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Doepfer A-136

Distortion / Waveshaper

The A-136 is a distortion and wavehaping module with extensive adjustment parameters. The input signal (audio- or control voltage), is first divided inside the module into 3 separate signal paths, which are mixed together at the output with adjustable gain (positive / negative):

  • Positive component of the signal with adjustable clipping threshold (also externally); and gain / roll-off (+/-)
  • Negative component of the signal with adjustable clipping threshold (also externally); and gain / roll-off (+/-)
  • Original signal with adjustable gain / roll-off (+/-)

By way of all the various possible settings of the 5 parameters, very complex waveform distortions and modifications (waveshaping) are possible. The changes range from simple hard- or soft-clipping, to completely changed waveforms, in which the original input signal can no longer be recognised.

  • Inputs: Audio / CV In, ext. Clipping Level (+), ext. Clipping Level (-)
  • Outputs: Audio / CV Out
  • Application examples: Audio distortion (can get especially interesting in conjunction with filters), waveform manipulation for audio- and control signals (LFO, ADSR, random, etc.).

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Basic System No
Accessories No
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Capable Waveshaping

Martyn Q., 29.09.2015
As with all Doepfer products, the a136 is powerful, inexpensive and logically laid out. It requires careful gainstaging to coax the best performance from it so be warned you'll be spending some time initially finding the sweet spots - but they are there, rest assured. I often use the a136 on my stand alone synths also, as well as my eurorack only sound design, with great results. Just remember your gainstaging and you'll love it.
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Less Distortion, More Added Beef

LiamJ, 10.10.2015
I found this to add less distortion and more of a general fuzz/amp module giving the sound a bit louder/thicker sound than the perceived distortion that you would achieve, but as always, great build quality and a lovely module to add to the collection, great for beefing up bass lines created on a modular.
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