Doepfer Dark Energy Synthesizer, R.I.P.

Doepfer Dark Energy

Dieter Doepfer has announced that the Dark Energy synthesizer will be discontinued, because of unavailability of a rare chip:

The Dark Energy will be discontinued as the CEM3394 is no longer available and the negotiations with the manufacturer (OnChip, the Curtis Electromusic successor) concerning a new productions series of the CEM3394 were not successful so far.

We think about a redesign of the unit (Dark Energy II) but it will be another instrument with a different sound and features (e.g. probably a 12 dB multimode filter with lowpass, highpass, bandpass and notch instead of the 24 dB lowpass).

Now that it’s gone out of production, expect the prices on this much-loved synth to jump, as people realize that they must have a Dark Energy!

via Patch Pierre, Dieter Doepfer

11 thoughts on “Doepfer Dark Energy Synthesizer, R.I.P.

  1. “Now that it’s gone out of production, expect the prices on this much-loved synth to jump, as people realize that they must have a Dark Energy!”

    lol, priceless! Unfortunately, so true. How many shitty synths have been purchased just because they were old and “authentic analog”? Not saying there’s anything wrong with the Dark Energy, by the way, although I personally find myself cold towards it.

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