Sirus VS Analogue

I’ll apologize in advance for launching into producer-oriented jargon straight away, but this blog is going to include plenty of geek drama and anybody who doesn’t know what I’m on about probably has a life- so just be proud of that and move on.

Today I finalized the purchase of a Doepfer Dark Energy synth module. Which is a very strange thing for me to do.

I’m not interested in analogue synthesizers, period. For many electronic music enthusiasts this might seem unfathomable, but its true. I always seem to be going against the grain when it comes to my perception of ‘exciting’ audio. I love digital sounds. Not just aesthetically digital but horribly digital. The kind of digital that is so hollow and cold, it threatens to swallow your soul. Nasty stuttering, resampled granular messes. I smile just thinking about it. Sure, the phat bottom end of a Minimoog Voyager is pleasant to listen to, and it can be downright dirty in the right hands, but it has certain… emotional limitations. It can’t be as inhuman as I’d like it to be. The music I produce can be very conceptually dark and ‘warm electronic instruments’ are not exactly my idea of robotic auto-factories repeating a build sequence over and over until there are 10,000 death machines standing on my front lawn.

One could suggest that I put a bitcrusher over an analogue synth and attain instant gratification- and I certainly could do that. But I can’t afford to spend $5000 on something that will sound slightly more authentic as just putting a bitcrusher over a soft synth.

But there are things about analogue synths I like. I like beeps and boops, squelches and high frequency clutter. These are things analogue synths can do infinitely better than soft synths. These are also things I wouldn’t exactly call characteristics of an ‘instrument’ in the traditional sense- so there’s no reason for me to bother with a traditional keyboard and polyphonic sound module combo. That’s not what I’m after. I essentially want a tone generator, one that can just be set to play a note or two and be infinitely tweaked and sampled. I’m not even planning on syncing it to anything. I just a box that can make the aforementioned characteristic sounds and that’s all. The Dark Energy is perfect for this. Just a single oscillator, low-pass filter and ADSR envelope plus two LFOs with ridiculous rate ranges. No distractions.

I will of course be mangling a lot of the sampled analogue sounds beyond anything the Dark Energy could produce by itself. But that really goes without saying.

I’ll speak more on this after the unit has arrived. There are some other evil plans I have for it which I will reveal in time.

Let it be known that somebody did warn me about getting into analogue- apparently once I start this journey I’ll become addicted and I’ll just start lusting over analogue equipment like a crack addict. That doesn’t sound so bad, I harbor no hatred for analogue and many of my favorite artists make use of it…I just don’t want to end up like this guy: