The Behringer 2500 series modules now have a sequencer based on the vintage ARP 2500 Clocked Sequential Control Module 1027.
Clocked Sequential Control
This is quite an interesting sequencer. While it is fairly basic by today’s standards you have plenty of things going on per step to make for some engrossing patching.
The original ARP 1027 has 10-steps which was maybe too unique for the Behringer version designed by Rob Keeble of AMSynths. The Behringer 1027 has a much more musically friendly 8 steps which was probably a good if inauthentic decision.
The array of knobs looks quite fabulous but also a bit overwhelming. What you have here is 8 steps or “positions” that go from top to bottom following the LEDs on the left. Then you have 3 groups of 8 knobs where each group can generate its own voltage per step. So it’s like having 3 parallel 8-step sequencers. So you could run three different tunes, or a single tune with per-step modulations.
The Position Gates on the right send out a Gate on each step and you could patch one of these into the Reset input to shorten the sequence.
The 1027 has its own clock, an On/Off button that can be CV controlled and an adjustable Pulse Width output.
The Behringer website says that the 1027 can be used to control other 2500 series modules including the 1026 Presets Voltages or 1050 Mix Sequencer modules neither of which we’ve seen yet. I guess we should expect those soon. They also mention how they could be connected on the back of the PCB. There’s this from the Quick Start Guide:
These 8 gate output signals are also available via the 12-pin GATE OUT LINK CONNECTOR located on the module underside. This 12-pin connector can connect to and trigger other compatible modules, such as the MIX-SEQUENCER MODULE 1050, via a 12-pin ribbon connector.
It will be interesting to see how all that works!
The 1027 is shipping from the Behringer factory and will no doubt take its time getting to the shops. But when it does it should sell for $149.
More information from Behringer
Here’s a quick video on the original ARP module.