The Hypnosis Reissue brings back the multi-effects box dripping with gooey 80s effects as a semi-modular desktop, Eurorack module and DIY kit.
Dreadbox continues revamping its most classic desktop boxes with a welcome tweak to the Hypnosis Time Effects Processor. Hypnosis is a fully analogue box with three time-based effects. It starts off with the warmth of a BBD Chorus/Flanger before throwing itself into the crunchy Hybrid Delay from the Erebus and finally falling into a genuine Spring Reverb with unique variable time pre-delay. It has two LFOs; one for the Chorus and another that you can plug into anything.
While the fashionably nostalgic colour and design are retained, the layout is entirely different to the original. Gone are all the knobs, and instead, we have sliders like those in the previous DIY projects. Running along the bottom are eleven patch points. These let you patch the effects in and out of your modular independently. And there are also some handy Active buttons to turn each effect on or off.
It comes with a lovely pink box and USB power, but it can also be dropped straight into your rack. It’s then set up for anything from Eurorack to mic and guitar levels. I like how versatile that makes it. You can still have it on your desktop, but now you have the option of squeezing its 42 HP wide form into your modular system.
As with the other kits, the DIY aspect is really no more than assembly. There’s no soldering involved, just screw together a couple of boards and connect everything together.
Being reissued as a semi-modular DIY kit has had the effect of cutting the price in half, which is quite remarkable. It’s now €200 ex VAT plus shipping. Dreadbox says it’s only making 500, so don’t think about it too long.
The vibe and styling of Hypnosis are fabulous, and opening up to a more modular approach is a superb idea. Getting a real spring reverb into your Eurorack can be a bit of a challenge in terms of space, so building out a larger unit with other effects is a brilliant way of doing it. I almost bought one of the originals but I didn’t want something cluttering up my desk. So this time I’m looking forward to trying it out in my rack.