Moog’s new monophonic synthesizer – Moog Sub Phatty.
If you want to know a bit more about its features and how it sounds, please click the following link (© Sweetwater).
Find a link to an interview that might be of interest here.
As part of Korg’s 50th anniversary, they will launch their new KingKORG analog modeling synthesizer.
No doubt! Our Moog Trivia Quiz was not an easy one.
The correct answer is:
Although no one answered all four correct and due to the fact that this trivia quiz was not an easy one, we decided to give books to those participants who had at least two correct answers.
The winners of a single English copy of our GreatSynthesizers.com book are:
The winners of a single German copy of our GreatSynthesizers.com book are:
We want to thank all of you who contributed to our quiz. Well…. and there is probably another chance to win a book in the next weeks or month. Stay tuned!
RL Music, based in Reading, Berkshire in the South of England is Europe’s largest Vintage Analogue Synthesizer dealer. We spoke to its owner – Richard Lawson.
Internet became the main source of information during the last 15 years. However, books and magazines are fortunately still of interest for many of us.
Although the Synthesizer-Magazin is in German, we recommend it to those of you, who speak German as well. It is definitely worth it.
Doepfer announces availability of Dark Energy II Analog Synthesizer
GRAEFELFING, GERMANY: audio hardware developer Doepfer is proud to announce availability of its new Dark Energy II Analog Synthesizer, a redesigned version of the original Dark Energy, a standalone monophonic analogue synthesizer with inbuilt USB/MIDI interfacing and CV connectivity released to much critical acclaim in 2010…
So why the need to redesign something so successful so soon? Simple. Needs must. And who better to explain this than company CEO Dieter Doepfer himself: “As the Dark Energy had to be discontinued, because an important electronic component (CEM3394) is no longer available, we decided to do a redesign. The new Dark Energy II looks like the Dark Energy at first glance, but the basic sound of the Dark Energy II is clearly different because of the new circuits for the VCO, VCF, and VCA.”
Given the absence of that rich-sounding, analogue ‘synthesizer-voice-on-a-chip’ (CEM3394) from Curtis Electromusic Specialities successor OnChip, how does the Dark Energy II sound? Still rich, still analogue — with 20 to 30 minutes tuning time needed for the VCO’s temperature-controlled pure analogue circuitry, but different… mainly because of the completely different filter type.
Notable differences in specification between the two — together with a number of functional additions to the Dark Energy II — are as follows: firstly, the Dark Energy II features a sawtooth-based VCO core (compared to the Dark Energy’s triangle-based one), which, as implied, outputs a sawtooth waveform, with a waveform Shape switch for selecting sawtooth, off, or clipped/inverted sawtooth; meanwhile, that all-important, sounding-defining VCF is centred around a 12dB multimode filter with lowpass, notch, highpass, and bandpass, together with an all-new filter Mode control for continuous transition from lowpass via notch and highpass around to bandpass (as opposed the 24dB lowpass variety with linear frequency modulation (LFM) control found on the Dark Energy); the VCF’s exponential frequency modulation (XFM) control also has a polarization function, whereby the modulation source (LFO2 or ADSR) selected by the Source switch can affect the filter frequency with a positive or negative behaviour (by rotating rightwards or leftwards, respectively); finally, the VCA has an exponential scale (unlike the Dark Energy’s combined linear/exponential scale).
Benefitting those with a modicum of electronics know-how, the Dark Energy II offers much more internal expansion possibilities than its ‘Mk I’ predecessor courtesy of pin header terminals for the following functions: rectangle and sawtooth VCO outputs, linear FM input for VCO, hard sync input for VCO, lowpass/bandpass/highpass VCF output, rectangle and triangle outputs for each LFO, and optional reset/direction features for each LFO — all conspiring to make this already flexible synthesizer even more flexible!
The upshot of those differences is that sounds created on a Dark Energy II of course cannot be replicated on a Dark Energy (and vise versa) — though there is nothing to stop the two distinctive synthesizers from being daisy-chained together to produce an even wider palette of sounds. Indeed, several units can be polyphonically or monophonically cascaded (via internal MIDI out/MIDI in connections) to create an ‘über-synth’ of sorts!
Like the Dark Energy, the Dark Energy II is a standalone monophonic analogue synthesizer with inbuilt USB/MIDI interfacing and CV connectivity housed in a rugged black metal case with wooden end cheeks; likewise, sound generation and all modulation sources are 100 percent analogue, appealing to purists — only the USB/MIDI interface includes digital components, naturally! Again, vintage-looking, high-quality potentiometers with metal shafts are used throughout, and all are fixed to the casing — except for that all-new filter Mode control — to ensure stability. Spacing between them is generous (in comparison to the necessarily smaller A-100 Analog Modular System modules like the A-111-5 Mini Synthesizer Voice equivalent of the original Dark Energy) to ease sound-shaping manipulation.
In truth, then, the Dark Energy II is — to all intents and purposes — an all-new synthesizer from Doepfer! Why not plug in and play?
Find here a list of differences between Dark Energy I and the new Dark Energy II:
12dB multimode filter with lowpass, notch, highpass and bandpass (instead of 24dB lowpass of Dark Energy I)
the previous LM control of the filter becomes the filter type control Mode (continuous crossfade lowpass – notch – highpass – bandpass)
the modulation level control of the filter “XFM” has so-called “polarizer” function. The modulation source (LFO2 or ADSR) selected by the Source switch may affect the filter frequency in a positive (right half of the control range) or negative way (left half of the control range)
the waveform switch is used to select between saw and clipped, inverted saw (in the center position the saw is off)
the basic waveform of the VCO is saw (not triangle like the Dark Energy I).
the VCA has a exponential scale (not the combined linear/exponential scale of Dark Energy I)
because of the pure analog circuit and the temperature control it may take up to 20-30 minutes until the VCO is in tune.
The sound of the Dark Energy II differs clearly from the Dark Energy I (mainly because of the completely different filter type). If you already own a Dark Energy I the Dark Energy II can be used as an expansion. But you will not be able to copy sounds of the Dark Energy I with the Dark Energy II (and vice versa) !
For users with electronic knowledge the Dark Energy II offers much more internal expansion features than the Dark Energy I. For example terminals (pin headers) for these features are available: VCO Hard Sync, linear VCO FM, rectangle and sawtoooth output of the VCO, lowpass/bandpass/highpass output of the VC, Reset/Sync/Direction for each LFO, rectangle and triangle output for each LFO. In addition an improved version of the glide option is is the planning stage that allows to turn on/off the glide function via Midi control change messages.
[Source: Doepfer website]
Description © Innerclocksystems:
“Litmus Test – def: any kind of indicator used to classify something either favourably or unfavourably”.
Over many years of testing and checking the timing performance characteristics of different musical sequencing devices we rely on a very simple test that gives an accurate indication of how well it keeps time.
Take any sequencing device – in a sampler use a tight edited fast transient sound like a rim shot – look at it closely on an editor software application to make sure the start time is tight. On a ROM Player or sequencer with built-in sounds – select a similarly tight percussive sound or patch.
Make certain any sample output or patch VCA/EG settings are set to absolute zero/fastest possible attack time.
Sequence a simple two bar pattern at exactly 120 BPM with hard quantised Sixteenth Notes playing only your test sample.
Now play the pattern and record the audio output into any reasonable audio recording software application at 48 kHz for a few bars – Soundforge, Wavelab etc.”
– Roland: TR-606
– DSI: Tempest
– Akai: MPC-2500
– Akai: MPC-4000
– Analogic-ACS: TM-116 Analogue Control System
– Doepfer: Dark Time
– Korg: Monotribe
– TipTop Audio: Z-8000 Matrix Sequencer
– Akai: MPC-5000
– Kawai: R-100
– Analogue Solutions: Oberkorn MKIII
– Roland: MV-8800
– Roland: MC-909
– UREI: 964 Digital Metronome
– Akai: MPC-3000
– Akai: MPC-60 MK1
– Roland: MC-4B
– Roland: R-8MK1
– Elektron: Machine Drum SPS-1MKIIUW
– Roland: SH-101
– Linn: LinnDrum LM2
– Roland: CR-8000
– Roland: TR-808
– Roland: TR-909
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Knifonium – Tube Synthesizer made in Finland
Five pieces of the first batch are already sold. Delivery will most likely be in May/June of next year. Another piece of the Knifonium is available (price = € 9.000.-, excl VAT). Probably there will be another batch produded, price per unit for the second batch might be increased.
Currently their website is under construction. However, if you want to follow them, their Knifonium Facebook site might be helpful.
GS: Yves, can you please tell us a bit about yourself?
Yves Usson: Well, I am 55 years old and I live in Grenoble in the French Alps. Ever since I was a child I have always been attracted by science and technology.
When I was a teenager in the 70s, I was very interested in ham-radio and this got me into learning myself electronics by reading books and electronics magazines and I eventually became head of the club of electronics at my high school. Then I went to university where I lost two boring years at the medical school before I switched to biology. Then I passed all the degrees in cellular and molecular biology and eventually I received a PhD in 1985.
A real rarity – the Steelphon S900 synthesizer.
This monophonic, analog synthesizer was build in Italy, in the seventies. It is monophonic, has two oscillators and six presets.