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
  • Patch panel with 18 inputs and 14 outputs for expanded sound options and for connecting to other modular synthesisers & sequencers
  • Audio input for sound processing external sources
  • Poly-chaining of up to 16 devices possible
  • 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
  • Includes 12 V DC power supply and 6 patch cables
  • Suitable cover: Art.477464 (not included)
  • Suitable case: Art.483027 (not included)
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Further Information

Design Desktop
Polyphony 1
Sound Generation Analogue
MIDI interface 1x In, 1x Out/Thru
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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sounding good, just the paint went off very fast...
Johanz, 13.05.2020
I have the Mother32 already and the Crave just sounds like a slighty upgraded mother with a different Pro-1 CEM oscillator, which is basically what it is. I think Behringer improved the workflow and I had some fun with it when I was touring India, but after two days of programming and playing with it live near the beach in Tamil Nadu the paint went off already so it went to a friend there, because I bought it for use during trips. And I have the Mother already, but it's build in my Eurorack setup, taking a lot of space. So I might buy a new Crave now because of it's size and the improved workflow. Would make me feel better though if they would pay Moog something too for taking so much of their design. ButI must say, after comparing many B's to originals, this one is probably their best job (maybe because the Mother is made with new modern parts too?). It sounds great.
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Fantastic Value for Great Sounds
HamishTheHuman, 28.04.2020
This synth is a fantastic introduction to modular synthesis if you are new to it and is able to create some fantastically nuanced and striking sounds (very similar to the Moog Mother32).

The built-in sequencer is very usable for banking some cool ideas but I would not recommend trying to do any performing with it. The keys are small and clicky and don't lend themselves to improvisation.

Mine came with its oscillator slightly out of tune but it is able to be tuned using a small flat head screwdriver if you have the same issue. The general build quality is sturdy with a metal body and sturdy knobs. though it is nowhere near the same quality as something like the Moog Mother 32, however, considering the price as well as the sounds this thing can make, It is unrivalled.
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Great little synth for the money
JakubH, 21.09.2020
Cheaper Moog Mother with a few extras...sort of.
It isn't a Moog, but for the money it still sounds great!

The size is just right. No problem fiddling with the controlls.
Knobs are not wobbly and have a decent amount of friction when turning (they could turn more freely).

I'm still getting used to the patchbay thing.
Output only to a small jack connector...I can live with that.

A lot of the functions are accessible via key combinations which are not labelled on the unit so you have to look them up and remember.
When I start my sequencer hooked via MIDI, by default Crave also starts its internal sequencer. I think this can be disabled.

It's great that it has MIDI through. Separate OUT/THROUGH would also have been nice.

I would have liked the main tuning knob to snap to the 0 position so that you could tune it correctly witout fiddling around. It only has 1 oscillator so that would make sense imo.

Overall a great machine (not just because of its price).
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