NEWS
as of March 24th, 2014
News Musikmesse 2014

On the occasion of the Musikmesse Frankfurt 2014 we showed these new products. Please click to the link or the picture to obtain details about features, price and release date.

USB/Midi-to-CV/Gate/Clock
Interface A-190-4
Breakout module for
triple VCF A-127
six stage
Opto-FET VCF
A-101-6 
controllable glide option
for Dark Energy I/II
Now available: A-100 Low Cost Case A-100LC3
The 1U version of the low cost cases A-100LC6/LC9 is now available. The A-100LC3 is very similar to the A-100LC6 but offers only one row with 84 HP for installation of modules. A-100LC3 is equipped with one power supply (1200mA) and one bus board. Because of the limited space the power suppy of the DIY-Kit #1 with an external transformer is used (same as for the DIY-Kit #1). At the left side of the case the connector for the external transformer is located. The external transformer is not shown in the above pictures. The outside dimensions of the case are in mm about  445 (width) x 160 (depth) x 150 (height). The price of the A-100LC3 will be about Euro 180 (including external power supply for 230 or 115V AC, without modules).
Now available: A-100 Suitcase Base A-100PB
The "small brother" of the monster base A-100PMB is now available. The new case A-100PB is very similar to the A-100PMB but has only half the width (2 x 84 HP for installation of modules). The suitcase versions A-100P6 or A-100P9 can be positioned on top of the A-100PB because the width of the A-100PB is a bit more than the width of A-100P6/P9 and the footprint of the A-100PB is adapted to the depth of A-100P6/P9. A-100PB is equipped with one power supply (1200mA) and two bus boards. The bus boards are located in the rear area (even those for the modules that are mounted in the front row). This was necessary to take advantage of the full height of the front area for installation of A-100 modules. The max. depth for modules in the front row is ~70 mm. The outside dimensions in mm are about  510 (width) x 420 (depth) x 210 (height).  The price of the A-100PB will be about Euro 550 (without modules).
Now available: A-190-8

Module A-190-8 is a Midi/USB to Sync interface. These are the most important features of this version of the module:

  • Midi input (recognizes only Midi realtime messages clock, start, stop and continue)
  • USB input for Midi via USB
  • Clock outputs:
    • 96: outputs the Midi clock 1:1 (96 pulses per measure/ppm or 24 pulses per quarter note/ppq)
    • 32: outputs the Midi clock divided by 3 (32 pulses per measure/ppm or 8 pulses per quarter note/ppq)
    • 16: outputs the Midi clock divided by 6 (16 pulses per measure/ppm or 4 pulses per quarter note/ppq)
    • 8: outputs the Midi clock divided by 12 (8 pulses per measure/ppm or 2 pulses per quarter note/ppq)
    • 1: outputs a pulse at the start of each measure
  • Other outputs:
    • Start: outputs a pulse at each Midi Start or Continue message or generates a gate signal that remains in the high state until a Midi Stop message occurs (selectable via jumper)
    • Stop: outputs a pulse at each Midi Stop message
    • Reset: outputs a pulse at each Midi Start message that follows a Midi Stop message
    • Wait control input, can be selected by means of a jumper between Gate function or Switch function: in Gate mode the positive edge of a gate signal is used to init the Wait state, in Switch mode an external switch that connects to GND is used to init the Wait state (equivalent to Switch-Trigger)
  • Wait button / Wait control input: Whenever the Wait button is operated or a positive voltage is applied to the Wait input the module waits for the next measure start until the clock signals are generated. 
  • LED displays for clock, "1" and start (display of Start depends upon the chosen Start mode, see above)
  • output voltages can be selected between +5V and +12V by means of an internal jumper (for DIN Sync applications +5V has to be used !) 
  • firmware updates via USB (provided that there will be updates available)
Now available: revised version of A-135-1

As of now the revised version of the A-135-1 is shipped. Compared to the previous version of the A-135-1 the inputs and outputs of the new version are normalled:

  • All signal inputs are normalled, i.e. signal input #1 is normalled to signal input #2 unless a plug is inserted into signal input socket #2, same is valid for the signal inputs 2 > 3 and 3 > 4, each normalling (1>2, 2>3, 3>4) can be interrupted by removing a jumper 
  • All CV inputs are normalled, i.e. CV input #1 is normalled to CV input #2 unless a plug is inserted into CVl input socket #2, same is valid for the CV inputs 2 > 3 and 3 > 4, each normalling (1>2, 2>3, 3>4) can be interrupted by removing a jumper 
  • the mode of the sum output can be chosen between "All" and "Selection". In "All" mode all four VCAs are mixed together. In "Selection" mode a VCA is removed from the sum signal when a plug is inserted into the corresponding single output.
Now available: A-141-2 now available

A-141-2 is a voltage controlled ADSR type envelope generator/LFO with some remarkable features:

  • manual controls and control voltage inputs with attenuators for all parameters (A), Decay (D), Sustain (S) und Release (R)
  • common control voltage input for the three time parameters A, D and R with selectable direction, i.e. it can be chosen if an increasing control voltage increases the A, D and R time or if it lowers the times (like a VCLFO or VCO)
  • three-position time range switch 10:1:100 with the approximate time ranges 50us ... 6 s (position "x1"), 500us ... 60s (position "x10"), 5ms ... 10 min (position "x100")
  • 3 envelope outputs: normal, inverted and variable
  • control voltage input for the envelope level at the variable output (by means of a jumper one can select between positive envelope of polarizer function with positive/zero/inverted envelope)
  • Retrigger input
  • End-of-Attack and End-of-Release outputs
  • normalized CV inputs A - D - R (by means of switching contacts of the sockets) 
  • it's also possible to change the slope of each envelope segment continuously from exponential via linear to logarithmic
  • LFO mode
  • Gate input can be connected to the A-100 bus
Interview with Dieter Doepfer

The online magazine Great Synthesizers has published an interview with Dieter Doepfer:

http://greatsynthesizers.com/en/interview/dieter-doepfer-creator-of-the-a-100-modular-system/

and report about the A-100 workshop in Munich:

http://greatsynthesizers.com/en/general-en/2013/07/dieter-doepfer-introduces-new-a-100-modules/

Now available 

These new A-100 modules are now available:

 
A-171-2 : Voltage Controlled Slew Processor/Generator

price: Euro 120.00

A-135-1: revised version of the voltage controlled mixer with smaller front panel, single outputs and DC coupled signal in/outputs

price: Euro 125.00

 

A-180-2: 2x4 fold multiple with 2 HP

price: Euro 35.00

A-192-2: Dual CV/Gate to Midi/USB-Interface

price: Euro 130.00

 

A-130: linear VCA with high-end VCA circuit (SSM2164)

price: Euro 65.00

A-131: exponential VCA with high-end VCA circuit

price: Euro 70.00

A-132-1: dual linear VCA with high-end VCA circuit (SSM2164)

price: Euro 60.00

 

   
New Music made with A-100
drøn HD188753

Ten years after their last release drøn is back with the electronic ambient album HD188753. A big part of this album was created with the A100 Modular System. It is available on Bandcamp as a free download and as a limited edition. Compact disc for all the collectors out there

http://dron.bandcamp.com

http://www.dron.de

Interconnected / Zealosphere - 'Mechanic Environments' (DR002)

Ambient / Experimental scapes made with modulars, field recordings, vintage tape echoes and string machines...
Side A is music by Interconnected (Bakis Sirros & Ingo Zobel) , Side B is music by Zealosphere.
Out Now on Dohkonul Records: http://www.dohkonul-records.com/en/index.php
You can listen to the whole album in the website of the label.
For the gearheads, machines used: Doepfer/ Eurorack modulars, Frac Blacet/ Metalbox modulars, Serge modular, Korg SE-500,
Roland RE-201, Korg PE-2000 ensemble, Field recordings, Ableton Live, Reaktor, etc...)
Split colored Vinyl LP, ltd edition 200 copies.

News Musikmesse Frankfurt

The following news have been presented at the Musikmesse in Frankfurt (pdf version of the Messe news: Messe_News_2013.pdf):

Sonicstate has a video from the Musikmesse available: http://www.sonicstate.com/news/2013/04/14/messe13-a-chat-with-dr-doepfer/

 
A-100LCB: angled basic case 2x84 HP suitable for the low cost versions of the A-100-Cases A-100LC6/LC9 (similar to the monster base A-100PMB, but 84 HP and made of raw wood)

already available
price: Euro 320.00

 

Special edition of the Analog Sequencer MAQ16/3 with black front panel and the same rotary knobs as Dark Energy/Dark Time

already available
price: Euro 750.00

A-171-2 : Voltage Controlled Slew Processor/Generator

already available
price: Euro 120.00

A-157: Trigger Sequencer Subsystem

release date: about early 2014
price: ?
(still without obligation)

A-180-2: 2x4 fold multiple with 2 HP

already available, price: Euro 35.00

A-190-5: Polyphonic USB/Midi to CV/Gate Interface

release date: about early 2014
price: about Euro 250.00
(still without obligation)

A-190-8: USB/Midi to Sync Interface

release date: November 2013
price: about Euro 120.00
(still without obligation)

A-192-2: Dual CV/Gate to Midi/USB-Interface

already available
price: Euro 130.00

A-135-1: revised version of the voltage controlled mixer with single outputs and DC coupled signal in/outputs

already available
price: Euro 125.00

A-132-1: dual linear VCA with high-end VCA circuit (SSM2164)

already available
price: Euro 60.00

A-130: linear VCA with high-end VCA circuit (SSM2164)

already available
price: Euro 65.00

A-131: exponential VCA with high-end VCA circuit (THAT)

already available
price: Euro 70.00

In addition a big A-100 system with all available A-100 modules, Dark Energy II, Dark Time, LMK2+ und LMK4+ will be shown in Frankfurt.

New Customer Examples for the DIY Synthesizer

Discontinuation of A-100 Modules with blue LEDs
The production of the special version of the A-100 modules with blue LEDs will be discontinued. While stocks last A-100 modules with blue LEDs are available without additional charges. Please ask our sales office (sales@doepfer.de) if the module in question is still available with blue LEDs.
A-100 Tutorials
Video tutorials by Raul Pena:

Doepfer A101-2 LPG Modes Intro: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDzjCjrEjs8 
Doepfer A101-2 Low Pass Gate-VCA Mode: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEwiDnk--tI 
Doepfer A101-2 Low Pass Gate-Combined Mode: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LrlNuIIeu4 

A110 Features and Functions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2BV4iYBpOY 
A110 VCO/A145 LFO Frequency Modulation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqWj_LX5SKE 
A110 VCO/ A145 LFO-More Frequency Modulation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRJcVLqQ4p4 
A110 Waveforms and Pulsewidth demonstration: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yq1Re-Zu9tw 
A110 VCO /A145 LFO-Pulse Width Modulation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r51sglRpnrE 
A110 VCO /A145 LFO- More Pulse Width Modulation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2yi58uCEkg 

A110 filtering with A101-2 and A120 intro: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmrB9EOVgb8 
A110 filtering with A101-2 LPG: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBt7wozgjjg 
A110 More filtering with A101-2 LPG: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ncx6t6XZu-U 

A-114 Ring Modulation of Basic Waveforms: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhwj-rqo_B8 
A-114 More Ring Modulation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_nAmESsO0k 
A-114 Further Modulations: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4-euXzSojQ 

A118 Filtering with A120 VCF Low Pass Filter Part One: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vin9o4GpJs8 
A118 Filtering with A120 VCF Low Pass Filter Part Two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZxRsxPLuI4

A-127 Introduction: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1qLu8oqhvg 
A-127 Modulation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkMVO5TsPSA 
A-127 More Modulation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJcfY4eCIQQ  
A-127 Audio Rate Modulation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nv7M03m4QDU 

A-131 VCA Intro: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MivzVdpz5Dg 
A-131 Processing CV with A-131 EXP VCA Part One: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIdWbrbkSD8 
A-131 Processing CV with A-131 EXP VCA Part Two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9qSw_-lz3Q 
A-131 Amplitude Modulation with A-131 EXP VCA: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kyQV1CEpIQ 

A140 ADSR Envelope Generator Part One-Introduction: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzIKeQLyKy0 
A140 ADSR Envelope Generator Part Two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvK69p7BGuo 
A140 ADSR Envelope Generator Part Three-VCO Patch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysqj0pUgV40 
A140 ADSR Envelope Generator Part Four- White Noise Patch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mI7J7J6ZLE

A-148 Sample and Hold: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9auf7dpMrU 
A-148 More Sample and Hold: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHCmndbxyII 
A-148 Track and Hold: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwvezSuVvm4 
A-148 More Track and Hold: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djv9RMvsRDc 
A-148 Track and Hold Vs. Sample and Hold: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvjiKzBaTAs 
A-148 Sample Rate Reduction using T/H and S/H: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_on8klFYUY0 
A-148 Using other Waveforms in T/H and S/H: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aX7k9UPQJ2M 

A-149-1 Quantized Random Voltages  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l59lAQ0ihmI 
A-149-1 Stored Random Voltages http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XuZL4nYBs0 
A-149-1 Modulation of Quantized and Stored Random Voltages http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4Tqn7QoDHA 

A-156 Basics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGpT84ctWR4 
A-156 Modes of Operation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WV5onpFdn74 
A-156 Modes of Operation Part Two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Vl2JD9U2E0 
A-156 More CV Sources, Transposing, and triggers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APPU7dY3WsM 
A-156 More CV Sources, Transposing, and triggers Part Two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tU42jwe2DOw 

A-188-x BBD Basics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8fKvbutgds 
A-188-1 part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3QXgRBdptQ 
A-188-1 part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nh2o7H5UE8E 
A-188-1 part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PulaMQLm13w

A189-1 VControlled Bit Modifier Basics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOtXtgzDiug 
A189-1 VC Bit Modifier-Bit Crushing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwQJb9Lmfk4 
A189-1 VC Bit Modifier Demo-Sample Rate: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bb9t8fbRxgY 
A189-1 VC Bit Modifier Demo-Bit Crushing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eg9EnaumGo 
A189-1 VC Bit Modifier Demo-Sample Rate: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e95H-MjJrN0 
A189-1 VC Bit Modifier Processing CV Part 1:A189-1 VC Bit Modifier:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMpYCPltJdw 
A189-1 VC Bit Modifier Processing CV Part 1:A189-1 VC Bit Modifier: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqTUV4Ob2Y4

Amazona workshop Dark Energy with A-100 miniature case (part 3)
The workshop explains (in German language) how to expand the Dark Energy by means of an A-100 miniature case with some A-100 modules. It includes also several patch and sound examples :

Part 1: http://www.amazona.de/index.php?page=26&file=2&article_id=3322 
Part 2: http://www.amazona.de/index.php?page=26&file=2&article_id=3469 
Part 3:
http://www.amazona.de/index.php?page=26&file=2&article_id=3797  

Richard van der Meer has translated the workshops into English language and added a blank sheet too (thank's a lot Richard):

Doepfer Dark Energy_Amazon.de_Workshop-English.pdf 
Blank Patch sheet Dual VCO with DE_A100 Minicase.pdf
 

Workshop Part 1_Patch sheet Dual VCO with DE_A100 Minicase.pdf

Nice video with Dark Time and Dark Energy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEFLiMf3tc0&feature=g-all-c&context=G2b390e7FAAAAAAAACAA 
French user manuals for Dark Energy and Dark Time
Many thanks to Nathalie & Pascal Fournet who translated the user manuals of Dark Energy and Dark Time into French:

Dark Energy: http://dark.energy.lounge.free.fr/mde/dark_energy_manuel_fr.pdf

Dark Time: http://dark.energy.lounge.free.fr/mde/dark_time_manuel_fr.pdf

A-100 Convergence
The website http://soundcloud.com/groups/doepfer-convergence contains music that was made mainly with A-100 Analog Modular System.
Sample Library made with A-100
Surround SFX have released Transistor Rhythm, a premium 24/96 Sample- & Pattern-Library for the NI Maschine. The A-100 system was used for synthesizing and/or processing many of the included 800 drum- and one-shot-samples.Check it out at 

http://www.surroundsfx.com/maschine.html#TR

Application examples by Synth Project for USB64 and MKE

Youtube-Video hierzu

Videos with A-100
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykyUr2nu-lI New A-100 video by Christian Hatvani that shows not only noises or grooves but the basic sound of the A-100.
http://stereoklang.se/blog/?p=5437 Doepfer goes minimalistic
Excellent music and live videos by MINE and Daidenzin (Osaka, Japan) using the A-100
Daren Ager: "Using the small Doepfer system as a kind of 606+303 combo, not a musical statement, just me having some fun. All the sounds and sequencing done entirely on the system shown."
Gusgus with A-100 suitcase live on stage:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gP182QHN2sM&feature=related
The Redundant Rocker at studio Helio.Gen: http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=60354719
vailable at http://www.iapetus-store.com
info@redundantrocker.com
Dark Energy and A-100 Miniature Case in Concert

Two Dark Energy, one A-100 Minicase, a lot of fun:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fabioperletta/sets/72157622953022656/

A-178 Theremin videos by our customer Jamie O'Callaghan:

http://uk.youtube.com/neonwind 
www.youtube.com/v/jsqNvR3jLdY&hl=en&fs=1
 
www.youtube.com/v/A1BsIGzkzzs&hl=en&fs=1
 
www.youtube.com/v/czFto0B8ARs&hl=en&fs=1

Improvisation with A-100 suitcase

Random improvisations with an A-100 suitcase by James Bragg: www.myspace. com/vjjamesbragg

A-100 Theremin

A nice video that shows the Japanese singer and thereminist Eri playing the A-100 with the Theremin modules A-178.

http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&VideoID=18825798

 

A-100 Minisystem

Tutorial video: A-100 Mini-System Patch/Sound examples

This video made by Luca Capozzi shows some patches and sound examples of the A-100 Mini System:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViLFGBH7TTk

Tutorial video: Controlling the A-100 with a Wiimote Gamepad

An excellent video by our A-100 user Max that shows how to use a wiimote gamepad to control the A-100:

http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=LHOS2zg- 0nI

 

Midi accordion with built-in Pocket Electronic

This cool video shows the usage of the Pocket Electronic in a midi accordion to control a joystick/wheel, a ribbon controller and additional buttons:

http://www.uwe-steger.de/temporaer/rolandmod/roland_extensions.htm
or
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8xZ4tmUkDY

A-100 in Simian Mobile Disco Goes Gear (on Matrixsynth)

Matrixsynth / A-100 Modular System suitcase used in Simian Mobile Disco Goes Gear: http://matrixsynth. blogspot. com/2007/ 10/simian- mobile-disco- goes-gear.html

A-100 Modular Patchbay System Used By Surachai At Ramp Chicago

Gearwire / Doepfer A-100 Modular Patchbay System Used By Surachai At Ramp Chicago: http://www.gearwire.com/ramp1-surach1.html

Amazona A-100 Report Series
Oscillators I Oscillators II Oscillators III Filters I Filters II Filters III Time 1 Time 2
SOUND ON SOUND Modular Synths Report
Overview of Modular Synths as of spring 2009 in the April 2009 issue of Sound on Sound

Editor's choice: A-100

Revised A-100 Planner

Stefan Breitenfeld has revised his excellent A-100 planner. Pay attention that the planner uses JavaScript and the width of your monitor should be at least 1280 pixels to have access to the module selection box:

  • totally new design
  • forum for members
  • Google Maps with manufacturers and dealers addresses
  • exchange rates are updated directly from the EZB
  • compatible to Internet Explorer
  • patch drawing engine (beta)

Please report possible faults or suggestions for improvement directly to the author: info@stefanbreitenfeld.com.

Interview's Parallel Worlds

There is a new Parallel Worlds extensive interview on the Analogue Haven website including many studio and analogue modular synth photos: www.analoghaven.com/bakis
Interview: Online interview with Parallel Worlds in Electronic Musician Magazine

The full interview with Parallel Words on the US Electronic Musician magazine is now online:

http://emusician.com/tutorials/modular_odyssey

 

Older Reports and Videos

NAMM 2008:

Sonic State: http://www.sonicsta te.com/news/ shownews. cfm?newsid= 6048

AnalogSuicide: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRE6tNho_ZQ

Trash_Audio: http://trashaudio.blogspot.com

Test Doepfer-System A-100 in Amazona.de
Gearwire / Doepfer A-100 Modular Patchbay: The Land Of Analog Make-Believe http://www.gearwire.com/doepfera100.html
Musikmesse 2007:

Gearwire: http://www.gearwire.com/modular-synths-twiddling-musikmesse.html

NAMM 2006:

Sonic State NAMM video (demonstration of the A-100 BBD module and the touch sensor keyboard): http://www.sonicstate.com/news/shownews.cfm?newsid=2650

Onebluemonkey NAMM video (demonstration of the A-112 in wavetable mode, A-100 BBD module and the touch sensor keyboard): http://www.onebluemonkey.com/WinterNAMM20061.asp?id=472

A-100 Online reviews:
A-100 report in French magazine: Keyboards Recording / KR (France), issue February 2006 (février 2006, #205), pages 40-44
Sound example by Robert Sigmuntowski for the usage of the sequencer A-155 in combination with the sequential switch A-151 to switch the CV rows of the A-155 on-the-fly: A155_A151_demo.mp3

The following modules are running out. Sale while stocks last !

and all modules with blue LEDs (sale while stocks last without additional charges)


Independent A-100 user's group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/doepfer_a100


Doepfer recommends MIDI-OX  (www.midiox.com)

MIDI-OX is a multi-purpose tool: it is both a diagnostic tool and a System Exclusive librarian. It can perform filtering and mapping of MIDI data streams. It displays incoming MIDI streams, and passes the data to a MIDI output driver or the MIDI Mapper. You can generate MIDI data using the computer keyboard or the built-in control panel. You can even record and log MIDI data and then convert it to a Standard MIDI File for playback by a sequencer. 
MIDI-OX 6.0 now has a COM interface that can be accessed from any language that supports COM, including Visual Basic, C++ and Windows Script Host (WSH).
MIDI-OX is copyrighted freeware.
Copyright © 1997-2002 by Jamie O'Connell. All rights reserved.