Neu­tron bomb

Get to know Behringer’s lit­tle red synth…

Future Music - - FEATURE -

While Behringer’s unashamed clones of iconic synths and drum ma­chines may steal the lime­light, it’s their lit­tle red synth mod­ule – a unique cre­ation – that has re­ally grabbed our at­ten­tion. For £300 you get a para­phonic two-os­cil­la­tor synth with PWM and sync; mul­ti­mode res­o­nant fil­ter switch­able be­tween low-, band- and high-pass; two ADSR en­velopes and an LFO; 32-in/24-out patch­bay; plus over­drive and a Bucket-Brigade de­lay. And the synth can be mounted in a Euro­rack case! What’s not to like? In this walk­through, we’ll take a quick look at some of the Neu­tron’s most useful fea­tures.

Os­cil­la­tors

En­gage the os­cil­la­tor sec­tion’s Para­phonic switch, then play two MIDI notes at the same time to pitch ei­ther os­cil­la­tor in­de­pen­dently. Al­ter­na­tively, activate Sync, which causes the first os­cil­la­tor to track pitch and re­set the wave pe­riod of os­cil­la­tor 2 for clas­sic hard sync ef­fects.

Fil­ter

The Neu­tron’s -12dB/oct fil­ter is ca­pa­ble of self-os­cil­la­tion, and can be key­tracked. The fil­ter has two out­puts: patch VCF 1 and 2 Out into Sum 1 (A) and Sum 1 (B), then patch Sum1 into OD In to mix more than one fil­ter type – for ex­am­ple, to cre­ate a notch fil­ter.

Over­drive and De­lay

The Neu­tron’s beefy drive is useful for fat­ten­ing up sounds, and you can shape its tone to cus­tomise tim­bre. The BBD de­lay is fairly self-ex­plana­tory – use short time val­ues and use an LFO to mod­u­late this pa­ram­e­ter for mod­u­lat­ing cho­rus ef­fects.

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