While we’re still awaiting the arrival of the MS-101 (delayed delivery again!) here’s some more on the Crave that’s been generating a lot of interest since its big reveal in January.
The Crave is Behringer’s own semi-modular synthesizer based upon the 3340 VCO like that found in the Prophet-5. It’s not designed to be a clone or reflection of anything as such although many people have pointed out that the patchbay matches that found on the Moog Mother-32. Having played both I can tell you that they don’t sound the same.
They’ve put in a classic Moog ladder filter (like in the Model D) and it has an ADS envelope and LFO – all the usual things you expect a monosynth to have. It has a sequencer/arpeggiator so you can get moving with some tunes straight away. The sequencer is laid out in a bit of a 303 style with the note buttons like a keyboard and is the same as the one in the MS-101 and Odyssey. One nice feature of the sequencer is that it can be transposed via MIDI. You’ve also got gate length, accent, ratchet and glide time per step and it can save 8 banks of 8 sequences up to 32 steps long. There’s sequencer reset, hold, play, stop and tempo all available on CV inputs.
The first new video is this one from Benedo which is 7.41 minutes of just the sounds.
Following on from that we have a video that came out of the recent Thomann event TSR19:
And don’t forget my own fumbling comparison with the MicroFreak:
The price gets thrown around somewhere between $149 and £199 depending on who you speak to but there’s still no news on the release. With Behringer working on so many products it’s hard to really know until it’s in our hands.
- Behringer website.