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Neutron

Behringer has been making audio equipment and electronic musical instruments for many years. The few pieces of information Sylvia and I had heard about them was mostly from some of their unhappy customers, who let their complaints be known on various Forums.

Around 2015 or so, company Owner, Uli Behringer, commented about Moog’s extremely high prices and said he could manufacture and sell similar Synthesizers for around $300.

  • This was at a Time when Moog’s “lower-priced” Synthesizers were Retailing for around $1,500. (Of course, these contained “Keyboards”.)

Later, Behringer’s Synthesizers, which were “copies” of popular Synths decades before, would become known as “Clones”. The first “Clone” Behringer made was of Moog’s famous “Mini Moog Model D”. Granted it didn’t have a Keyboard but it IS currently selling for $299! A few months later, Moog decided to release something “new”. So they created the “Mini Moog Model D” and placed a Retail price of $3,500 on it!!!

  • The original “Mini Moog” was released in the early 70s. I was still in High School but, after hearing it’s awesome sounds on various Rock recordings, I just had to have one. So I saved all my money and bought a brand new Mini Moog from the local music store… for $1,495!!!

The new Mini Moog does have a Keyboard and, although Moog added “MIDI” (digital technology, which the Behringer “Model D” also has), they added a few Patch Points (interconnection Jacks) for Control Voltage and other benefits when working with other Synthesizers. (The Behringer version also has MIDI and several Patch Points.)

  • Although Moog recreated the “Model D”, they did add a few improvements. So, in order to save everyone a lot of confusion, why didn’t the call this new version the “Model D+” or “Model D Plus”?

Since that first Behringer Synth, they have created their very own, not “Cloned”, Synthesizer called the “Deepmind 12”. This one does have a Keyboard, has MANY more features than Moog’s Mini Moog and Retails for just $1,000!!!

  • Behringer has also stated that they have assigned several of their Engineering Teams to Clone many more of music history’s popular Synthesizers.

Several years ago, Behringer began building a new Factory in China. The manufacturing building will be about 3-MILLION SQUARE FEET in size!!!

A new, “Behringer original” Synthesizer which has been talked about since it was “leaked” in January 2018, is called: “Neutron”. Although it doesn’t have a Keyboard, it does have a very flexible set of features, a great sound and will Retail for $299!!! I told Sylvia, the Neutron needs to be on our Music Gear List.

  • About 8-months ago, I was working with our “incomplete” Modular Synthesizer and wanted to create a sound that was in my mind. the Function I needed was inside our “Roland System-1m” Synthesizer but it didn’t offer any way to access it from another Synth. So I told Sylvia “The System-1m isn’t as flexible as we need it to be. So we should trade it in at our local Guitar Center store and get something else.” That “something else” is the “Neutron”.

Here’s a link to an article on the new Behringer Factory:
www.synthanatomy.com/2018/03/music-tribe-city-get-an-insight-factory-behringer.html

Here’s an older article, which provides a few more details:
www.prosoundnetwork.com/business/music-group-city-moves-forward

Here’s a link to a very good Review (video) of the Neutron:
www.synthtopia.com/content/2018/04/05/behringer-neutron-analog-semi-modular-synthesizer-review/

  • On that web page, I was surprised by some of the Comments. Everyone had something good to say about the Neutron (and Behringer). There were even 2 or 3 people who said, in the past, they would not buy anything from Behringer… but were now considering purchasing this amazing Synth.

The Review (in the link above) of the Neutron was done by Nick Batt of “SonicState”. If you’re not familiar with “SonicState”, here’s the direct link to their website:
www.sonicstate.com

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Novation Ultranova

Although Sylvia and I have owned a Novation “Ultranova” synthesizer for several months, I was having a difficult time wrapping my head around its various sections and how they interconnect with each other. My synthesizer background has been with the:

  • Mini Moog (purchased “new” back in the 70s and later sold),
  • the Vako Polyphonic Orchestron (purchased “new” back in the 70s and later sold. Not really a “synthesizer” but a “reproducer” of recorded sound),
  • the ARP 2600 (purchased “used” back in the 70s and later sold. In the mid-80s, Sylvia and I purchased a “new” one when we heard ARP had just announced they were going out of business)

Thinking I needed to create a type of “overflow chart”, showing “what” connects to “what”, I printed out several pages of the Owner’s Manual and brought it to work. For the last few weeks, I looked through it during lunch.
After reading through it more closely, I discovered that one aspect of my confusion was from the cryptic titles printed on the screen, indicating the different functions. For example: “01WTInt” stands for “Oscillator 1, Wave Table Interpolation”. Then, reading its details helped me understand that this feature adjusts the movement between certain Wave Tables from “Stepped” to “Smooth” when activated.
I also more-clearly understood that certain functions are not as complicated as I thought they were. They’re simply “routed” or “accessed” in a way that’s different from what I’m used to with other synths. For example: the Ultranova does offer “Ring Modulation” but there is no dedicated “button” or “knob” for this. Instead, it’s selected in the “Mixer” — because it’s a mixture between Oscillators 1 and 3 or Oscillators 2 and 3. Your choice.
At first glance, the Ultranova seems to have a lot of “menu diving” but after my recent working with it, I now see that most sections only have one or two “screens” worth of adjustments.
At a retail price of just $600, this synthesizer is well-worth the money.

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