The Four Play Eurorack module appears to be a clone of the Intellijel Quad VCA with 4 channels of CV and audio mixing and variable response.
After the BRAINS was announced last week we’d assumed that we’d see a lot of Mutable Instrument clones but it appears that Behringer is happy to clone anything that looks useful. It’s a 4-channel voltage-controlled amplifier, the bread and butter of Eurorack modules, in a system where you can never have enough VCAs.
The inputs and outputs are DC coupled which means it can handle both audio and CV signals. The outputs are normalised so you can either take individual outputs for each channel or take a mix out of the last channel.
Each channel has a level control and an attenuated CV input for control over the level. There’s a Boost switch to add a bit of extra gain and you can dial in a response curve between linear and exponential. The LEDs register the signal and are green for positive waves and red for negative cycles.
The similarities to the Intellijel Quad VCA are quite obvious; same layout, same features and functions. Other than different artwork and knobs it’s identical. 4-channel VCAs are common and yet every other manufacturer manages to make it their own, Behringer doesn’t appear interested in trying. Maybe Intellijel should take it as a compliment that with all their resources Behringer can’t come up with a better idea than theirs. Intellijel says their modules are “made with love by robots in Canada“, I wonder what the Behringer modules are made with? Answers in the comments, thanks!
At $99 it’s certainly at a great price for people looking for a budget way into Eurorack. Four Play is shipping now and should be in the shops very soon.
More information from Behringer
No video from Behringer on this as yet so in the meantime here’s the Intellijel QuadVCA in action.