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Dreadbox Lil Erebus – DIY Build

Dreadbox Lil Erebus - DIY Build

Rewind 4 years to Superbooth 2018 as the production of the Dreadbox Erebus analog synth ended and the world was eager for its replacement. Superbooth was the perfect time for Dreadbox to introduce their latest DIY module the Lil Erebus. Being that this was a replacement for the beloved Erebus, these kits went fast and instantly became hard to find. 

We scoured the internet for months trying to locate a kit in the summer of 2020 and they were so few and far between. Luckily, we clicked on the right link one day and found one of the kits at Robotspeak in San Francisco, CA. After a few quick clicks to pay for the module, we were excited to get our hands on it about a week later. 

Dreadbox Lil Erebus - Completed Front

What is the Lil Erebus?

The Lil Erebus consists of two oscillators, a 2-pole low-pass filter, an envelope generator (ADS), an LFO and the excellent voltage controlled echo effect. It also features 16 patch points that allows you to use it with your modular gear.

At 42 hp, this paraphonic synthesizer was quick to become a heavy hitter in our rack due to its unique capabilities and heavy oscillators.


Erica Synths Polivoks VCO – DIY Build

Erica Synths Polivoks VCO - DIY Build

ES VCO - Boards 1

Erica Synths have been around for awhile and while most of their previous offerings in the modular world were fully built modules, they do have some DIY kits. The Erica Synths Polivoks VCO or Voltage Controlled Oscillator is one of those modules. 

The core of this VCO is borrowed from the famous Russian synth Polivoks VCO, and original matched transistor IC is the same of that was used in Polivoks. These two things give this VCO a very well rounded and beefy sound. (We liked it so much we have 2 of these). 

The gang over at Synthrotek have made these kits available in all their entirety. They have several options available to purchase (links below), including a fully assembled module if you do not feel like building anything. We opted for the full DIY Kit as usual and began warming up or irons!


Neutral Labs MEG – DIY Build

Neutral Labs MEG - DIY Build

As many of  you know, we have a thing for unusual musical equipment or modular gear. There are a few manufacturers out there that really turn our heads and open our wallets. It easily goes without a doubt that Neutral Labs is one of these manufacturers. As you may recall, Neutral Labs created the Elmyra, a small desktop synth inspired by the Lyra-8. They also created the NERMAL eurorack module which quite literally mangled anything we threw at it.

Their latest module, the MEG is a waveshaper like no other that we have in our racks. It was a definite must have kit to get as soon as it was announced. 

What is the MEG?

The MEG is a waveshaper plain and simple, but it is very unique. Unlike normal waveshapers, that fold the wave back in on itself, the MEG shifts parts of the wave up or down. This shift is also adjustable and pulse-width modulation (and more) is also inherently added. Now, this sounds really confusing and trust us… it was when we heard it too. Thankfully Neutral Labs sent over this diagram to show how this folding occurs. (see below). 


Synthrotek Crossfader (CF) and 2hp Buff Mult – DIY Builds

Synthrotek Crossfader (CF) and 2hp Buff Mult - DIY Builds

In December 2021, we highlighted a few smaller modules produced by Synthrotek. These modules included the Power Pak, Adapt 1/4 and a Stereo Buffered Mult. The new Crossfader Module (CF) and the new Buffered Mult from Synthrotek are two new modules that join their line of utility modules and we had the opportunity to put them on the build table. 

Just like the previous utility modules, the Crossfader module is a quick and easy build. There are very few hole-through components to complete the module. The Buffered Mult on the other hand, has SMD components and requires finesse when assembling. A novice builder would want to steer away from the SMD soldering until they have had some practice. 

One thing remains true about both of these modules though. Being that both of these modules have a very small footprint in your rack, it is a no-brainer on why they both are“must haves”. Let’s get on with the builds. 

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