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Doepfer Dark Energy III Semi-Modular Analogue Synth

£435.00
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Mark III iof the mighty Dark Energy - the primo gateway drug into the world of modular synthesis for many!


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Manufacturer: Doepfer

Category: Electronic Instruments

Details

Details

Dark Energy III is a monophonic stand-alone synthesizer with USB and Midi interface. It is the follower of the successful Dark Energy I and Dark Energy II. The sound generation and all modulation sources are 100% analog, only the USB/Midi interface contains digital components. Dark Energy III 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). The distance between the controls is a bit wider compared to A-100 modules and knobs with vintage look are used.

Specifications

Specifications

Specification

In/Outputs (all monophonic 3.5 mm jack sockets, except USB, Midi and power supply):

front panel:
CV In VCO frequency (1V/oct)
CV In VCO pulsewidth (about 5V range for full scale)
CV In VCF frequency (~ 1V/oct)
CV In VCA amplitude (0...+5V)
Gate In (0/+5...12V)
External Audio In (typ. 1Vss without distortion)
Reset LFO 1
Reset LFO 2
inverted LFO1 Out (~ -2.5 ... +2.5V)
Envelope Out (~ 0 ... +6V)
Audio Out (line output, typ. 1Vss, monophonic)

rear panel:
USB
Midi In
Learn button
Gate Out (with LED for Gate display and learn function), 0/+5V
CV1: controlled by Midi note messages, 1V/Oct, 0...+5V, internally connected to VCO CV input
CV2: controlled by Midi pitch bend, ~ -2.5...+2.5V or ~ 0...+5V (can be selected by an internal jumper), no internal connection, the socket can be patched e.g. to the VCO or VCF CV input at the front panel
CV3: controlled by Midi velocity, 0...+5V, no internal connection, the socket can be patched e.g. to the VCF input at the front panel
CV4: controlled by Midi control change messages, free assignale controller in learn mode, no internal connection, the socket can be patched e.g. to the VCF or VCO pulsewidht input at the front panel
the CV4 socket can be used also as audio output, the function of the socket can be selected by an internal jumper, factory setting is CV4, when changed to audio output no cable at the front panel is required (unless one wants to patch something), in this case CV4 is not available
power supply (12...15V AC, min. 500mA), low voltage DC socket with 5.5 mm outer diameter and 2.1 mm inner diameter (even plugs with 2.5 mm inner diameter will work)

internal connections:
Midi out (pin header with 2 pins for internal routing of the Midi signal to another Dark Energy)
Midi in (pin header with 2 pins for internal routing of the Midi signal from another Dark Energy)

By means of this internal connections several Dark Energy devices can be daisy-chained. Only the first device has to be connected to the Midi or USB transmitter. For this purpose the side plates of the metal case are equipped with holes that allow the internal connection of 2 or more Dark Energy devices. For this the metal cases have to be mounted directly to each other without wooden sideplate between the units. If a wooden side plate is desired between the devices one has to drill a hole to enable the internal connection.

Several devices can be daisy-chained multiple monophonic (i.e. each Dark Energy received at a different Midi channel) or polyphonic (i.e. all devices are adjusted to the same Midi channel). For polyphonic applications a special stack mode is available. In this mode the device in question does not transmit note messages at the Midi output that are used to generate the tone in the device. Only "unused" note messages are transmitted.