I really liked the Dark Energy and was pleasantly surprised by the range of sounds, the VCO waves are decent enough for most things, apart from perhaps true earth shaking bass – I particularly like the Pulse Width Mod and dirty sounds you can make by modulating the VCF with very high frequencies via the patch chords.
But the synth is by no means limited to just this kind of stuff, bell-like FM and other crazy sounds are also just a tweak away. Speaking of which, this really brought home to me how much I have been missing actually tweaking real knobs, the fact that this is so small, means you can have it close to hand for when you just need a tweak fix.
Nick’s review has me taking another look at the Dark Energy.
Have you tried out the Doepfer Dark Energy synthesizer? If so, leave a comment with your thoughts!