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Demo / Review – Pigtronix Philosopher King

This pedal is amazing.. The first thing I thought of when checking it out was the movie Spinal Tap, “Listen to the sustain!” With the Swell and Fade functions switched off, the Philosopher King provides transparent optical compression with endless sustain on tap.

So basically, among other things, this pedal allows you to do really nice volume swells with endless sustain.

Combining the award-winning Philosopher’s Tone circuit with a next generation envelope generator, the Philosopher King takes tone further with a set of ADSR (Attack/Decay/Sustain/Release) controls including swell, fade, hold level, speed range, one-shot mode, selectable auto reset,

From Pigtronix studio in NY, Dave “Tone Doctor” Koltai takes you through the Pigtronix Philosopher King pedal providing musical examples and a detailed explanation of each feature.

I couldn’t show this awesome sustain pedal without showing the following clip from Spinal Tap.. enjoy :)

4 Responses

Aug 14, 2010

“Listen, just Listen!”

“I’m not hearing anything”

“Well that’s because it’s not playing”


Aug 14, 2010

This is wicked. I want one! I’m happy I didn’t rush with the Philosopher’s Tone. Now, the King is coming! :) It would be a great addition to the “ambient” side of by board.

Aug 23, 2010

For endless sustain, check out the Electro-Harmonix Freeze pedal. It looks awesome.

Aug 26, 2010

found your site on today and really liked it.. i bookmarked it and will be back to check it out some more later

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