Dreadbox Erebus V3

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An incredibly thoughtful instrument.
Aaron Z, 24.05.2019
I've been pushing into Eurorack lately and I wanted a semi-modular to take up some of the pre-patched monosynth duties while still being able to interface with my other gear. Boy, has the Erebus delivered. Some synths I've had felt utilitarian or like the main focus was to add more features, but this one really feels like a cohesive instrument. It sounds absolutely massive when you need it, but it can dial back to make some of the sweetest and most beautiful sounds I've heard from a synth. The unique triple ring effect sounds incredibly thick and I love it. The echo sounds lovely and is fun to modulate.

The build and design of this synth are incredibly inviting and intuitive. It would be nice if the hardware was panel-mounted for that extra piece of mind, but this thing still feels completely solid. The ranges of each knob feel expertly calibrated and easy to use musically unlike some cheaper synths I've used. The layout makes it incredibly easy to find different sounds and know what you're going to get, and this applies to the patchbay as well. Having the extra goodies like sample and hold or a clock generator is very appreciated. I do wish there were individual outs for osc 1+2, but as we have 3, it isn't a big deal by any means. Additionally, I think the waveform select switch on osc 3 is a bit close to the coarse tune knob, making it easy to bump the tuning. But that's it. Those are the only problems I have.

Ultimately, I love the Erebus v3 and I think anybody considering it should give it a shot. It's an amazing instrument to have in your arsenal. It sounds gorgeous and its minor limitations feel like artistic choices to reel you in to where it sounds its best.
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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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