Stylophone Gen R-8 A Touch Synthesizer With Modular Connectivity

Ahead of the 2019 NAMM Show, Dubreq has announced launch the Stylophone Gen R-8, a touch-controlled synthesizer with modular connectivity.

The Stylophone GEN R-8 is a dual-VCO British-made boutique synthesizer, with a fully analog signal path. It features a touch keyboard that you can play with your finger.


  • The VCOs have “divide-down analog” sub-oscillators (one octave down) and sub sub-oscillators (two octaves down) that all can be switched on at the same time, for a total of six oscillators sounding at once.
  • The filter is a proprietary British design 12 dB state variable filter, with Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass and Wide Notch modes.
  • An eight waveform LFO with dual outputs can be patched to all of the GEN R-8s CV inputs or external CV inputs on other instruments.
  • There’s a patch panel with 19 3.5mm jack CV/Gate and audio patch points which lets it integrate with modular systems.
  • The traditional ADSR envelope has been augmented with a short hold stage at the Attack/Decay peak for a punchier sound.
  • An analog style Delay (based on the Princeton pt2399 chip) is ‘nice and grungy’ and can be modulated with the Time CV input.
  • The mixer has a unity AUX input which allows external sound sources to be processed through the GEN R-8s Filter/Delay/Drive audio chain, where the Drive is a classic British silicon diode overdrive circuit with an added JFET booster stage.
  • A step sequencer with 8 banks and 16 steps per sequence can play the GEN R-8 synthesizer engine or external synthesizers through the CV/Gate or MIDI outputs.
  • The GEN R-8 also works as a MIDI controller keyboard (with Local ON/OFF) where the CV/Gate outputs on the sequencer doubles as keyboard CV/Gate when the sequencer is not running.
  • The 3-octave touch keyboard has two additional performance keys for momentary engagement of Glide and Modulation.
  • Heavy duty black powder-coated steel casing.
  • MIDI in/out

Pricing and Availability

The Dubreq Stylophone Gen R-8 is expected to be available in late February 2019, priced at £299 / $349 / €329.

19 thoughts on “Stylophone Gen R-8 A Touch Synthesizer With Modular Connectivity

      1. I have a Behringer Neutron, and the Stylophone demo makes me glad I bought it. Yes, I agree, the sound has too much in the high harmonics. Even when the Neutron’s VCF is bypassed, the sound is still excellent.

  1. Nice!! I almost bought their previous model the other day just for fun and while this is quite a bit more expensive it’s also really cool. This looks like a Monotron on steroids.

  2. Will never buy because of the fact the guy who creates all this, did not even respond to my pre-order of his first Stylophone. I bought a set of volcas instead back in the time. Did not regret.

  3. This is certainly not your father’s Stylophone! Nice!

    > $349.00


    OK. But in that price range there are other options. Sorry guys. Let me know when this is $129.99.

    1. Show me another analog synth of current production sporting all of those features for the same money, please. Neither the Volcas nor the Microbrute or anything else out there competing this in its range, as far as I can say. And none of the other affordable options sound as raw as this obviously does.

  4. At first I was like “meh, this guy totally missed the point, the stylophone supposed to be a cheep-sounding cute retro toy, why the hell add patch points, the price and other whistles?”
    Then I heard the demo.
    Seems more like micrtobrute on steroids! Sounds so agressive and harsh, it will blend perfectly in the mix.
    Holy crap, sub-sub oscillators.
    Still think the marketing is a little bit off. That’s no stylophone. It’s a space station

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