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Video: Behringer DeepMind 6 analog polyphonic synthesizer

A well-thought-out six-voice analog synth

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Behringer's DeepMind 6 analog polyphonic synth gives you a well-thought-out instrument you can immediately dig right into. Its layout, build quality, and high-quality electronics make for a high-quality, great-sounding synth you can love for years to come.

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Hi everybody, I'm Mike Sokolowski with Crutchfield, and we're really excited about this new relatively new synth from Behringer. It's a six voice analog polyphonic synthesizer at an amazing breakthrough price. You're not going to find a synth that has this capability, this power, at anywhere near this price. Something sort of Behringer's known for is breaking those price ceilings, floors, whatever you want to call them.

What I love about this particular piece is that you don't have to have a degree in subtractive synthesis in order to use it and have a really good time, unlike other great poly synths. I have a pretty well-known poly synth at home that I love, but took me a long time to scale the learning curve. You know, you end up turning controls, adjusting parameters, and nothing is happening because you don't really know what you're doing until you learn. This device can actually teach you in a really fun way. I like skiing, right. the first time you ski you don't kind of know what you're doing but you're having a good time. It's accessible.

So this is kind of bunny slope, take you to the expert level. And if you're a pro it's super powerful, and it's a different sound. You're always looking for different sounds. Behringer's sound engines are different, unique, as they all are. So just a quick layout thing, the instrument is set up very intuitively so you have kind of your timing engine over here, your arpeggiator sequencer over here on the left, and then your sources or sound sources or LFOs, and your oscillators.

Two oscillators, two low frequency oscillators. Oscillators are taking AC current and turning them into waveforms that you can hear, right? That's subtractive synthesis in a nutshell. So you have your sound engine over here, and then over here you have your filtering mechanisms that allow you to shape, sculpt that current into sound and to music. And one other thing I wanted to mention that's also really cool, this central display shows you everything that's going on. Everything that you use you can see it, so doing frequency sweep here you can see it move, everything that you adjust.

So say I go over here and adjust pitch mode on oscillator one, that control is reflected here. If I change something else randomly, delay, time, LFO one, you can see it here, so immediate visual feedback, very cool. The other thing that's really cool is if you want to adjust any parameters, you don't have to dive into a folder tree and work your way down to the to the control that you're looking for. It's kind of like a vertical architecture, so auras on then vertical down into what you want to control. So if I want to adjust voltage control filter, I don't just have to access it through here. I just press the edit button, and now the parameters for the VCF are in the screen here, so it's all about this at this moment, I get out of it, I want to you know, edit a waveform, you know I go to my oscillators and press edit and I'm in there. So super cool, this was very well thought-out, the ergonomics are excellent. And the path that it takes to get to a sound, very quick and an easy, and fun and satisfying.

So you've got everything you want in an analog synth, which is knobs buttons, sliders, right? It's got it all. It's also got a very solid feel. It's a metal chassis, the controls here all feel pretty good. The keyboard feels very good, it's a 37 key weighted action, feels pretty good. It's fun to play so what I'd like to do now is just let's dial in a sound.

So what you'd probably want to do is just pick a patch, and then deconstruct it deform it into a sound that you like. Once you've done that you can save that sound, so I'm going to demonstrate kind of the power of that. So here's a patch that they call rotary Rhodes. If that sounds like a Rhodes, it sounds a little rotary, it sounds more like an organ or something. So I'm gonna use this to try to dial in a tabla sound. Don't grade me too harshly.

So just start with that. Let's get a little, a few notes that we like, let's get the arpeggiator going. Start slow so we can hear what we're doing. [Music] So we're getting there, right it's still a little too much of a note in there, if you will, but as you can see we went from we went from this to something a little table-esuqe, right? So that was just a sound that randomly came into my head and I tried to dial it in. Yeah, that's why people love analog synthesis because you you're sculpting current.

Okay, so I'm gonna just randomly go through a few presets, totally randomly, and let's see what they sound like. There's pads and lead sounds, and you know of course recursive sounds. [Music] [Music]

Now of course if I were you, as with any keyboard you can adjust octave, if I go down low we could we could send these drivers across the room, so I'm not going to do that. Having a subwoofer or larger speakers will pay off with this thing. I'll go down one octave, about as low as I want to go. [Music] Sort of a piano-ish sound. [Music] Easily altering, right? [Music] [Music] And so here's a patch with our Pidgey asian built-in I don't have the arpeggiator on.

One other thing I need to mention that's very unique about this piece. So it's an it's a complete analog signal path, again a poly synth, all analog, but there is a digital effects engine in here and the effects are provided by TC electronic Clark Technic. These are like high-grade digital processing chips that are inside this machine, and you select the effects function, the patch that you're on will have an arrangement of effects already built into it, and then you can adjust those quite easily.

So that's the Behringer Deep Mind Six six-voice analog polyphonic synthesizer. If you have any questions about this or other pro audio gear at Crutchfield, please visit our website, give us a call, chat, email, we're here to help.

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