Doepfer Intros MAQ 16/3 MIDI Analog Sequencer ‘Dark Edition’

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Musikmesse 2013: Doepfer has announced the MAQ 16/3 MIDI Analog Sequencer Dark Edition, a special edition of their Analog Sequencer MAQ16/3 with black front panel and rotary knobs designed to match their Dark Energy synthesizers and Dark Time step sequencer.  Continue reading

Dark Energy I vs Dark Energy II, Mano a Mano

This video, via AudioCentralMagazine, offers a quick comparison between the Doepfer Dark Energy Mk I (CEM-based, just lopass w. lin fm) and the Dark Energy Mk II (state variable filter, discrete circuit, etc.).

Check it out and let us know what you think.

Our conclusion? We may need both….

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Doepfer Dark Energy 2 Now Available

Doepfer has announced that the Dark Energy 2 – an update to its popular analog monosynth – is now available.

The Dark Energy II is a monophonic stand-alone synthesizer with USB and Midi interface. The sound generation and all modulation sources are 100% analog, only the USB/Midi interface contains digital components. Dark Energy is built into a rugged black metal case with wooden side plates. High quality potentiometers with metal shafts are used and each potentiometer – except the filter mode control – is fixed to the case (no wobbly shafts and knobs).

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Doepfer Dark Energy I vs Dark Energy II

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Ever since the Doepfer Dark Energy II was announced, people have been wondering how the new synth sounds, compared to the original Dark Energy.

This video does an A/B comparison. While both synths sound great, they do have very different sounds.

Here are the key differences between the Dark Energy 1 and Dark Energy 2:
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The Doepfer Dark Energy II – New Synth At Musikmesse 2012

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Doepfer has released preliminary details on the Dark Energy II analog synthesizer:

The Dark Energy (I) has to be discontinued because an important electronic part (CEM3394) is no longer available.

We are working on the redesign of the Dark Energy at full speed. The new Dark Energy II will look like the Dark Energy I at first sight. Only the function of some controls and switches will differ from the Dark Energy I.

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The MacBeth MicroMac At Winter NAMM 2012

Sonic State caught up with Ken MacBeth from MacBeth Studio Systems to get a look at his new analog synthesizers, the MacBeth MicroMac and the new Dot Com format synth.

Along the way, MacBeth gives the MicroMac a proggy workout and explains the normalized modular Dot Cam synthesizer module.

Check out MacBeth’s new synths and let us know what you think!

Also, make sure you check out Sonic State’s extensive video coverage of the NAMM Show – they do a fantastic job of it.

An Unadulterated Synthgasm Of Analog Goodness

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Sunday Synth Jam: This synth jam, via spacemusicuk, is a full-on unadulterated synthgasm of analog goodness, featuring Doepfer Dark Time sequencer driving a Dark Energy and a Moog Voyager.

Berlin School sequencing may be old school, but there’s a reason it’s still popular.