The Vector synthesis-based Behringer Victor is now available for preorder with an unspecified delivery estimate of several months.
This interesting digital oscillator replicates the sound engine from the Prophet VS. The description on the Behringer website is a little confusing as it suggests that “Vector Oscillators” are a thing when they are not and that it “morphs”, which it shouldn’t if it’s emulating the Prophet VS. Vector synthesis works by dynamically cross-fading between four oscillators placed at the corners of a plane. The mix of oscillators is controlled via a joystick, giving you a huge range of sounds. Each oscillator has a wavetable of 128 waveforms to choose from.
Originally posted 28th September 2022
There are no new details to share about this Eurorack module other than Behringer saying that they’ve successfully squeezed the Pro-VS engine into the Victor module.
The general idea with vector synthesis is that you have four oscillators placed in the corners of a 2D plane. You then use a joystick to move in the space between the corners, generating continuously changing mixes of those waveforms.
The layout has changed a bit since we first saw a prototype of this module back in April, and Behringer put a lot of this down to community input. It now has half as many knobs, it’s lost a couple of patch points and has gained a USB port. Behringer has moved on from the ugly-looking port from the BRAINS to a more pleasing USB-C port for the Victor. I hope that remains a trend.
Otherwise, it looks like a useful module. I like the fact that the joystick has an output for the XY movement, meaning that it could control other modules.
Hopefully, Behringer will soon get past the current issues they are experiencing due to the chip shortages. We’re looking forward to enjoying some of the back catalogue of promised synths and modules.
- Behringer Victor: Behringer