Behringer’s recently announced Eurorack modules including the last two 2500 modules and the 2600 VCO turn up on Thomann for preorder.
Behringer has been uncharacteristically quiet over the last few months with very few new announcements, teases or hints at products. July seemed to be overloaded with new prototypes and module announcements but it’s taken until now for anything new to turn up in the shops. So, if you’ve been waiting to get your hands on some of their new modules then, unfortunately, the wait is far from over but at least you can console yourself with getting in a preorder so you’re top of the list when the ship finally arrives.
The last two pieces of the 2500 modular puzzle have appeared. The Clocked Sequential Controller 1027 and the Mix-Sequencer Module 1050. These two modules are what’s going to animate your 2500 modular system. The 1027 has three channels of 8-step sequencing and the 1050 combines 8-channel signal mixing with a sequential switch. They also have a magic rear connection so you can run the 1050 directly from the 1027.
Pulling bits of their ARP 2600 clone seems like a no-brainer and the 2600-VCO is the first module to emerge from that idea. It looks the part and features all the waveform outputs of the second and third oscillators on the 2600. You’ve got 3 channels of FM control which will be interesting to find something to do with. For £84 it’s a very good value analogue VCO.
The slightly outrageous clone of the Intellijel Quad VCA had everyone wondering what’s so hard about coming up with a slightly different design? It’s a VCA for heaven’s sake, there are lots of them about and they don’t tend to be legendary. Anyway, the Four Play is a 4-channel VCA with a boost switch and adjustable response for £76.
Back at the end of June Behringer announced that they would be selling the 900-series Moog-Modular-in-Eurorack modules as complete systems. Using their Eurorack Go case they have come up with the System 15, System 35 and System 55 that come with a selection of curated modules based on the Moog systems of the same name. This, for me, always seemed like a better idea than releasing the individual modules one at a time over a long period. It gives you a feel for how a system of vintage modules should function together.
Part of those larger systems is the CM1A MIDI-to-CV interface which offers 2 CV and 2 Gate outputs for £76. It’s useful if a little bit under-featured compared to most other MIDI-to-CV modules.
This is where it hurts though. Estimated delivery times on all these products are listed as “Available in several months” which is rather depressing. However, you can always think of it as something that you buy now and then can forget about until it turns up on your doorstep sometime next year!
This also highlights that Behringer has got many people excited over many products but has been very slow to deliver them. Undoubtedly Behringer has been hit by difficulties presented by the pandemic and the global component shortage. The RD-9 is the one that causes the most pain and currently Thomann has it listed as “on request”. The RD-8 MKII is also listed as “Available in several months” and we still have no news on the UB-Xa or any of the other larger keyboard synths that have been shown in various stages of prototyping. While we all enjoy news of forthcoming synths we might enjoy it a bit more with less news and more physical product.