Deadmau5 gushes over Billy Corgan’s monstrous Ichabod modular system: “It’s basically a dual fridge-sized Polivoks”

The three-cabinet modular system features 192 module slots and a custom African padauk case.

When you purchase through affiliate links on, you may contribute to our site through commissions. Learn more
Deadmau5 and Billy Corgan

Photos: Photo by Dave Kotinsky / Getty, Helen Boast / Redferns

Deadmau5 (also known as Joel Zimmerman) has gushed over a custom piece of gear owned by Smashing Pumpkins frontman, Billy Corgan: his custom Ichabod modular synth.

The celebrated producer spoke about the modular system in the latest episode of MusicTech’s My Forever Studio podcast (14 June), where he was given just six gear picks to put together the studio of his dreams. His last choice was the monstrous Ichabod modular synth owned by the Smashing Pumpkins frontman.

“It’s basically a dual fridge-sized Polivoks,” gushed Zimmerman, jealous of Corgan, “I cannot believe this guy.”

The Ichabod was assembled by legendary synth-maker George Mattson, the inventor of the Syntar, the first self-contained guitar-shaped synth. The modular system features three cabinets that can each be run independently, in series or in parallel. It features 192 modules, plus custom cable caddies and a hand-crafted African Padauk case.

Ichabod by Mattson Mini Modular
Image: Mattson Mini Modular

Corgan, speaking to MatrixSynth about Ichabod in 2009, called it “A dream come true because it embraces all of the sonic dimensions of the old school synthesizers with the upside of modern technology.”

“It sounds as good as it looks. I’m very excited to see this synthesizer come to life. It’s been a real pleasure to work with George Mattson on this,” he added.

Listen to our full conversation with Deadmau5, here.


Get the latest news, reviews and tutorials to your inbox.

Join Our Mailing List & Get Exclusive DealsSign Up Now

The world’s leading media brand at the intersection of music and technology.

© 2024 MusicTech is part of NME Networks.