Archive for February, 2022

Behringer unveils a $99 version of the Sequential Prophet VS


The same could probably be said for the Pro VS, another new synth that Behringer has in the pipeline. Inspired by the Sequential Prophet VS, this is a compact 4-voice hybrid vector synth that promises many extra functions in comparison to that instrument. There are 127 wavetables and 32 presets, plus a sequencer, arpeggiator and display with oscilloscope.


Again, manufacturing of this one will depend on when Behringer can get hold of the necessary chips, but development is said to have been completed, and we are assured that it is ready to go into production.







The  Pro VS has a projected street price of just $99 – presumably the inclusion of a touch keyboard rather than a proper one will help to keep the price down – so could be a strong contender in the best cheap synths market when it eventually lands.








Behringer UB-Xa Desktop Synthesizer Sneak Preview


Behringer unveils an Oberheim OB-Xa-inspired desktop synth. Behringer UB-Xa D – a reboot of the classic Oberheim OB-Xa synth – has been in development for a long time.


We were being informed it was almost ready way back in 2018, and then came the news that it was being beta tested in 2021, but that was before it became clear that chip shortages were causing delays in manufacturing of multiple new Behringer products.


What they say about the upcoming Behringer UB-Xa Desktop synth:


“While we’re all waiting for chips to finally produce and ship the UB-Xa, our engineers haven’t been sitting still and in the meantime finished the prototype of the desktop version. Like with all our other desktop modules, this one will be rack mountable, too. We’re super excited and hope you love it, too”



Audio demo of the final design for the UB-Xa keyboard version:


The global chip shortage is now entering its third year, triggered by a variety of causes, including: growing demand for integrated circuits; the impact of the global pandemic; and the Trump adminstration’s trade war with China, which added tariffs to semiconductors imported from China and imposed sanctions on Chinese semiconductor manufacturers. Several synth makers have attributed product shortages and increased prices to the trade war and the global chip shortage.


Behringer has been hard at work on a desktop version, the UB-Xa D, for those who do not need a keyboard.


Apparently, it might not arrive for a good while yet, though.









Cherry Audio Updates Voltage Modular To Version 2.5



Cherry Audio has released Voltage Modular 2.5, a free update that adds native support for Apple M1 Mac computers and more.


Voltage Modular 2.5 adds new features, workflow improvements, and expanded sound design options.


New in the Voltage Modular 2.5 includes:


  • Unlimited cables per jack allows for endless modulation possibilities.
  • The new Busses feature offers a new way to build complex patches and eliminate messy cables.
  • Variations takes modular synthesis in unprecedented new directions, with unlimited variations available per patch.
  • Play variations individually, or use triggers or CV to move through variations in endless ways.
  • The IO Panel now includes an integrated Recording section, generating pristine 32-bit floating point audio files, sourced from the IO Panel main left and right outputs.
  • Workflow improvements, from custom module categories and search terms to optional auto-alignment of modules in cabinets.



The Cherry Audio Voltage Modular 2.5 is available now as a free update.