Dreadbox Treminator Tremolo

Greek synth innovators Dreadbox have been expanding their pedal line, and one of their latest release is a dynamic tremolo. Like most of their pedals, the Dreadbox Treminator features CV in and out and VCA control to interface with other pedals and modular synths.

Rather than using the classic tremolo technologies behind harmonic and optical tremolo, the Treminator is based on a VCA circuit straight out of one of their synthesizers.

Key features include:

  • 5 Different tremolo waveforms: Triangle, Sawtooth, Reverse Sawtooth, Square, and random.
  • 2x Envelope Generators to control the LFO behavior
  • Tap tempo from 20 seconds to 20hz and subdivisions.-2 Dynamic Parameters that respond to your playing:
  • Fade control will fade the tremolo effect in or out every time it detects your pick attack.
  • Dynamic rate response: secondary control allows the tremolo rate to speed up or slow down every time it detects pick attack.
  • Wide Range LFO (20sec-220Hz)
  • 3 patch points to interact with modular and cv gear

Hear the Dreadbox Treminator in the videos below.

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Here’s the video of the Treminator we shot at our NAMM 2022 Stompbox Booth.

Dreadbox Treminator, Builder’s Notes

Dreadbox TREMINATOR is based on the synthesizer’s last signal flow stage, called the VCA (Voltage Controlled Amplifier).
Our development team took this simple circuit and adapted it to a really expressive effect pedal, which is combined with an LFO that is controlled by Envelope Generators.

Forget everything you knew about tremolos and prepare to be amazed…

  • Expressive Analog Tremolo
  • VCA circuit straight out of a synthesizer
  • Wide Range LFO (20sec-220Hz)
  • Tap Tempo with multiple division settings
  • 2x Envelope Generators to control the LFO behaviour
  • 3 patch points to interact with modular and cv gear


  • Standard Classic Triangle Tremolo
  • Volume pedal (requires external CV)
  • Signal Chopper
  • LFO Generator for other CV gear=
  • LFO Accelerator / Deaccelerator
  • Fade In/Out LFO


Analog Signal / Digital Modulations

Buffered OpAmp


Inputs / Outputs
IN/OUT : TS Unbalanced 6.4mm jack

Power Supply
9VDC BOSS style center pin negative 2.1mm (NOT INCLUDED)

Dimensions (cm)
14 x 10 x 5.6

Current Draw