Dreadbox unveil Polyend collab Medusa and an updated Erebus
Big things on the horizon from the Athens synth brand
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.