Superbooth 2021: Dreadbox’s Nymphes analogue polysynth is “dedicated to all abused and oppressed women”

Superbooth 2021: As promised, Dreadbox has unveiled the Nymphes, a six-voice analogue polysynth with a digital reverb.

Each voice comprises a VCO with wave forming, a sub-oscillator and a noise generator. There’s also an LFO, two envelope generators, a 24dB/octave low-pass resonant filter and a 6dB/octave high-pass non-resonant filter.

On a global level you’ll find one common LFO and seven active chords that you can edit, modulate and store with each preset (there’s space for 96 of these - 49 factory and 49 user). The metal enclosure and simple layout give Nymphes a pleasingly retro look, with a shift button enabling dual functionality from each control.

Dreadbox Nymphes

(Image credit: Dreadbox)

Nymphes can be powered over USB or run for up to 50 hours using a 20,000mA portable power bank. Connectivity includes MIDI In via DIN and USB, a 1/4-inch mono TS jack out, and an 1/8-inch headphone out.

Dreadbox is also making a statement with the release of this synth, saying that it’s “dedicated to all abused and oppressed women.” It goes on to say: “May our voices unite and bring light, joy and happiness to this world of injustice and inequality.”

The company also says: “Each time you play a note on this synthesizer, imaging that you soothe their pain away and you will become a better human being and synth player.

“Smash the patriarchy.”

Nymphes will be available in November 2021 priced at €499. Find out more on the Dreadbox website.

Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

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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