Behringer Crave

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Semi-modular Analogue Synthesiser

  • VCO based on CEM3340
  • Sawtooth and pulse waveforms with pulse width modulation
  • Noise generator
  • 24 DB ladder filter with resonance, switchable between low pass and high pass
  • ADSR envelope
  • Analogue LFO with triangular and rectangular waveforms
  • Step sequencer with 32 steps and 64 memory slots
  • Arpeggiator
  • Jack matrix with 18 inputs, 14 outputs for enhanced sound and connectivity with other modular synthesisers & sequencers
  • Audio input for sound processing external sources
  • Poly-chain up to 16 devices
  • 3.5 mm jack headphone output
  • MIDI In/Out
  • USB-B port
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 320 x 164 x 47 mm
  • Weight: 1.5 kg
  • Power adapter (12 V DC) and 6 patch cables included
  • Suitable protective cover: Article no. 477464 (not included)

Further Information

Design Desktop
Polyphony 1
Sound Generation Analogue
Storage Medium Internal
USB-port Yes
Effects No
Arpeggiator Yes
Number of Analog Outputs 1
Digital Output No
Display No
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More fun the more I learn
Bjørnar, 13.11.2019
I'm new to modulars/semi-modulars. When I received the Crave and started playing with it, my first thought was "Ok, this thing is a liiiitle bit more basic than I was expecting" - but that didn't last for long.

Soon I had Googled my way to patches for the very similar synth from another manufacturer that I won't name (you probably know which other synth has 32 connections) and it opened my mind and I realized the real potential of the Crave.

This thing can really make a lot of nice sounds, especially for something at this price level!

Pros:
- A LOT of routing options for a beginner's semi-modular
- The oscillator (and envelope) sounds very nice, powerful and punchy
- Build quality is top notch. It's built like a tank
- Very smooth potentiometers that feel like they will last for a long time. Very sturdy, with no play.
- Patch-compatible with the other very similar synth (you know which)
- The sequencer is more advanced than I first thought. I recommend to read the manual to learn it fully.
- Configuring the "Assign" output to "Sequencer random" and patching it through the "Multiple" I/O's (or stackable cables) to inputs like e.g. VCO mod, LFO rate and VCF mod gives hours of fun.
- The side panels seem to be wood or at least wooden laminate as far as I can tell (not plastic as a Youtube reviewer recently said)

Cons:
- A 6.3mm TRS jack output would have been nice instead of the 3.5mm TS in the patch bay
- Input level of "Ext. audio" is -5V to +5V (that means the output from other line-level gear will be very low in volume
- Maybe I'm just doing something wrong, but I wish the sequencer would act more like a 303 when setting the gate length to max (the notes don't quite merge with the next note when gate length is 100% and glide is on, there's a tiny gap)
- Thomann's product page for the Crave says it has an ADSR envelope, but it's actually ADS
- On my unit the D# key on the sequencer "keyboard" is a bit more difficult than the rest. It has to be pushed exactly in center to trigger, unlike the rest of the keys which trigger both in center and sides. I assume this something that can be easily fixed by re-adjusting the placement of the plastic keys slightly. But I won't try as it's not too bothersome so far, and it might just fix itself after more use.
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Craving the Crave
Hextrasher, 06.11.2019
I've been testing the crave for a short period of time and I must say I'm pretty impressed with the machine, the sounds you can create are pretty fat for a one oscillator synthesizer, the patch holes gives you nearly endless possibilities to make the sounds even fatter or crazier, its a lot of fun for the low price.

However it was a small puzzle to figure out how to sync the module to my drum machine over midi, but the quick guide made it clear in the end.

The build quality is 4 out of 5 stars, its surprisingly heavy, so it wont be scooting off your desk on its own, I think it can withstand a small earthquake. However the patch holes and the little switches dont leave much confidence in the build quality. However for the low low price of 159 euro, I dont think we should complain too much.

Its a fun little box full of good sounding surprises and the easy to use sequencer is a nice bonus, you can't go wrong on this one. Besides that you'll get the two year warranty just like any other Behringer product. Well done.
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