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Dreadbox Dysmetria – DIY Build

Dreadbox Dysmetria - DIY Build

Known for their unique and limited edition synths, Dreadbox has done it again with their latest synth, the Dysmetria. A two part analog groove synthesizer, the Dysmetria has a lot going on in a small 42hp footprint. Since we just completed the Dreadbox Dysphonia, it only seemed natural to take the Dysmetria on right after for our second build of the fall season. 

As described by Dreadbox, “Dysmetria uses a subtractive synthesis mode, where 2 VCO’s and a White Noise Generator are summed up into a 2-pole Filter (Low Pass or Band Pass). Then a simple VCA follows. Only 2 Decay envelopes are available, one for the Amp and one for the Filter or the VCOs. Also the powerful FM circuit, helps a lot with its percussive sound”. 

Let’s get on with the build….

Dreadbox Dysmetria - Completed Front

The Dysmetria kit is rather extensive and consists of a lot of components. You will want to utilize several tools for the build itself. Make sure you have a good iron and plenty of solder. A multimeter to help measure values will also come in very handy.

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Dreadbox Dysphonia – DIY Build

Dreadbox Dysphonia - DIY Build

As the summer months begin to subside and the fall weather moves in, we found ourselves going through our extensive list of kits to finally run across a kit we totally forgot about. Made by Dreadbox, the Dysphonia was billed as a single run, limited edition Full Voice Synthesizer
with Open Architecture. 

Being that we have a soft spot for Dreadbox’s limited edition synths, we decided to take this build on as our first build of the fall. At 42hp, the Dreadbox Dysphonia is a little beast with patching in mind. We pulled the kit down from the shelf and jumped right in. 

Dreadbox Dysphonia - Kit

The kit (currently sold out) consists of a lot of jacks (x46), some slide pots (x8), regular pots (x13) and a few other odds and ends. It is a quick and easy build but it requires some patience when working with the jacks. As tedious as it is to place and solder these, it is apart of the process.

Thankfully, Dreadbox supplied the builder with this complete assembly guide to help you through the process. 


Neutral Labs Scrat – DIY Build

Neutral Labs Scrat - DIY Build

Hot off the release of the MEG module, Neutral Labs is at it again with their new Scrat module. The Scrat is an aggressive sounding multimode Steiner-Parker filter with a twist: You can change the resonance flavor by plugging in components like diodes, capacitors or resistors (even LEDs and/or light-dependent resistors) directly to the front panel.

When we heard that there was a new module released, we couldn’t wait to get it on our build table. Upon its arrival, we fired up the trusty iron and got to building the new Neutral Labs Scrat!

  • Note: Do not open all of the component bags right away. They are grouped in bags to help identify parts and keep the build organized. (A big thanks goes to Neutral Labs for taking the time to do this for DIYers).
Completed SCRAT

Audio Parasites Pac Man Light Up Blank – DIY Build

Audio Parasites Pac Man Blank Light Module - DIY Build

Everyone loves to customize their modular system and as time passes there are more and more options available to do so. We were scouring our favorite synth Facebook pages to find a really retro and badass module. Audio Parasites is known for their unique panels and their fresh looking take on eurorack. 

At one point, they had posted a LED light up module that had Pac Man and 3 Ghosts on it. This was just something we had to get our hands on!

Bagged up kit
A tiny little bag for a cool module