LPG – Low Pass Gate

The LPG is a West Coast Synthesis staple! Our dual Low Pass Gate creates organic percussion timbres, paving the way for sonic exploration with a Buchla/Subotnick vibe.

The LPG has two identical low pass gates in one module. Its unique non-linear qualities emulate percussion timbres like congas, bongos, plucks, etc. The LPG is vactrol based, which creates natural-sounding decays. When the CV input is pinged by short/fast envelopes, it results in more organic sounds like bongos. The slide pot functions in two ways: when the the CV input is not patched, it attenuates/mixes the audio signal. When the CV jack is patched, it attenuates the output level and changes the timbre of the audio signal.

Each LPG channel can be used as a VCA. VCA mode bypasses the low pass filter and resonance and doesn’t color the sound of your input audio. The vactrol gives the VCA a living, breathing, non-linear response.

We tested a number of vactrols for this module, and we liked the pre-tested NSL-7053 best of all. The NSL-7053 has a slower response and a more exponential response curve. The VTL5C4 has a slightly faster response and a more linear response curve. But the LPG will work with a number of different types/brands, including dual vactrols. In fact, each channel can be built with a different set of vactrols.

Features

  • Two channels
  • CV over resonance
  • VCA and mixer function
  • Input 1 normals to input 2

Specifications:

  • Width: 4HP
  • Depth: 57mm
  • Current draw:
    • +12V: 45mA
    • -12V: 45mA

Includes power cable and module screws.