Paraphonic Modular Synthesizer
Taiga is a complete, modern, modular instrument that allows us to explore beyond the boundaries of a traditional analog synthesizer. The sound of Taiga can be attributed to three uniquely Pittsburgh innovations. A trio of huge analog oscillators, the unmistakably smooth sound of the Pittsburgh Filter, and the warmth of the unique Dynamics Controller. These enable you to not only create sounds that would be traditionally expected from an analog synthesizer, but also to explore new sonic textures and performance possibilities.
Waveforms generated by the three Taiga oscillators stretch beyond the basic geometric shapes and sounds associated with analog synthesis. Taiga waveforms pass through up to three proprietary, cascading waveshapers designed to precisely manipulate their symmetry and harmonic content. In addition, each oscillator includes a robust six-stage wave folder to add even more complexity and depth to the diverse sonic palate of Taiga.
The “Pittsburgh Filter”
The Pittsburgh filter has defined the sound of Pittsburgh Modular from the moment it was introduced. A signature gummy and relaxed sound with no dead spots that has been tweaked to perfection. It offers a warm, smooth sweep through the full frequency range and a sweet resonance that does not roll off the low end. This generation of the Pittsburgh filter is specifically designed to ensure a remarkable interplay with Taiga’s oscillators.
Pittsburgh Dynamics Controller
Pittsburgh's new Dynamics technology imparts Taiga with a uniquely organic depth and presence. By simultaneously managing both amplitude and harmonic content, the Pittsburgh Dynamics Controller expands beyond the one-dimensional VCA found in other synthesizers. It does this by utilizing new advancements from traditional low pass gates to add additional definition and dimension to the voice of Taiga.
When used in low pass gate mode, sounds shed harmonic content and become warmer as they decrease in volume. This mimics how sound waves react to their environment. Because of this connection, the Taiga sounds more natural or complex compared to other instruments.
Echos is a beautifully dark analog delay tuned to enhance the source material by repeating it over and over. Echos utilize a pair of bucket brigade delay chips to produce a classic voltage-controllable analog delay effect that helps to place the sounds of Taiga in a simulated environment.
Taiga has an internally defined signal path. Patch cables are not necessary to begin exploring. Attach a midi keyboard and plug the output into a speaker or DAW and Taiga is ready to go with a robust but familiar workflow. When your ideas grow beyond the pre-defined signal path, a 60 point patch bay opens up a fully modular instrument with access to an even deeper set of features and tools.
Complete Set of Modular Tools
Taiga includes a host of fully modular, analog, and digital synthesis tools to support and enhance its core functionality. Analog tools include a flexible dual mixer, a pair of plucky four-stage envelope generators, noise, and sample and hold. Digital tools cover external MIDI, arpeggiator, clock sync’d modulation tools, and a robust collection of random generators. The Taiga toolset is deep enough for any type of sonic exploration.
Taiga features and other info:
- Paraphonic synthesizer with unique additive elements
- Fully patchable - use Taiga’s components as separate modules with external devices or reroute its internal patching.
- Controllable via MIDI, CV, and integrated pseudo random sequencing mode
- Clock-synced arpeggiator
- 3x Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizer developed 100% analog oscillators
- Oscillator waveforms - sine, triangle, and saw - Waveforms can be combined
- 3x Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizer 6 stage wave folder/shaper circuit - folds inputted waves back onto themselves to increase harmonic content
- Oscillators include frequency modulation (FM)
- Noise generator - pitched somewhere between pure white and pink noise. Perfect for percussion or adding a bit of edge to a sound.
- Variable state, multi-mode “Pittsburgh No-Dead-Spots” filter (lowpass, bandpass, highpass, modes can be combined)
- Sample & Hold circuit
- 2x Analog ADSR / envelope generators
- Pittsburgh dynamics section - an alternative to an envelope generator and a VCA, the dynamics controller is a Pittsburgh Modular invention that adds a dimension of control over a vactrol-less lowpass gate circuit, adding release time. (read more on this in the user guide)
- Dual range analog LFO with square and triangle wave outputs.
- LFO Range High: 2 Hz to 500 Hz Low: 41 seconds to 5 Hz
- Dual Channel Mixer - 2 channel mixer and a 3 channel mixer joined together, capable of mixing both audio or control voltages.
- Preamp that uses a high gain, soft clipping overdrive limiter circuit to increase the level of audio signals. The preamp can be used to cleanly increase the level of external audio to internal signal levels, or it can be used as an overdrive / limiter for internal signals.
- Digital multi-mod tool - modulation control via CV, random generator, and extra LFO and envelope generator
- Internal clock with tap tempo and can be clocked via an external source.
- Built-in clock divider
- Echos - 100% analog bucket brigade delay
- Can be used standalone in its included case or removed and used as a eurorack format module
- Specifications for when used as a eurorack module
- Width when used as a module = 60hp
- Depth = 40mm
- 650mA power draw when running +12V rail
- 475mA power draw when running -12V
- Input voltage range of oscillators = 0-10V
- Included in the box - 1x Taiga, 1x Taiga wall-wart power supply, 10x Amazing Nazca Noodles Patch Cables, 1x 3.5mm to 5 pin MIDI Din pigtail
Download the Taiga user guide / manual here:
Video links for Taiga:
Introducing Pittsburgh Modular Taiga Paraphonic Synthesizer https://youtu.be/Srlfk579X3A
Taiga, a deeper dive: https://youtu.be/1cMPwSnj_d4
The Story of Taiga: https://youtu.be/hmjFGws-5nQ
Michael's One Minute Synthesis Minute: https://youtu.be/Iys1CthP9PU
Another Michael's One Minute Synthesis Minute: https://youtu.be/M0N-ollIT24