Since the launch of their A100 modular synth in the mid-’90s, Doepfer has been quietly adding modules to the system; some fairly simple, others wonderfully obscure, and now they have just globally announced the availability of:
- A-111-4 Quad VCO
- A-105-4 Quad Poly SSI VCF
- A-132-8 Octal Poly VCA
- A-141-4 Quad Poly VCADSR
- A-190-5 Polyphonic USB/Midi to CV/Gate Interface
These are certainly a quirky quintet of polyphonic modules that sees the company diving deeper into the now, industry standard Eurorack modular system that it initiated and popularised with its ever-expanding A-100 Modular system.
The company CEO Dieter Doepfer had this to say; “Modular synthesisers are almost exclusively monophonic structures since true polyphonic patches require a lot of modules — at least four VCOs, four VCFs, four VCAs, and eight ADSRs for a ‘classic’ four-voice patch,” he begins.
“But even then, it’s difficult to control [things like] filter resonance or modulation depth of all the filters, for example, or the attack and decay time of all the envelope generators simultaneously. So now it’s possible to integrate these functions into the modular synth world with our polyphonic modules, though the idea is not just to recreate a standard polyphonic synth within the modular system but rather realise new polyphonic structures that go far beyond a standard polyphonic synth and also far beyond the typical monophonic structures of a modular system since they still offer access to all parameters via CV or gate.”
The A-111-4 Quad VCO, A-105-4 Quad Poly SSI VCF, A-132-8 Octal Poly VCA, A-141-4 Quad Poly VCADSR, and A-190-5 Polyphonic USB/Midi to CV/Gate Interface modules can be ordered from Australian Dealer: Found Sound.