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

Dieter Doepfer Intros The Doepfer DIY Synth Kit

Dieter Doepfer introduces the Doepfer DIY Synth Kit at the 2010 NAMM Show.

The kit is made of a pc board that includes all that is necessary to build a standard analog synthesizer. (Case, wiring & controls not included).

See our previous Doepfer DIY Synth Kit post for details.

via SonicState

Totally Wired: Dieter Doepfer & The Future Of Modular Synthesizers

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
  • Cassy
  • Ken MacBeth
  • Anthony Rother
  • Jessica Rylan
  • Daniel Miller
  • Wowa Cwejman
  • Per Salzwedel
  • Ricardo Villalobos
  • Magda
  • Marc Houle
  • Max Loderbauer

Totally Wired

Totally Wired, a documentary film about Andreas Schneider’s infamous ‘Schneider’s Buero’, the boutique electronic musical instrument shop in Berlin, is now available on DVD.


Inside a crumbling socialist office block in former East Berlin, synthesiser store owner Andreas Schneider preaches the way of analogue to a loyal following of infamous electronic musicians, who flock to his store, ‘Schneiders Buero’, for unique boutique instruments. His business has prospered against the odds throughout the digital revolution in music, and in parallel, through a period of huge change in East Berlin. His is a haven for maverick instrument builders and passionate collectors alike. But as the twin forces of capitalism and digital technology seep through the last bricks of the Wall, how much longer can this analogue asylum survive?

The film features an informed selection of inventors and artists alike, including Dieter Doepfer, Junior Boys, Cassy, Ken MacBeth, Anthony Rother, Jessica Rylan, Daniel Miller, Wowa Cwejman, Per Salzwedel, Ricardo Villalobos, Magda, Marc Houle, Max Loderbauer and many more.

You can preview a section of the DVD below that features Ken Macbeth, of Macbeth Studio Systems. Macbeth talks about what inspires him, his vision for the M5 synthesiser, and making noise.