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With the grid.
Off the grid.

Polyend Dreadbox Medusa

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

The Medusa Hybrid Synthesizer is a fruit of a 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. 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.

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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.
Adequatly configurable.

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64 fully responsive and customizable, three-dimension expressive pads with assignable musical scales and different layouts. The Grid is storing 128 presets of voices, chords memory, sequences and more than one hundred modulators per step. Choose any modulation parameter per preset for X, Y and Z pressure axis. Three sequencing modes: step, live and incremental. Unique musical controller, sequencer and powerful modulation source fixed in one powerful Grid. Sequence notes, modulation parameter locks or even entire synth voice presets per step. Separate voice, notes sequence and modulation randomizer onboard. All the necessary Grid information is given on a crispy OLED display. Customizable user menus.
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.

You like it digital
or prefer analog?
Medusa has it all.

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Three synchronizable analog oscillators with the choice of four classic wave types for each of them. One 24dB classic Dreadbox analog filter with three different types (2pole LP, 4pole LP, HP). Frequency modulation separately for analog oscillators and filter. Analog noise generator with colour shaping. Three digital wavetable oscillators with a choice of 20 morphable wavetables. Three different play modes: monophonic, semi polyphonic x3, semi polyphonic x6. Audio input lets you use the power of Medusa sound engine 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 headphones and master audio outputs. Implemented MIDI protocol with bi-directional USB and DIN input, output and through.

The bulid.

All that analog and digital functionality merged in a one clearly marked layout sealed in a sturdy tabletop aluminium chassis. Handily placed aluminium 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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Once you start, you can’t stop.

It’s all about innovation, revealing new quality and ideas in music. Medusa Hybrid Synthesizer materialized from the genuine passion and a firm relationship between Dreadbox and Polyend synthesized in the proper way. At first, there was a desire to add a simple sequencer and preset functionality to the famous Dreadbox analog synthesizer. But as the more you have, the more you want, this liaison grew up to something utterly unique and totally different than initially planned. We literally had to limit ourselves from tucking more and more new ideas for Medusa functionality, just like you’re going to have to withhold yourself from tweaking it all the time. Careful, Medusa might be dangerously absorbing and can drag you in for a long time.
Endorsements Reviews
"What it accomplishes for me is an instant inspiration to make unique melodies and sounds, and it serves as a much-needed vacation from DAWs and step-sequencers."
Benn Jordan (The Flashblub)
"I was surprised about the fun workflow of the Medusa. It sounds great but it is the unique design that really excites me. Being able to quickly set up different modulations and having great visual feedback of what is going. This is stuff that really sets this synth apart."
Bo Nurmi (Bo Beats)
"It’s really easy to shape the sounds that come to my mind with the Medusa. Yet, the best part of it is experimenting with its Grid mode, the outcome can be surprisingly unpredictable."
Umba
"Many totally unique sounds can be wrought out of its myriad modulation routings. It’s unconventional approach certainly leads you to unconventional places!"
Gaz Williams (Sonicstate)
"On top of being an extremely powerful synthesizer and composition tool, the Medusa is just plain fun."
Cory Sterling (Redstripedown)
"What a crazy design, a polyphonic mode where it cycles thru all the oscillators, lots of variation while pressing just one key, my kind of situation, really funky."

Jamie Lidell
"We especially like smooth sounding wavetable of synth and FM knob which makes it a hell of fun! Medusa's Grid is a perfect tool to trigger not only internal synth. Its unique sequencer can be considered for a live performance DAWless setup."
Marcin Cichy (Skalpel, Universal Exports, Meeting by Chance)
"Kurwa, zajebiste to jest!" (eng.) "It's fucking awesome!"
Mikołaj Stroiński (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt music composer)
"The Medusa is like a futuristic marriage between the best features of a Tenori-On and DSI Evolver, two pieces of gear made iconic by their originality and innovative interfaces. What it accomplishes for me is an instant inspiration to make unique melodies and sounds, and it serves as a much-needed vacation from DAWs and step-sequencers. I'm honestly amazed by how simply enjoyable and addictive this thing is to play with."
Benn Jordan (The Flashbulb)
"The Medusa is a genuinely new prospect within the music technology sphere. There are plenty of new ideas here that stretch the boundaries expected of a hardware synth. Many totally unique sounds can be wrought out of its myriad modulation routings. It’s unconventional approach certainly leads you to unconventional places!"
Gaz Williams (Sonicstate)
"The Medusa has changed the way I program and perform music. The culmination of a massive synthesizer engine paired with a powerful and flexible sequencer make the Medusa my new go-to. On top of being an extremely powerful synthesizer and composition tool, the Medusa is just plain fun. This is an instrument that begs to be played and is nearly impossible to put down."
Cory Sterling (Redstripedown)
"I've just recently acquired Medusa - the collab between Polyend and Dreadbox. In terms of functionality, I could put it somewhere between the Pro2 and Analog Four - All of those have pretty well built and intuitive sequencers. However - with 12 synths in my studio, I've noticed one thing. The more convoluted and digital the interface is (in other words- the more control you got) - the more the lovely analogue sound is compromised. NOT SO WITH MEDUSA!- you can do a lot of stuff and assign different snapshots to each step of the sequencer - yet it still maintains a very, very, very awesome analogue sound. Rough and growly. My 2c. Cheers to you all!"
Mikołaj Stroiński (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt music composer)

Medusa hybrid synthesizer

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