Behringer releases a short sound demo of the Pro-VS mini-synth and announces that it’s making a Eurorack version (UPDATE with video!). Will there be modular versions of all their mini-synths?
Update 08/04/22: Behringer has put together a video showing the development of what they are called the Victor Pro-VS Eurorack module. See below!
Pro-VS sounds like it should
(Originally posted 16/03/22). We all wanted to know what it sounded like, so Behringer threw the Pro-VS at a musician and YouTuber called Clemens Wenner who obliged with an 80s tastic piece of pop.
It sounds brilliant, which I don’t think anyone doubted for a second. What is more doubtful is how useful it is to work with now that we get a better idea of the size when compared to Clemens hands. It’s a big synth in a small form and it’s the workflow that interests me. And in the context of the video, nicely placed on that stand and shot with cool lighting the Pro-VS looks pretty darn fabulous, so maybe I can take back my original comments about it being a bit ugly.
I’d also like to take the opportunity to big-up Clemens Wenner for the sterling job he did on the demo and also for this masterful cover of Scritti Politti’s Perfect Way. I loved that song and still have the 12″ on vinyl – you nailed it sir. Although I still have no idea what the song’s about, I just loved the complexity and layering of instruments and synths.
Meanwhile, Behringer posts a photo of the Eurorack module version of the Pro-VS. Apparently it will be in the style of the BRAINS but thankfully without the USB port messing up the front panel. The screen is there and the laughably large thumb joystick. Joysticks in Eurorack are often amusing, they just are. No other information on polyphony or how it will function in the modular space.
It does, of course, raise the question of whether all these mini-synths will be available as Eurorack modules? Is that a good thing? Not everything works well in the Eurorack space; some things thrive when control voltage and patch cables get involved but other things become fussy and cumbersome and are simply better off in a keyboard. We shall see, in time, hopefully.
Here’s a new video giving some insight into the development of the Eurorack module and the influence that the Behringer fanbase can have on design.
- Behringer Pro-VS Eurorack: Behringer