Dreadbox Intros 200 € Dysmetria Analog Groove Synthesizer

Dreadbox has introduced Dysmetria, an ‘analog groove synthesizer’ that’s now available as a DIY kit.

Dysmetria is a rhythm and bassline maker that can be used standalone or as a Eurorack synth module.

Features:

  • Full Voice Analog Modular Groove Synthesizer
  • Rhythm and Bassline maker
  • It can be used as a Desktop or a Eurorack synthesizer
  • It comes along with a dedicated USB to Eurorack power converter
  • Ideal for inexperienced DIYers
  • 42 HP
  • 2 Analog Oscillators
  • Voltage Controlled Mixer
  • Noise Generator
  • Voltage Controlled FM section
  • 2-pole Resonant Filter with LowPass and BandPass outputs
  • 2 Decay Envelopes
  • 32-step Sequencer with 3 Modes (Play, Live, Rec) and Step by Step Recording
  • 16 User Presets
  • 15 Patch Points

Pricing and Availability

Dysmetria is available now for 200 € (excl. VAT).

Dreadbox Kinematic Compressor Hands-On Demo

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This video, via Limbic Bits, offers a demo video of the Dreadbox Kinematic analog VCA-based compressor.

It features the Kinematic in combination with Elektron’s Model:Cycles, playing IDM, Electro and Dub Techno patterns through the Compressor, Filter and Drive Combo-Pedal.

Here’s what they have to say about the video:

“This video shows dreadbox’ compressor / filter / Drive combo. To be honest, this pedal didn’t catch my attention, when it was first introduced. But…

This one is a great addition to any live setup and also has a place in hybrid studios. It definitely fattens up the sound a lot but can be used quite subtly, too. Great for kicks, basses, and percussion but also as a more radical variation to tighten up a live mix. A shame, that it’s only mono. Nevertheless, a great pedal and my favorite out of their pedal line, so far.”

Share your thoughts on the Dreadbox Kinematic in the comments!

Dreadbox Nymphes Firmware Update Adds MPE Support & More

Dreadbox has released version 2 of the firmware for the Nymphes synthesizer.

The update adds MPE support, polyphonic aftertouch, new MIDI features and more.

Here’s what’s new in Nymphes v2:

New features:

  • MPE support
  • Polyphonic aftertouch support
  • Polyphonic assignable targets
  • Preset import/export support
  • Factory presets can now be replaced
  • MIDI Channel Learn
  • Scaled Mode for slider control

Improvements:

  • SHIFT button behaviour changed
  • CC transmit on Preset Load
  • CC list reworked
  • All Notes Off and All Sounds Off CCs added
  • Reverb control added to Modulation matrix through CC
  • Modulation target: Mod Wheel on PW changed
  • Shortcut for Global settings reset

Bug fixes:

  • VCA envelopes scratching envelopes fixed
  • Voice Mode changing hanging notes

Dreadbox Intros DYSPHONIA Eurorack & Desktop Synthesizer DIY Kit

Dreadbox has introduced Dysphonia, a DIY kit that lets you build a complete Eurorack synth voice. They say the kit is “ideal for inexperienced DIYers.”

The voice board is pre-built. Builders need to solder jacks, sliders, switches and headers, assemble and calibrate. All components needed to complete the project are included.

Features:

  • Full Voice Modular Synthesizer with Open Architecture
  • Powerful Sound Designing machine
  • It can be used as a Desktop or a Eurorack synthesizer
  • It comes along with a dedicated USB to Eurorack power converter
  • It is consisted of 13 individual sections
  • Ideal for inexperienced DIYers
  • Analog Oscillator with 4 waves
  • 3x Analog VCA
  • Passive Signal Multiplier
  • CV and Audio 3-to-1 Mixer
  • High precision MIDI to CV/ Gate converter
  • 1ms/stage Snappy AD Envelope
  • Wide range Analog LFO
  • 24dB 4-pole Analog Self-Oscillating Low Pass Filter
  • 12dB 2-pole Analog Multi mode Filter
  • Hybrid Echo (as found on the Erebus synthesizer)
  • Sophisticated digital Modulator with 4 different modes:
  • LFO – Wide range, 4 waveforms and delay function
  • RANDOM – Classic Sample & Hold or Key triggered with lag Filter
  • ENVELOPE – Snappy 1ms/stage, Attack – Decay or Attack – Release
  • CC – Modulation Wheel, Velocity, Aftertouch, Unipolar or Bipolar

Pricing and Availability

The Dysphonia is available to pre-order for 185.00 € (normally 230.00 €).

Dreadbox Nymphes 6-Voice Analog Synthesizer Is ‘Stunnning & Ethereal’

Dreadbox has officially introduced Nymphes, a compact 6-voice analog synthesizer.

Here’s what Dreadbox has to say about it:

“The Polyphonic Synthesizer N Y M P H E S was developed during the obscure pandemic times and we really hope that it will bring a pinch of happiness on your face.

We tried to condense an ambitious idea in a small and compact box, without any compromise in the quality of the final instrument.

The result is stunning and ethereal …”

Features:

  • Analog synth voice
  • 6 Voices Polyphony
  • Lush Digital Reverb (developed by Dreadbox)
  • 12 Envelopes and 7 LFOs (2 envelope/voice, 1LFO/voice + 1 generic LFO) > 6 different playing modes
  • 98 presets memory (49 factory and 49 user)
  • MIDI over USB or via DIN5 (with full CC In and Out documentation) > Compact , USB Powered for maximum portability
  • Durable, Metal Enclosure

Features per Voice:

  •  1x VCO with Wave Forming > 1x Sub Oscillator
  • Noise generator
  • 1x LFO per voice with: Key track, Fade In and Fade out, 5 waveforms and wide frequency (into the FM range)
  • 2x Envelope Generators
  • 24dB/octave Low Pass Resonant Filter with accurate tracking
  • 6dB/octave High Pass Non-Resonant Filter

Common Voice Features:

  • 1x common LFO (named LFO2) that can target any and multiple parameters with different amount to each one at the same time , with: Key track, Fade In and Fade out, 5 waveforms and Wide Frequency (into the FM range).
  • 7x active Chords that you can edit, modulate and store on each preset.
  • Modulation wheel, Velocity and Aftertouch (monophonic) can target any and multiple param- eters with different amount to each one at the same time.

Specifications & Connections:

  • USB powered (1.5 Watts)
  • 50 Playing hours with a 20,000mA power bank MIDI IN via USB or DIN5
  • 1/4″ MONO TS Jack Out
  • 1/8″ Headphones Out

Dreadbox says that the Nymphes is inspired by the chthonic demi-goddesses, who not only personify nature, but are regularly associated with the wild; and is dedicated to all abused and oppressed women.

Pricing and Availability

The Dreadbox Nymphes is expected to be available in November 2021, priced at 499 € (incl. 24% VAT).

New Dreadbox Nymphes Synthesizer Coming 9/13

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Ahead of Superbooth 2021, Dreadbox shared this teaser video for something new.

If you view closely, you can make out the name, Nymphes. The Dreadbox Nymphes is rumored to be a 6-voice polyphonic synthesizer.

Details on the Dreadbox Nymphes are still to be announced.

Check out the video and share your thoughts in the comments!

Dreadbox Typhon Updated With Audio Over USB & More

Dreadbox has introduced a firmware update for the Typhon that adds audio over USB and more.

Here’s what’s new in Dreadbox Typhon v4, which is now available as a beta release:

1.Bug fixes
– A loud noise on unit startup could occur under certain circumstances.
This bug was caused by a firmware fault and now got fixed.

2. MIDI over USB
– Typhon gets recognised as a MIDI/USB device and can now send and receive MIDI messages from a Computer. This feature can work in parallel to the DIN5 MIDI and the user can select the port configurations from the global settings.

3. Audio over USB
-Typhon gets recognised as Audio/USB device. This feature enables Typhon to act as an audio input and be recorded from a computer directly without the use of a sound card. This feature got implemented to support the previous described feature so as the user doesn’t have to connect the physical audio out to his sound card, and so on create a ground loop, which cause a constant buzzing at Typhon’s audio.

Behind The Scenes At Dreadbox + New Synths

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The latest ProckGnosis features a behind-the-scenes look at Greek synth maker Dreadbox – makers of the Typhon, NYX and Erebus synths.

Developer Yiannis Diakoumakos gives a tour of the company’s offices and workshop, and shares some hints about some of the new synths that they’re working on.

Video timeline:

00:23 – Introduction (beer and band babble)
03:38 – Touring the new offices
13:19 – Touring the new workshop

The video tour is a follow up to the 2018 Dreadbox studio tour, embedded below:

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Check it out and share your thoughts in the comments!

Dreadbox Intros Three New Effects Pedals: Darkness, Lethargy & Kinematic

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Dreadbox has introduced three new effects pedals: Darkness, a stereo reverb; Kinematic, a compressor and filter effect; and Lethargy, a phase shifter.

Darkness has a single, flexible algorithm, that can create a variety of reverb effects, from small and smooth reflections up to huge shimmering and endless reverbs.

Features:

  • Flexible Shimmer Reverb with Gate function
  • 32bit @ 48kHz Digital Effects Processor
  • Variable Time Scale with Modulation (Triangle or Sample & Hold)
  • Selectable Pitch Shift (+/-12 semitones) with variable mix amount for shimmering sounds
  • Up to 30sec Decay Times
  • 2-Pole Damping Filter (High Pass or Low Pass)
  • Freeze function (loops 150ms of the input signal)
  • Versatile Gate effect with variable Attack and Release Times
  • True Stereo (Input and Output)
  • Selectable Tails Bypass

Darkness is available for 259 €.

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Kinematic is a VCA-based Compressor and Envelope Filter effect pedal, that they say is suitable mostly for string instruments and synthesizers.

Features:

  • Full Analog VCA based Compressor
    • Band Boost Filter
    • Extreme Compression Ratio
  • Envelope Filter
    • Low Pass Filter
    • Slow Envelope Curve
  • Post Diode Overdrive Circuit
  • Level Boost up to +18dB
  • True Tone Maker
  • 3 patch points for our modular fans

Kinematic is expected to be available in April 2021 for  179 €