Legendary synthesizer + legendary sequencer = Medusa
In a cryptic Instagram post, Dreadbox revealed a potentially awesome new collaboration between themselves and Polyend, known for their sequencers, the result being Medusa!
Greek synthesizer company Dreadbox has a long history creating weird and wonderful analog synths, both all-in-one and modular systems. They are arguably one of the first to start this new trend of small-format, semi-modular synthesizers.
Polyend, who are known for their collaborations with prolific artists such as Daedelus and Aphex Twin, created the Seq – a MASSIVE 32 x 8 step sequencer.
The Seq is incredibly intuitive, offering most of the MIDI and sequencing features you would need from a DAW. Alongside a synthesizer or two, the Polyend Seq negates the need for a computer – making it the perfect live performance companion.
The two companies have not revealed much about the functionality of their new product, Medusa, leaving much to the imagination – but judging by each of their histories it’s safe to say we are probably looking at a semi-modular synth with super intuitive step-sequencing capabilities.
“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts”
Both companies are known for bringing worlds together, Polyend introduced the “Poly” which offered a host of new ways to connect to modular synthesizers, while Dreadbox have always maintained a cross-platform approach to their designs.
It looks like the Medusa takes a page out of that book, the raw sonic power of analog alongside the intuitive control of digital.
So far this is what we do know about the Medusa – it’s based around three oscillators, one of which with “advanced” waveforms. We know it will feature a 64 x 7 step sequencer, allowing for modulation and velocity changes, and even an arpeggiator!
For those that know Polyend products, elegance is an understatement, while Dreadbox synths tend to have a sort-of “chaotic” aesthetic, so it’s interesting to see the two visually opposed companies work so well together. From the pictures which were posted, I think it’s safe to say Polyend did most of the design work here.
Medusa is set to drop in May 2018.
Until then check out Dreadbox’s Instagram here.