially, bringing the audio down to a predetermined level, set by the hold control. The hold level is then maintained until the player releases the note to close the cycle. With the auto reset turned on, the cycle will begin again immediately, creating undulating amplitude modulation and even pulsating tremolo stutter effects at faster decay settings. With the auto-reset turned off, the player determines the exact timing for the beginning of the next cycle.
One Shot Mode
Another new feature is the one shot mode, which causes the Philosopher King to run through the swell / fade / hold / release cycle regardless of what is played after the cycle is triggered. In this mode, the Philosopher King creates complex waves of amplitude modulation on top of the music coming from your instrument. A trigger input jack allows the swell and fade functions to be controlled by an external source such as a band mate or drum track.
Inspired by the EH Attack Decay as well as the Pigtronix Attack Sustain, the Philosopher King is a state-of-the-art stompbox unmatched in its ability to re-shape the essential nature of any sound source.