MESSE: Doctor Doepfer Does It Again

US More innovative gizmos from the mad scientist      20/03/02

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Dropping by the Doepfer stand always proves to be a highlight of any show – this MESSE was certainly no different. On display at the base of a towering modular system were several interesting controllers. The first being a prototype of a kind of pressure-sensitive ribbon controller based on the legendary Troutonium. The strip outputs mulitple controls. One for CV along the ribbons length – usually pitch, gate time or duration of the touch and one from the pressure exerted – a sort of after touch. The unit is designed to work with a sub harmonic generator which gives rather interesting ring mod type sounds but obviously you can route the voltage outputs to anywhere your heart desires. The strip is still under development but will be priced somewhere in the region of 200 euros and will be available sometime around June 2002

Also on display was the unique looking A100TKB, another interesting device that’s as sort of cross between an analog step sequencer and a touch sensitive keyboard. Each key on the keyboard has three dedicated control outs – CV, Gate and pressure, with sum outputs for standard keyboard mode. In sequencer mode the unit operates like a standard step sequencer with separate step outs or again using the sum for simpler patching. As you can imagine, the patching possibilities are mind-boggling. This unit is still undergoing feature evaluation with consultation from valued Doepfer customers but should be available around summertime at around 300euros – seems like a bargain to me.
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