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Hand-built and designed in ItalyTop-mounted jacks. Digital printed graphics.
True bypass switching
Standard 9V DC negative power.
COMBATTI means “fight”.This effect pedal is a very expressive and super versatile distortion that offers three different clipping options selectable by a toggle switch.MIDDLE POSITION: The standard one. Open and very dynamic sound.UPPER POSITION: The sound is way more compressed with a strong mid-scoop. Perfect for cutting solos. LOWER POSITION: Similar to the upper position but a little bit less compressed. It presents more definition on low ends, especially on chords.It has three adjustable parameters: VOLUME, TONE (eq filter) and DISTORTION.The COMBATTI is created for that kind of player who still believes in the power of rock, playing strong rhythmic sessions and cutting solos. Turning back the distortion knob it’s possible to use that as a very warm overdrive – but, if you’ll turn that fully clockwise, you’ll enter in a fuzz territory.

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Op-mounted jacks.Digital printed graphics.Hand-built and designed in Italy.True bypass switching.Standard 9V DC negative power. ESPLORA means “explore” in second person imperative (tu, esplora! = you, explore!). This effect pedal is a powerful fuzz that offers many different tonal possibilities. It has three adjustable parameters: LEVEL, TONE and FUZZ.
The LEVEL knob it controls the volume, TONE it adjusts the the eq filter (which allows to passing through a very dark/fat tone to a very bright and tiny one) and FUZZ it controls the amount of gain/sustain. The extra tonal weapons of the ESPLORA are the two toggle switches:LEFT ONE
At the upper position, allows to bypass the tone control for a true tonal punch, releasing all the frequencies available without any kind of cut and providing a very doomy and groovy tone.RIGHT ONE At the lower position, gives brightness to the gain and boosts the trebles, transforming the sound in a more aggressive/modern one and adding presence to the signal. The ESPLORA can make the difference for any musical genre which needs a real sonic boost, allowing to play the classic silicon fuzz sound or experimenting with the tonal options that this pedal offers.

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Top-mounted jacks. Digital printed graphics. Hand-built and designed in Italy. True bypass switching. Standard 9V DC negative power. VOLA means “fly” in second person imperative (tu, vola! = you, fly!). This effect pedal is a transparent and very dynamic overdrive that works perfectly even as a clean boost or preamp. It offers a huge range of tones: from the lowest setting which allows to revive the signal adding brilliancy to each note you play, to the highest one which transforms the pedal in a dense and perfect overdrive for playing determined chords and clear solos. It has three adjustable parameters: Volume, Tone and Gain. The VOLA is created for that kind of guitar player who just wants to add his personal touch to the clean signal of his guitar and the character of his amp.

Lightning Wave

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This was an experimental MOSFET phaser version or the Ghost that exists in versions ranging from 4 to 12 stages. No future plans for production. 

Designed for experimentation and performance, Lightning Wave effects provide an entirely unique interface for creating modulation waves.

Traditionally a musician would input a combination of dial settings to get a desired modulation waveform.

The Lightning Wave interface enables users to define a waveform by drawing the shape with the fader. Once recorded the LFO shape will stay stored in one of five preset banks.

Field Effect Transistors drive a swirling analog phaser circuit with undertones of a futuristic civilization run by the noise rocking elite.

Controlling the phase depth with an expression pedal and triggering waveforms can lead to a myriad of interactions that have yet to be heard from a phaser effect.

Preset Storage:
5 memory banks – LED colour = red, blue, green, yellow, magenta
Sequence mode = 255 steps maximum
Wave mode = 255 beats – recorded at 60bpm – 4m15s

Control Voltage:
Output – 0-5V
Input – 0-5V

Trigger / BPM / Tempo Sync:
Input + Output – Selectable to S-trig or V-trig.

Pigtronix

 

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Bob Weir’s Real Deal acoustic preamp by Pigtronix provides crystal-clear, super-loud acoustic guitar tone while faithfully maintaining the organic wooden sound of the instrument like no other pedal has ever done. Bob Weir and long-time Grateful Dead tech guru and Weir’s personal Front of House engineer, Mike McGinn, developed the principle behind the Real Deal in an effort to crank Bob’s acoustic guitar loud enough in the live mix while retaining the natural, unplugged sound of the instrument. The technology they developed to achieve this goal involves using a pair of complimentary filters to split the acoustic guitar signal into low and high frequency bands, with independent preamp gain applied to each signal path. A mastering stage then combines the various inputs into a single mono output, resulting in a powerful world-class acoustic guitar tone. Bob Weir challenged Pigtronix to design a pedal to perform this unique type of processing using a low-noise, all-analog circuit, to deliver the ultimate live acoustic guitar sound. The engineering challenge involved with developing this pedal to create a realistic and amplified acoustic guitar sound in this way is no joke! First, the cutoff points of the two filters would need to be precisely matched and calibrated to avoid undesirable dips or bumps in the frequency response at the pedal’s output. Second, in order to optimize the acoustic sound from venue to venue and for each different guitar, the cutoff point where the two filters overlap also would need to be variable across a huge frequency range. As a solution, Pigtronix created a totally unique tracking filter. It allows the musician to adjust the cutoff point of both filters with a single knob, sweeping over a full decade of frequency range from 300 Hz to 3 kHz. This analog filter array—at the heart of the Bob Weir’s Real Deal acoustic preamp—uses Pigtronix custom-made optical components and 18VDC power to achieve the ultra-low noise and high headroom required when processing acoustic guitar. Bob Weir’s Real Deal acoustic preamp is universally compatible with any type of acoustic guitar pickup—from a simple, passive piezo element to complex active systems that use internal microphones, contact elements and/or magnetic pickups. A source switch determines whether the high and low bands are fed by independent sound elements (such as a mic and piezo installed in one guitar) or a single pickup that is then split and sent through both filters. Single-source mode has the additional benefit of allowing the Real Deal to be used to process the sound of an electric guitar or any other instrument. An additional TRS balanced input, equipped with switchable 48V phantom power, allows external microphones of all types to be incorporated as well. In presenting Bob Weir’s Real Deal acoustic preamp, Pigtronix is honored to make a contribution to Bob’s continuing legacy of sonic innovation. This legacy dates back to the late 1960s, when the Grateful Dead and their associates revolutionized the technology of live sound—re-defining the rock & roll concert experience. Over 50 years later, and in partnership with Pigtronix, Bob Weir is still innovating. • Single (TS) or Dual-Source (TRS) input • Balanced (TRS) Input for External Mic • Low-noise 24db / octave optical filters • Crossover sweeps from 300Hz to 3kHz • 60db Gain on Microphone channel • Phantom Power & Phase Inversion • 18VDC Power Supply Included

 

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The Pigtronix Disnortion Micro packs all the sonic glory and 18V headroom of the original analog Fuzz and Overdrive circuits from the large format Disnortion pedal into a miniature version that runs on 9-volts.

The original, 3-footswitch Disnortion pedal was in production from 2005 to 2015 and remains in constant use with world-class bands such as Queens of the Stone Age, Aerosmith, Living Colour and Muse.

The original Pigtronix Disnortion is loved for its limitless headroom, making it compatible with any instrument, from the weakest 60’s pawnshop single coils to the most belligerent humbuckers, as well as 5-string active basses and modern synth rigs. Pigtronix Disnortion Micro achieves this world-class performance standard using standard 9v power… and fits in your pocket!

Features:
• 6-stage CMOS Overdrive
• Diode-clipping Fuzz
• 6-way passive filter network
• Series / Parallel Switching
• 18v internal headroom
• True Bypass switching
• Size = 3.75” x 1.5” x 1.75”
• Sound design by David Koltai

 

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Pigtronix FAT Drive is an all analog tube sound overdrive. The FAT Drive’s multiple cascaded gain stages enable you to nail sounds ranging from bluesy overdrive to rich saturation, all while retaining musical dynamics and the original character of your instrument.

FAT Drive takes a futuristic analog approach to create complex crunch tones using CMOS clipping and a variable low pass filter for tone shaping. Bringing the tone control all the way clockwise takes this filter completely out of the circuit for total transparency and robust low end. Rolling the tone control back smooths out the highs, leaving ample mid-range bloom and bottom end punch.

A Hi / Lo toggle switch brings additional versatility to the FAT Drive’s wide-ranging palette of overdrive tones, altering the gain structure for enhanced crunch and soaring leads. The FAT Drive features true bypass switching and runs fine on standard 9-volt power but ships with an 18-volt adapter for superior headroom, clarity and overall output.

Features:
• 100% Analog wide range overdrive
• Multi-Stage Tube Emulated Clipping
• Hi / Lo gain mode switch
• Passive LPF Tone Control
• True Bypass Switching
• 18VDC 300mA supply included
• Chassis Size = 2.4” x 4.4” x 1”
• Circuit Design by Howard Davis
• Sound Design by David Koltai
• True bypass
• Voltage: 9-18V DC
• Current Draw: 38mA @ 9V 120mA @ 18V

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The Pigtronix Philosopher’s Tone Germanium Gold Micro brings back the original Pigtronix custom shop compressor/sustainer/distortion effect—in micro form. This superlative version of the award-winning and top-selling Pigtronix Philosopher’s Tone compressor takes the original pedal’s optical sustain engine and lets you mix in a layer of germanium-enhanced distortion. The unique diode arrangement found in the Germanium Gold version delivers a smooth top end and rich midrange response, tailored to match the characteristics of the optical sustainer driving it. If you felt that the original circuits in the Philosopher’s Tone were brilliant… wait ‘til you hear how the Germanium distortion adds to the overall character of this compressor/sustainer pedal! The clean side of the Philosopher’s Tone remains the same; dial in your Blend and Volume to get the signal you desire. Use the Sustain knob to dial in the amount of compression you need. Higher settings on this control will provide a noiseless clean sustain previously unheard of in compression pedals, while retaining the original integrity of your tone. What makes the Germanium Gold version unique is the GRIT control. More than a simple gain knob, the Grit knob found on the Philosopher’s Tone Germanium Gold Micro acts as a blend for the germanium-enhanced distortion found in this unit. You can dial in more or less grit, depending on your tastes. Your clean and overdriven tones from the Philosopher’s Tone can be blended perfectly with just the right amount of grit for your playing. This stompbox features true-bypass switching and runs on standard 9VDC power with an internal, voltage-doubling circuit providing the superior clarity and overall output of 18VDC power rails. The Pigtronix Philosopher’s Tone Germanium Gold Micro packs an unprecedented amount of boutique compression and germanium distortion into a micro-sized pedal. • Noiseless clean sustain • Blend control for parallel compression • Grit control mixes in germanium distortion • Runs on standard 9V external power • Internal 18V power for max headroom • True bypass switching • Size = 3.75” x 1.5” x 1.75”

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Pigtronix Philosopher Bass Compressor Micro brings the heralded Philosopher’s Tone compressor circuit to bassists in a micro-sized stompbox format. The SUSTAIN control on this pedal varies the compression threshold to provide everything from subtle peak limiting to infinite clean sustain, all with incredible low-end response. The Philosopher Bass Compressor also sports a BLEND knob, allowing the clean sound of your instrument to be heard in parallel with the optical compression. Blending some clean signal into the mix restores the instrument’s natural string attack, while simultaneously providing the musical benefits of additional punch and sustain. In addition to the wide-range analog compression circuit with unrivaled sustain and parallel blend, the Philosopher Bass Compressor’s GRIT knob blends in a harmonic distortion tuned especially for low-frequency domination. Used with a tube or solid state amp—or even straight into a mixing board, DI or DAW—the Philosopher Bass Compressor Micro delivers a new level of control and power to bass players at an affordable price. The Philosopher Bass Compressor features true-bypass switching and runs on standard 9VDC power with an internal, voltage-doubling circuit providing 18VDC power rails for superior performance with active basses. Never before has so much bass-friendly compression been squeezed into such a small package. • Noiseless Clean Sustain • Blend control for Parallel Compression • Grit control mixes in Bass Distortion • Runs on standard 9V external power • Internal 18V power for max headroom • True Bypass switching • Size = 3.75” x 1.5” x 1.75”

 

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Pigtronix Infinity is the world’s most musical looping pedal. Simple to operate, yet tremendously powerful and flexible, the Infinity Looper from Pigtronix sets a new world standard for latency-free looping. Our state-of-the-art looping platform provides instantaneous record, playback, dub, undo and redo, on two stereo loop pairs that can be configured in several ways. On top of superior speed and a unique, performance friendly feature set, Infinity Looper sounds downright incredible thanks to its discreet analog limiter stages, transparent analog pass-through and 24 bit / 48 kHz HD recording engine.

Infinity’s innovative “SYNC MULTI” mode provides a multiplier function allowing the length of Loop 2 to be 1, 2, 3, 4 or 6 times the length of Loop 1. The two loops can also be run out of sync or even in SERIES, for verse / chorus song structures. Ninja style input split mode assigns Input 1 to Loop 1 and Input 2 to Loop 2, effectively allowing performers to record and overdub separate instruments on separate loops, into isolated amps simultaneously.

The Pigtronix Infinity also provides a long awaited AUX Loop output intended to send looped audio to stage monitors. This is especially helpful for drummers to hear and stay in time. An expression pedal jack for Loop Volume allows hands-free control of the overall audio output. We thought of everything and kept only the F.A.T.

MIDI input for beat clock sync causes loop start and stop points to obey Pro Tools or any other DAW / sequencer that outputs MIDI. The Infinity’s USB access allows you to transfer your music to a computer at full 24bit, 48kHz resolution for further mixing, mastering or immediate publication. We have also implemented audio upload with automatic format conversion, allowing you to upload virtually any digital audio file onto the Infinity Looper.

THE MUST-HAVE PIGTRONIX pedal for any musician. The Infinity Looper will inspire compositional depth and engaging performances; it is the ultimate practice and performance tool for every style of music.

Features:
• 2 Stereo Loops with Sync
• Loop 2 Multiplier x1, x2, x3, x4, x6
• Series or Parallel Looping Modes
• 50 presets (100 loops)
• 24bit / 48kHz recording
• Latency Free Looping
• Analog pass through of clean tone
• USB access to saved loops
• Supports upload of virtually ANY audio format via USB
• Input Split for recording separate instruments on each loop
• Remote switch for UNDO/REDO, REVERSE, Rec>Overdub>Play, Instant Clear and Varispeed control
• Supports 256 (or more) overdubs per loop
• Aux Loop Out for Drum Monitor
• Expression Pedal for Loop audio volume, Loop Aging and Varispeed control
• Active MIDI Beat Clock Sync
• Complete MIDI control of all functions
• Varispeed (pitch up & down) via MIDI or remote control
• REVERSE Playback
• Rec –> Play –> Overdub
• Rec –> Overdub –> Play
• Variable Feedback Decay (aka Loop aging)
• All commands are instantaneous
• Stutter Mode
• 5 Stop Modes for flexible performance options
• 18VDC power supply included
• USB-A to microUSB cable included
• Chassis Size = 7.4” x 4.6” x 1.5”
• Voltage: 18V DC
• Current Draw: 200mA @ 18V

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Turn Lead to Gold with the Pigtronix Philosopher’s Tone Micro. Famous for its noiseless clean sustain, the Philosopher’s Tone stands out as a uniquely powerful guitar effect in the crowded world of compressor pedals. The Philosopher’s Tone Micro packs all of the optical compression and unrivaled sustain of the original award winning Pigtronix pedal into a micro size chassis that runs on standard 9V external power.

In addition to VOLUME and SUSTAIN controls, the Philosopher’s Tone Micro features a parallel BLEND knob that allows the musician to mix their instrument’s original tone with the compressed sound effect. This technique restores natural pick-attack and allows more extreme sustain settings to remain musical. The TREBLE control provides up to 6db cut or boost at 2KHz for fine tuning the frequency response of the effect. The Philosopher’s Tone Micro features True-bypass switching and internal 18V power rails for maximum clean headroom, even when used with hot pickups and line level signals.

Practitioners of the mystical and ancient art of alchemy long sought an element called the Philosopher’s Stone, believing that, if found, it could turn lead into gold and bestow immortality upon the person who wielded it. The Philosopher’s Tone Micro represents an analog musical equivalent to this mythical substance in the world of guitar.

“People have been trying to get clean sustain from a pedal for decades, and the alchemists at Pigtronix seems to have found the secret to make it happen.” – Art Thompson, Guitar Player Magazine.

Features:
• Noiseless Clean Sustain
• Blend control for Parallel Compression
• Treble EQ for Boost or Cut at 2kHz
• Runs on standard 9V external power
• Internal 18V power for max headroom
• True Bypass switching
• Size = 3.75” x 1.5” x 1.75”

 

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Pigtronix Resotron is an analog filter that brings the sound of 70’s keyboard synthesizers to the world of envelope pedals for guitar, bass and beyond. The filter at the heart of the Resotron is based on the SSM2040 chip found in the legendary Prophet 5 and Octave CAT synthesizers. This 24db/octave, state-variable filter provides the full gamut of familiar envelope filter sounds with UP and DOWN sweeping modes, and a sensitivity control to dial in the response of the effect based on how hard you play.

n addition to these vintage-correct filter tones, the Resotron pushes the envelope pedal concept to a whole new level by using an analog pitch-tracking system to move the cutoff frequency of the filter up and down. The pitch-following filter effect found in the Resotron moves around based on the notes you play instead of how hard you play. The attack time and rate of filter motion can be adjusted—using the GLIDE knob—to dial in how long it takes for the cutoff to travel between pitches.

“The pitch-following effect found in the Resotron is analogous to the “key-follow” function found on the original Minimoog and many other classic analog keyboards,” says Pigtronix president David Koltai. “Using our all-analog pitch-tracking circuit to control cutoff frequency, the Resotron delivers mind-blowing filter motion for guitar players. I’ve dreamt of making this pedal for years, and it’s finally here.”

The Resotron has the ability to operate in Low Pass, Band Pass or High Pass modes. Each of these filter voices has a distinctive character that can be manipulated by adjusting the PEAK knob, progressively feeding the filter back upon itself to increase the resonance (or “Q”) of the filter, right up to the point of self-oscillation. A push-button OSCILLATE function allows you to go even further—turning the Resotron into an analog synthesizer pedal that follows both the pitch and dynamics of your playing. The synthesizer sounds created by the Resotron can be radically altered by switching between the LPF, BPF and HPF modes. This allows users to access waveforms that range from subtle voice emulations to bombastic, aggressive lead sounds, as well as ultra-smooth sub bass tones.

Before the pedal’s input signal hits the Resotron’s filter, it passes through an optical compression stage derived from the Pigtronix Philosopher’s Tone pedal. The increased volume and punch from this compressor can then be mixed into the audio signal using the BLEND control—without affecting the SENSITIVITY of the envelope. Resotron accepts active CV and passive TRS expression pedal inputs for foot-controlled filter sweeps and outboard modulation, which is mixed in parallel with the on-board pitch-following and amplitude tracking systems.

Features:
• 24db/oct Filter based on the SSM2040 chip
• Low Pass, Band Pass & High Pass Filter options
• Velocity controlled UP & DOWN envelope modes
• Pitch Following envelope function with variable GLIDE
• BLEND control mixes in Philosopher’s Tone compression
• Expression pedal / 0-5V CV input modulates CUTOFF
• OSCILLATE mode for monophonic synth sounds
• Sidechain TRIGGER input for external audio
• Hardwired True Bypass Switching
• 18VDC Power Supply Included
• 100% Analog Design
• Circuit Design by Nick Cote
• Sound Design by David Koltai

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Pigtronix Ringmaster is a ring modulator synth designed to create analog harmonizer and tremolo effects that can be made to follow the notes you play. Expanding on the “Intelligent Ring Mod” found in the original Mothership pedal, Ringmaster adds LFO and Sample + Hold modulation sources, pitch following tremolo and well as wave shaping for both inputs to the analog multiplier circuit at the heart of this uniquely musical ring modulator. The effect known as ring modulation is created by merging the audio signal from your instrument with an internally generated waveform called the carrier signal. A ring modulator multiplies the notes you play by the value of the carrier signal—and outputs the sum and difference of the frequencies present in each waveform. In the Ringmaster, Pigtronix real-time pitch-tracking technology is used to make the carrier signal follow the notes you play, to produce musical harmonizer effects unlike any other pedal. The Follow function in the Ringmaster can also be switched off to achieve a comprehensive range of atonal, metallic and bell-like tones found in vintage ring modulators. Ringmaster opens the door to a wide array of unique synthesizer tones by allowing the musician to modify both the input signal and the carrier signal, before they are multiplied together. The Source control blends between clean instrument signal and a pitch-following square wave feeding the multiplier, to increase harmonic content. The Gain control pushes the carrier signal into saturation—producing aggressive, non-linear slewing effects and brass sounds. Further warping and manipulation of the carrier signal is achieved with independent, on-board LFO and Sample + Hold function generators. These dual modulation sources can be used to add several layers of motion to the Ringmaster’s unique selection of harmony, ring-mod and tremolo effects. In addition to tonal harmonizer and atonal ring modulator sounds, the Ringmaster features a Trem function, which divides the rate of the carrier oscillator down into the LFO range to create tremolo. When combined with the Follow function, the tremolo will speed up as the pitch of the input signal goes up, tracking the notes you play and automatically adjusting the rate of the tremolo instantly. This function works extremely well with monophonic (one note at a time) playing but can also produce dramatic and unconventional amplitude modulation effects when chords are played, essentially confusing the pitch-tracking circuit, which will jump to whatever note is loudest at any given moment. The control voltage coming from the pitch-tracking system, as well as the CV signals coming from the LFO and Sample + Hold function generators can be used to modulate outboard gear via the Ringmaster’s CV output jack. This ¼” CV output can be used as an expression controller for other pedals such as the Pigtronix Mothership 2 pedal, or any synthesizer that allows for external CV control. The Ringmaster also allows for an external carrier to be injected into the multiplier, enabling cross-modulation of multiple instruments within a single pedal. Ringmaster is an ideal companion to the Mothership 2, delivering new modulation effects for guitar, bass, and anyone brave enough to plug in to the analog future of Pigtronix! • Tunable Analog Harmonizer • Pitch-tracking “Follow” ͟function • Ring Mod and Tremolo modes • Wide-range LFO • Sample + Hold modulator • Modulation CV output (0-5 VDC) • External Carrier input • Internal Carrier output • 18DVC included • True bypass

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Tremvelope puts a new spin on a classic effect. This tremolo pedal allows the dynamics of your playing to change the speed and depth of the effect. The result brings traditional sound to a whole new level that is intuitive, engaging and totally addictive.

Tremvelope is a versatile, high fidelity optical tremolo with stereo panning outputs. The Tremvelope’s fat sounding audio path is modulated by SPEED, DEPTH and WAVEFORM controls. When the envelope is switched on, the tremolo effect is influenced by what you play. The SPEED and DEPTH knobs can each be assigned to increase or decrease in response to the strength of the signal coming from your instrument. These changes start from where the knobs are set and independently move in the assigned direction.

The ACCELERATION switch adjusts the response time of the tremolo to changes in your playing and the SENSITIVITY knob provides control over the amount of increase it takes to create changes in the tremolo settings. Expression pedal inputs for speed, and vol / pan add external foot control to this animated beast of a pedal. There is also a TRIGGER input for running the Tremvelope late in an effects chain but still allowing your clean signal (or even a different instrument entirely) to control the envelope directly.

Features:
• Sine and Sawtooth Wave Options
• Mono or Stereo with Panning Output
• Switchable Envelope Control for LFO
• Variable Envelope Sensitivity and Acceleration
• Speed and Depth increase or decrease independently
• Trigger input for clean signal direct to Envelope and Beat Sync
• Expression Pedal inputs for Speed and Vol / Pan
• Pigtronix 18VDC power supply included
• High Fidelity Analog Optical circuit
• Circuit Design by Howard Davis
• Sound Design by David Koltai
• Chassis Size = 5.7” x 4.7” x 1.5”
• Voltage: 18V DC
• Current Draw: 40mA @ 18V

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