A-120 24dB Low Pass Filter

The A-120 module is – the name “Low Pass 1” suggests it – something like the “mother of all Doepfer filters” (from a historical perspective, not from a technical perspective). The circuit is based on the famous 24 dB Moog transistor cascade (“ladder” filter). And this is actually the official mother of all synthesizer filters. … Read more

A-111-5 Mini Synthesizer Voice

The A-111-5 is not an oscillator in the traditional sense, but a complete mini synthesizer with VCO, VCF, VCA, ADSR and two LFOs. A “Dark Energy” (first generation) for the modular system! A lot of things here are patchable, but upon closer inspection you’ll see that some signal paths are exclusively internal. For example, there … Read more

A-171-4 Quad VC Slew Limiter

The A-171-4 Quad Slew Limiter is the youngest member of Doepfer’s family of polyphonic modules. What they all have in common is a four-fold layout of the functionality. All of these are influenced by common controllers and/or common control voltages. In addition, all Poly modules (at least in current production) have the option of internal … Read more

A-129 / 1 Vocoder Analysis & A-129 / 2 Vocoder Synthesis Section

The vocoder modules are no longer manufactured. The Doepfer vocoder consists – sorry, consisted – of several modules. The two basic modules A-129/1 (analysis unit) and A-129/2 (synthesis unit or filter) were only available together. In the A-129 / 1 Analysis Section, the audio input signal is routed in parallel through 13 (steep) bandpass filters, … Read more

A-111-6 Miniature Synthesizer Voice

I often used my A-111-5 as a “stopgap” when I quickly needed another simple synthesizer voice and maybe was just too lazy to patch extra VCO, VCF, VCA, ADSR and LFOs for such a secondary voice . I was often plagued by the “guilty conscience of the modularist” when I ignored the far-reaching possibilities of … Read more

A-101-3 Modular 12 Stage Vactrol Phaser

The module is no longer in production. The A-101-3 phaser has two sub-units, each with 6 phase shifters (stages): The input signal runs through the 6 phase shifters connected in series and at the output, the original and the shifted signal can be mixed as desired using a “Mix” control. The output of the 6th … Read more

A-123-2 6/12/18/24 dB Highpass

After the Curtis chip CEM3320 was no longer available, Doepfer had to stop production of the A-123 24 dB highpass filter. It’s a pity, because there were simply no other 24 dB high-pass filters on the market! In the meantime, however, a replica is available with the AS3320, so that there is now a 24 … Read more