Up close with Danny Carey’s new Toolbox: synth designer Peter Grenader shows you how the Tool’s drummer’s revised modular system was born

When Tool drummer Danny Carey asked synth designer Peter Grenader to put together a modular synth for him almost 10 years ago, he was happy to oblige, and the so-called ‘Toolbox’ was born.

Last year, Carey added another modular system to his live rig - the Fenix 4 - which came in a road case. His techs discovered how much easier it was to transport than the Toolbox, which was still housed in its original, heavy aluminium case.

So, Grenader was commissioned to create a new version of the Toolbox in a road case, and he’s shared the journey of its creation in the video above. 

A full list of the modules used is included in the video description.

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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