Dreadbox Intros Hades Bass Synthesizer


Dreadbox has introduced Hades – a new analog bass synthesizer module. 

  • Full Analog Circuit only with Through Hole Components
  • 1x VCO with 2 suboctaves (3 voices in total)
  • Pulse width and Glide controls
  • 3-pole 18dB/oct Resonating Low Pass Filter
  • OTA Distortion Circuit for extreme sounds
  • OTA based VCA
  • 2 envelope Generators
    – Attack, Decay/Release, Sustain (extra snappy and patchable)
    – Attack, Release (VCA hardwired)
  • Triangle Wave LFO
  • 8 point patch matrix eurorack compatible
  • 5 MIDI Octaves from C0 up to C5 or unlimited via CV/Gate


  • Works only with 12V AC 500mA power supply 2,5mm center pin
  • MIDI interface: Midi in DIN socket, Pitch note/gate on-off, retrigger function, Mod wheel (hardwired on VCF), Pitch wheel, MIDI Channel select 1-7 or Omni (DIP switch)
  • MONO AUDIO OUT (1/4″ TS-Unbalanced), sends up to 10Vpp o
  • Patches: 3.5mm mono
  • Gate in: activation at 0.9V in a low gain up to 5V for max gain
  • Gate out: 0-5V
  • 1V/oct : sends the MIDI to CV out (not the Gate)
  • CV IN: works at 1V/oct and can accept from +/-12V
  • OSC OUT: sends 10Vpp Sawtooth or Pulse Wave
  • Envelope out: 0-6.6V depending on the depth setting
  • LFO out: +/-5V
  • Weight: 0,9 kgr
  • 209 x 160 x 40 mm

The Dreadbox Hades is priced at US $299. Details on availability and audio demos are to come. Dreadbox only notes that the Hades is ‘coming soon’.

19 thoughts on “Dreadbox Intros Hades Bass Synthesizer

  1. But can the osc phase reset with each note on??? –
    Dudes get that shit on your bass synths!!! (Please)
    & 1 VCO seems like a weird choice,,

    1. Yeah, who ever heard of a bass synth with one vco.
      I mean, besides some of the most coveted bass synths ever made
      it’s rarely ever seen. Also, you’d think the guys that were making
      this synth had some sort of budget to keep in mind.

      1. I don’t believe this is a 303 clone, nowhere does it say it’s a 303 clone, doesn’t look like a 303, doesn’t even have a sequencer, it’s just a bass synth. is the minitaur a 303 clone? no. is the volca bass a 303 clone? no.

  2. I wanted to know whether this has accent control like the 303.
    If it doesn’t it really misses a trick. Accent at high key range is almost invisible. With bass notes its gorgeous.
    It is interesting that pretty much all synth makers miss it (apart from eowave and 303 clones and maybe future retros semi modular)
    So does it have accent?

    1. Yes it can “do” accent. No it does not have an accent button on board. It’s something you’d have to create with a controller/sequencer. Accent is simply an automatic setting that will tweak the filter, amplitude and envelope settings to make the sound more punchy and bright. You can do this without an accent setting proper.

          1. What?

            Why does it follow that it does not have an internal sequencer, thus it can’t be sequenced? It has MIDI inputs, CV inputs, etc.

            This synth module is a synth module. It has no sequencer. It has no keyboard. It has no way to generate a note without an input. Plug something into it. Like a beat step sequencer.

            It has CV inputs controlling cutoff and VCA. When those levels are periodically bumped up for certain notes, that’s called an accent. That’s a sequencer function. Or a velocity-to-cutoff/amp CV keyboard function.

            Repeat: Accents are periodic bumps in volume and cutoff control during a sequence. A sequencer generates accent.

  3. Normally, someone would say: just another boring Bass Synth. But this company made the Erebus, which is a beast including a cool delay (which can be controlled via LFO through Patch Bay). A greek company releasing a synth named “Hades” with 2 Subs and a heavy distortion … could be a Bass Synth out of the hell 🙂 It would be nice with a more advanced Patch Bay. Routing LFO to PWM for example.

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