Pittsburgh Modular Voltage Lab 2 Semi-Modular Synthesizer

Once you enter this lab, you may never come out again! The Voltage Lab 2 includes unique synthesis techniques, touch control, complex dynamics, and more.

Voltage Lab 2 is a playground of analog synthesis tools. Like its predecessor, it explores many ideas in analog synthesis, plus many of the uniquely Pittsburgh inventions found in the original Voltage Research Laboratory. This painstakingly curated collection of synthesis tools is paired with a specially designed Touch Controller to provide hands-on performance control.

Voltage Lab 2 is sure to take the user into new sonic realms, provide countless hours of musical exploration, and inspired composition.


- 2 Laboratory Oscillators
- Introduces Center Clipping to analog synthesis
- Sonic possibilities with two waveshapers: Pulse Symmetry and Reflection
- The Dynamics Controller expands beyond the one-dimensional VCA
- Includes 2 analog time based effects, Florist - a flanger/chorus hybrid and Echos a more traditional, darker analog BBD delay
- Includes analog tools like flexible mixers, complex function generators, noise, sample and hold, and an LFO
- Includes Digital tools like external MIDI, arpeggiator, and a robust chance sequencer

Voltage Lab 2 oscillators
Voltage Lab 2 includes a pair of Laboratory Oscillators. Each with a unique set of invented waveshaping tools designed to expand the sonic potential of analog synthesis.

Laboratory Oscillator 1 introduces Center Clipping to analog synthesis. Center clipping unlocks independent control over the top and bottom of the waveform, allowing for detailed manipulation of harmonic sand timbre without affecting read more pitch. It does this by processing waveforms from the center out as opposed to traditional methods which work from the peaks inwards.

Laboratory Oscillator 2 introduces a host of new sonic possibilities with two waveshapers. Pulse Symmetry and Reflection.

Pulse Symmetry creates a species of pulse wave that adds a step between the top and bottom of the waveform. The resulting wave looks like a set of stairs where the depth of the center step can be adjusted in addition to the pulse width.
Wave Reflection takes the bottom half of the waveform and reflects it onto the top half. Each waveshape responds to this differently. For example, a saw wave morphs into a triangle while triangle and sine waves lose their fundamental harmonic and jump up an octave.

Pittsburgh Dynamics Controller
Dynamics technology imparts Voltage Lab 2 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 advancements from traditional low pass gates to add additional definition and dimension to the voices of the Voltage Lab 2.

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 Voltage Lab 2 sounds more natural or complex compared to other instruments.

Touch Controller 2
The Touch Controller 2 enables artists to blend traditional pitched performances with the freedom to openly experiment, creating a flexible playground for music creation. Two independent channels offer a combination of real-time, expressive playing and in-depth sequencing. Assignable scales, step conditions, jumps, chance effects, generative sequencing, and a host of other tools come together allowing musicians to both create and interact with complex systems.

A Florist and Echos
The Voltage Lab 2 includes a set of analog time based effects, Florist and Echos. The Florist is a flanger/chorus hybrid that focuses on brighter, short time shifts with highly controlled feedback allowing for maximum ringing before self oscillation. Echos is a more traditional, darker analog BBD delay that also utilizes highly controlled feedback to provide a larger number of repeats before falling into self-oscillation. Both effects are perfect for traditional workflows and unconventional experimentation.

Complete Set of Modular Tools
The Voltage Lab 2 includes a host of fully modular, analog and digital synthesis tools to support and enhance its core functionality. Analog tools include flexible mixers, a pair of complex function generators, noise, sample and hold, and an LFO. Digital tools cover external MIDI, arpeggiator, and a robust chance sequencer. The Voltage Lab 2 toolset is deep enough for all types of sonic experiments.
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- Box Includes:
- Voltage Lab 2
- Voltage Lab 2 Power Supply
- 2 bags Nazca Noodles White 25cm cables with 5 cables per bag
- 2 bags Nazca Noodles Blue 50cm cables with 5 cables per bag
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 12 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 24 x 14 x 8 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): vl2

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Email: info@pittsburghmodular.com
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