Pigtronix Philosopher King review

  • £299
  • $429

Multi-tasking guitar synth

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Our Verdict

A great choice for bringing something new to your sonic palette.

For

  • Ideal for those looking for new sound shaping options on their board. Compression and distortion sounds are great.

Against

  • Price.
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The Philosopher King from USA firm Pigtronix combines a compressor, sustainer, distortion and a polyphonic amplitude synthesizer.

It creates a guitar sound with the compression and distortion and then feeds that into an amplitude modulation section for reshaping.

"The compression and distortion alone is great, but the tone and envelope-shaping opens up new sonic horizons"

Without the envelope-shaping, there's a neat range of compression, with added distortion via the Grit knob, all delivered via a knob that mixes it in with the dry sound for some great blends from really subtle to blistering high-gain sustain.

Hitting the Swell or Fade footswitches brings in the envelope, allowing pick- triggered volume swells that can be controlled nicely by playing dynamics.

The synth functionality adds granular textures with variable timing there's quite a range of tones such as backwards tape-style envelopes, stuttery on/off tremolo and staccato single notes.

The compression and distortion alone is great, but the tone and envelope-shaping opens up new sonic horizons.

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Tech Specs

Country of OriginUSA
FeaturesTrue-bypass
Dimensions188 x 38 x 117
Unit Power SourceMains