Doepfer A-111-5 Vintage Edition

Doepfer A-111-5 Vintage Edition; Eurorack module; complete monophonic synthesizer voice; VCO with sawtooth, pulse and triange waveforms; adjustable pulsewidth; PWM via LFO1 or ADSR envelope; VCO frequency range: 30Hz - 10kHz; lowpass filter (-24dB/oct.) with resonance; switchable filter tracking; linear and exponential filter FM; VCA with AM via LFO1 or ADSR envelope; ADSR envelope generator with three selectable time-ranges; two LFOs, each with triangle and square waveforms and three selectable frequency ranges; outputs for LFO1, ADSR and main audio signal; power consumption: 80mA (+12V) / 50mA (-12V); width: 24 HP; depth: 40mm; black front panel

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Width 24 TE / HP
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The New A-111-5 Is Spot On!
Filmguerilla, 13.11.2020
When Doepfer announced they were re-releasing the A-111-5 Mini Synthesizer Voice module with a new chip, I was a bit skeptical. The Dark Energy has a unique sound and I was worried that the new version of this module wouldn't be the same. I was wrong. It is a perfect recreation of the original module/synth. If you're thinking about getting one of these, but are having the same second thoughts that I had, don't sweat it! Get it while you still can! It sounds phenomenal. I'd rate it five stars across the board, but this is a rather basic synth voice, so I knocked off one star for features.
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aka DARK ENERGY
Oliver Lohse, 30.04.2021
Das Modul DOEPFER A-111-5 ist nichts anderes als der erfolgreiche Desktop-Synth DARK ENERGY, dessen Produktion vor einiger Zeit, da bestimmte elektronische Komponenten nicht mehr produziert wurden, eingestellt werden musste. DOEPFER konnte die fehlenden Bauelemente durch alternative Schaltungen ersetzen und tada, da ist er wieder, der DARK ENERGY.

Verarbeitung, Ausstattung:

Die EInheit mit 24TE ist schon ein echtes Großformat im Euro-Rack, dennoch ist alles drin was die Stimme des Synthesizers ausmacht, VCO, VCF, VCA, ADSR und gleich zwei LFOs. Die Vintage-Version besticht durch klassisches Schwarz inklusive Retro-Potiknöpfen (natürlich auch im Laborgeräte-Silber erhältlich). Alles ist sehr hochwertig verarbeitet - das ist klasse und sieht im Rack wirklich prima aus.

Sound:

Leider kenne ich den Sound vom bisherigen DARK ENERGY nicht aber mit vergleichbaren Videos aus dem Netzt würde ich behaupten sie sind absolut identisch. Der A-111-5 besitzt einen Dreieck-Generator als Kern, aus dem alle weiteren Wellenformen abgeleitet werden. Dem VCO fehlt die Sinuswelle und der Klang kommt daher angenehm knurrig rüber - vermutlich rührt daher seine bisherige Beliebtheit.

Formbarkeit:

Mit 12 Dreifachschaltern und 10 Patchpunkten hat DOEPFER fast unendliche Möglichkeiten geschaffen, um in die Klangformung einzugreifen. Zwar ist der Signalweg ala MOOG mit VCO -> VCF -> VCA -> ADSR bereits vorgegeben, dennoch lässt sich der Weg und der Klang immer noch ordentlich "verbiegen". Würde man den A-111-5 mittels Einzelmodulen aufbauen, hätte man sicherlich deutlich mehr Patchpunkte aber viele Patch-Kombinationen machen keinen Sinn, sodass diese beim A-111-5 bereits eingespart werden konnten.

Preis, Leistung:

Es ist absolut möglich den A-111-5 durch Einzelmodule, wie VCO, VCF, VCA, ADSR usw. aus dem regulären DOPEFER-Sortiment diskret aufzubauen, denn nichts anderes verbirgt sich hinter dem A-111-5, es ist eine clevere Kombination aus bestehenden Sortiments-Modulen unter einer kompakten Haube (zumindest gehe ich davon aus). Der Verkauf als kompaktes Modul spart wirklich eine ganze Menge Geld welches sicherlich besser in andere Module investiert werden könnte.

A-111-5 vs. A-111-6 (Mini vs. Miniature):

Das große Modul A-111-5 gibt es ebenfalls in der kleineren Variante A-111-6 (Miniature Synthesizer Voice), die erheblich günstiger daher kommt und einen "ähnlichen" Klang bietet, dennoch klingt das kleine Modul weniger Soft und eher knurriger. Darüber hinaus verzichtet es auf die beiden LFOs und bietet eine abgespeckte ADSR-Hüllkurve dessen Decay (je nach Schalterstellung) auf 50% fest steht, während A und R einstellbar sind

Fazit:

Der A-111-5 ist total genial. Der Klang ist fantastisch, genau so wie seine Klangformbarkeit und exzellente Verarbeitung. Die etwas reduzierte Patch-Bay (gegenüber Einzelmodulen) lässt dennoch alle sinnvollen Kambinationen zu - hier gibt es kaum Einschränkungen. Da ich persönlich nicht der VCO-Schrauber bin, benötige ich eher einen fertigen satten Synth-Klang der leicht formbar ist und genau das macht der A-111-5 aka DARK ENERGY für einen perfekten Preis.
Wer es dennoch etwas günstiger braucht, sollte sich den A-111-6 ansehen, mit ähnlichen Features.
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