Doepfer Dark Time Analog Step Sequencer with Red LEDs

2 x 8 Analog-style Step Sequencer with USB Port, MIDI Interface, CV/Gate Jacks, and Red Lights
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Doepfer Dark Time Analog Step Sequencer with Red LEDs
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Your Synth Rig Isn't Complete Without a Step Sequencer

Doepfer's Dark Time step sequencer makes a great addition to the company's modular synth gear, but you can use it in any type of vintage or modern setup, thanks to its USB port, MIDI sockets, and jacks for analog control voltages and gate signals. In spite of its digital circuitry, the Dark Time is very much an intuitive analog-style 16-step sequencer housed in a rugged sheet metal chassis with attractive wooden end cheeks, fitted with high-quality potentiometers with metal shafts throughout. Sweetwater modular geeks know that your system isn't complete without a step sequencer. Juice your rig with the Doepfer Dark Time.

Doepfer Dark Time Step Sequencer at a Glance:
  • The step sequencer and its relevance in your music
  • Configuration flexibility to suit your needs
  • Using Dark Time as a MIDI clock-to-sync interface
The step sequencer and its relevance in your music

Your DAW already has a sophisticated, full-featured sequencer. Why would you want another one with severe limitations? Well, because it's those limitations that let you, with minimal effort, produce the hypnotic, repetitive note patterns that are intrinsic to electronic music. In addition to pitch and time, the Doepfer Dark Time lets you easily control, for instance, external synth parameters like filter cutoff frequency. The Dark Time's Range switch produces the voltage ranges that are useful for controlling all aspects of analog synthesizers.

Configuration flexibility to suit your needs

Whether you're using the Dark Time with your vintage synths, in your modern DAW-based setup, or in your live rig, you need flexibility - and with its onboard MIDI interface, USB port, and CV/Gate jacks, the Doepfer Dark Time delivers. With its two rows of eight steps, the Dark Time gives you the flexibility to set it up in three different configurations. As a 1 x 16 sequencer, the two rows are daisy chained. In a 2 x 8 config, both rows run in parallel. And set up as a 1-8 Combi, the lower row sets the individual gate lengths for the upper row.

Using Dark Time as a MIDI clock-to-sync interface

When running as a slave, sync'd to an external master MIDI clock, Dark Time sends a clock signal from its Clk-Out socket according to how you've set its clock divider setting. You can route this signal to another, non-MIDI device such as a vintage drum machine in order to synchronize it with your master MIDI device. Start/stop and reset signals coming in through the Dark Time's analog interface jacks are also available as MIDI signals at its MIDI-out socket and USB port. Incoming MIDI data start, stop, and continue commands are also available as voltages from Dark Time's St/St Out and Reset-out ports.

Doepfer Dark Time Step Sequencer Features:
  • Analog-style step sequencer with digital circuitry
  • 16 steps (arranged in two rows of eight)
  • Each step features pitch/gate-length knob and two step-status switches
  • Red indicator lights
  • Ideal for modular synth systems
  • Can easily be connected to modern computer-based setups or live rigs
  • Intuitive user interface and operation
  • Includes USB port, MIDI sockets, CV/Gate jacks
  • Rugged sheet metal chassis with attractive wooden end cheeks
  • High-quality potentiometers with metal shafts used throughout
  • Knob caps have a classy vintage look and feel
  • Powered via external power supply (included)
Find out what the Doepfer Dark Time can do for your music!

What Does "Special Order" Mean?

A special-order product is one that we don't normally keep in stock. We order it from the manufacturer as soon as you order from us. We have great relationships with all the manufacturers we carry, so we can get your special order to you as fast as or faster than anyone else. Remember that special orders are non-returnable and non-cancelable, so make sure the item is right for you. A Sweetwater Sales Engineer can help you decide — call (800) 222-4700 for assistance!

Tech Specs

USB 1 x Type B
Word Clock 1 x Word Clock
Power Supply 230V 12 (AC/min. 400mA)
Dimensions 9.76" x 5.71" x 2.95"
Manufacturer Part Number Dark Time Red LEDs

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See also: Doepfer, Doepfer Sequencers, Doepfer Synthesizers