Pigtronix / Philosopher King / Effect Pedal For Sale
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.
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.
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.
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
Pigtronix is the rising star of a second generation of American boutique pedal makers that are redefining the stompbox for today’s musicians. Striving to push the dialog of musical effects forward, Pigtronix recognizes the value and relevance of classic vintage sounds as we focus on taking tone a step further. Based in Long Island, NY; Pigtronix is one of the fastest growing companies in the MI industry, with self contained design, manufacturing and distribution all under one roof. Our consistent growth is evident in the ever increasing number of Pigtronix products in the rigs of session musicians, touring professionals, and weekend warriors around the world.
Like the musicians who use them, each Pigtronix pedal has a unique personality. A number of design accomplishments have led to multiple Guitar Player Editor’s Pick awards as well as endorsements from legendary bands and musicians such as Andy Summers of The Police (Philosopher’s Tone), Los Lobos (Aria), The Mars Volta (PolySaturator), Buddy Miller (Echolution), Bootsy Collins (Envelope Phaser), Tony Levin (Disnortion), Primus (Keymaster), The Roots (Tremvelope) and many more. A consistent emphasis on tonal clarity and touch responsiveness combined with tour grade build quality, limitless versatility and unequaled value make Pigtronix pedals an attractive option for players of all styles.
Pigtronix provides musicians with a high end, USA made effects option that takes their music in new, creative directions. Forward thinking design concepts, attractive artwork and informative packaging are all geared towards the growing market of sophisticated consumers who want to get significant mileage out of their pedal purchase. Pigtronix has a reputation for accessibility and top notch customer service, aiding musicians everyday in their quest for unique sounds and sonic stimulation. Get Pigtronix, get F.A.T. – Futuristic Analog Technology.
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