Who said modular synthesis has to be expensive? Erica Synths thinks different and their new Pico System III is here to prove it.
The new version of the Pico System (see our previous Pico System coverage) is an affordable and compact, yet powerful sounding, full analogue modular system. It comes in two formats – eurorack and desktop.
According to the Latvian company, Pico System III brings modular synthesis back to the basics – the system has multi functional (instead of single-function, like Pico Drums or Pico Trigger in the Pico System II) analogue modules and is intended to encourage creativity in modular patching.
The system has 31 inputs and 20 outputs (master output is duplicated) + 7 switches, with plenty of patching possibilities.
Buchla-inspired voice-cards with preset patches set it apart from other eurorack systems – they allow user to change patches instantly and radically, which makes the system well suited for experimental live performances. The system comes with 5 great sounding “factory preset” voicecards, and 5 DIY voicecards that are empty and users can develop their own patches. More voicecards will be available from Erica Synths shop.
Pico System III comes both as a desktop unit and a eurorack module. It features a set of modules for advanced sound design, experiments in modular patching and educational purposes.
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The system includes: 2-3-4 step sequencer, 2xVCOs, VCO controller/VCA module, several mixers that work both with CV and audio signals, Modulator (syncable LFO, random CV and noise source), 2X voltage controlled ASR envelope generators, 2x lowpass gate and BBD delay.
Recommended retail price (VAT excluded)
desktop unit: 450 EUR
eurorack module: 400 EUR
Pico System III is available for ordering on 20th of September and will ship on 1st of October.