Doepfer Dark Time Red

16-Step Sequencer

  • Red LEDs
  • Analogue
  • 2 Rows each with 8 potentiometers
  • 1 Knob for each step, 1 LED
  • Switch On/Off/Skip and switch Stop/Continue/Jump
  • Modes of operation: 1x 16 (the two rows run in sequence, 2x 8 (rows run in parallel), and custom
  • Different directions
  • Three voltage/tone ranges selectable
  • Quantisation
  • Transposer
  • Analogue interface for CV/Gate/Clock/Reset/Start-Stop In and Out (3.5mm jack sockets)
  • Control either internally via integrated clock oscillator with frequency and pulse width control
  • Externally via Midi/USB
  • Externally (via Analogue Clock/Start/Stop) or rocker switch with 3 positions
  • MIDI in/out
  • USB connector
  • Powered via power supply 12V AC / min. 400 mA

Further Information

Audio Player Functions No
Storage Medium None
Video Out No
Arranger Function No

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low standards - no support
J.aco, 09.03.2020
Got the product and it's in theory a great gear for step sequencing.
However is very defective in its construction, not the unit in particular, as knobs are not calibrated i.e. if you dial at 5 you'll obtain different notes on different steps even in note quantize mode.
USB connection is a bit unstable in Windows10, works fine on Mac.
The instruction manual is incomplete.
I wrote to their tech support inquiring about the issues and their rude answer was = knobs are like that, the manual is perfect if you don't like it send it back to where you bought it and try to get a refund. Unbelievably careless
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versatile and great, but lacks Midi to CV
K138, 30.10.2019
Dark Time is a versatile analog style sequencer. The newer models can be jumpered to output a higher voltage to use with synths such as the Buchla 200e.

The user interface of the Dark TIme could be clearer, it's a bit hard to play it intuitively -- it helps to add colored vinyl caps to the switches to make it easier.

that said it is a stunningly versatile sequencer that does a lot of things and does them well.

Some quirks:
- it does not convert incoming Midi to CV
- there are a few (semi-) hidden functions, using a shift function, sort of. This is ok for most things, I don't like that shuffle and pulsewidth are on the same dial - it's too easy to accidentally adjust the pulsewidth (note length) after adjusting shuffle, often causing you to lose notes.
- the knobs are not the same angle at the same value, which can be confusing, but you need to tune it.
- doesn't do ratcheting - the Berliner Schule style of repeating steps - that would be something amazing for a Dark Time II.
- 2x16 switches are a lot of switches to check, even tough the Dark Time offers some great performance tools, it's easy to lose track of settings.


Nothing major, just a few things you need to get used to.
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GrahamB, 20.05.2013
My recent recorded work needed some constant background 'pulses', & rhythmic patterns, to give the music momentum. So, I looked to the Doepfer Dark Time, read the reviews/watched the videos etc., & was quite impressed. A week later, & I was in the possession of this fine sequencer!
What struck me immediately, was the sturdy build of this, fairly small, sequencer. It was compact, but easy enough to move around the control surface. It worked well, was easy to use, good instruction booklet, & good value for money. It works with all my analogue synths (& midi synths too!). Looks good, is good. Recommended!!
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The best sequencer I used.
Harizmatik, 29.05.2020
You can be really creative with it.
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