These fabulously colourful stompboxes are revealed as the intriguingly named Kinematic, Lethargy, Darkness and RainDrops.
The light blue on is a Compressor and Filter. You can pump and boost the analog VCA compression up to +18dB with a Band-boost filter and extreme compression ratio. In Filter mode you can push the tone with the low pass filter and shape it with the slow envelope curve. The Filter cutoff and level are available for patching and you can also take an output from the envelope follower.
The purple one is an 8-Stage Phaser that the name suggests is going to be a bit of a drag. It’s a fully analog 8-Stage OTA Phase Shifter with a triangle and square wave LFO with a very wide range. Great for vibrato and creamy gooeyness. There are CV inputs to take control of the Manual sweep and Rate and CV output for the LFO.
The dark blue one is a Stereo Reverb, in fact, they’re calling it a “Gated Shimmer Reverb” with LFO modulation, variable pitch shift, variable gate options and a freeze function. The DSP is running at 32bit and 44.1kHz and is has a true stereo in and out. There are no patch points on this pedal.
The pink and turquoise one is Raindrops and is a Stereo Delay and Looper effect but we haven’t been sent any information on this one yet as it’s not due until later in the year. But you’ve got Time, Feedback and Mix controls and a tap-tempo switch so that all sounds about right.
While pedals are traditionally aimed at guitarists these definitely have a broader vibe going on. With the CV patch points they are going to sit well amongst our desktops full of synths and modular and the hands-on controls lend themselves to something more than just sit at your feet.
The Kinematic is €179, Lethargy €199 and Darkness €259.
- Dreadbox Kinematic: Dreadbox
- Dreadbox Lethargy: Dreadbox
- Dreadbox Darkness: Dreadbox
- Dreadbox Raindrops: Dreadbox