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Doepfer History: MCV8 8-Voice MIDI to CV Interface

In the mid 80s Doepfer released the MCV8, an 8-Voice MIDI to CV Interface.
The MCV8 was/is a simple MIDI-to-CV converter, featuring MIDI in/THRU plus 8 CV and 8 Gate outputs on the backside.
On the front side it had a two-digit LED plus 8 buttons.

A preliminary version of the MCV8 (very different from the final version) was available around 1985/86.
It was very primitive and had only one mode: 8-voice polyphonic.
The only controls were a learn button and a LED (to learn the Midi channel and the reference note for 0V CV). The unit had no storage and the Midi channel and reference note was lost after power off. Only very few units were manufactured (as far as Dieter remembers less than 10). 
A few years later a totally revised version of the MCV8 was available (both kit and ready made).  The kit was about Euro 150 without case and about Euro 180 with case.  The ready built unit with case was about Euro 280. It had a 2-digit LED display and 8 buttons with associated LEDs and was availabl…

Documentary Film about Konfirm, a Research Project by Jon Adams

On the 14th of June this year, artist Jon Adams presented 'Konfirm', an interesting (and live-streamed) performance/talk from his residency at the Autism Research Centre.
Konfirm was his first artistic output for the ARC, and was a sound work prompted by systematic processes which were presented in audio and visual metaphor.
Watch the whole project with sound and visuals at
Today a short documentary was released with the artist at work explaining the project and his thought process. It also features Jon's modular synth setup, on which he created his musical sculptures and soundscapes...

Video: Konfirm, Jon Adams residency, Autism Research Centre Konfirm, Jon Adams residency, Autism Research Centre from The Arts Catalyst on Vimeo.
" Documentary film about Konfirm, a research project by artist Jon Adams.
Adams' artwork explores sense and sensitivity through the 'hidden' and plays with perception…

Doepfer A-199 Spring Reverb Mounting in a G6 Case by Zoë Blade

In her latest YouTube upload Zoë Blade shows how you can mount the A-199 Spring Reverb tank inside an A-100 case, using the air vents and some cable ties.
Video: Doepfer A-199 spring reverb mounting in a G6 case

" Just a shabby little video I've had sitting around here for a year. I'm uploading it on the offchance it's useful to anyone else. This is how my spring reverb is mounted, and it sounds pretty hum-free to me. Sorry about the low quality of the video!
And yes, you can still fit other modules in front of it, so it's pretty neat and tidy. " Uploaded by Zoe Blade

Paper Circuit Controlling a Doepfer A-152 Sequencer by Frederic Gerchambeau

Frederic Gerchambeau uploads interesting analog/modular videos to his GruithuisenCityMan YouTube account very frequently.
This time he hasn't uploaded a musical piece, but just an interesting demo of an idea. In the video he shows how a paper circuit, a simple sheet of paper with an unknown conductive/capacitive substance, can be integrated into a modular system. Sadly Frederic's videos don't often come with a lot of information...

Video: Paper Circuit Controlling a Doepfer A-152 Sequencer

" Paper circuit controlling a Doepfer A-152 sequencer, details below:
Hello ! My name is Frederic Gerchambeau. I have made this movie and this music. The music has been made using a Doepfer analog modular system including an A-152. Enjoy !
I am a (proud !) member of the french association PWM (Patch Work Music) : "
Uploaded by GruithuisenCityMan
The idea is not new, but i haven't seen the use of it in combination with the A-152 Voltag…

Doepfer A-143-9 Voltage Controlled Quad LFO/VCO Video Tutorials by Raul Pena

Raul Pena is already going into his third year of tutorial-making and today was the kickoff off a brand new Doepfer tutorial series.
Today he started a series on the Doepfer A-143-9 Voltage Controlled Quadrature LFO/VCO.

Video 1: Doepfer A-143-9 Quadrature LFO Basics
"A brief overview of the features and function of the Doepfer A143-9 Quadrature LFO. Sound and Video by Raul Pena. "

Video 2: Doepfer A143-9 Quadrature LFO Audio Demonstration Part One

" A brief audio demonstration of the Doepfer A143-9 Quadrature LFO. Sine outputs at different phase settings are compared. Sound and Video by Raul Pena."

Video 3: Doepfer A143-9 Quadrature LFO Audio demonstration Part Two

"The second of two audio demonstrations using the Doepfer A143-9 Quadrature LFO. In this segment we use the 4 outputs of the A143-9 to modulate the 4 inputs of the Doepfer A135-1 Quad VCA,VC mixer. Includes a short demo of how to use an offset to slow the A143-9 rate is shown. Sound and Video by Ra…

Modular Wild Presents Profile: WMD Gamma Wave Source Demos by Raul Pena

Raul Pena found out last weekend that the WMD Devices Gamma Wave Source was discontinued.
He had been holding onto the tutorial videos that he made for this a while trying to work them into the current Modular Wild season, but since its discontinued Raul figured... why not release them all.

So here they are; 3 new Raul Pena videos at once... enjoy!

Video 1: Modular Wild Presents PROFILE-WMD Gamma Wave Source

" A brief description of the features of the WMD Gamma Wave Source dual digital wavetable VCO. Sound and Video by Raul Pena."

Video 2: Modular Wild Presents PROFILE-WMD Gamma Wave Source-Wavetables

" A short look at the WMD Gamma Wave Source. Exploring the wavetables of the Dual digital Wavetable VCO and cv control. Sound and Video by Raul Pena."

Video 3: Modular Wild Presents PROFILE-WMD Gamma Wave Source-Effects

" A brief look at the different effects available in the WMD Gamma Wave Source. Sound and Video by Raul Pena."

Raul also created a couple …

Dieter Doepfer reacts to I Dream Of Wires: Hardcore Edition Comments

Dieter Doepfer recently replied in the Yahoo Doepfer A-100 Usergroup on comments to his appearance in the I Dream Of Wires: Hardcore Edition documentary that was released last month.

Many members of the group congratulated and thanked him after seeing and hearing him about the early beginnings of the Eurorack standard in the IDOW Documentary A few people even compared his work to that of Bob Moog and Don Buchla, but as always, Dieter stayed humble:
"...I would really not place me on the same level with Bob Moog or Don Buchla.
The start of the A-100 was more a "copy job" than a new technology.
The first modules were nothing but copies of the (Doepfer) MS-404 sub-circuits and the MS-404 had its roots in the famous Moog transistor ladder filter and a common VCO circuit.

I think my main idea was to make an analog modular system affordable and to use a mechanical format (now called Eurorack) and a bus concept that was not too expensive (ribbon cables instead of fixed PCB di…

Doepfer A-124 WASP Filter Simple Sweeps Demo by MylarMelodies

MylarMelodies (formerly known as Cymatic and MusikMesse 2012-picture-provider for PatchPierre.Net) has uploaded a nice video showing off his Doepfer A-124 WASP filter. It's one of my favorite filters, so it's not really a surprise he likes it too...
Video: Doepfer A-124 Wasp Filter Simple Sweeps Demo.

"Being a video that shows the Doepfer Wasp Filter's character off on some simple square waves. Modular signal is processed with a tiny touch of UAD EMT-140 Plate Reverb to take the edge of its dryness. " 
Check out the rest of his music at and his blog at

Also check out the easy modifications for A-124 self-oscillation HERE and HERE

I Dream of Wires: Hardcore Edition Re-Release Imminent

Last month i had the opportunity to watch the brilliant "I Dream of Wires: Hardcore Edition" documentary for the first time, and i think i have already watched it 3 or 4 times now...

"I Dream of Wires" is a crowdfunded independent documentary film about the resurgence of the modular synthesizer and is written and directed by Robert Fantinatto with Jason Amm (Ghostly International recording artist Solvent) serving as producer and co-writer.
The 'Hardcore Edition', a four-hour long 2-DVD-set, was released last month and distributed amongst the crowd-funders and pre-orderers all over the world. We had a long, hard think: decided to make "I Dream Of Wires: Hardcore Edition" DVDs & BluRays avail to buy again. Pls give us approx 1 week
— I Dream Of Wires (@IDOWdocumentary) September 7, 2013 Last weekend the producers announced their decision to put this brilliant Blu-Ray or DVD-set up for sale for everyone, after an overwhelming demand.
- Read the…

Raul's World of Synths 2 Year Anniversary Video

To celebrate 2 years of creating tutorial videos Raul Pena uploaded another bonus video to share the latest updates with you and to thank his supporters... Thank you for mentioning me Raul, and thank you back for your support and those fascinating video tutorials.  Keep on patching!
Video: Rauls World of Synths 2 year anniversary

" A short video discussing Raul's World of Synths two year Anniversary! Pretty exciting.
Sound and video by Raul Pena."

Raul also created a couple of surveys to help improve his videos,
please help him out by answering a few questions:

Raul's World of Synths Modular Videos
Modular Wild Video Series

Find all Raul's tutorial videos on PatchPierre HERE
Find Raul Pena at and on Twitter or YouTube

Random Video: Modular 0001 by Unun Septium

I'm glad that more and more people upload their Eurorack videos to YouTube. This next one (and his first modular video) is made by Unun Septium (from Ununseptium Warehouse), and it shows a quite interesting 17½ minute long live patching experience with pretty basic modules...
Find more info about this patch HERE
Video: Modular 0001 by Unun Septium

" Never did get around to posting a modular video, so here goes.
Knob twiddling tedium for none anoraks.  This is pretty basic stuff, just an attempt to make some rhythmic noise using only the Doepfer with no external triggers."
Uploaded by Unun Septium

Outtakes/Bloopers from Raul's World of Synths

Raul Pena uploaded an extra bonus-video for the fans.
It shows some funny bloopers from his recent Doepfer tutorial video series, when things don't go as planned...

Video: Outtakes/Bloopers from Raul's World of Synths

" Sometimes things don't go as planned. Tripping on cables,dropping things, not patching correctly, forgetting the point I was trying to make, or just getting tongue tied. All in good fun. Outtakes from Doepfer A149-1 series, A155 series, A156 series,A124 Wasp filter, A172 Max/Min, A196 PLL"

Find all Raul's tutorial videos on PatchPierre HERE
Find Raul Pena at and on Twitter or YouTube

RIP Dick Raaijmakers

I was quite shocked when I heard the news today about the passing of Dutch electronic music and tape music pioneer Dick Raaijmakers.
He died on September 4 at the age of 83.
Besides for helping popularizing electronic music globally in the sixties, he was also known as a composer, theater maker and music theorist. He did groundbreaking work at the Dutch NatLab studios, and will also be remembered as the man who declined Stanley Kubrick's request to make the Clockwork Orange soundtrack... (oops)
I decided to pick this next video for my blog, because i haven't seen many people linking to it.
The video shows Dick Raaijmaker as the tape music teacher and theorist the way i remember him the most, in his own somewhat excentic and interesting way. Although the whole interview is in Dutch, it has very adequate English subtitles (by Wiel Seuskens)
Video: Het kleinste geluid (deel 1)- The smallest sound (part 1)
Video: Het kleinste geluid (deel 2)- The smallest sound (part 2) " Dic…

Modular Analog Music and Tutorial Videos by @Flixxx

Felix from Germany (@Flixxx) has uploaded several highly interesting tutorial-videos last week, showing the more interesting/alternative/creative ways of using Eurorack modules.
They are not all about Doepfer, but he shows modules of all kinds of Eurorack brands and he does some nice and clear narration with it.
He even plans to do more of those quick looks in the future, so keep an eye on his YouTube channel.

Video 1: Doepfer A-160 Clock Divider as Sub-OSC/Frequency Divider (Eurorack Modular Synth Demo)

" A short video, showing the Doepfer A-160 Clock Divider Eurorack module being used as a frequency divider/square wave sub oscillator. This works by feeding the trigger input a VCO signal (either a square wave or saw wave) and using the division outputs (/2 /4 /8 etc.) as square wave VCO outputs. If you have any further questions, please post them below :) Thanks for watching!"

Video 2: Intellijel uVCF as Saw Wave VCO (Eurorack/Doepfer Modular Synth Demo)

" Another Mod…