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Behringer Brains

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Eurorack Module

  • Multi-Engine Oscillator
  • 20 Synthesis algorithms with 3 editable parameters each
  • An integrated OLED oscilloscope
  • A USB-B port for firmware updates
  • CV inputs for selecting: algorithms, pitch, level and trigger
  • CV inputs with bipolar attenuators for FM, morph and timbre
  • 2 Audio outputs
  • Current consumption: 130 mA (+12 V) / 10 mA (-12 V)
  • Width: 16 TE
  • Depth: 45 mm

Algorithms:

  • Virtual Analogue
  • Waveshaping
  • FM 2 operators
  • Grains
  • Additive
  • Chords
  • Speech
  • Karplus Strong
  • Super Saw
  • Wavetable Oscillator
  • Rain
  • Noise
  • Dust
  • Modal Strings
  • FM Drum
  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Hi-Hat
  • Cowbell
  • Toms
Available since March 2022
Item number 522238
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Analog No
Digital Yes
Width 16 TE / HP
£119
Including VAT; Excluding £10 shipping
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25 synth generators in one!

Behringer's Brains takes inspiration from Mutable Instruments' popular and open-source "Plaits" project. The BRAINS is a high-resolution multi-engine oscillator module for Eurorack installation which features 24 synthesis engines, 96kHz sound quality, and an OLED Oscilloscope. It is designed to complement analogue VCOs or rhythm modules, or to simply act as a noise generator. From virtual analogue to wavetables, FM drum machines, and more, each preset accomplishes distinct audio tasks with pleasing results. Algorithm parameters are modifiable, and synths can be selected externally via CV controls. The OLED oscilloscope visualises the active engine's signal in real time – which certainly adds to the look.

A multi-engine marvel

The Behringer Brains boasts an array of 24 very diverse sound generation engines, organised into banks labelled A and B. Bank A features virtual analogue, FM and additive synthesis, as well as wavetable exploration, Karplus-Strong synthesis, and the distinctive "supersaw" waveforms. Spanning an impressive eight octaves, these timbres are designed for their versatility. Bank B hosts a range of noise generators and dedicated electronic drum algorithms designed for kick drums, snares, hi-hats, and various other percussion elements. The four main parameters are always modifiable, enabling users to fine-tune each engine according to its unique characteristics. The tonal versatility is remarkable - from dark pulsating beats, to lush ethereal pads, to bright saw waves. Adding to its functionality, the Behringer Brains features a dual-output system. The main output delivers the primary signal, while the secondary output presents a variant of the selected algorithm, providing an additional level of customisation at the output.

Versatile and affordable

The Behringer Brains caters to modular synth enthusiasts constantly on the lookout for new sounds and timbres - and combinations of them. Its 20 algorithms provide a wealth of diverse sound sources in a single module, including additive, FM, or Karplus-Strong synthesis, which would normally require a much larger investment. The unit is affordably-priced as well as compact, and thus ideal for touring. In fact, the Brains's budget-friendly price tag even allows one to consider buying a couple of them to benefit from a double oscillator or even set up a small electronic drum kit.

About Behringer

The company, which was founded in Germany by Uli Behringer and now manufactures its products in China, has been known for affordable and great-value equipment since its very first product, the Studio Exciter F. An array of mixing consoles (such as the Eurodesk MX8000), signal processors, and later sound amplification and monitoring equipment, has made it possible for countless musicians to fit out their home studios, practice rooms, and mobile PAs within budget limits that were previously unthinkable. The acquisition of other companies, including Midas, Klark Teknik, and TC Electronic, meant that new product groups were added - and also resulted in the technical expertise of these companies being incorporated into product development.

A module for (almost) every situation!

Many modular systems come equipped with two or three analogue VCOs which provide the "foundation" for the bass, leads, percussion, etc. The Behringer Brains module dramatically expands this sonic palette with a number of additions with new and interesting colours. When combined with an analogue filter based on a genuine SSM or CEM chip, classic hybrid sounds like those of a Microwave, K3, or DW-8000 on a monophonic voice are easily recreated. The noise generators can be effectively used for sound design or as a basis for percussive elements. The editing and modulation controls ensure that a wide variety of sounds and sound scapes are easily achievable. The algorithms specifically designed for electronic drums can be used right away, thus making it easy to enhance an existing drum kit with a new modular sound palette.

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Bob Breeks 03.04.2022
This is a beautifully presented piece. Reminds me of an old ROM module with 199 sounds, except its 2020 not 1985, and the sound files are almost limitless, the future looks bright. Especially with the OLED screen.
It wouldn't be a daft idea to buy six of them and have a megga sound bank.
Very impressive.
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Behringer add extra DNA to the code
Enslaved.electron 30.04.2022
Well they are at it again and this time I'm glad they are ! The source code (open source ) was Plaits from MI but they added more spice to its Synthly DNA charms .I immediately hooked it up and i find its a brilliant module and has a well placed and bright Oscilloscope screen (OLED), one that I'm used to looking at on my Korg Monologue but I'm blessed with 20/20 vision , as well as the extra DNA and I really find it mesmerising just watching those peaks and troughs ' dance like the shadows from fire on the cavemans wall ,it's a serious module for all 'and I'm sure even the naysayers will warm to its charms in time. The buttons and nobs are even and well spaced the smaller gain ones under Timbre, Frequency (FM) and Morph are shallower than its bigger brothers so be prepared to pinch they feel rock solid and speak to the longevity intended as well so the quality is there, but that one gripe is all I have ,I find the rest quite novel and I could play with it all day the speech setting has me laughing for ages and I can be Hawkins whenever I feel the need to break some theoretical waveforms and bring them forth into my holographic reality and it really works hard to keep you entertained and I'm sure with the USB hookup present and face front will endulge us with many an update I'm sure and im glad Behringer went with it rather than over the 3.1mm audio interface no faffing definitely quicker I'm sure, hook it up to the Sequencer and step it up a level, lol, you can't miss seriously and I'm glad they have made it beginner friendly and sensibly low key (I expected at least one blinking LED per nob) that way you can concentrate on your waves and beats and more modules circulate the quicker our poor eurorack pockets can get a price break and pair it with a clouds patch in your kick and snare and your guaranteed to get some ambient bliss at least so what more can I say? it's a win win and companies like Korg known for their boutique Volca range need to take note (I'd love to see a eurorack version of Sample and Drum) and costs less than a night out at the arcade and cinema with your mates or if your the older ilk a night at the pub followed by takeaway vindaloo, I wish I had more space and more time but I say if it has you curious you have to buy one and don't look back Behringer are a relatively new company compared to the aforementioned Korg, Roland, Yamaha you know they are still finding their feet and I'm sure have lots more in store , checkout their Facebook page, Give your pocket a break, I can think of at least four modules I can replace or don't need to buy now I have it ,and grab one with the oscilloscope added more value for money and a worthy and welcoming addition to my rack .
Verdict :- no brainer ☆☆☆☆☆
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Versatile all-in-one soundsource
Streamer69 09.05.2022
Reminds me of microfreak a bit
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I played this BRAINS with some fava beans and a nice Chianti
CovilStudio 10.06.2024
The Behringer Brains module is an impressive and budget-friendly option for Eurorack enthusiasts, especially those looking to explore a wide variety of synthesis methods without breaking the bank. Its minor flaws are outweighed by its versatility and value for money, making it a solid choice for both beginners and experienced users looking to enhance their modular setup.

Easy, Simple (too simple), and just for the amazing new algorithms FM/303 it REALLY is an addition for expanding your sound palette! FM rules! Brains is our friend!
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