At the NAMM show Doepfer will be introducing the Dark Energy III, the successor of Dark Energy II. The main differences between II and III are an improved VCO (no warm-up period, additional triangle waveform, wider frequency range), resettable LFOs, improved ADSR and a lot of internal access points for DIYers. Doepfer tells us that the favored filter of the Dark Energy II has been unchanged.
A Doepfer spokesperson described Dark Energy III thus, "Dark Energy III is a monophonic stand-alone synthesizer with USB and Midi interface. The sound generation and all modulation sources are 100% analog, only the USB/Midi interface contains digital components. It is built into a rugged black metal case with wooden side plates. High quality potentiometers with metal shafts are used and each potentiometer is fixed to the case so there are no wobbly shafts and knobs."
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