by Robin Vincent | Approximate reading time: 2 Minutes
Behringer Module 1050

Behringer Module 1050  ·  Source: Behringer

Behringer Module 1050 and 1027

Behringer Module 1050 and 1027  ·  Source: Behringer

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The dual-personality Mix-Sequencer Module 1050 offers 8-to-1 or dual 4-1 signal mixers, or an 8-step/dual 4-step channel sequencer. Is this the final piece on the 2500 puzzle?

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Mix-Sequencer Module 1050

This chunky and remarkable looking module is the last one in Behringer’s homage to the ARP 2500. The Module 1050 provides 8-channel mixing or you can split that into two lots of 4-channel mixing which are represented by the gold and green knob caps. The impressive-looking square white buttons enable or disable each channel – you could see them as Mute buttons. The red buttons alongside are “exclusive on” buttons which you could see at Solo buttons as they mute all other channels for as long as they’re held. Those are quite nice performance features.

It’s also a sequencer, but not in the way you’d think. With a regular sequencer, you dial in a voltage that represents a note or modulation and send a string of these voltages to an oscillator or CV input to a parameter. With the 1050 it’s the mixer channels that are being sequenced. Via a pulse input (either through the front or via a ribbon connection to the Module 1027) the 8 (or 2×4) channels are stepped through one at a time giving a string of short audio bursts. You can imagine how this could create a very interesting output that’s not demonstrated or appreciated in Behringer’s video.

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In a video for the ARP Foundation, Chris Meyer gives us an interesting introduction to the original Module 1050 showing how what it does is essentially granular synthesis – fascinating!

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You could put 8 oscillators at fixed pitches into the Module 1050 to create a more traditional 8-step sequence but that’s a very inefficient use of oscillators whereas sequencing the pitch of one oscillator from the Module 1027 would make far more sense. It’s going to be interesting to work through the possibilities of this module.

No price or availability as yet. We also haven’t seen any sign of the Module 1027 either. These two modules are the creative control centre of the 2500 modular system and it would be great to see them finally arrive. Behringer is not at Superbooth this year but I imagine we can expect a few more announcements around this time of heightened synthesizer fervour.

More information from Behringer

  • Module 1050 page.
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