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Dreadbox Abyss 4-Voice Polyphonic Synthesizer

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    Launched at the NAMM Show 2017, the new Abyss synthesizer from Dreadbox builds upon the company’s already well established Erebus and Hades and more recent NYX mini synthesizers. Handmade at the Dreadbox Factory in Athens, Greece. The Dreadbox range of synthesizers complement each other in a way that provides different unique design and routing operations across the range whilst underpinning that extremely recognizable Dreadbox character. This character can be summarised by the names associated with the synthesizers. An aptly named reference to Greek mythology from the Greek based Company.

    Designer and Dreadbox founder, Yannis Diakoumakos has built upon this design concept to now offer the Abyss 4-Voice Polyphonic Synthesizer.

    4 global modes are available that each utilize the 4 available analogue voices built around the same oscillators used across the Dreadbox range. The 4 global play modes include Multi for 1 voice per midi channel, Unison, all voices together. Polyphonic for playing multiple notes together and lastly chord mode where a root key will play a chord of the 4 voices with a selectable rotary switch to select the root key.

    The 4 voices are made up of 1 Oscillator and 1 Sub Oscillator per voice with a clever rotary knob that allows the user to sweep between waveforms allowing hybrid waveforms to be generated including a white noise generator. The VCO section also offers detuning and vibrato modulation and there is a polyphonic glide slider to allow smooth envelope transitions between notes. There is also a modulator available on the VCO with independent rate and depth controls.

    The Voltage Controlled Filter is based upon the highly respected Dreadbox Murmux Synthesiser offering a 24 dB/Oct – 4 pole resonating low pass filter. The filter also comes with a digital ADSR envelope generator to further shape the sound of the filter. The Abyss also features a dedicated Voltage Controlled Amplifier with digital ADSR envelope generator allowing very percussive snappy sounds through to long evolving soundscapes and includes and OTA drive circuit knob for saturating the VCA.

    Things start getting very interesting with the Abyss once you start incorporating the 3 built in effects stages. There are 2 independent LFO’s that can be assigned to any of the time-based effects with independent rate and 4 x LFO waveforms to choose from. The Abyss offers a 1024 BBD reflector effect for chorus/phaser and static flanger effects. Also included is the awesome lo-fi delay effect found in the Erebus synthesizer and lastly a 4-stage analogue phase shifter. Effects are controllable via CV

    The Dreadbox Abyss comes in a dedicated aluminium flight case and will be shipping in April priced at £999 including VAT
    Type: Analog
    Synthesis: Subtractive
    Oscillators: 3
    Waveforms: Pulse, Saw Down, Square, Sub Oscillator, White Noise
    Osc Modulation: Glide / Portamento, Knob, LFO
    Oscillator Notes:
    + Wave shaping Modulator
    + VCO autotune function
    Envelopes: 2
    Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
    Filters: 1
    Types: 24dB Slope (4-pole), Low Pass, Resonance
    Filter Modulation: Envelope, Knob
    LFO: 4
    LFO Parameters: Saw Up, Saw Down, Square, Triangle
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 4
    Timbrality: 4
    Tuning: Standard
    Modes: Mono, Polyphonic, Unison
    + OTA Drive circuit
    + Reflector: 1024 BBD Delay
    + Chorus/Flanger or Static Flangers
    + Hybrid Delay Circuit as found on the Erebus
    + 4-stage Analog Phase Shifter
    Case: Desktop
    Controls: Buttons, Knobs, Sliders
    Display Type: LED
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main
    CV Ports: CV IN
    Year Released: 2017
    Manuals & Documents

    Product Links
    Company Product Sites:
    [+] www.dreadbox-fx.com
    MSRP List Price: 1099 Euros - convert
    Retail Street Price: 999 Euros - convert
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