Sonic caught up with Herr Doepfer at Musik Messe in the Spring
If you’ve had any exposure to modular synthesizers, chances are you’ll have seen some Doepfer modules.Dieter Doepfer sarted to build right from studying physics, with a phaser module for the Formant Synthesizer then the single voice MS-404. , Thanks to him, the Eurorack module format has become a standard – adapted from the scientific rack testing system tweaked to work for synthesis. He doesn’t want to take much credit, but in reality, a better power system, internal CV and Gate bussing, plus a lower cost ribbon connector system required some innovation and in my opinion has had a major impact in the proliferation of modular synthesizers in recent years.
Currently in the Doepfer range there are 171 modules
Dieter Doepfer introduces his new modules at Musikmesse 2014
Doepfer A-190-4 USB/Midi-to-CV/Gate/Clock Interface
Doepfer A-127 is a Breakout module for triple VCF
Doepfer A-101-6 is a six stage Opto-FET VCF A-101-6
and spoke about the new trigger sequencer
An electronic music piece representing the mindset of a humanoid on the way home from work. This is live performance / improvisation with sequencers. No computer involved.
This is also a prelude to “Are We There?” – his journey back to work.
Music From Outer Space 16-step sequencer
Doepfer MAQ 16/3 sequencer
Club of the Knobs C951 Arpeggiator
Club of the Knobs C1680 Analog Delay
Happy Nerding Super Sawtor
Kristp 1 S-VCO
Dotcom Q106 Oscillator
Dotcom Q109 Envelope Generator
Dotcom Q108 Amplifier
Dotcom Q112 4 Channel Mixer
Dotcom Q118 Instrument Interface
Korg EMX-1 Drum Machine
The ARP 1601 sequencer controls VCO pitch
The Doepfer Dark Time modulates the ARP’s filter
The Doepfer Dark Energy provides some LFO action.
All sounds are live, unprocessed and from the ARP only.
A patch & setup pic can be viewed here:
The music has been made using a Moog Slim Phatty and an analog modular system including an A-115 and an Echophon.
“Season’s greetings and best wishes for the New Year to all our customers and business partners !” – Doepfer
BRUNO ENDER LEE – “Klangspiel” – performed live, December 7. 2013
Korg MS-20 Mini (sequence with Doepfer MAQ 16/3), MiniMoog Voyager OS, Roland Juno-106, Synthesizers.com Studio-88, Analogue Solutions Vostok, Korg MS2000
A multi-part segment of improvised patching. “The Intermission Patch” is aptly named due to it acting as an intermission during the regularly scheduled Doepfer A144 series. Stay tuned for a completed version later this month. For now some patching. Sound and Video by Raul Pena.
This is a demo of the Boomstar 4075 (ARP 2600 filter) being sequenced by a Doepfer Dark Time. Because of the nature of the demonstration, it could get a little boring during some sections. Pay attention to the subtle changes and you will be impressed. Stay tuned through the whole video to see how much range the Boomstars can cover. This is only a short segment as well, these synths are capable of much more. This is a Perfect Circuit Audio favorite of 2013!
Look out for another Boomstar demo coming soon, this time played by a MIDI controller.
Another shot of Brian Fedirko’s Moog and Doepfer setup at the studio.