Dreadbox Medusa


#383

The recent OS updates to the MIDI functionality have me interested in the Medusa again.

It doesn’t sound quite like a Minimoog, Roland Jupiter, or whatever classic synth to me. The Model D clone, Studio Electronics stuff, Dreadbox’s own Abyss, etc. might be worth a look for that stuff.

I agree with the person who said on the Hypnosis thread that the Hypnosis would pair wonderfully w/ Medusa. The combination of analog BBD chorus/flanger and spring reverb would led a more vintage vibe to the sound, with the extra fun of the digital delay w/ freeze.

It’s funny how this forum is actually better for discussing Medusa than MW now. But MW has really regressed, I bet even GearSlutz is a better place to discuss synths than MW these days


#384

I’ve heard things come out of it that remind me of the monomachine.


#385

Mental ain’t it, guess you really can’t please everyone. I wouldn’t buy it to replicate an older synth but who needs another minimoog clone. This is like a linnstrument with a built in digital synth with a built in analog synth and an elektron sequencer for less than the price of the smallest linnstrument


#386

it sounds mint. the new update sold me on it personally. what a machine.


#387

I like it’s idea of hybrid and all and I think that sometimes youtube is not enough to have a fair opinion…


#388

Sorry to drone on here – but this video from Polyend showing off the Medusa as a drone is really good.

Warning this is 25 minutes long – and the variations ( should drones repeat or not?) here are endless.

(Things are sweetened with a Strymon Big Sky on the output.)


#389

Me saying about people beefing with the synth wasn’t directed at you, I was just saying cause it seems to be making people cautious to buy it. All sounds good to me so far. If you’re not sure get from somewhere with a decent refund policy. Something I’ve found in the uk is that if you buy online you can return it within a month but if you buy in store they won’t accept returns. Not sure why but it seems to be the case a lot


#390

The Medusa is now up at the top of the wishlist along wth the OPZ and, maybe still, a Digitakt. I don’t need any of them but they all seem/are a lot of fun. Trying to decide between them is tough as all very different. Such a shame folk have been scared off the Medusa a little - not many videos out there at all. Hopefully it becomes a sleeper hit or a cult piece of hardware.


#391

picking one up on Monday, possibly Saturday if I get a second. iv been hot and cold with this thing for too long now, recently purchased my A4 but need to get this thing especially with the latest FW, will see if I can post a few bits once received


#392

It is a shame. I own one and found it a beautiful piece of gear.


#393

Cenk likes the Medusa. Nice layout of gear here.


#394

My concern was the MIDI implementation, but the latest update or two seems to have addressed my concern.

I certainly felt discouraged from talking about it on MW.


#395

Damn I wish I hadn t come to this thread. What a beauty.

Now I will have to put this mantra on repeat all day:

“I don t need another synth or sequencer. I don t use the ones I already have to the fullest. “

Good thing it doesn t have internal stereo fx that can be modulated or i might already have spent my money.


#396

€870 https://www.gear4music.nl/nl/Keyboards-and-Pianos/Polyend-Dreadbox-Medusa-Hybride-Synthesizer/22C9

Thomann has it for €896.

Ok i go back to repeating my mantra now.


#397

Hello maybe some medusa owner could answe this.

as with the new update for the medusa with added midi functionality i want to pair it with my OP-Z and get rid of Faderfox UC4.

so what i want to do is the following.

  • OP-Z to Sequence medusa on 4 different midi channels

  • have one row of medusa pads trigger mute groups on OP-Z (Midi CC)

  • have one row of Medusa pads trigger tape track and one row trigger punch in effect track (seperate midi channels, note data)

  • Have one Medusa Pad send Midi CC 1 and 2 to a specific midi channel (MPE, XY input type).

Would this be possible? cause if it is i see the OP-Z and Medusa as a killer small set up combo where i sequence note data from OP-Z and have Midi CC set up on the Medusa Pas to trigger mute groups and other fun stuff.


#398

Slipped off my radar, but just now noticed they added MIDI velocity, note sustain mode for drones, updated the randomization algo, etc.

http://polyend.com/firmware-update/


#399

It looks so much better like this


#400

I don’t agree. Like the dark minimal look much more. The Medusa v2 dark body with colored knobs here looks even worse:


#401

Nice – but what about all the people that bought the “teenage” version of this (it was almost me). Is there a V3 coming out ‘next week’?

That said, since V1 was on my radar this definitely is too.

Is there an exchange program like with the Ableton Push 1?

ADDED: This is only an update in firmware not a change of hardware as the MusicRadar article implies.


#402

Agreed, that would look funny next to a digitone though. Like the synth equivalent of a bag of all-sorts