The 1970s spawned the first truly portable analog synthesizer, and while it was quickly adopted by lots of renowned musical artists including Jan Hammer, Chick Corea, Rick Wakeman, Jean-Michel Jarre, Isao Tomita and Keith Emerson to name a few, it was somewhat temperamental and very expensive.
An ultra-affordable homage to that iconic synthesizer with all the features of the original and then some, Behringer Model D lets you conjure up virtually any monophonic sound imaginable with incredible finesse and ease. The pure analog signal path is based on authentic VCO, VCF, VCA and ladder filter designs in conjunction with a dedicated and fully analog triangle/ square wave LFO.
And when it comes to protection and convenience, Model D can even be mounted in a standard eurorack skiff, making it ideal for the studio and/or the road. Owning a Model D is like having your own personal time machine, enabling you to freely embrace the past – or shape the future!
True to the original
Great care has been taken in designing Model D, including the true-to-the-original 'D Type' circuitry with its matched transistors and JFETs, ultra-high precision 0.1% thin film resistors and polyphenylene sulphide capacitors. This highly-focused attention to detail is what gives Model D its ultra-flexible sound shaping capability, which covers everything from super-fat bass and lead tones to stunning effects, progressive organ sounds, and all the way out to the otherworldly sounds of your imagination.
Big, fat tones
The inspired synthesizer tracks laid down in the 70s and 80s are etched in the annals of progressive rock, wave and synth-pop music forever, making them truly classic in every sense of the word. Model D's pure analog signal path with its legendary VCO, VCF and VCA circuits lets you recreate all of that magic – or design incredibly fat and original sounds that will make you a legend in your own right!
VCO triple play
Model D's 3 highly-flexible voltage-controlled oscillators (VCOs) provide an incredible range of 5 waveforms for sculpting the perfect sound. Oscillator 1 and 2 options include triangular, triangular/saw, saw, square, wide pulse and narrow pulse, while oscillator 3 features triangular, reverse saw, saw, square, wide pulse and narrow pulse. Additionally, all 3 VCOs can be adjusted across an extremely wide 6-octave range (LO, 32', 16', 8', 4' and 2'). This amazing flexibility gives you all the tools you need to be your creative best.
24 dB ladder filter and VCA
The very heart of Model D's sound is its highly flexible 24 dB ladder filter, which lets you freely experiment with the cutoff frequency, emphasis and contour to dial in the perfect sound. Model D's filter mode switch can be set to either low pass or high pass for selecting the range of your choice. You can also adjust the attack, decay and sustain controls to affect the cutoff frequency over time. The VCA decay switch lets you set the length of time the note lingers after the key has been released. Additionally, support for filter keytracking allows you to select how much filtering is applied based on the note being played. And if you want to add modulation, just set the filter modulation switch to the on position and use the controllers mod mix knob to make it so. The VCA can even be overloaded via Model D's feedback circuit to add insane spice and edge to your sounds – without saying goodbye to your precious low-end content!
You are always in complete control of Model D's onboard modulators, including: adjustable tune, mod depth, LFO rate, glide (portamento) and mod mix controls. A range of switches is provided for selecting between triangle or square wave oscillation, modulation on or off, oscillator 3 or filter EG (filter envelope) and noise (mod source) or LFO. The tune knob is used to adjust the frequency of OSCs 1, 2 and 3 (as long as the OSC 3 switch is turned off). The internal noise generator, which is switchable between either pink or white noise for dramatically expanded waveform generation, is the default modulation source unless an external mod source is connected at the 3.5mm input jack.
16-note poly chain ready
While it is a monophonic instrument (one note at a time), Model D's 16-note poly chain function lets you combine multiple synthesizers for up to 16-voice polyphony – plus provides vastly improved reliability and stability over its 70s and 80s predecessors!
Designed around an intuitively-linear workflow, Model D benefits greatly from its semi-modular design, which requires no patching for immediate performance. Just connect your favorite keyboard or computer via MIDI over DIN or USB – and start exploring the world of analog music synthesis right out-of-the-box.
Designed to handle the rigors of life on the road or in the studio, your Model D can easily be transferred into a standard Eurorack case for the perfect integration into your existing system.
Controls and connectivity
For those who want the numbers, Model D has 29 knobs and 19 switches, all laid out in a highly-intuitive format that puts the joy back into your music creation. Input and output connections include MIDI over USB or 5-pin DIN, modulation and audio inputs, OSC1 frequency control, external control of filter cutoff, resonance and contour, main out and phones (with its own dedicated volume control).
- Legendary analog synthesizer with triple VCO design allows for insanely fat music creation
- Authentic reproduction of original 'D Type' circuitry with matched transistors and JFETs
- Ultra-high precision 0.1% thin film resistors and polyphenylene sulphide capacitors
- Pure analog signal path based on authentic VCO, VCF and VCA designs
- 5 variable oscillator shapes with variable pulse widths for ultimate sounds
- Classic 24 dB ladder filter with resonance for legendary sound performance
- Switchable low/high pass filter mode for enhanced sound creation
- Dedicated and fully analog triangle/square wave LFO
- 16-voice poly chain allows combining multiple synthesizers for up to 16-voice polyphony
- Semi-modular design requires no patching for immediate performance
- Overdrive circuit adds insane spice and edge to your sounds
- Noise generator dramatically expands waveform generation
- Complete eurorack solution – main module can be transferred to a standard eurorack case
- 48 controls give you direct and real-time access to all important parameters
- External audio input for processing external sound sources
- Low and high level outputs featuring highest signal integrity signal stages
- Comprehensive MIDI implementation with MIDI channel and voice priority selection
- 3-year warranty program (1 year standard extended to 3 years if registered online within 90 days of purchase)
- Designed and engineered in the UK
|Included from Manufacturer||Power Supply|
|Number of Keys||None|
|Voices of Polyphony||Monophonic|
|Oscillators per Voice||3|
|MIDI||In, Thru, USB|
|USB Port (to Host)||MIDI|
|Audio Inputs||1/8" mono external audio input|
|Audio Outputs||1/8" mono main output on top panel
1/4" mono Low and High outputs on rear
|Control Connections||1/8" CV inputs for modulation, OSC1 frequency control, external control of filter cutoff, resonance and contour|
70hp eurorack module width when removed from case
|Product Weight||3.7 lbs.|
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