We saw the Analogue Solutions Treadstone desktop synth at the end of last year. It’s the first synth in their SynthBlock range following on from Mr Hyde and Dr Strangelove effects boxes. They’ve now made it available in the Eurorack format which makes you wonder if Hyde and Strangelove might follow.
Treadstone Eurorack Module
It’s the same beast but without the wooden cheeks and paint job. The Eurorack version is lacking a bit of colour, which is a shame, but you could always set to it with some felt tips. Otherwise, it’s the same cool little semi-modular monosynth.
It has a discrete analogue VCO and 24dB filter. There’s an LFO, noise, Sub oscillator, envelope and pulse width modulation. You’ll also find some echo effects. It’s good to see the MIDI input retained by the Eurorack module. This is what drives the loop sequencer.
It has a ton of knobs on board, most of which are a little small and annoying but it’s definitely designed to be fiddled with. I’ve yet to see any reviews of the original Treadstone or any clear explanation of what’s going on but what I have heard sounds pretty awesome. Analogue Solutions are known for their retro, vintage sounding boxes and this looks like a cheaper way to get some of that in your rack.
Of course, it will play nice with other modules, with CV control over the oscillator, filter and envelope and at £359 you get a lot in one module. It’s available now.
The video shows the desktop version but they have the same internals.