Dieter Doepfer reinvigorated the world of modular synthesizers when he created Doepfer Musikelektronik’s relatively affordable modular synthesizer line and the Eurorack standard. Continue reading
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!
Totally Wired, a documentary film about Andreas Schneider’s boutique Berlin synth shop Schneider’s Buero, is now available on DVD.
You can preview a section from the DVD below. It features Dieter Doepfer discussing his A100 modular synthesizer and the future of modular synths.
The film features an informed selection of inventors and artists alike, including
- Dieter Doepfer
- Junior Boys
- Ken MacBeth
- Anthony Rother
- Jessica Rylan
- Daniel Miller
- Wowa Cwejman
- Per Salzwedel
- Ricardo Villalobos
- Marc Houle
- Max Loderbauer