Behringer has produced a reproduction of the classic Oberheim Two Voice synthesizer featuring two SEM modules in its Eurorack/Desktop format.
After all the fun of the mini-synths, this serious-looking reproduction of the classic Oberheim Two Voice comes along as a bit of a shock. It looks stunning. It’s a little on the small side in order to squash it into the 3U Eurorack height that dictates the size of the Behringer desktop skiff. But there’s nothing brash about this one and the clean colour and simple text sets it off nicely. It looks like a single unit so you can’t separate the SEMs into individual modules. I would have thought having a single SEM as a Eurorack module would be a thing worth doing. Tom Oberheim has been promising one for years.
The two SEMs offer a pair of oscillators each with its own multimode filter, 2 envelopes and an LFO. You get variable wave shapes with adjustable pulse width and oscillator sync. There’s a 2 channel mixer section with level and panning controls, mixing over external inputs and a portamento switch. Over on the right is a patch bay that offers 6 CV outputs and 10 CV inputs for each SEM or “XM” as Behringer are calling them. As the name suggests it has 2 voices of polyphony.
What’s missing (apart from the keyboard) is the sequencer, arpeggiator and Sample & Hold section of the original. The recent Oberheim Two Voice Pro Special Edition greatly expanded the sequencer section and added MIDI throughout as well as adding velocity and aftertouch to the keyboard.
Priced at $299 there’s no way to compare it to the original or current Special Edition but this is a well-loved classic that will find itself on many a desktop once the chips arrive. There’s something about the SEM that somehow resonates on different frequencies to the rest of the synth world. It will be interesting to hear how well Behringer has captured the sound.
- Behringer 2-XM: Behringer