Dread­box un­veil Polyend col­lab Me­dusa and an up­dated Ere­bus

Big things on the hori­zon from the Athens synth brand

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Greek out­fit Dread­box are one of our favourite bou­tique synth brands, and Polyend re­cently im­pressed us with their Seq se­quencer, so we got pretty hot un­der the col­lar when we found out the two com­pa­nies were link­ing up for a new hard­ware re­lease, named Me­dusa.

Me­dusa was ac­tu­ally ini­tially teased last sum­mer. Billed as a three-VCO ana­logue monosynth with Euro­rack com­pat­i­bil­ity, it was sup­posed to be re­leased in De­cem­ber, but never ar­rived. How­ever, the in­stru­ment has now been re­shaped some­what to in­clude an 8x8 bank of pads, and is due to ship in May.

It’s easy to see the Polyend fam­ily ties with the Me­dusa – the new se­quencer and mod­u­la­tion grid bear more than a slight re­sem­blance to Seq. Dread­box says that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” pre­sum­ably in­di­cat­ing that this will be more than just a synth with a se­quencer bolted on.

When we’ve got our hands on Dread­box gear in the past, our only slight crit­i­cism has been that – with their em­pha­sis on CV and lack of pre­set sav­ing – their synths might feel a lit­tle ‘old school’ for some tastes. The idea of a gritty ana­logue Dread­box synth with a mod­ern­look­ing se­quencer at­tached, then, is cer­tainly ex­cit­ing. From our first demo, early im­pres­sions of Me­dusa’s sound are very pos­i­tive too.

Dread­box also de­buted an up­dated ver­sion of their Ere­bus DIY monosynth at Superbooth. Now on ver­sion 3, the pri­mor­dial de­ity is com­ing of age with added CV func­tion­al­ity, ex­tra os­cil­la­tor and more. Dur­ing our demo, we were very im­pressed with the depth of tone it of­fered. An al­ready big-sounding synth al­most dou­bles in fat­ness as Dread­box’s Yan­nis piled on the third os­cil­la­tor and mod­u­la­tion.

Me­dusa is set to be priced at 999 eu­ros, no word as yet on a price for Ere­bus though.

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