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Rating and Reviews: Behringer DeepMind 12 Synth

Go deep with the Behringer DeepMind 12, a 12-voice true-analog polyphonic synthesizer with 49 keys and a surprisingly rich set of sounds and features.

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"Deepmind 12 is deep indeed!" submitted October 7, 2018

By Gary Goblins in Archbald, PA
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Musical Background: Semi-Pro, 20 years
Music Style: Electro/Industrial
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Sound: 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. Feature: 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 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. Quality: 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. Value: 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. Overall: 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.
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"Mind Blowing Synthesizer!" submitted August 31, 2018

By Jay H in Dover, DE
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Musical Background: 20 years
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Overall: I put off purchasing this synth because I under estimated it. I thought this would be another one of Behringers attempts at trying to make a quality piece of equipment but this isn't the same old Behringer. The Deepmind despite it's low price tag is an extremely powerful synthesizer. I don't know of any other hardware synth that can mimic the sounds of a JX3P, Juno 106, Jupiter 8, Prophet 5 and Oberheim OB6 and a tone of other sounds in between. I can't even look at my Rev 2 the same anymore. I'm completely intrigued by this keyboard and just how much Behringer stuffed into it. Unless you're a professional or well adapted to programing synthesizers it's going to take a while before you can every say you mastered the deepmind. The abilities to make patches with the synth is incredible. It truly can be made to sound like synthesizers 3 - 6 times it's price range. The sound of the filters isn't cheap sounding but instead very rich sounding. I've been making patches left an right on my other synths but with the deepmind it really does take some time to learn because as it implies it's a deep synth. I only wish that it came with a tutorial video.
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