Behringer cheapest hardware synth, new $49 JP-4000

 

 

Behringer channels Roland JP-8000 in its new $49 Behringer JP-4000 hardware synthesizer, a synth that even kids can afford.

 

The JP-4000 is a 4-voice hybrid paraphonic instrument with two analogue modelling oscillators per voice, a 2-operator FM engine, an analogue filter, two LFOs, an arpeggiator and an OLED display.

 

The name calls to mind Roland JP-8000 – an 8-voice analogue modelling synth that was released in 1996 – and the JP-4000 promises to recreate the sound engine from that instrument, complete with the famous Supersaw waveform.

 

In addition, you can power the JP-4000 from your phone or another USB source, and 16 touch-sensitive keys enable it to be played without a controller. That said, you can easily hook up a MIDI keyboard should you so wish.

 

 

Features:

 

  • Programmable 4-voice hybrid synthesizer with 2 analog modelling oscillators per voice
  • Analog filter
  • Reproduction of the JP-8k sound engine with Supersaw waveform
  • Additional 2-operator FM engine
  • Authentic 12-bit DAC for ‘classic sound’
  • 32 memory presets, expandable via SynthTribe app
  • 16 touch-sensitive keys ‘for great playability’
  • Arpeggiator with 3 patterns and hold function
  • Individual envelopes for filter and amplifier for creative sound shaping
  • 2 powerful LFO’s to control filter and oscillator tuning
  • 6 function buttons and bright OLED display
  • USB Micro connector allows powering via smartphone, power bank or computer
  • USB/MIDI implementation (including NRPN/CC control of all parameters and bulk load/save)

 

 

Apparently, it has always been the company founder Uli Behringer’s dream to create a synth that is cheap enough for kids to get their hands on, in-order to enable them to start making music, and looks like this is that synth.

 

Now, Uli Behringer believes he has fulfilled his dream of creating a synth that even kids can afford.

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$49 is a suggested retail price at the moment. Behringer expects the JP-4000 to be ship in June 2022.

 

 

 


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