Dreadbox NYX Analog Desktop Synthesizer Review

The latest episode of Sonic State‘s Sonic Lab takes a look at the Dreadbox NYX, a paraphonic analog synthesizer that offers 15 modular patch points.

The NYX, from Greek manufacturer Dreadbox, is named after ancient Greek goddess of the night.

Host Nick Batt says that, while he thinks it’s a little expensive, it’s a synth ‘you can ‘easily fall in love with’. 


  • Analog Paraphonic Synthesizer
  • Unique Reverb Effect by Crazy Tube Circuits
  • 2 x VCO with separate glide controls
  • Dual State Variable 24 or 12dB / oct Filter
  • Triangle wave LFO
  • Triple Unique Envelope Generator (can be used as an LFO)
  • Unique Routing control (allows open architecture)
  • 15 patches for an astonishing Modular experience:
    CV Outputs: VCO2 direct wave out with attenuation control,
    Envelope 1 , Envelope 2 (with attenuation), Modulation Wheel, Gate, Midi to CV
    CV Inputs: Osc1 Frequency, Osc2 Frequency, VCF Cut off (for both filters),VCF Cut off (post for the 2nd filter), VCO1 PW, Gate, CV, VCA

Pricing and Availability

The Dreadbox NYX is available now for 639 €.

8 thoughts on “Dreadbox NYX Analog Desktop Synthesizer Review

  1. Proud owner the Nyx…
    and Erebus…
    and Hades.

    Dreadbox for the win! So glad I sold my Korg MS-20 Mini to get it. Haven’t regretted it for a single moment.

    1. Are you wanting more knobs/dollar or what?

      I’m amazed at how much people will spend on gear that’s pretty much garbage because it’s cheap and how much they complain about gear that they think is expensive.

      Where are the people making great music with garbage gear? It’s possible, but most serious musicians value their time and would rather get on with it using a great instrument than try to workaround the limitations of a cheap piece of gear.

    2. I think it is a very great value from a modular company. Of course, a incomparable synth, like the Korg Minilogue is maybe a more very great value for the money. With a lots of knobs and possibilities, but a total different company. It is just what you are looking for.
      I am not agreeing that you can make better music with more expensive gear. Look to those kids who are making great music only with a laptop. And that is the beauty of making music. All the possibilities are there. Creativity is the final step.

  2. I’ve been into trying out the 0-Coast, the Moog Mother 32, the Pittsburg SV-1 and the Dreadbox NYX, just to enable myself to choose from any of these within the budget of only one. Behold I ended up with the Dreadbox NYX. Why, because for me it is the simplest to fiddle with yet having the most room for making music. You know, the forest of patches and knobs isn’t necessarily a better environment for the soul to feel the breeze.

  3. Been into MM32, SV1, 0Coast and NYX. Went for the NYX, why, because that’s the only synth I do not need a user manual to explain me how to use it. The routing and filter mods are simply genial. The NYX can sound Moogy, Pittsburghy, Coasty, and of course Bladerunner and the bread and butter trance leads. Try that with a MM32, SV1, 0Coast, haha!

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