The fifth teaser video has dropped and this one finally reveals the name – DeepMind 12. It sounds like a sentient machine out of a sci-fi movie. The video reveals a lot more about the digital heart of this synthesizer and I’m afraid to say that I’m starting to twinge with disappointment.
As soon as that screen appeared my heart sunk. So it’s not going to be all on the hardware panel. DeepMind 12 will not have a knob for everything or a slider for all controls, it’s going to have a bunch of stuff hidden in digital menus. According to Robbie Bronnimann, who’s the only artist to feature in this video, it’s all about the effects. And that seems to be what the screen is about. We can see what looks like 4 effects being chained together and edited.
According to Facebook Uli Behringer posted the following with the video:
Presenting my DeepMind12 synthesizer with 4 world-class FX engines powered by TC ELECTRONIC & KLARK TEKNIK. Thank you for making this the ride of my life. Uli Behringer
But i’m intrigued by this image:
It seems to show another screen above the LCD display which wasn’t there in other parts of the video. This is probably a companion iPad editor app, which is an added twist to an already mysterious sound making box.
For me when I see a big digital effects engine it immediately makes me think it’s making up for inadequacies in the raw sound material. You can make anything sound impressive if you laden it with delay, reverb and compression. But when you get down to the rawness of the synthesis how well will it stack up? In this one teaser it’s gone from a fascinating analogue poly-synth into a Yamaha workstation keyboard with a few sliders. I knew it was all too good to be true.
However, what do I know? I do know that the “Modular Meet” (run by Divkid who appeared in an earlier teaser) up in Leeds on the 20th August claims to have one for people to try. So, awesome analogue or effects dripping nonsense? We’ll still have to wait and see.
Here’s the Modular Meets event – get yourself along to that.