Dreadbox Polyend Medusa Hybrid Synthesizer

Succumb to the mesmerizing power of The Grid! Dreadbox's Polyend Medusa merges digital and analog, with responsive control and sequencing via a 64-pad grid.
The Medusa hybrid synthesizer is a fruit of the collaboration between Dreadbox and Polyend companies. It has emerged from both teams' unusual approach to integrating analog and digital domains into a totally new quality.

A Smooth Sequence on the Medusa Synthesizer:

The innovative way of connecting a classic synthesis character with the digital versatility and unique musical controller brings out the best of these two worlds. Seems like a simple addition, but this fusion brings something that has never been available before.


- The grid. Completely expressive, Adequately configurable:
- 64 fully responsive and customizable, three-dimension expressive pads.
- The Grid is storing 256 independent sequences and voice presets.
- Choose any modulation parameter per pad for X and Y pressure axis.
- Three sequencing modes: step, live and incremental.
- Both a musical controller and sequencer fixed in one powerful Grid.
- Sequence notes, parameter locks or even entire synth voice presets per step.
- Advanced voice and sequence randomizer onboard.
- All necessary Grid information is given on a crispy OLED display.
- Customisable user menus.

- Analog & Digital:
- Three synchronizable analog oscillators with the choice of four classic wave types for each of - them.
- 64 fully responsive and customizable, three-dimension expressive pads.
- One 24dB classic Dreadbox analog filter with three different types (2pole LP, 4pole LP, HP).
- FM frequency read more modulation separately for oscillators and filter.
- Noise generator with colour shaping.Three wavetable digital oscillators.
- Three different play modes: monophonic, paraphonic x3, paraphonic x6.
- Audio input lets you use the power of Medusa with external audio sources.
- Second OLED screen to display all necessary synthesis data.

- Independence Times Ten:
- Five independent and adjustable low-frequency oscillators with an extensive pool of parameters to control.
- Five independent, adjustable and loopable DADSR envelopes with a wide list of parameters to assign.
- Mixer for all seven paths of independent analog, digital and noise voices.
- Separate volume control for headphone and main audio outputs. Implemented MIDI protocol with bi-directional USB and DIN input, output and through.

- The Build:
- All that analog and digital functionality connected in one clearly marked layout sealed in a sturdy tabletop aluminum chassis.
- Handily placed aluminum covered knobs, informative LED buttons for the comfort of use. The Grid pads made of specially designed silicone, so their immaculately matched density and firmness are providing an instant and precise response.
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- Size: 49 x 20.5 x 5 cm
- Weight: 2.3 kg
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Black Edition
Shipping Weight: 7.75 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 28 x 10 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): PLY-MED-LE
(1 ratings)
Submitted March 13, 2020 by Alex Torok in Wheeling, WV
"Incredible instrument! Firmware updates have resolved early issues!"
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This is one of those quality pieces of gear that brings unique tools to the table, but was initially docked points by reviewers due to software issues(lack of note tie, MIDI spec, etc.) which were present in early firmware releases. It’s unfortunate, but this happens a LOT in the hardware arena. If you were about to base your purchase decision on those early reviews, do yourself the favor of gathering the details of this piece in its *current form* - you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Dreadbox/Polyend are not of the, “love ‘em and leave ‘em” mentality.
Musical Background:
Synth & electronic music production enthusiast for 20+ years.
Musical Style:
Chillwave, chiptune, ambient focus.
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