Behringer DEEPMIND 12 Synthesizer


The Behringer DEEPMIND 12 features 49-key, 12-Voice Polyphonic Synthesizer with 4 FX Engines, 2 OSCs and 2 LFOs per Voice, 3 ADSR Generators, Unison Detune, 8-Channel Modulation Matrix, 32-Step Control Sequencer, Tablet Remote Control and Built-In Wi-Fi.

OSC1 allow manual, envelope or LFO control of the square waves’ pulse-width and OSC2 offers similar options for modulating the Tone. Both have independently selectable octave ranges and pitch modulation. One advantage of the DeepMind 12 plentiful polyphony can be found in the Poly section. This is the home of the synthesizer unison modes that stack voices in a variety of modes – from simple doubling to a monumental 12 voices. Given the relatively pitch-stable DCOs, the Detune parameter plays an important role in fattening everything up by shifting the pitch of combined voices up to the centre. This section is also home to the parameters that allow DeepMind to be a little more like its less linear forebears by applying ‘drift’ to oscillator tuning. Drift Rate, provided by a randomized ramp generator, is also available to tweak.

In addition, the filter section offers both 24dB and 12dB/octave flavours. In both guises the filter can be pushed into self-resonance without an oscillator signal present and can therefore be pressed into service as a pitch-stable third oscillator. Front panel access is also provided for Envelope Depth and LFO modulation. The source for this, velocity control over envelope depth, and other modulation settings are accessible via the VCF Parameter Menu. There are four effect slots that can be placed together in an insert or FX send configuration. The quality of effects, and the scope for editing, is also high. The two LFOs are also very well-equipped, with each capable of generating one of seven waveforms. The Arpeggiator has all the features including Swing, but also adds a pattern sequencer that automates velocity and gate time for each step independently of the current ARP pattern. The Mod Matrix offers a wide range of control destinations – with eight user configurable slots where 22 modulation sources can be routed to nearly 130 destinations including individual envelope stage times, levels and curves, panning, drift, high-pass filter cut-off frequency, effects parameters and the mod depth of other modulation slots. This section is comprehensive, very powerful and better than many soft synths.

The DeepMind 12 is an impressive first entry into the synth arena for Behringer. The Behringer DeepMind 12 is certainly flexible, interactive and powerful.

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