Those gnarly Dreadbox analog oscillators and filters keep popping up in new places. This time, it’s a collaboration with Sinevibes – and it makes for a compact, jam-friendly, portable synth for 349 EUR.

Dreadbox does analog like you remember it – unruly, with personality. The trick here is adding some fun note sequencing from Sinevibes, aka the charismatic developer of plug-ins and KORG add-ons, Artemiy Pavlov.

The usual Dreadbox edge is on show here, complete with continuous waveform shaping and a third oscillator you can use for frequency modulation on the filter. But added to that are a bunch of digital effects algorithms, plus Artemiy’s note sequencer with adjustable probability. (Sinevibes did a lot of the DSP and sequencing.)

Basically, this is a small synth that should ensure you don’t get bored.

And most importantly, it’s portable, in case you want to … get away from your four walls and away from people for … reasons.

Artemiy is a star:

The faceplate is gorgeous and minimal. It’s not quite one-knob-per function – that’ll be a love-it-or-leave it use of very few knobs, sliders on the right, and doubling up filter and amp EG. But it’s nothing if not a unique collaboration, and an unexpected small synth treat in the beginning of summer.


• Two analog oscillators with continuous waveform shaping.
• Trademark Dreadbox analog 4-pole low-pass filter with FM via third auxiliary oscillator.
• Two dedicated ADSR envelopes for filter and amplifier.
• Three additional modulators with multiple simultaneous targets: each can be set to ADSR envelope, multi-waveform LFO, sample & hold, and 32-step sequencer.
• Three digital effects units with high-end 96 kHz 32 bit AD/DA, featuring a total of 12 different algorithms (distortion, decimator, chorus, flanger, delay, reverb – and more).
• Note sequencer with 32 steps and adjustable trigger probability.
• 256 preset memories (note sequence stored per each preset).
• USB powered.

Also, Dreadbox – lol.

But yeah, combining a nifty synth with some clever sound options, fun controls and sequencer, and effects, all in a USB-powered little box? Seems a winner.

Greece meets Ukraine, just in time for the summer of synths. Excellent.

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SonicState are enjoying themselves with it, too: