Superbooth 2022: Dreadbox announces Dysmetria DIY groovebox, reissues Erebus and Hades synths as DIY kits

“This year is the DIY year for us,” says the developer.

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Superbooth 2022: Greek developer Dreadbox has released Dysmetria, a brand new groovebox as a DIY kit, and also reissued two well-known older models in kit-form.

Dysmetria is a 42HP semi-modular analogue groove synthesizer that can either be housed in its own chassis or be mounted into a system.

It hosts a multimode 32-step sequencer with two oscillators and a noise generator, a voltage controlled FM section, 2-pole resonant multimode filter and twin envelopes.

Dysmetria doubtless takes its name from its capacity to create some fascinatingly irregular and erratic combinations of stuttering beats and basslines, applying up to three parameters uniquely to each of its steps alongside ratcheting.

With the capacity to create melodic and percussive sequences together, Dysmetria looks set to be another creative and performative unit in the Dreadbox line of products.

Users wishing to avoid resorting to DIY may have to wait for it to be available as an assembled unit, which will purportedly depend on the success of the DIY version. Dreadbox promises that the kit will be “ideal for inexperienced DIY-ers,” however.

Watch it in action at the event below and hear from Dreadbox founder Yannis Diakoumakos, courtesy of Synth Anatomy.

Also in the offing from Dreadbox this year are reissues of two of its most well-known instruments, the Erebus and Hades semi-modular analogue synthesizers. With Dreadbox having discontinued some models last year due to the widely-felt chip shortage, these units have now made a comeback— only this time they will ship as DIY kits instead of assembled units.

Hades is a single-VCO analogue bass synthesizer featuring two sub-octaves, a Roland SH-style resonant lowpass falter and an OTA-based distortion. The Erebus, meanwhile, is a semi-modular 2-voice paraphonic analogue synthesizer with an onboard delay.

The developer has also taken the opportunity to introduce some minor improvements to the synths in the process of the reissue, for instance on the Erebus’ modulation and the Hades’ envelope generator response.

All three kits are slated for release this summer, with a starting price of €200. For more information and to keep updated visit Dreadbox’s website.


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