A-121-2 12 dB Multimode Filter

Like its predecessor A-121, the A-121-2 filter is a multimode filter with 12dB slope that offers separate outputs for highpass, lowpass, bandpass and notch (bandstop). Technically, the filter is a direct offshoot of the “Dark Energy II” synthesizer, which basically uses the same circuitry. How does it sound? Fine, round, pleasant and in terms of … Read more

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-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-121 Multimode Filter

The module is no longer in production. The A-121 is an early but very neat filter design by Doepfer. Unfortunately, the Curtis module CEM 3320 used is no longer available, so the module is no longer commercially available. It’s a shame because it has a very unique sound character and some interesting technical features. From … 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-107 Multitype Morphing Filter

The module is no longer in production. The A-107 was basically an Xpander filter (A-106-6) with greatly expanded filter modes (36 instead of “only” 16) and a digital control for morphing between different filter modes. The filter itself is of course purely analog. The A-107 works with “filter chains”: Such a chain consists of a … Read more

A-106-6 16-fold VC XPander Filter

The Xpander filter is based on the multimode filter design of the Oberheim Xpander synthesizer. With a total of 16 filter modes, it is not only extremely versatile, but also sounds very good throughout. If you only want a single filter for a small modular system, then give the A-106-6 serious thought. The filter has … Read more

A-106-5 12dB SEM Type VCF

The A-106-5 is a 12dB filter with two separate outputs for lowpass / notch / highpass (crossfade) and for bandpass. The filter is inspired by the Oberheim SEM filter. Incidentally, “SEM” stood for “Synthesizer Expander Module”, the SEM in 1974 was a small box without its own keyboard and originally intended to supplement a “normal” … Read more

A-106-1 Xtreme Filter

The A-106-1 Xtreme Filter is a real fun box! The technical design is inspired by the filters of the Korg MS-20, but goes very far beyond them: Very differentiated controllable clipping (distortion) of the filter resonance, separate inputs for low-pass and high-pass mode (comparable to the A-101-1 Vactrol filter), as well as a separable feedback … Read more