by Robin Vincent | Approximate reading time: 2 Minutes
Dreadbox Dysphonia

Dreadbox Dysphonia  ·  Source: Dreadbox

Dreadbox Dysphonia

Dreadbox Dysphonia  ·  Source: Dreadbox

Dreadbox Dysphonia

Dreadbox Dysphonia  ·  Source: Dreadbox

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Fancy a full voice modular desktop or Eurorack synthesizer that comes in a kit for inexperienced builders? Check out the Dreadbox Dysphonia for some heavenly DIY patching.

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Dysphonia

Like a bolt out of the blue Dysphonia just arrived on the Dreadbox website ready for building, patching and basking in the potential of a full synthesizer voice. It consists of 13 individual sections that offer a fully modular patching experience in a compact and affordable form.

The single analogue oscillator comes with 4 waveforms that you can patch independently through the 3 VCAs and 3 channel mixer before being blitzed through the 24dB 4-pole lowpass filter and 12dB 2-pole multimode filter. The low pass filter can also self-oscillate for some additional tones. Alongside the analogue LFO and Envelope there’s a digital modulator with 4 different modes offering LFO, Envelope, Random and CC control. This brings us to the MIDI input with accompanying MIDI-to-CV module. At the end of the chain is a natty Hybrid Echo module as found on the Erebus.

Dreadbox Dysphonia

Dreadbox Dysphonia

Dysphonia can run as a desktop synth powered by USB or plugged into a Eurorack system with the USB to Eurorack power adapter.

It’s a brilliant little synthesizer that’s on the large side for Eurorack but compact for a desktop. The form factor versatility is really great as is the MIDI and CV functionality. It’s difficult to know how easy it is to build but I can see that the PCBs already have the SMT components on board so it’s likely to be mostly to do with the front panel hardware.

Dreadbox Dysphonia

Dreadbox Dysphonia

Dysphonia is on an “early bird” special for €185 ex VAT for the next couple of days after which it will be €220 ex VAT. In either case, it’s a good price for such a well-featured and good looking little synth that could be a great entry into Eurorack, modular and DIY synth building.

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3 responses to “Dysphonia: Heavenly DIY full-voice synthesizer from Dreadbox”

  1. Marco Heger says:

    Why should I build my own synthesizer for a price were I could get a full warrenty covered already built up device from e. g. Behringer that works for me, and after a funny unboxing ceremony I can Start with music production…..Just right out of the box! There is no advantage for me. If it would be cheaper or better, I could say ok, I waste my little sparetime for soldering….? No no nö not for me. This is no good idea, no good offer for me!

    • and for me it is the exact opposite ^^
      I love tinkering and building stuff my self hence this is perfect for me as it is (I already checked the manual) really easy soldering and beginner friendly written.
      I was actually planning on starting my modular journey with the pico system III but this kit is half the price, I have the enjoyment of building it like a LEGO kit and it is the same form factor (hence less functions but MIDI2CV converter etc)

  2. blah says:

    If that was my first or second synth I would jump on this. Desktop USB eurorack?!!! Hell yeah I love that format, we need more of this.

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