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Must have Doepfer Modules...

Post by clinker » Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:03 am

Hello Everyone,

I am fairly new to analog modular and have to admit to being a bit overwhelmed by the sheer volume of Doepfer modules available. In an attempt not to overlap and be redundant in my purchases I was hoping some of you might share your opinions on what you feel are your favorite (must have) Doepfer modules and why?

I have my OSCs, Filters, Envs and VCAs covered with lots of Livewire, and Cwejman... I am looking to round out my system with more Doepfer to cover the utility and rhythmic side of things.

Thanks very much for your insights?

These have become my favorites so far...

A-143-1 / A-149-1 / A-137-2 / A-180s / A-160/161

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Post by vav » Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:05 am

132/3 Dual Liner/Exponential VCA. 2 VCA's in a small package.
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Post by e-grad » Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:10 am

A137 Waveform Multiplier is as cool as obscure. The latter bcs. it's a task to find the neutral setting but it's there! Toying around with it can be very rewarding.

A199 Spring Reverb can be improved with an Accutronics reverb tank. Very interesting module due to it's open feedback path either way.

You might be interested in the A166 Logic module which allows you to generate interesting patterns from various gates.

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Post by felix » Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:38 am

vav wrote:132/3 Dual Liner/Exponential VCA. 2 VCA's in a small package.
A big +1 to that.

Other Doepfers that I used in almost every patch:
138c, 134, 160

Also a big fan of the 137 (or I guess 137-1 now)
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Post by a100user » Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:44 am

A196 PLL is very cool
A155 sequencer matched with the A156 quantiser
A143-1 complex envelope
A149-1 random voltage generator is great fun
I'm looking for nothing at this moment in time

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Post by ignatzthemouse » Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:44 am

Another yay for the A132/3. A few people recommended it to me when I was looking and it really sounds fantastic.

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Post by the bad producer » Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:45 am

I'd recommend the A-152, or at least reading this thread:

viewtopic.php?t=7355

If you're interested in rhythmic stuff, it's pretty cool, but also has many other uses.....

I'd agree with everyone else on the 137 too... :tu:

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Post by LDT » Wed Aug 26, 2009 11:11 am

Of course the 160/161 combo.
But certainly also 156 quantizer. You may just think "quantizer, so what", but for me the rhythmic aspect of it is really a huge thing: Feed it any old cv, and not only you have cv quantized to your taste, but also rhythm to go with it. I just got my second A-156 :love: .
The PPL is a sure thing for whacky/weirdo stuff.
The 149-1/2 combo is a great randomness resource. Personally I am more into it than my Wogglebug.
And the 155 is a fantastic sequencer. My favorite feature is the input for every step. This enables you to insert a bit of randomness/weirdness/whatever into selected steps. And with the 154 its feature set is stunning.

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Post by Leisure Cove » Wed Aug 26, 2009 11:36 am

I'm a big fan of the A-143-1. It's large, but it packs a ton of functionality into 28HP.

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Post by Esnan » Wed Aug 26, 2009 12:44 pm

A160: Clock divider, incredibly useful when clocking events at differnt speeds.
A149-1 & -2: Very good for animating melodies and producing gates/rythms, esp. in combination with A160 and A166
And for some reason, I love the simple A145 LFO. I guess it's beceause it has just one control, and a lot of outputs.

I have heard a lot of positive comments about A132-3 Dual VCA, but I am curious if someone has experience to share about A133 Dual VC polarizer?

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Post by NV » Wed Aug 26, 2009 5:57 pm

I'm a fan of the A-143 series, particularly the 143-1, 143-2, and 143-3. The combination of those three modules can drastically increase the functionality of any modular and can lead to some very complex self-generating patches.

For sequencing, the A-152, A-154/155, A-151, and A-160/161 are all amazing in their own right, and combining all of them leads to some incredible sequencing capabilities.

The A-132/3 is a fantastic double VCA. Simple, effective, and sounds as good as most will ever need.

The A-166 logic is a ton of functionality packed into a small space. Logic can really open some doors in a system and the A-166 doles out plenty of it, and with LEDs which are highly practical yet other logic modules often lack.

The A-188-1 BBD can pull some amazing tricks when you learn to tinker with it. It's not often you find a single module that can introduce an entirely new type of synthesis into a system.

The A-196 PLL is one of the quirkiest modules in Doepfer's arsenal, but once you sit down and figure it out it can easily become one of your favorite modules in your system.

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Post by wetterberg » Wed Aug 26, 2009 11:02 pm

a-132-3: - In use in most of my patches
a-147 vcLFO: - I love that unit...
a-156 quantizer: Only just got this one, but it's masssssiive.
a-152: Hard to fully grasp, but great for the weirdest sequencing in town.
a-189-1: - grit, and VERY lovely grit at that.
a-138d: My lovely little secret.

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Post by clinker » Thu Aug 27, 2009 1:39 am

Thanks a ton guys... these are great recommendations. I will dig into learning more about all of these. I really appreciate it!

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Post by ex_dead_teenager » Sun Aug 30, 2009 3:42 pm

quantizer and PLL also the effect insert is in constant use around here and so is the clock div

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Post by antennafarm » Sun Aug 30, 2009 5:38 pm

for smaller systems, the quad ADSRs, LFOs, etc are great for some relatively basic functions (like no CV over envelope stages or LFO rates, etc).

i know you said you have filters covered, but it never hurts to have a variety -- and doepfer has a bunch! flavor is nice!

the various controllers, as well. the modular is an INSTRUMENT, and doepfer gives a few avenues on how you can express yourself on it.

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Post by richard » Sun Aug 30, 2009 7:55 pm

good thread, I tend to forget just how much doepfer there is out there. Amazing really...

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Post by A Dingleberry Monstrosity » Sun Aug 30, 2009 8:33 pm

I dont remember the numbering, but the frequency shifter, reverb unit and wave multipliers (cant wait to get the saw tooth animator one!) are just amazing units that I will never sell off.

oh and the BBD modules!!!
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Post by science » Sun Aug 30, 2009 10:20 pm

Agreed on the A-126 (frequency shifter). It's a cool module.

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Post by theabsent » Mon Aug 31, 2009 4:16 am

A-137-1 Wave Multiplier I
- I use it all the time for everything

A-124 Wasp Filter
- This is my favourite Doepfer filter

A-117 and A-118 don't get much praise but I like them both

A-138m Matrix Mixer
- I'm really waiting for it, should be here in two days!

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Post by wetterberg » Mon Aug 31, 2009 4:21 am

theabsent wrote:A-138m Matrix Mixer
- I'm really waiting for it, should be here in two days!
oooh! Please do a review for us!

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Post by amnesia » Mon Aug 31, 2009 4:55 am

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Post by Funky40 » Mon Aug 31, 2009 3:06 pm

must have: a-133 CV polarizer
very nice: A-107 morph filter
did you know that this one is thin like a Cwejman ? ( or nearly )
sounds fat ! get two and you have the filtercombo for any situation.
Has VC Resonance and take the seqswitching and morph as a bonus .( morph is not what i expect under that name )
everything else is listed allready i guess

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Post by Reptil » Mon Aug 31, 2009 3:40 pm

adding to the list:
a-148 S&H
a-172 max/min
a-150 switch

have a a-133 dual polariser - it works as advertised (nice control over VC polarity) have to do more with it though...
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Re: Must have Doepfer Modules...

Post by donrock » Wed Jul 15, 2020 3:33 am

Resurrecting an old thread ..
How did the old doepfer modules that are mentioned above hold up over the years? I'm interested in adding some utility modules to my rig, any new doepfer modules, that I should be on the lookout for? Maybe a clock divider (like a160-2), vcas, etc. There's so many doepfer modules I don't even know where to start :)

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Re: Must have Doepfer Modules...

Post by yhf » Wed Jul 15, 2020 6:30 am

donrock wrote:
Wed Jul 15, 2020 3:33 am
Resurrecting an old thread ..
How did the old doepfer modules that are mentioned above hold up over the years? I'm interested in adding some utility modules to my rig, any new doepfer modules, that I should be on the lookout for? Maybe a clock divider (like a160-2), vcas, etc. There's so many doepfer modules I don't even know where to start :)
In general, Doepfer offers great quality at a fair price. I own some but not all of the mentioned modules, so I can't comment on all of them. But generally speaking I'd say: You can't go wrong there. Since you mention VCAs: Check out the A-135-2. I just added it to my rack and am really pleased with it.

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