Microbrute vs. Doepfer Dark Engery I

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Microbrute vs. Doepfer Dark Engery I

Postby Aaron2 » Sun Dec 01, 2013 2:58 am

Well, I hate to admit it, but that expensive piece of German hardware does not, in my mind, measure up to the new (and cheap) Arturia Microbrute.

I've been playing them side-by-side the last couple of days, sequencing them simultaneously with my Dark Time (listening to one, then the other). I've found the MB much easier to work with and to find a sound that I like. The controls seems so much more intuitive too. All in all, with its multi-wave oscillator, the MB seems to have more "range" as a music-making device. Plus, you get a built-in sequencer and a serviceable set of keys to boot. Not bad for $299 street.

Anybody else compared these two beasts? 8-)
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Re: Microbrute vs. Doepfer Dark Engery I

Postby analoglsd » Sun Jan 19, 2014 10:13 am

As you pointed out, there's not much of a comparison. Even if they were the same price, the Microbrute has it beat.
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Re: Microbrute vs. Doepfer Dark Engery I

Postby Bitexion » Sun Jan 19, 2014 3:25 pm

Many seem to think that just because it says "modular synth" means it has limitless possibilities. But something small like the Dark Energy is very limited indeed. Maybe if you look at those wall-sized systems of the 70s and 80s with 10 oscillators and every kind of imaginable filters, then you can say "limitless possibilities".
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Re: Microbrute vs. Doepfer Dark Engery I

Postby Kenneth » Mon Feb 03, 2014 5:57 am

The Dark Energy has a much more musical tonality about it in my opinion, than either of the Brutes. That does not, however, excuse it from being horrendously over-priced. :roll:
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Re: Microbrute vs. Doepfer Dark Engery I

Postby Pete W » Sun May 10, 2015 11:55 pm

Excuse the belated response, but I feel I have to stick up for the DE mk1 here. I have both synths, and agree that the MB is more immediate and hands on and of course the sequencer is great, despite being a bit flaky with midi ( but never mind, the DE's gate will advance it). However there are sounds which the DE does really well (ie audio rate LFO tweakery) which can't be matched by the MB. I also think the the DE's filter sounds richer. That said, they make great companions- shame neither of them have noise or S&H though...
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