Doepfer announces Dark Time Sequencer

Doepfer has an analog sequencer in development intended as an add-on for their Dark Energy synth. This sequencer, Dark Time, originally planned as an add-on for the Dark Energy, may also be used in combination with other Midi, USB or CV/Gate equipment too. 

Features overview

  • two rows with 8 controls each
  • for each step:
    • – rotary control (same knob type as Dark Energy)
    • – red LED
    • – three-position switch On/Off/Skip
    • – three-position switch Stop/Continue/Jump
  • several operating modes:
    • 1×16 (i.e. the two rows are daisy-chained)
    • 2×8 (i.e. both rows run in parallel)
    • custom mode (e.g. three times row 1 and the once row 2, probably not yet available in the first firmware version)
  • several running directions:
    • forward
    • backward
    • random
  • several voltage / tuning ranges: 1V, 2V, 5V (corresponding to 1/2/5 octaves)
  • quantization on/off/custom scale  (custom scale probably not yet available in the first firmware version)
  • transpose via switch (-1/0/+1 octave), Midi/USB or external CV input
  • timing control, selected by a three position switch:
    • internal via built-in clock oscillator with frequency and pulsewidth controls
    • external via Midi/USB
    • external via analog clock/start/stop
  • analog interface for CV/gate/clock/Start-Stop (inputs and outputs, 3.5 mm miniature jack sockets)
  • Midi interface
  • USB interface (power supply via USB is not possible)
  • basic parameters are set in the configuration mode (e.g. Midi channel for row 1, Midi channel for row 2, Midi clock dividing factor, custom scale, custom running mode)
  • optically adapted to Dark Energy (same knobs, same depth and height, same wooden side plates and so on)
  • Powered via external power supply (12 AC/min. 400mA) for 230V
  • powering the device via USB is not possible, because the analog circuits require a dual voltage (+/-12V).

All the specifications (above), prices and release dates are still without any obligation. Doepfer expects date of delivery at the end of this year with a price tag of Euro 450 – 500.


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