Doepfer Dark Time

Doepfer Dark Time

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Dark Time, Sequencer from Doepfer.

4 user reviews
Prices starting at $613 Average price: $613

Doepfer Dark Time tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Doepfer
  • Model: Dark Time
  • Category: Sequencers
  • Added in our database on: 01/11/2010

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Doepfer Dark Time user reviews

Average Score:4.3( 4.3/5 based on 4 reviews )
 1 user review25 %
 3 reviews75 %

pilip's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" step sequencer to the old"

Doepfer Dark Time
see DOEPFER site.
The device is smaller than I thought! it's a bit pokey and this may be the only weak point of this unit.
the connection is really rich: the old (cv / gate) with at least old (noon) and Modern (USB)!
the firmware is being updated: no major bug with the latest version 1.10.
(Remember to update the firmware if you pick one, earlier versions have bugs.)
PSU included


"The usual functions are they easily accessible?"
yes, then one of the big strengths of this device, we have everything on hand, like a good old analog machine (but it is digital sequencer! is also to our advantage because more stable, especially at the "quantize" that finds the right note with ease)
I use it in cv / gate with my dotcom modular, it works perfectly: an online CV to the VCOs, and a line to CV2 the VCF, a gate common to the VCA.
I transpose the midi sequences via a MIDI keyboard, it works perfectly well.
(It is possible to have the first line of eight steps that control the oscilloscope example and second line which runs the pulsewidth (= gate length) of each of 8 ratings)


no sound is a controller.
But it can bring out your synth sounds not previously identified.


It is a machine to improvise, to find, for the curious.
The range of editable parameters "live" allows the evolution of a loop haunting (in a good sense), this is pretty huge for the fans. Manufacturing is strong, the machine has the mouth, it's my opinion (and thanks to the advice of another member of AF for that matter) the current step sequencer to have if you are looking for.
defects: pokey (the kind Moog knobs 18 are 1.5cm and 2cm non: the photo of AF-size), the sides could have been varnished
qualities: stable, solid, beautiful, updated firmware
a beautiful machine in general.

Maxidingue's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent"

Doepfer Dark Time
no sound module, it is not a sequencer not only
Ultra full connectivity: CV / gate, MIDI and USB
no memory, one button, one function
no Mac or PC Utility
very simple and intuitive


extremely simple configuration
for me, only connected via USB, Ableton Live has synchronized (master)
2 tracks necessary: ​​the first with Darktime in MIDI in, Arturia Minimoog with an instrument inserted into the second with my master keyboard with MIDI in and MIDI out in Draktime
and voilou, my sequence is synchronized Darktime turns of Ableton I start playing and I can pitch in real time with my master keyboard
Simplissime manual available in French knew the forum


I remember, its NOT in the sequencer


I bought my Darktime a week ago, used very intensively for

until now I only sequençais on my Mac with Ableton
now the little Dark does the job
you can either use a sequence of 16 steps of 1 or 2 channel sequence of 8 steps on two MIDI channels
if we just thoughtful, price is a bit excessive for my taste
few switches, a few knobs, a simple box and two wooden sides: a little expensive for what sequencer
it says the build quality is impeccable and components rather good

for now I do not regret my purchase

no memory or stage
sequencing not possible to CC (maybe in a firmware update)
the price

The most:
Simplified Deployment
USB connectivity (including feeding Darktime)
tips (jump, stop on each step)

revega's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Doepfer Dark Time
Analogue sequencer, the latest addition to Doepfer in the register.
More info:


Operation is simple if you know how a sequencer. For the novices, the fact that the machine has no internal menus and everything is done in front fixes the grip.
The manual on the Doepfer site is sufficient, no need to drag it easy.
You turn the knobs to find the right voltage (the note) and up to 16 enchaine not all changed at will (number of steps, skip a note, read alternately, transposition etc. ...).
The advantage is the appearance of a USB port, added in addition to MIDI and CV / gate can transpose via an external keyboard while turning the sequence through another 'time clock' (not possible with Regelwerk one and a little painful with a 16-QAM / 3).


No sound sequencer is up to you to play.


In the end it's probably the most intuitive sequencer and more interactive than I know. It is very close to the ARP sequencer in its possibilities. I, in my opinion, found more interesting than the models heavier type Regelwerk or 16QAM / 3 of course, have memories, but their approach more 'pro' are less pleasant to use.
With this model I think Doepfer sequencer quite strong and can surf on a technology alternative to computer music and therefore more organic.
Can be a bit expensive for a device as small but look at the price of a PRA, a SQ10 or an old Model 800 Sequential home.
Here at least we have the advantage of reliability, low congestion and the benefits of modern architecture, namely the Midi port (in + CV / Gate) and USB. Its direct competitor, the MFB, although it has advantages is miles of Darktime.
One of the best sequencers that I know.
Accord'Eure Pianos08/25/2011

Accord'Eure Pianos's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Super machine!"

Doepfer Dark Time
Analog sequencer MIDI and CV / Gate 16 pas.Toutes connections, MIDI, CV / Gate, Clock in and out, USB.Bref all there.


It makes it very vite.Je have the manual in German and I do not understand it but I have not been utile.Chacun of 16 knobs corresponds to a note that is rule by turning (logic you might say). Then we build on sart défile.On and sequence may also play the upside or all notes at random (yes go ahead).


No sounds except of course for your synth!


I've had about an hour and I love it!
I also have a step MFB-64 and it is the day and nuit.Le Doepfer is super intuitive and can compose loops super easy.

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