Behringer DeepMind 12 Analog Synthesizer Keyboard, 49-Key

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Behringer DeepMind 12 Analog Synthesizer

The Behringer DeepMind 12 is a true analog 12-Voice polyphonic synthesizer with 4 FX engines, 2 oscs and LFOs per voice, 3 ADSR generators, 8-channel modulation matrix, 32-step control sequencer, tablet remote control and built-in wifi.


- Classic polyphonic synthesizer with 12 true analog voices for insanely fat and authentic sounds
- 4 simultaneous world-class TC ELECTRONIC and KLARK TEKNIK FX with over 30 algorithms including Reverb, Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Delay and multi-band Distortion
- 12 voices with 2 OSCs per voice with oscillator sync mode
- 2 LFOs per voice with 7 waveform shapes, key sync, MIDI sync and envelope auto-triggering
- 3 ADSR generators per voice for control of VCF, VCA and MOD envelopes
- Flexible 8-channel modulation matrix with 19 sources and over 130 destinations including effects parameters
- 32-step control sequencer with adjustable slew rate and MIDI sync
- Full remote control via iPad*/PC/Mac* and selected Android* App over USB, MIDI or built-in WiFi for extended parameter control
- 49 semi-weighted full-size keys featuring velocity sensitivity and after-touch
- Pure analog signal path based on legendary VCF and VCA designs
- OSC 1 generates sawtooth and square/pulse waveforms with pulse width modulation
- OSC 2 generates square/pulse waveforms with tone modulation
- Selectable dual slope 12/24 dB analog low pass filter per voice with adjustable resonance
- Envelope faders seamlessly transform individual envelope segments between linear, exponential and reverse exponential curves
- Powerful unison and poly modes with detune, pan spread and drift parameters featuring up to 12 voices per note
- Global noise generator dramatically expands waveform generation
- Incredible polyphonic portamento with flexible fixed rate, fixed time and exponential pitch glide modes
- Sophisticated arpeggiator with tap tempo button and user configurable pattern modes
- Chord and PolyChord memories enable polyphonic performances from monophonic playing styles
- True bypass mode for pure and high-integrity analog tone
- Global variable 6 dB high pass filter with powerful bass boost switch
- 26 sliders and one switch per function give direct and real-time access to all important parameters
- Spring-loaded pitch and assignable modulation wheels provide total hands-on performance
- LCD Display with encoder, navigation switches and data value slider for rapid menu parameter editing and program selection
- 1024 user program memories with "compare and match" feature to quickly match all analog controls to values stored in program
- Fully servo-balanced stereo outputs for highest signal integrity
- CV/pedal input for connection to modular systems
- Comprehensive MIDI implementation (including NRPN/CC control of all parameters and bulk load/save)
- Integrated and configurable WiFi client / Access point allows easy and secure connection to home network
- 3-Year Warranty Program*
- Designed and engineered in the U.K.
(3 ratings)
Submitted October 7, 2018 by Gary Goblins in Archbald, PA
"Deepmind 12 is deep indeed!"
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I'm sure that this synth will continue to surprise me for years to come. Behringer were incredibly smart about creating an incredible sounding synth while keeping costs down for the consumer. Impressive sound, build quality, & playability in a wallet-friendly modern classic.

The sound of this machine is best suited for long, ambient pads and massive unison saws. The effects are stunning and bring out the true character of this synth. The amount of control you have over each effects parameters let's you fine tune this machine in infinite ways.

This synth has the standard synth fare, yet with a few add-ons that pack that extra "oomph" The oscillator section is fairly limited. Osc 1 has sawtooth and square wave options, with pitch and pulse width control. Osc 2 is square wave only, but has extra control over tone, level and pitch. The filter has a couple tricks up its sleeve. The main VCF is switchable between 2 & 4 pole low pass. Control over cutoff and resonance is pretty smooth. Not much "stepping" and is quite colorful to the sound. Then there's also a high pass filter with a unique boost function. This is great for coloring your sound with dual filters without losing valuable low end. There's 3 ADSR envelopes, VCA, VCF, and assignable, all having control over the curve of the envelope. There's a dedicated slider and menu for VCA settings, as well as the in-depth poly/unison read more options. The arpeggiator is quite flexible, and even allows user patterns. The sequencer is a little different than a usual enter notes and playback type. You essentially set the steps in the menu then assign the parameters the steps are effecting in the mod matrix. This allows quite deep, rhythmic control of portions of the sound. Almost like having a 3rd LFO at your disposal with programmable shape. Speaking of LFO's, there's 2 LFO's with 7 waveforms each to choose from. Each LFO has a dedicated rate and delay slider. Last on the panel is the chord and poly chord options. Chord allows you to record chords for easy 1-note triggering. Poly chord allows you to record different chord variations and assign them to individual keys. Massively deep. The effects section adds a plethora of high quality effects to your sound creation pallet. Superior reverbs, deep delays, distortion, flangers... You name it, it's there. The mod matrix allows you to assign 8 source and destinations, adding much more control over sound creation, right down to modulating small details of effects.The back panel offers balanced audio outs, midi in, out and thru, pedal inputs, headphone, and USB. Menu options allow you to access midi options for both USB and WiFi. A nice quality keyboard, pitch/mod wheels, portamento and volume knob and octave control round out this fantastic machine.

Ease of Use
This synth is easy enough to use for beginners yet skilled synthesists will be amazed what this machine has up its sleeve. For those looking for a jumpstart, there's a ton of preset patterns to build off of and learn from.

The Deepmind feels very solid. Solid metal chassis with nice wooden end cheeks. Sliders are somewhat wobbly, but they're sliders. Keybed is top quality. Pitch and mod wheels feel somewhat cheap and plasticy, but they do the trick.

The Deepmind 12 simply blows away other synths at this price point. 12 voice poly analog at an entry level price. This is certainly hard to beat.

Manufacturer Support
I haven't dealt with Behringer tech support. But they offer a generous 3 year warranty, which shows they're committed to their machine.

The Wow Factor
The wow factor simply comes from how much power you get from Behringer's first attempt in the synth world. There's a lot of people out there that like to bash Behringer for the quality of goods. This is just not the case here. Sure, the oscillators do lack in many ways, but I feel Behringer was incredibly smart in adding in "work-arounds" to those shortcomings to build a unique and cost efficient synth. I'm constantly impressed with the amount of sound and control you have here. Behringer created a winner.

Musical Background:
Semi-Pro, 20 years

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