Doepfer Dark Energy II

Monophonic Analog Synthesizer in Desktop format

  • Sawtooth-based analog VCO
  • Manual Tuning control
  • Range switch -1 / 0 / +1 octave
  • FM Controls
  • Manual Pulse Width Control
  • PWM Controls
  • Internal and external CV input
  • 12dB Multimode filter
  • VCA
  • LFO1 and LFO2
  • ADSR
  • MIDI-IN
  • USB port
  • Gate-Output
  • Includes power adapter 12V AC/min, 800 mA
  • Dimensions: 174 x 145 x 75 mm
  • Weight: 1.2 kg

Further information

Design Desktop
Polyphony 1
Sound Generation Analogue
MIDI interface 1x In
Storage Medium None
USB-port Yes
Effects No
Arpeggiator No
Number of Analog Outputs 1
Digital Output No
Display No

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Distinctive analogue sound

27.02.2016
I produce instrumental synth pop, darkwave music and was looking for a mono synth that has a raw analogue character mainly for leads, plucks and wet, squelchy filter sounds. The Dark Energy II did not disappoint! Even a simple, untweaked saw wave has its own character and the whole synth has a distinctive analogue sound you will never get from a soft synth.

The oscillator: what I really like here is the PWM which sounds so fat and kind of special. You can create big leads with it, my trick is to record it twice with a slightly different filter setting and pan the two recordings to opposite sides. Sounds huge! I also experiment a lot with the non linear FM, it's great to create percussive and unusual sounds and it's totally unpredictable (which I love!).

The filter: this one has its own character, can sound wet and smooth, can scream and rumble. It also self oscillates and although it's only 12 dB/oct it can produce big subs.

The LFOs: what I really like here is that they go up to the audio range. Experiment with them using FM or PWM to get some unique and interesting sounds.

The envelope: it has 3 modes and the fastest setting is crazy fast! It's great to create some aggressive percussive, poppy sounds.

The VCA: it sounds super, you can overdrive it to get crunchy results. The only thing I'm not totally happy with here is that it's exponential which means the synth will never go completely silent (I got this info from the manufacturer). But you can solve this by editing your recordings or simply using a gate.

Being semi modular gives you the option to use it in a modular setup, connect with other synths etc. Using a single patch cable you can for example control the filter cutoff with velocity or other MIDI CC. The synth also works as a MIDI to CV converter which is a big plus.

All in all it's a great synth with a unique signature sound, good MIDI implementation and expanding possibilities at a friendly price tag.
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Great sound, solid build

Renato Q., 03.09.2014
A very flexible unit. Great as an introduction to hardware. It can serve as your first piece if you're considering going into the world of Eurorack. Easily complemented with other modules and simple enough to use aspects such as the filter or LFO to effect units in a rack. The sound palette is fairly broad.
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