Dreadbox Typhon Synthesizer Hands-On Review

In his latest Sonic Lab review, synth guru Nick Batt takes an in-depth look at the Dreadbox Typhon synthesizer.

The Typhon, a collaboration between Dreadbox & Sinevibes, is a new synth that combines analog synthesis with stereo digital effects, and offers complex modulation routing, 256 preset memory and a 32-note sequencer.


  • Analog Circuit including 2 Dreadbox Oscillators, a 4-pole Low Pass Filter, and Multiple Analog VCAs
  • 2 Envelope Generators for the Filter and the Amp
  • 3 Modulators with 4 different modes (LFO, EG, Random, Parameter Step Sequencer) and multiple active targets
  • All analog parts feature a dedicated direct control on the left front panel.
  • With the sliders, buttons, and encoder on the right side of the front panel you can control the Amp and the Filter envelopes, the sequencer, the modulators, and the stereo effects, in order to create and save your desired sounds
  • 12 DSP stereo effects (32bit @96kHz) developed by Sinevibes, including Distortion, Bit crusher, Chorus, Ensemble,Flanger, Delay and Reverb
  • 32-note Sequencer that can be used to sequence notes in the traditional way or used as a modulation source
  • 256 preset memory, with import/export support
  • External audio input
  • Portable, powered via USB with full MIDI and CC Implementation

Pricing and Availability

The Typhon is available to pre-order for 349€

8 thoughts on “Dreadbox Typhon Synthesizer Hands-On Review

    1. WTF – I love Nick’s reviews! You can’t be much of a synth head if you’re only somewhat vacant comment is to criticize the year of his laptop – who gives a fuck?! Mine until recently was 2012 and now I have a new top spec’d unit cuz it completely failed on me….so what? I also have an iPhone 7? Who cares? It’s not that either of us can’t afford it, its that it doesn’t mean a thing to have the latest gear – maybe the old gear is getting the job done and in the case of synths – maybe the filter sounds better even though your old monopoly doesn’t have all tech-flash of the newer hardware. Who cares!
      Grumpy old man? ! Clearly you are a little too wet behind the ears to even appreciate Nick’s career long understanding of synthesis/music/instruments, otherwise you’d value his insight, and influence in this market.

      I agreed with many of the things Nick touched on including concerns and shortcomings, I also learned a lot from what inspired him about the synth – in case you missed it.

      Furthermore his review is actually one of the reasons I bought it. And I’m glad I did. I have too many synths to name and this little box still stands out. It has its shortcomings, like Nick and others have pointed out, but all synths do. And in the end its the sound that is most important. Nick got it, I got it (pun intended),(still not sure if you’ve even heard it, or if you have why it’s actually special) and that’s all that matters!

    1. Whilst that is subjective, no it doesn’t. It’s not horrid, yet hardly earth shattering good. I would argue that the Moog App actually sounds better. Yes, I’m serious.

      1. The Moog iOS apps are brilliant. The only problem with them is the lack of physical controls and that’s where our hardware addiction arises.

        1. I concur, I prefer hardware as well, however I was pointing out the sound quality. I suppose I find Nick Batt’s objectivity towards Dreadbox compromised. And whilst he is forthcoming about his love for their products, it seems to colour his reviews.

  1. Korg Nu Tekt NTS-1 less than third of the price and with Sunvibes multitimbral expansion does sound SO much better and does so much more as well…

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