Lifeforms KB-1 Pressure Sensitive Keyboard Controller - 42HP

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Lifeforms KB-1 Pressure Sensitive Keyboard Controller - 42HP


Shape music like never before with the Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms KB-1: a fresh look at controlling a eurorack modular system. The Lifeforms KB-1 provides a multi-function, expressive, capacitive touch keyboard designed for performance. The KB-1 contains a powerful one octave pressure sensitive keyboard complete with arpeggiator, step sequencer, preset voltage memory array, and a pair of multi-mode trigger pads. Eleven patchable outputs and a deep feature set enable the user to cover new sonic territory with an unprecedented level of control.

Monophonic and Duophonic response modes with user-selectable note priority and retrigger options let users customize the KB-1 specifically to their needs. Octave buttons provide quick keyboard transposition for a wide sonic range. Monophonic mode allows users to perform soaring leads, buttery basslines with legato, or classic arpeggios. Or, take control of two separate oscillators in Duophonic mode to create rich soundscapes, complex drones, lush pads, and thundering bass. Along with immersive keyboard features, there is also a powerful ten note arpeggiator and sixty four note sequencer, each focused around playability; empowering users to craft inspiring melodies, or utilize the stepped voltage as control for other parameters, such as filter frequency or VCA control. 

The Lifeforms KB-1 features a playable, ten note arpeggiator. This robust arpeggiator can cycle through one to three octaves. The arpeggiator in the Lifeforms KB-1 contains three different arpeggiator modes, including single or double note trigger, and random monophonic or duophonic note cycling with random gates. Probability gate burst mode can trigger additional random gates to add complexity to arpeggios. This feature, unique to the Lifeforms KB-1, enables users to have rolling pulses divided by the clock source, allowing for dramatic rhythmic variations of a sequence.

A feature-packed sixty four step sequencer with multiple play modes gives precise control over the cycling of a sequence. Sequences can be played forward, reverse, or random. Sequences are quickly created by step programming and each step can have one of six step modifiers, pitch bend, tie, single trigger, double trigger, quad trigger, and whole note. Once the sequence is complete, the first note of a sequence can be shifted back or forward, resulting in generating new sequences out of an initial performance. Probability gate burst mode is also available to sequences adding realtime complexity to a performance. 


  • Multi-function capacitive touch keyboard
  • One octave keyboard
  • Arpeggiator, cycles through 1, 2 or 3 octaves. 3 different arpeggiator modes
  • 64 step sequencer with multiple play modes
  • Preset voltage memory array
  • Monophonic and duophonic response modes with user selectable note priority and retrigger options

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  • Panel size 42hp
  • Depth 38mm
  • Power consumption 160mA with reversed power polarity protection

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