Pigtronix Philosopher King is a compressor, sustainer, distortion and polyphonic amplitude synthesizer.
The Philosopher King takes our award-winning Philosopher̥s Tone design even further, adding 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, sustain and treble 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 King̥s 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 ÌÕslow gearÌÒ type effect is smooth and controllable with variable timing from extremely fast to very slow. The Fade function creates pulsating tremolo and stutter effects on its own as well as undulating amplitude modulation when used in conjunction with the Swell. Ì_The Philosopher King is a modern analog masterpiece, unmatched in its ability to re-shape the essential nature of any sound source.
- Optical Compressor with Outrageous Sustain
- Synthesizer Style ADSR for Guitar
- POLYPHONIC (works with chords)
- Pick Triggered Volume Swell
- One Shot Mode & Auto Reset
- Grit control for smooth Distortion
- 2K Treble Cut / Boost
- Expression Pedals for Swell and Fade Times
- Trigger Input for External Rhythm Source
- True Bypass
- Pigtronix 18VDC adapter included
- Circuit Design by Howard Davis
- Sound Design by David Koltai
- Chassis Size = 7.4ÌÒ x 4.6ÌÒ x 1.5ÌÒ
- Voltage: 18V
- Current Draw: 55mA @ 18V
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We will ship completed orders Monday-Friday. Orders placed and paid before 1:00pm. PST will ship that same day. All completed orders after the cutoff time will ship the following business day. RGS does not ship on Saturday or Sunday.
What is your return policy?
We offer a 30 day Exchange policy for new purchases. We ask that you please return the product in the original product packaging along with all included materials (manual, warranty card, all accessories) and in the original condition that it was received and we will exchange it for any product on ours site. Please note that we do charge a $5 dollar exchange fee to cover our shipping cost. We are a small business and do not offer a cash refund. We cannot take returns on sealed product. We do not accept returns for guitars and amplifiers under any circumstances. Unfortunately we also cannot cancel orders or pre-orders. We are happy to exchange for another product if you are no longer interested in the new release or backordered items