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Doepfer 3D Joystick

Doepfer 3D Joystick  ·  Source: Doepfer

Doepfer 3D Joystick

Doepfer 3D Joystick  ·  Source: Doepfer

Undoubtedly the fattest knob in your rack the Doepfer A-174-4 3D Joystick is ready to be grabbed and manipulated in 3 planes of existence.

3D Joystick

You can’t help but giggle a little bit about this impressive joystick controller from Doepfer. We first saw it being waggled at NAMM at the start of the year but now it’s ready and offers some really interesting possibilities for massive modular control.

It generates a number of voltages and a gate signal. The voltages come from its X and Y position plus an inverted version and then a rotational Z position that also has an inverted output. The range is between -5V and +5V and you can add an offset to define the range more specifically. There are also four quadrant outputs generating positive voltages if you push the joystick into the relevant corner. A sneaky Overlap knob blends the quadrants together so that they still generate relative to the quadrant that the joystick is pointing to.

Doepfer 3D Joystick

Doepfer 3D Joystick

Oh, and that Gate output is triggered by pressing the button on the top of the joystick.

So there’s a lot going on here.

The physicality of the joystick is unusual but brilliantly suited to the twisting and turning that might be required of it.

I imagine it’s a lot of fun to play with and really could open up some patches to be more fluid. It’s like a macro knob and lets you control all sorts of things all at once. It does stick out a lot though which could be annoying for people with travelling cases.

The A-174-4 3D joystick is €180 for the silver or €190 for the vintage in black.

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