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RECIPE #62 – Polyend Dreadbox Medusa vs Roland Tr-08

Medusa’s stare is petrifying they say, but what about her voice? Or SIX VOICES in this case. Well, its an interesting subject, that I’m trying to explore here with the company of the TR-08 drum machine. To spice things a bit I used Strymon Deco effect and one of my favourite reverbs - EHX Cathedral. Is Medusa a synth of the future. We’ll find out.


– Polyend Dreadbox Medusa

– Strymon Deco

– Roland Boutique TR-08

– Electro Harmonix Cathedral

– Zoom Livetrack L-12 mixer

Hicut Recipe #62 Breakdown

MEDUSA: Okay, I’m abusing this thing here. All the voices do something else. VCO 1 is a solid base, VCO 2 plays a detuned octave, VCO3 is hard synced to VCO1 and is modulated by one of the LFO’s. DCO1 and DCO2 are tuned in some kind of harmony to produce a chord and DCO3 does some crazy wavetable stuff. There is a preprogrammed 64-step pattern going on there. I’m changing the pattern length on the fly. The dry signal from Medusa is then processed by…

STRYMON DECO: What an interesting effect it is. A bit of saturation here and some kind of very short ping-pong delay which is always fun. A little box of wonders. Definitely worth trying out.

ROLAND TR-08: There;s a preprogrammed pattern going on there. I don’t like to change patterns, I don’t know how. I just turn the volume knobs to make things interesting. I like it that way.

EHX CATHEDRAL: Well, a reverb always helps. This one is exceptionally good with synths. It’s set up on the aux channel as a stereo effect send.

Hicut Recipe #62 Connections

AUDIO: TR-08 goes straight into the mixer. Medusa goes into Strymon and the, using stereo cables, into the mixer. Reverb unit is set up on the aux channel as a stereo effect send.

MIDI: Medusa acts as a master clock here. TR-08 is a slave. Simple as that.