Dreadbox Kinematic VCA-Based Compressor Pedal

Dreadbox Kinematic VCA-Based Compressor Pedal

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Greek synth wizards Dreadbox have taken their first step into the realm of effects pedals, with their retro-styled Lethargy, Darkness & Kinematic stompboxes!

The Kinematic is a VCA-based compressor and envelope filter suitable for guitars, basses, synthesisers and even drum machines — with eurorack patch compatibility too. Embellishing your tones with vintage-esque analogue squeeze, the Dreadbox Kinematic's built-in overdrive circuit also allows you to dramatically distort any dry or anaemic-sounding signal with saturated, hair-raising gain!

Key Features

  • Fully-analogue, VCA-based compressor with band-boost filter and extreme compression ratio.
  • Envelope filter and low-pass filter with slow envelope curve.
  • Post-diode overdrive circuit adds musical grit to any instrument signal.
  • Level boost — up to +18dB on tap!
  • 3 patch points make this unit perfect for modular synth fans.


  • Circuit: Analogue
  • Bypass: CMOS
  • Audio: Mono
  • Power: 9VDC (center pin negative, 2.1mm)
  • Current Draw: 85mA
  • Dimensions (cm): 14 x 10 x 5.6

Inputs & Outputs

  • In/Out: TS unbalanced 6.4mm jack
  • Filter/Level/EG Out: 3.5mm mini jack