Dreadbox Erebus V3

Analogue Desktop Synthesizer

  • Fully analogue, two-part paraphone synth
  • 3 Oscillators
  • 2 Oscillators with individual glide
  • 12 dB Resonance multimode filter (LP and HP), 2 envelopes (1xADSR and 1xADSR for AMP)
  • Lo-Fi echo
  • White noise noise generator
  • LFO
  • Clock generator
  • Patchable Sample & Hold
  • 35 Patch points
  • Dimensions: 350 x 195 x 170 mm
  • Weight: 2380 g
  • Incl. 15 volt power supply

Further Information

Design Desktop
Polyphony 2
Sound Generation Analogue
MIDI interface 1x In
Storage Medium None
USB-port No
Effects Yes
Arpeggiator No
Number of Analog Outputs 1
Digital Output No
Display No
6 Customer Ratings:
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5 / 5.0
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A unique, characterful synth that truly manages to stand out
LouisC, 06.05.2019
The Erebus is my first analogue semi-modular synth, which, after weeks of research, came out on top as being simultaneously feature-rich and individual in its approach.
The latter element was probably most important to me as I'm not necessarily interested in recreating a preexisting "classic" sound, which you would find as default on some other brands' synths.

Handling:
The layout of the synth is very user friendly (and attractive), and despite being a newcomer to modular synthesis, use of the patchbay became quite instinctive to me after only a couple of hours. Obviously, I'm still no expert, but I feel I can navigate it and do what (I think) I want fairly quickly.

Features:
Everything you'd expect from a triple oscillator analogue (duophonic or monophonic) synth, with some extra bells and whistles.
The Triple Ring feature is essentially a very musical application of ring modulation, with both settings available to use as individual sound sources (with all other oscillators turned off -- and it sounds marvellous). There is a huge range of sounds available buried within the intricacies of the Triple Mod, and it really invites experimentation.

The analogue delay is really quite good, no where near as "noisy" or "crunchy" as I'd been led to believe, it has a truly lovely analogue character, with some really nice harmonics that come through under certain circumstances.
The delay time can also be modulated using the patchbay... wink wink.

The only reason for the mark down here is that I do think individual oscillator levels for Osc 1 and 2 would have been a welcome touch. This tiny nitpick only really applies when using Osc 1 or 2 alone with Osc 3. In this context, Osc 1 (or 2) is at full volume, with no possibility to have Osc 3's volume higher than the ceiling set by Osc 1 (or 2).

I also know that some people would rather have simultaneous HP and LP filtering available to them, as opposed to the blended multimode filter, however, it is design choices like this that give the Erebus an individual character, and I fully embrace that.

Sound:
Not much to say here. It sounds fantastic. Capable of fat bass, screechy leads, pseudo woodwind, silly rainstorm sound effects... you name it. The filter is wonderful.

Quality:
It's a beautifully, and obviously lovingly, designed and constructed piece of equipment. It truly feels like it's come from a group of passionate human beings.

Conclusion:
Dreadbox obviously set out to deliver their own take on an instrument of this format, and whatever limitations there may (or may not) be, feel like conscious, well-informed, thought out decisions, which at the end of the day make for a more unique and enjoyable product.
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