Hot on the heels of the ProVS Mini being released last week, Behringer has announced the immediate shipping of the JT-4000 Micro (the synth formerly known as the JP-4000 Spirit).
Update 11th August 2023
Nearly 18 months after the then-named JP-4000 was revealed, Behringer snuck the final version of it out this evening. At £43/€50 they’ve honoured the price point they had originally planned, and this tiny unit packs some punch for that buck.
Final specs for the JT-4000 Micro are a four-voice paraphonic synth with two oscillators per voice. It also features a two-operator FM engine and an analogue filter. It features a small, touch-sensitive keyboard as well as a built-in arpeggiator. It can store up to 32 presets.
Behringer JT-4000 Micro
The JP-4000 is a 4-voice clone of the Roland JP-8000 hybrid synth complete with Supersaw waveform in an adorably cute little box that’s destined to be a cult classic.
Update 25th March: Now there’s a video
(Originally posted 25th Feb).
After all the fuss made of my article about the Behringer Pro-VS where I suggested it was a bit on the ugly side, the arrival of the JP-4000 made me burst into laughter – but for opposite reasons. This thing is wonderful! Isn’t it odd how just a few design decisions can flip a piece of technology from awful to awesome? There’s something in the balance and sizing of this one that is just right in the context of what they’re trying to do. I love it!
Anyway, Behringer has released a bunch of information about their adorable little JP-8000 clone. First of all, apparently, Uli Behringer dreams of a day when every child can have a synth just like he wanted when he was a kid and so the JP-4000 will be a stunning $49. So it’s not trying to be a full-sized synth with a front panel full of knobs and nuanced control – this is a fun-sized sound source with as much power and sound capability as they can fit in the tiny frame.
Inside we have 2 analog modelled oscillators per voice and a nice warm analog filter. The JP-8000 sound engine has been replicated along with the Supersaw waveform. 2-operator FM has been added and they’ve chosen to keep the 12-bit DAC for that classic sound. It comes with 32 presets, 16 touch-sensitive keys and an arpeggiator. It can all be controlled over USB. I wonder if the Synthtribe app will be expanded to give you a fuller synth programming experience because the front panel is looking a bit sparse on the control side.
In some ways, it does the JP-8000 a bit of a disservice because that was an immense and enjoyable synthesizer and here we have it transformed into a novelty version. Don’t get me wrong, this looks like a fun idea and I hope Behringer releases every synth ever in this same format, but I’d also like to see a more fully-fledged clone of the JP-8000 as the trouble has been taken to replicate it.
Anyway, the JP-4000 “Spirit” has made my day, so thanks for that Behringer.
- Behringer JP-4000: Behringer
- Behringer JT-4000: Behringer