Doepfer A-112: Who said Doepfer was boring?

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Doepfer A-112: Who said Doepfer was boring?

Post by vytis » Fri Nov 06, 2015 9:59 am

Over the last few months I have sold most of my non-Doepfer modules and replaced them with Herr Doepfer's offerings. I am so glad I did. Really enjoying my 18U system now! :sb:

Doepfer is often slammed for lack of digital VCOs, for being utilitarian, bland and what not... I thought I'd share some of the sounds I've patched recently using the (IMHO) highly underrated mighty A-112 Sampler / Wavetable Oscillator...

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The first example features two A-112s.
The second one is one of the channels on its own. Reminds me of a slap bass.
A-171-2 does the wonky Krellish timing / envelopes. A-149-1 provides random notes and switches wavetables. I synthesised these wavetables using Super Miniwave Generator (available in another thread on this forum), loaded them via MIDI Dump. A-106-5 and A-101-6 do the filtering.

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This third example uses a few other bits. Again, two A-112s, an A-110-2 for the solo, A-160-2 clock divider, Noisering and PGM 4x4 (for chords). Same filters + A-124. Self running, a bit of tweaking of the reverb and one of the filters towards the second half.

Reverb courtesy of EHX Cathedral. Mixed on a good old Mackie CR 1604, no post production.

Since I found very few audio examples before buying my A-112s I thought we could use this thread to post interesting sounds you can get from this fella for those thinking of buying it. Do it!

Happy wiggling! :tu:

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Post by egonwalden » Fri Nov 06, 2015 10:14 am

Nice !

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Post by jwm » Fri Nov 06, 2015 1:25 pm

really dig that first track! i've been eying a 112 since i saw leafcutter john's vid for the music thing mikrophonie


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edit: do have some concerns re: the whole battery situation though...

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Post by T. Jervell » Fri Nov 06, 2015 1:42 pm

Thanks for the tip regarding midi-software :yay:
Love my a-112!!!

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Post by Luap » Fri Nov 06, 2015 2:10 pm

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That guy there said Doepfer was boring.

He knows better now....

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Post by vytis » Fri Nov 06, 2015 3:08 pm

Thanks for listening!

FYI - I've tried these three tools to interface with my A-112 via MIDI:

Super-miniwave Generator
https://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=50154

A-112 Waves
http://www.privatepublic.de/blog/software/a-112-waves/

A-112 Sample Dump Tool
http://rampe-d.de/Software/A-112_Sample_Dump_Tool.html

The first two are cool for generating your own wavetables. Super-miniwave is really deep and looks scary, but I've managed to get the sounds I want in about 15 minutes. I actually think it's amazing! However, for some reason MIDI dump didn't work on the Super-miniwave and the A-112 Waves. So I've used the former to create and save a wavetable in .256 format then opened it in A-112 Sample Dump Tool which worked great! I'm sure it's my Avid C400 drivers. I'm on Windows 7 BTW. Hopefully this helps someone.

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Post by MindMachine » Fri Nov 06, 2015 10:07 pm

That third example is beautiful. Nice to see someone utilize the Synthwerks PGM 4x4 too. I want one bad.

I have only used my A-112 as a sampler. These wave patches sound real nice. Thanks for sharing.

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Post by basicbasic » Fri Nov 06, 2015 10:18 pm

Of all the brands i've tried Doepfer is still the only one I would want a full-system of.

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Post by moofi » Sat Nov 07, 2015 1:13 am

Beautiful examples :party: :tu:
Guess there is a new module on list now :lol:

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Post by magicfish » Sat Nov 07, 2015 10:30 am

thanks for those

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Post by phasebash » Sun Nov 08, 2015 9:27 am

Here is one of my fav A-112 patches:
https://soundcloud.com/phasebash/regene ... rds-with-a

MMF1 and DMF2 are self oscillating in a feedback configuration with the A-112 in pitch shifter mode on the return connection. Optomix is providing contours to the sound. I think the noise comes from the A-112 dirt, it has been so long I don't remember. Wogglebug provides gates.

Been thinking about a second A-112 for a while, it'll eventually happen when my mixing situation improves.

More! Sounds of the crystal staircase.

Maths bouncing ball patch with A-112.
http://soundcloud.com/phasebash/bouncing-ball

A-112 Echoplex
https://soundcloud.com/phasebash/caught ... ape-loop-a

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Post by starkmod » Sun Nov 08, 2015 10:47 am

I use mine mostly for pitch shifting or sampling and pitching.. the grit is awesome.. tried wavetabling a recorded sample, turned out very nice!

It's a shame though that you cannot cycle the waveforms by hand via knob.. You still need a constant +5v on the gate in and I used my polarizing mixer for wavetable morphing since Ch1 doubles as an offset generator.

..Or am I doing it wrong?

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Post by Navs » Sun Nov 08, 2015 2:46 pm

phasebash wrote:A-112 Echoplex
8-) Did you set it up as a looper? How?

I still love the A-112 for its crunch and versatility.

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Post by phasebash » Sun Nov 08, 2015 4:12 pm

Navs wrote:
phasebash wrote:A-112 Echoplex
8-) Did you set it up as a looper? How?

I still love the A-112 for its crunch and versatility.
Well, it loops in the sense that the feedback amount is as close to 100 percent as it can before the A-112 descends into completely noisy chaos (which it eventually does at the end), and I was careful to be hand playing parts who's lengths were in equal divisions of the loop length. Sorry, no cool A-112 mods to report.

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Post by SB-SIX » Sun Nov 08, 2015 4:23 pm

Great sounds! My only problem with doepfer is that I can't remember what device comes with what number. Have to look it up every time.

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Post by Junk Rhythm » Mon Nov 09, 2015 11:14 am

SB-SIX wrote:Great sounds! My only problem with doepfer is that I can't remember what device comes with what number. Have to look it up every time.
Remembering which is which gets easier with time.

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Post by knifey » Mon Nov 09, 2015 4:00 pm

sold mine. totally regret it. i ordered a case with a 110mm depth (AFTER i sold it) just in case i find one again.

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Post by vytis » Fri Nov 20, 2015 3:59 am

Thank you so much for posting these cool examples.
Here's another recording of mine featuring A-112 as bass, also multed to A-188-1 (512 stages) for some Karplus Strong action. 100% Doepfer.
Everything is sequenced off a single A-155+A-154 in Pendulum mode.
The snare is an A-110-4 slightly modulated with white noise at its exponential FM. Envelope provided by A-143-4 > A-132-3. What a simple patch to make a snare, no filters needed, I discovered it by accident. Yes, the snare is also triggered by the A-155.
It's self running, with some knob tweaking here and there. The A-112 is most prominent around 00:42.
No multitracking, recorded in a single take on a Mackie CR 1604, stereo master edited on Pro Tools.

[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/232786524" params="auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true" width="100%" height="450" iframe="true" /]

Funky times! :wookie:

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Post by ben_hex » Fri Nov 20, 2015 4:55 am

Some great examples vytis. I agree the Doepfer stuff is far from boring. Attenuators for most inputs on most modules (really useful) and some great sounds across their range.
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Post by knifey » Fri Nov 20, 2015 11:21 pm

Wow these are fantastic stuff. I just bought one back and these tracks are totally inspiring. Thanks for sharing everyone. :nana:

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Post by h4ndcrafted » Sat Nov 21, 2015 12:16 am

I've never heard people say Doepfer is boring ?

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Post by vytis » Mon Nov 23, 2015 1:36 pm

New track featuring two Doepfer A-112 wavetable oscillators! No other sound sources. More details on my Soundcloud page.

[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/234372369" params="auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true" width="100%" height="450" iframe="true" /]

This is a live recording, no multitracking, just a tiny bit of stereo track editing here and there. Mixed on a Mackie CR1604. Reverb: Electro Harmonix Cathedral.

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Post by DanJGW » Mon Nov 23, 2015 2:03 pm

h4ndcrafted wrote:I've never heard people say Doepfer is boring ?
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Same here, they are anything but boring. Groundbreaking and amazing I would say. :hail:

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Post by knifey » Mon Nov 23, 2015 2:33 pm

vytis wrote:New track featuring two Doepfer A-112 wavetable oscillators! No other sound sources. More details on my Soundcloud page.

[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/234372369" params="auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true" width="100%" height="450" iframe="true" /]

This is a live recording, no multitracking, just a tiny bit of stereo track editing here and there. Mixed on a Mackie CR1604. Reverb: Electro Harmonix Cathedral.
Fantastic stuff. The thought of having another 112 JUST entered my head last night.

Can I ask you - and the others who posted their tracks - what sound sources you used?

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Post by vytis » Mon Nov 23, 2015 2:53 pm

knifey wrote:Fantastic stuff. The thought of having another 112 JUST entered my head last night.

Can I ask you - and the others who posted their tracks - what sound sources you used?
Thanks knifey!
See my second post at the top of this thread. I have used Super Miniwave to generate my wavetables. In all of my examples the A-112s were loaded with such synthesised random waveforms. But I have found that just about anything works, really! Amazingly inspiring module and dead simple to use as a wavetable oscillator. :tu:

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