Rare Waves

Grendel Drone Commander DC-2e [w/out expander]

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Grendel DC-2e Drone Commander 2 for Eurorack modular synthesizers - 26HP

Rare Waves LLC USA is pleased to introduce a new analog synthesizer descended directly from the much-loved Grendel Drone Commander classic: the DC-2e Drone Commander 2 + Expander in Eurorack modular format. Much more than a re-packaged clone of its parent, DC-2e begins where the previous version left off

Grendel Drone Commander 2 is a true analog music instrument built with extensive use of discrete transistor technology. Its minimalist control panel presents twelve solid metal knobs, and every one doubles as a push-pull switch to modify the tone in thousands of possible combinations.

Behind the panel is a newly designed all-analog sound engine with two oscillators, two filters, an envelope generator, and a comprehensive LFO section capable of producing four simultaneous waveforms.

We’ve built in a number of features that can’t be found anywhere else, making DC-2e a unique and highly playable tone source for drone music, leads, bass, and sound effects. This model speaks up with an especially gnarly baritone voice and loads of bass. Its simple knob-per-function layout frees you from memorizing button-press sequences.

Play the Main Module on its own, or add the Expander for lots of patching options including CV/gate/clock inputs.

A stand-alone tabletop version may be announced in 2016… scroll to the bottom of this page for more answers to Frequently Asked Questions.


The system’s heart is the Main Module, which houses the synthesizer’s core and all of its controls. On its own, the Main Module embodies the classic Drone Commander playing style, with manually tuned oscillators and a ¼” audio output for direct connection to your mixer, FX, or amp. A tough steel chassis protects its guts against knocks and interference from other stuff living in your synth case.

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DC-2e Main Module, side and back view


  • 80 mA +12V
  • 0 mA -12V
  • 0 mA 5V
  • 78 mm Depth
  • Ø 4.50 (2 Votes) Average Rating

Height… 113mm vertical clearance required between mounting rails