buzz forums

forums of the buzz
It is currently Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:13 am

All times are UTC




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 1 post ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:30 pm 
User avatar

Joined: Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:21 pm
Posts: 256
So finally I got to try the Behringer Deepmind 12, and I am not dissapointed. Okay, a slider came off despite being just 1 day old, but hey it's behringer, right? :lol: But the sound... wow. So here's a summary of my first impressions after one evening of toying around at a friend's place.

Pros:
  • It sounds really great. It has that "analog" sound (yup, I'm just soooo scientific today). It really has a lot of sonic depth.
  • It appears to be very versatile and all-round in terms of genre. I could imagine using this for house, trance, new-age ambient, dark gothic illbient, retro 80s synth pop and Warp records'ish electronica.
  • A ridiculous amount of features to choose from, and they can be controlled in so many ways because it has...
  • Matrix (stuff can control other stuff).
  • Vast amounts of internal effects which really have character and are worth using and getting to know.
  • Splendid non-weighted keys with both velocity sensitivity, note-off velocity sensitivity (very rare) and aftertouch.
  • The LFOs can be both synced across all 12 voices or independent (for that extra chaos. Chaos is good, yes?)
  • Impressive looking editor with a scalable UI which both sends and receives MIDI, so that the synth and editor are always in sync.
  • Great to see balanced outputs for a change, and a purely analog signal path (you would be able to record it and play it back at half speed and still have nice treble.)
  • All envelope generators can have their curve shape adjusted between log, linear and inv.log (-50 to +50).
  • It feels pretty hands-on even though it's probably too early to tell after just one evening of testing.
  • The arpeggiator and chord thingie are fun and inspiring to use.

Cons:
  • It feels somewhat flimsy and, yeah, one of the slider knobs actually came off. Fortunately it was easy to put back on, and it stayed on afterwards.
  • The many built-in reverbs are so-so, and their weak point is the really short reverbs. It works best for doing long reverbs. It has that TC sound. This is probably not really a problem because it's not a drum machine anyway.
  • The editor is not a VST but a stand-alone which may pose challenges in terms of usability and integration with your DAW, especially you may experience the editor allocating (stealing) a MIDI device if you wanna run the DAW and editor at the same time.
  • The decay curves aren't really well chosen, as the lowest value of -50 is the one that sounds the most natural (resembles an Arp Odyssey or an Oberheim SEM), so I think the range should have been something like -90 to 0 instead of -50 to +50. This is a result of the way the ear perceives volume and fade-outs.

My conclusion: It's a great synth and it's dirt cheap considering what you get.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 1 post ] 

All times are UTC


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group