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Erica Synths Pico System III

Modular Synth
By Rory Dow

Erica Synths Pico System III (Eurorack). Size: 42HP. Current: +12V 175mA, -12V 112mA.Erica Synths Pico System III (Eurorack). Size: 42HP. Current: +12V 175mA, -12V 112mA.

The Erica Synths Pico System, and in fact the whole Pico range of modules, represents good value for money in a small package. It's clearly been enough of a success that Erica Synths have released a third iteration, which follows a similar format to the previous two: a selection of Erica Synths' range of Pico modules is collected together and sold as a system, perfect for beginners or anyone wanting a lot of functionality in a small space.

Thirteen Pico modules are included in the 42HP mega-module. The Pico System II actually included one more module, but in the Pico III that has been replaced by a blue connector slot on the left, into which you can slot 'voice-cards'. The other major change is that the Pico System III is no longer made up of individual modules which can be swapped out. Instead there is a single large panel, effectively making it one big 42HP module. It is available as either a Eurorack module or a stand-alone desktop unit.

The focus of the Pico System III is West Coast-style analogue synthesis. There are two oscillators, two low-pass gates, two loopable envelopes, a modulator (LFO), three mixers, a sequencer and a bucket brigade delay. There are no fewer than 31 knobs and 52 modular inputs and outputs to play with, plus a handful of switches and LEDs. In the box, along with the usual power cable and screws, is one splitter patch cable...

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Published April 2020