Behringer TD-3-AM Yellow

Analogue Bass Line Synthesiser

  • Acid Smiley Edition
  • Fully analogue signal path from VCO, VCF and VCA
  • VCO switchable between sawtooth and rectangular waveform
  • 4 Pole low pass filter with resonance
  • Adjustable VCF envelope intensity and envelope decay
  • Adjustable accent
  • Integrated distortion with tone control
  • 16-Step sequencer with 250 pattern memories
  • Poly-chain up to 16 devices
  • Audio input for sound processing external sources: 3.5 mm jack
  • Sync In & CV/Gate Outputs: 3.5 mm jack
  • Stereo headphone output: 3.5 mm jack
  • Line output: 6.3 mm jack
  • USB-MIDI and MIDI In/Out
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 56 x 305 x 165 mm
  • Weight: 0.8 kg
  • Colour: Yellow
  • Power adapter included (9 V DC)
  • Suitable cover: Art.490239 (not included)
  • Suitable bag: Art.493544 (not included)
  • Suitable case: Art.492958 (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 Yes
Arpeggiator Yes
Number of Analog Outputs 1
Digital Output No
Display No

Back to the 80s!

The Behringer TD-3-AM is the yellow version of this much-loved bass line synthesiser, a classic reference for any synth connoisseur. Whether in prog rock, new wave, EDM or synth pop, a host of legendary acid sounds that will stand the test of time, have, and still are, being created on the TD-3-series – and its pure analog signal path! The sawtooth and square waveform oscillators form the basis of powerful and super-fat bass lines, as well as gritty leads. Added distortion, one among many effects included in the TD-3-AM, will dirty that sound even further. The TD-3-AM includes both MIDI and USB ports. Should you prefer a software rather than a hardware interface, the Synth Tool application provided is intuitive and practical – while, of course, machine-programming remains fully operable. The TD-3 series is available in an array of different colours.

Totally flexible programming, plus extras!

The TD-3 series patterns are organised into four groups, each of them divided in 2 sections, A and B. The keyboard acts as a shortcut to all the different patterns, each can then be individually selected and edited. In order to program each section, ‘write mode’ must be selected in the central control area, and then the pitch and time value of each key assigned. The ‘step’ button defines the number of steps in each pattern, which can go up to 16. Longer sequences can be created by playing patterns sequentially or chaining them in track mode which allows patterns to be played in any order. A total of 64 patterns can be stored in the TD-3-AM. A random pattern generator is also included, which can be a great help in simplifying and helping with the design of new patterns. To enable random generation the ’Start’, ‘Stop’ and ‘Clear’ keys must all be pressed simultaneously.

A portable “back to the future”

At 663 g, the Behringer TD-3-AM is easy to handle and of course fits more or less anywhere. Behringer's recreation of the original user interface allows the exact same workflow that spawned so many great bass lines and leads during the 80s. The distortion section can be added at will, in easily controlled increments. The ’ Tone Control’ function, which remains neutral in middle position, is useful for either ‘muffling’ or making bass lines more aggressive. The TD-3-AM can be clocked to any other synthesizer via the sync-in input. In addition, the CV-out (controlled voltage gate out) can be used to trigger external synthesizers.

About Behringer

The company, which was founded in Germany by Uli Behringer and which now produces their items in China, has been known for affordable and great value equipment since their 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 or mobile PAs, within a budget limit that was previously unthinkable. The acquisition of other companies, among others Midas, Klark Teknik and TC Electronic, meant that new product groups were added - and also resulted in the technical know-how of these companies being incorporated into product development. The still young synthesizer division of Behringer continues the philosophy of the firm, which is to offer truly affordable classics with outstanding features.

Simple software programming

The provided Synth Tool allows the user to immediately access any preconfigured TD-3-AM pattern via USB. From there, patterns can easily be imported from the machine into the computer, modified at will, and then sent back to the TD-3-AM. This is done via the ‘Recall’ function. Inside the editor, note values can be changed via drag-and-drop operations, as can be the total length of the pattern. The ‘Store’ function in the Synth Tool allows patterns to be easily stored back into the TD-3-AM. Accents can also be programmed, by right-clicking on the desired notes. The value of each accent can be adjusted via the corresponding slider on the TD-3-AM. The Synth Tool software includes further control options, such as MIDI routing, PolyChaining and calibration of the TD-3 AM.

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A beautiful yellowbox
MesmoChicago, 30.06.2020
I have always wanted to own and be able to use a TB303 in my music for approx 30 years! the desire never went away , I missed the first round has money was very tight in the recession hit 80`s. So heads up to 2020 and Behringer have done exactly what a progressive music manufacturer should and recreated the "magic box" exactly and then some ! Since receiving mine a few weeks ago , I have had the time (due to the virus) to forensically learn the instrument inside out and although it inherits the much written about sequencer which can be regarded has a very big plus or a minus depending on your viewpoint , in 2020 it doesn`t matter because the USB and synth app supplied takes care of the "mad" button programming many used with the old Roland unit . You can plan and write some very structured musical basslines that sound incredible. The factory sequences are just that , they do not allow the little box to show off but I found an increasing amount of custom sequence packages on the net at very low cost , they became my templates for learning the art of programming this unassuming beast of a box. Mine is now complete with 64 dance ready basslines and with the inclusion of the A/B structure of the pattern play you can alter the main bassline A ever so slightly and program it into B and instantly have those iconic changes in emphasis and dynamics that make a killer techno or house tune . I have a Roland TR-3 and owned it for a good few years and if I was asked to compare the units It would not even come close, the TR-3 was a design experiment for Roland and they forgot about the end user whilst building it , It can sound good in a track but in comparison with the Behringer it is quite pedestrian, it is the sound of the unit that lets it down although full of presets the sound mangling that is so intuitive with the Behringer is just not there . There is no envelope to tweak (big mistake) so it will not sing like an actual bird ! unlike the Behringer . So in summary Behringer have it the jackpot with this well connected clone of the original TB303, the fact it is faithful to the electronics and is squarely analogue and is fully open ended due to its USB and MIDI capabilities , so programming killer basslines will become quite a lucrative cottage industry. The price which I have not mentioned thus far is another gift for a gift that just keep giving . All in all buying a TD-3 is a complete no- brainer everyone should own one , like back in the day these things usually sold in two`s because house and techno back in the eighties used to double up the bass to create more complexity .
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So much fun
Ranzig, 11.11.2020
What can i say about the best clone of the legendary 303, for a price that made me buy 2. You cannot have enough 303's!

It's light but solid built. The software editor is for people that do not want to get into the copy Behringer made of the original editor. I must say it's a bit weird when you use it for the first time. Jumping through the pattern is can be tricky since there is no indication at what point in the pattern you are. But.... it was the same with the original. Yes it's hard to program if you don't use the software. But the quality is just excellent, it's really good! And the price is insane.
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The 303 sound on a budget
Stamatis Stabos, 13.10.2020
I bought the TD3 along with the RD6 and it's really nice product for the price its a little bit complicated to make a pattern but you can watch tutorials on youtube and figure out how it works, the sound is amazing like a classic 303 the distortion effect make the difference, you can download the Behringer SynthTool app and create or save patterns and make settings easy but the most thing i like most its that you can connect it to the computer with usb or midi and sync with the DAW or work it like a midi controller and add every sound you like from any VST software! i have made a Youtube video about unboxing how to connect it check it out! 🙂✌
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Awesome acid box!
Valeriy Faustov, 02.02.2021
Chic acid sound at a low price. This baby is a favorite of my setup. The build is excellent for this price. A little backlash on the encoders, but this is not problematic. The buttons are pressed with a characteristic click, which is not very convenient at home at night, when my family is sleeping. Clicking on the whole apartment. But all the disadvantages are covered by the low price and excellent analog acid sound. The design of the instrument perfectly diversifies the interior of any studio or apartment. Attracts attention. Convenient function of working with a computer via USB, you can program patterns, but I honestly don’t use it, as I prefer to use the programming method independently. The distortion built into the TD-3 "eats up" the low frequencies a little, so I prefer to use third-party overdrive. It will perfectly complement the delay or rever tool, which, unfortunately, is not included in the package.
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