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    Behringer
    Triber Moderator
    2022-05-11

    We’re extremely proud to have gained another analog synthesizer icon to join our ever-growing synth engineering team. Scott has decades of analog synthesizer experience under his belt and built his own OB-X, CS-80 and many more. Check out his website http://www.cs80.com/.

     

    Scott is reading here, and you may want to send him some love:-)

    But let’s listen to his fascinating story:

     

    “As a child of mid ‘60s, the years of my youth went through that strange 5-year gap where electronics hobbyists transitioned from shortwave radio to homebrew computing. Living in that interesting time made me somewhat of a hybrid understudy of both analog and digital electronics. I was already being trained in piano but seeing performances like Virgil Fox’s masterful electronic organ recital and later Michael Iceberg’s “Iceberg Machine” one-man synth band performances at Disney World when he was set up in the Tomorrowland Terrace had me going: “That! I want to do that!”

     

    “That” of course would be me surrounded by these sleek electronic music synthesizers and playing those languid, spacey notes like the soundtrack to some not-yet-made sci-fi films. Of course, when a single polyphonic synthesizer in 1980 cost the same as my car, that dream would have to wait a few years as I went through engineering school. My father had the good grace to purchase a Paia P-4700j synthesizer kit that began a long friendship with Paia’s founder John Simonton. I probably learned more about analog and digital musical electronics putting that all together from Feb. to May 1980 than any other instance of my schooling. Sadly John is no longer with us, but he put my refurbished P-4700j in his Paia “Hall of Fame.” https://paia.com/hallofam/oldcrow/

     

    1983 is when the machine that would herald the (temporary) end of analog synthesizers as we knew them happened - the Yamaha DX7. I had already managed to buy a Korg Polysix at the closeout price of US$800 in 1984 but getting the US$2k needed for a DX7 meant taking out a loan and hoping the part-time work I did at a local electronics shop would cover it. Somehow, I managed and had this nice pairing of the DX7 with the Polysix except one had MIDI and one did not.

     

    Not yet, I should say. In the fall of 1985, I built a MIDI retrofit for the Polysix. MIDI was new then and figuring out the nature of such a circuit was interesting. I decided to simply install a keyboard switch matrix in parallel to the key bed and that way the keys and the MIDI would work together without any issues. I used a Zilog Z8 microcontroller as it was what we used at the electronics shop. That shop, Temp Inc., was a real boon to my early engineering years as I could tape out a board and etch it in their board shop. This was just before I started using PCB CAD in 1988: tape out was just that: black tape on vellum that was photographed in a UV light box to create the artwork negative. Of course, the boards weren’t plated through, silk-screened or solder masked, but they were circuit boards and they did just fine. In the below image a hand-etched board can be seen, with 121 wires creating the keyboard matrix that the incoming MIDI messages would operate. It worked just fine with the DX7.

     

    Of course, as a piano player I missed that weighted key action and now with a full-time job at Temp in 1986 I was able to invest in the core of my keyboard setup that comprised a Yamaha KX-88, which I still use to this day, a Yamaha TX816, and one of Bob Yannes’ wonderful Ensoniq Mirage rack units. With the addition of a digital reverb, harmonizer and some effects pedals, I finally had something I could call a synthesizer rig, and made enough music for an album:

    https://www.last.fm/music/Scott+Rider/The+Dichotomy+of+Time

     

    In the 1990s, older gear started to need servicing. The Polysix battery was notorious for compromising the patch manager circuit and given the number of folks having issues I decided to make an entire new board. I would continue to do this for a number of machines where the original board or board started to fail. The new boards meant all new parts and avoiding frequent failures as old parts individually started failing. This created a new problem: many analog synthesizers of the 70s, 80s and 90s resorted to custom ICs in order to deal with the complexity of the sound engine at a rational level. This is where my favorite engineering pastime was born, I was going to become a “vintage synthesizer archaeologist.” Analog was new again, and the now-vintage market started going up and up. A Minimoog in 1992 one could have for $750, in 2002 it was $3,000. More than ever keeping the old machines running was a worthwhile effort.

     

    In the early 2000s, I managed to purchase my still-favorite analog synthesizer - the Yamaha CS80. I would not be able to afford one today, which is why I spent several years perfecting what I call “discrete equivalent circuits” that replace the Yamaha custom ICs. This was necessary as I had only one CS80 and I wouldn’t likely find another one, hence I had to keep this one alive. A CS80 has 210 custom ICs and 70% of those are VCAs but that is how Yamaha did it in those days. If a modulation routing needed a level control, they provided one. Then they repeated it eight or sixteen times for each route. This is why the instrument has 40 circuit boards, which are exhibited “A” in my book “Why They Built Things the Way They Did, and Why They Will Never Build Them That Way Again”. The CS-80 is a beautiful beast and entirely a product of the era in which it was made.

     

    I made the filter which turned into a 5U module called the MOTM-480. A later revision using Coolaudio V2164s in place of the lamentably obsoleted CA3280 turned out to be even better, I called it the M480 MkII or RR480 in honor of my friend Robert Rich who uses them frequently. I’ve made the VCA, the VCO, the EGs and I had everything ready for the day the CS80 needed them.

    It was about this time (2012), I was reviewing other vintage machines I’d like to have, but market pricing drove the ability to buy right out. I’d already wanted an OB-X, simply because it had that deep, glassy booming power that was in a different sonic sphere than Moog or Yamaha. I looked online for prices, which turned out to be $7000 for a broken one. Well eff that, I said, I’ll just make a 4-voice OB-X of my own. No programmable presets even though I could do it, I was mainly after that sound. It took 4 months, but I had my CrowBX, and it is awesome.

     

     

    I also made a Minimoog for a friend who lost theirs in hurricane Katrina called Crowminus.

     

    I always wanted to build the machines that make these wonderful tones, and I want to build them in such a way they can be afforded by most anyone. That is why I am here now as a part of Music Tribe and Behringer, because their vision matches my vision. I’m very excited that Behringer is designing their CS-80 version called DS-80 and I’ll surely team up with John Price who’s leading that project.

     

    I have now started to work on the new Behringer UB-X, which will greatly benefit from my CrowBX experience. I know the sound, I know the circuits, I will get it done and I absolutely love it.” - Scott “Old Crow” Rider

     

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    Collaborate with our synth developers, share your ideas and get a chance to win free synthesizers by participating in our activities at our “Synthesizer and Drums Behringer Music Tribe" FB Group. We’d love to see you there! https://www.facebook.com/groups/KeysandDrumsBehringerMusicTribe

     

    If you are a passionate and experienced mixed architecture hardware or embedded software engineer and would like to join the leading musical instrument team, please send your resume to [email protected]

     

    #WeHearYou #behringer #MusicTribe #synthesizer #synthesizers #drummachines #oberheim #obx

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    Behringer
    Triber Moderator
    2022-05-23
     
    Great news - SYSTEM 15 and SYSTEM 35 are now shipping from the factory, while SYSTEM 55 will come a week later.
    We know it has taken much longer than we expected, but we finally got the missing parts so we were able to complete the production. Hopefully we'll have some more good news soon:-)
    Thanks for your patience. Much appreciated.
     
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    Collaborate with our synth developers, share your ideas and get a chance to win free synthesizers by participating in our activities at our “Synthesizer and Drums Behringer Music Tribe" FB Group. We’d love to see you there!

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/KeysandDrumsBehringerMusicTribe/

    If you are a passionate and experienced mixed architecture hardware or embedded software engineer and would like to join the leading musical instrument team, please send your resume to [email protected]

    #WeHearYou #behringer #MusicTribe #synthesizer #synthesizers #drummachines
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    Behringer
    Triber Moderator
    2022-05-26
    Many of you have asked us to explain our design processes. Over the past decade we have heavily invested in "Digital Twin" simulation tools. This technology allows us to first design a product in a virtual world, before building a physical product. This advanced process improves design quality, tremendously speeds up development time and significantly reduces cost.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbeSmEdrrds

    Please let us know if you have any questions.

    Collaborate with our synth developers, share your ideas and get a chance to win free synthesizers by participating in our activities at our Synthesizer and Drums Behringer Music Tribe FB Group. We’d love to see you there!

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/KeysandDrumsBehringerMusicTribe/


    If you are a passionate and experienced mixed architecture hardware or embedded software engineer and would like to join the leading musical instrument team, please send your resume to [email protected]

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    Roberto99
    Newcomer - Level 1
    2021-06-18

    Hi,

    My equipment was used amateurs and quite rarely for 2.5 years. Suddenly he fell silent. After two weeks it turned out that the cost of repair in the Beringer service with the transport of the motherboard from GB to Poland is the cost of a new device. After talking to the service, I was glad that the service will try to fix the gear on its own. And after a week and paying 1/4 the cost of the new Neutron, I turned it on and it turned out that both filter switches for both channels did not work this time. I contacted the Beringer service and found out that I have no warranty for a new damage, according to them, and I have to pay for the repairs of new defects. I have already received the equipment with this new fault from the service and now I do not know what to do. Repair again ?, in which case it may turn out that the filters will already work and something else will stop working.? Behringer's service claims that it is a complicated device - read it, "we/service/ can earn a lot money on it  - after the warranty".

    So I warn against devices from this company, especially if they will be after the warranty. I didn't play with the Neutron for a long time, which is a pity because I could do it earlier during the warranty :( It's cheap but only for first 2 years

     

    Regards Robert.

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    • Roberto99
      NicJonesMT Hi Roberto.
      Sorry to hear you have had issues.
      Can you send me your Case number with our service team and I can look into this for you?
      • June 18, 2021
    • Roberto99
      Roberto99

      Hello Nic my case number is RMA_2034_2021_Neutron_S180603072CM5 . Company SoundTrade.pl Warsaw Poland. Official Behringer service in Poland.

      • June 18, 2021
    • Roberto99
      Roberto99 II contacted the service again and they propose another paid repair. I asked: what if they fix what has gone out as before and the equipment is still out of order? They replied that they were not clairvoyants. Does anyone know another company that may not be a Behringer service and can guarantee that the assembly after the repair will be 100% functional and I will not need to pay a lot of money in subsequent repairs and the equipment will still be out of order?
      • June 22, 2021
    • Roberto99
      Roberto99 Short History of Neutron. I will update it regularly.
      • June 22, 2021
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    T1965789654123
    Newcomer - Level 1
    2021-12-11

    Hello Behringer team,

    since the Model D came up I own quite a lot of your equipment, which you can see on the pic.

    I admire Uli's philosophy to make music and instruments available for everyone.

    My project is Triangle Cross and could be found on https://trianglecross.bandcamp.com/ or Journey to Space Borders (electronic music / Berlin school) - YouTube.

    From the few available information yet, I guess the upcoming Edge might fit perfectly to my equipment. Just one question, will the Edge have the same  (or similar) ratchet function like the Crave?

    And whenever you need somebody to test new upcoming equipment, just let me know...;-)

    Thanks and take care

    Thomas

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    davidpavid
    Newcomer - Level 1
    2021-06-21

    Hello.  I purchased a neutron a couple of months ago and have only recently started using it.  I've used it about 3 times since and got great sounds out of it. Then the following day,  I turned it on and it and the Lfo knob was "stuck." I could physically move it but it wouldn't change shapes. Then I noticed the Osc 1 wave shapes wouldn't switch either.  I did the three button hold and power on to do the reset/calibration but it would just boot up normally.  I updated to the recent software and that didn't fix it either.  Like I said,  I've only used it about 3 times or less and it's no longer responding.  I get noise out of it, but only drones. I did the initial patch and I could barely hear it. Thank you in advance! 

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    • davidpavid
      DavidKnighton Hello davidpavid,
      For this type of issue, please click the SUPPORT link at the top of the page and submit a TECH SUPPORT inquiry.
      • June 21, 2021
    • davidpavid
      flumpjumper same issue. as other people. any solution?
      • July 12, 2021
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    BrendanVoges
    Newcomer - Level 1
    2021-06-29

    Hi folks,

    Yesterday i reviewed my Behringer model d, nut when i connect it they USB it plays my Midi notes about 40 seconds after i hit a note or sometimes not at all. Does anybody know how i could Fix this problem or is it a hardware problem ? 

     

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    • BrendanVoges
      DavidKnighton Hello BrendanVoges,
      A couple of things to check for. Firstly, make sure the unit firmware has been updated. Second, try another computer to be sure the issue is not a bad USB port/connection between the two devices. Check the rear panel to see what MIDI channel you're operating on. If your computer is sending a different MIDI channel, then that could be the issue.
      • June 29, 2021
    • BrendanVoges
      AlexisLedesma COMO PUEDO COMPRAR UNA PIEZA USB PARA MI RX18 NO FUNCIONA
      • June 29, 2021
    • BrendanVoges
      AlexisLedesma
      • June 29, 2021
    • BrendanVoges
      AlexisLedesma mi correo es 809 454 2648
      • June 29, 2021
    • BrendanVoges
      AlexisLedesma mi correo es [email protected]
      • June 29, 2021
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    Tannheuser
    Newcomer - Level 1
    2021-08-31

    I might have missed this in any of the firmware updates for the Crave, but would it be possible to add controls for playback direction of the sequencer? I can't find documentation on firmware updates.

    I'm referencing the M32 here, but it would be incredible to be able to play forwards, backwards, pendulum, ping pong and especially random steps from a sequence! 

    Such an awesome synth to integrate with your modular, random step playback would be godlike. 

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    Synthbeat88
    Newcomer - Level 1
    2021-10-28

    Hello,

    I'm a keyboard is MindFree, playing around Los Angeles, and we just released our debut album.

    I'm also a blogger at Synthbeat.com, where I recently reviewed the virtual synths from Cherry Audio.

    I'm super interested in playing and reviewing Behringer modular synths, including the Crave, Neutron and Model D, as well as the upcoming Edge. I wish Deepmind 6 , a TD-3 and KH 45O amp and the build quality and sounds are amazing.

    I would love to review Behringer synths and make music with them, but need a break on the price.

    How can I get ahold of artist relations? I've only found several outdated contacts on the web.

    Thanks!

    Keith Walsh 

    Synthbeat.com

    MindFreemusic.com

     

     

     

     

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    • Synthbeat88
      Nigel67 "Hi Synthbeat88, we appreciate you reaching out to us. If you could please email [email protected] and include links to your social channels, website, example content and a proposal. Should we want to discuss this further, we will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you very much!
      • October 28, 2021
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    darklightyt
    Newcomer - Level 1
    2021-09-23

    Hi all,

     

    I'm new here, but i've got a question regarding the behringer crave. Most synths i own inclusing the TD-3 play a sequence. when i switch to a different sequence it will finish the current one beofre swithcing. i really like this feature since it allows me to keep all the gear rolling during a liveset. the crave however switches imidiately when selecting a different pattern. Can this be altered in the setting or firmware? 

    hope there is a solution since it's pretty unusable for me  at the moment. other solutions are welcome aswell!

     

    thanks in advance!

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    • darklightyt
      PedroRodrigues Hi darklightyt, regrading your statement you are correct, the Crave will switch instantly instead of allowing the sequence to finished first and only then change to a new sequence. Have you tried disabling the SEQUENCER AUTO SYNC when using the latest version of the SYNTHTRIBE ? Thank you
      • September 25, 2021
      • Crave Pattern finishing
        JeanJean Hi Pedro ; i join the conversation, because i had the same question. I tried your answer (Sequencer auto sync disabled) and it doesn't change the behavior of the synth, regarding the chaining of sequences.
        As it should be possible to implement this in a new firmware, is something planed in this way ?
        Thanks for your reply
        • September 28, 2021
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