Dreadbox announces four new stompboxes: Darkness, Kinematic, Raindrops and Lethargy

The company is more prolific in the synthesizer field.

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Greek gear maker Dreadbox has announced four new effects pedals: Darkness, Kinematic, Raindrops and Lethargy. While all four have been announced, Raindrop’s full specifications and operations are yet to be revealed.

The pedals take after Dreadbox’s 2018 Komorebi pedal, with each sharing four knobs, a footswitch or two, and a switch to engage an alternate mode. True to the brand’s synthesizer-focused approach, Kinematic and Lethargy are also compatible with Eurorack modules, with three patch ports housed along the top.


The Darkness is a digital stereo reverb focused on ambient sounds. According to Dreadbox it’s capable of creating “huge, shimmering and endless reverbs”, according to Dreadbox. Its knobs control spread, mix, decay, while the last, Control, depends on what mode you’re in. In mode 1, Control adjusts the modulation rate of reverb tails, and mode 2 lets you apply a gate and define the release time.

Lists for €259.


Lethargy is a fully-analogue eight-stage phase shifter with controls for amount, feedback, rate and Manual. Two different LFO waves can be selected, with the LFO rate reaching a helicopter-esque 110Hz. There’s also a filter cutoff control for a more lo-fi sound, and a Manual knob for adjusting phase degrees. If you want to integrate the pedal into a modular setup, three patch points for Manual, Rate and LFO Out are available along the top allow for Eurorack compatibility.

Lists for €199.


The Kinematic is an analogue compressor and envelope filter. Knobs control filter, drive, level and envelope, with the mode switch changing the pedal between envelope filter and compressor modes. In envelope filter mode, the filter knob defines the cutoff of the low-pass filter and Envelope defines the envelope curve. In compressor colour mode, the filter knob can set the emphasis of the band boost filter, and Envelope controls ratio. This pedal can also hook up to Eurorack modules to control filter, level and EG out.

Lists for €179.


While Raindrops has been announced, details about its operation are forthcoming. Photos suggest that it’s a stereo delay of some sort, with controls for time, mix and feedback, as well as a tap-tempo footswitch.

Learn more about Kinematic, Lethargy and Darkness at www.dreadbox-fx.com.

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