The Pigtronix Philosopher King Guitar Effects Pedal takes off where the award-winning Philosopher’s Tone (which received the Guitar Player Magazine’s Editor’s Pick Award) began. Built with the same engine, it offers incredible sound quality and with the same compression and distortion circuitry, you get same tonality.
Where this pedal adds to the Tone is with the addition of ADSR functionality, which includes extended controls for the envelope generator, with swell, fade, hold level, speed range, one-shot mode, and selectable auto reset all available. This pedal also offers CV input/outputs and expression pedal connectivity for remote control of swell and fade.
Fantastic sustain and flexible amplitudeshaping capabilities. Lots of control options.-Barry Cleveland (Guitar Player Magazine)
With ADSR functionality built into the Pigtronix Philosopher King, you gain more control over your tone, with an extensive range of options that will help you to carve your sound. These additional options are controlled with Swell, Fade, Hold, and Sensitivity.
Swell alters the time it takes for your sound to moves from silence to full volume, while Fade works the same way but in the opposite direction; controlling the time it takes to go from full volume to silence. Hold works with Fade to bring in a varying amount of uncompressed signal, and the point at which the Swell or Fade is activated it set by the Sensitivity knob.
Further control of Fade and Swell is afforded by three simple mini-toggle switches: Speed Range, One Shot, and Auto Reset. Speed Range can be alternated between Slow and Fast to control the speed of the cycle, whether muting your instrument reactivates the Swell/Fade or not is decided by the position of the One Shot switch, while Auto Reset allows continuous modulation cycling while there is an input signal active. Additionally the pedal’s Release LED will let you know when the Swell/Fade is active, as it will turn off.
ADSR - Off
Even with none of the ADSR features active this is still a standout pedal with wonderfully transparent compression and a seamlessly never-ending amount of sustain. With these two parameters, along with 2 kHz boost or cut of treble, all controllable, any player will find the tone they are searching for right here.
You also have the Grit control, which allows you to blend in the perfect balance of clean and dirty tone suitable for your performance, with a layer of harmonic distortion.
Manufacturer Pigtronix Model Name PXEGC Model Number Philosopher King Features Optical Compressor with 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
Chassis Size 7.4" x 4.6" x 1.5" Voltage 18V Current Draw 55mA @ 18V Includes Pigtronix 18VDC Adapter
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