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Pigtronix Philosopher King Compressor and Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal
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A state-of-the-art stompbox designed to re-shape the essential nature of any sound source.

The Pigtronix Philosopher King is a compressor, sustainer, distortion and polyphonic amplitude synthesizer. Combining Pigtronix's award-winning Philosopher's Tone circuit with a next generation envelope generator, the Philosopher King takes tone several steps further with a full set of ADSR (Attack/Decay/Sustain/Release) controls including swell, fade, hold level, speed range, one-shot mode, selectable auto reset, CV i/o and expression pedals for swell and fade times.

With the Swell and Fade functions switched off, the Philosopher King provides transparent optical compression with endless sustain on tap. Adjustable compression (ratio), sustain (threshold) and treble (2k cut / boost) controls allow the musician to tailor the nature of the effect to meet the needs of the material at hand. From a subtle dash of added punch to massive, over-the-top howling sustain, the Philosopher King delivers clean, powerful optical compression. The grit control blends in a layer of sweet harmonic distortion that plays nice with other gain pedals as well as amplifier-generated tube distortion.

The Philosopher King's swell function provides a pick triggered volume swell effect. The volume swell can be reset at any moment by muting or held open by continuous playing. This "slow gear" type effect is smooth and controllable with variable timing from extremely fast to very slow.

The fade function can be used independently of the swell and is also pick triggered. A major new feature of the decay cycle in this pedal is 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.

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.

Pigtronix Philosopher King Compressor and Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal Features:

  • Optical Compressor with Outrageous Sustain
    ADSR Envelope Generator for Guitar
    POLYPHONIC (works with chords)
    Grit control for F.A.T. Distortion
    2K Treble Cut / Boost
    Expression Pedals for Swell and Fade Times
    Pick Triggered Volume Swell
    One Shot Mode & Auto Reset
    CV in / out
    Trigger Input for External Rhythm Source
    Pigtronix 18VDC adapter included
    Circuit Design by Howard Davis

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  • Incredible

    As reviewed by bill silvain on 9/26/2010

    In the world of boutique pedals, Pigtronix stands above all. This pedal is incredible and does things you will find useful and cool. Start using the slow swell it with a long delay and get those incredible ringing layers just by picking. Or do a staccatto Steve Stevens effect right in the middle of a ripping solo. I heard a guy play the into to Baba O'Reily on this that blew me away - The sustain side is magnificent. BUY IT!!!!

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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  • incredible pedal and moreeee!

    As reviewed by Giacomo on 2/25/2011

    Got the Philosopher King, the compressor is awesome, incredible sustain, clean volume swells that resets quickly with the sensivity set low. Great grit distortion layer that helps the peda act as a filter-synth like. If combining swell and fade, you can get effects like reverse, and also like tremolo, lot of things to do and work with this pedal.The compressor quality and the sustain get any thing sound better and better, so imagine it with a nice tube amp, Its crazy good!!! If you play with it for a few hours you can discover all the set ups and combinations so you can change it in the flow quicky. I am glad Pigtronix created this Philosopher King, even the name and look of this pedal rocks, jaja.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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