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4ms Pingable Envelope Generator (PEG)

A long-awaited addition to the Softube Modular platform, the 4ms Pingable Envelope Generator opens up a vast array of possibilities beyond the basic ADSR envelope generator included in the core Modular package. Two independent envelope generators can be 'pinged' by external sources - your DAW clock, for example - to define the cycle-length of the envelope(s) and generate rhythmic effects and interactions never before possible in Modular.

Fully licensed and endorsed by 4ms, manufacturers of the original hardware, the 4ms PEG expands your creative horizon. Create crazy polyrhythms for percussive clicks and beeps, or match the elastic wobble of a dubstep bassline to the tempo of your track with ease. Multiply the pinged tempo of each channel to fit two, three, four or more envelope cycles into each beat, or divide to generate longer cycles which still conform to your pinged tempo. And send the envelope generated by one side to CV modulate the parameters of the other. This module is fantastic for fun experimentation, and often results in happy accidents and creative inspiration.

I was very pleased to see that you kept the original PEG's internal sampling rate and that self-patched feedback loop patch also works on the virtual version!

Dan Green, Founder of 4ms

What the 4ms PEG does
With tons of routing options and CV inputs, this module makes serious noise even if it's not intended to make a single sound of its own. Try it and see.

In short

  • Two-channel pingable envelope generator
  • Use one side at a time to sync the rhythmic aspects of a sound to your track tempo
  • Use both sides to quickly concoct awesome generative rhythmic chaos
  • Detailed control of the shape of the envelope when generating drum sounds
  • Easily create some controllable motion in your textures
  • Adds hugely to the capabilities of your Softube Modular system
  • Requires Modular

4ms PEG Sound Examples

An assortment of sounds made with the 4ms PEG add-on for Modular

4ms PEG Sound ExamplesAn assortment of sounds made with the 4ms PEG add-on for Modular
4ms PEG for Modular Product Video
4ms PEG for Modular Walkthrough
Click to show Dan Green of 4ms

I was very pleased to see that you kept the original PEG's internal sampling rate and that self-patched feedback loop patch also works on the virtual version!

Dan Green, Founder of 4ms

Click to show Ed Handley and Andy Turner (Plaid)

Its ping-ability makes this a really musical envelope generator, we’ve been using it as a synced, morphing LFO. With the trigger options and OR output the possibilities are mind boggling.

Ed Handley and Andy Turner (Plaid), Electronic artists

Click to show Christoffer Berg (photo: Fredrik Wik)

The PEG was One of my first favourite modules ever. It's a fantastic rythmic tool, making divisions and shaped envelopes, a contemporary take on the legendary function generators of early modular systems. I also love pinging it at audio rates, making it turn into a wierd animated oscillator!

Christoffer Berg, Programmer, mixer and producer for Depeche Mode, The Knife and Fever Ray.

Click to show John Tejada

The PEG makes a complex modulation module elegant and simple to use. Being able to quickly browse through different envelope shapes while keeping perfectly clocked really gets a fun spontaneity happening that other envelope modules don't offer. It's fun and a breeze to change shapes and time increments and coming up with unexpected awesome results.

John Tejada, Electronic music artist, music producer, DJ and record label owner

Click to show Robin Rimbaud a k a Scanner

Organised chaos is at the root of PEG, an elegantly ported version of the joyful 4ms module. For the trigger happy the tempo synced envelopes are rhythmic bliss. A very versatile and essential module in any set up.

Robin Rimbaud a k a Scanner , Producer, DJ, remixer and artist.