Dave Koltai, Pigtronix founder, came to our shop in CT when he first decided to make effects pedals, and showed us his original Envelope Phaser. We gave him our opinion and some hints and I think we were his first dealer. We are the only dealer who still has those original EP-1 pedals, as he showed us how to calibrate them and get them working well.
The Pigtronix Philosopher King is a compressor, sustainer,
distortion and polyphonic amplitude synthesizer. Combining our
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 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.
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.
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.
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
Inspired by the EH Attack Decay as well
as our own 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.