Behringer Announces Neutron, Semi-Modular, Paraphonic Analog Synthesizer

If you thought NAMM 2018 was short of stunning synth announcements, then this one from Behringer is going to make you very pleased indeed. Neutron is a semi-modular, paraphonic, analog synthesizer.
UPDATE: There's a new video from Behringer showcasing the entire 42-point(?) patch bay and more on the Neutron. It's here:

Despite not officially having a booth or floor space at NAMM, Behringer have made an announcement that is sure to rock the world's largest music gear industry trade show from wall to wall. Not content with their new Model D and the other plethora of re-interpretations of classic analog synths in the making from the OB-Xa to ARP2600, they've just announced Neutron, a semi-modular analog paraphonic synthesizer.

No firm details have been released via their site or social media just yet... but we have a rather tasty video of Behringer Neutron to check out and on-the-ball observations from Michael Black Feather who informed us of this news by email.

Let's start with the video:

before we delve into the features we think are part of the Neutron, here's a pic or two...

Here's some of the Neutron features we picked up from the above video:

  • 2 oscillators
  • 5 waveforms with 4 standard waves and one that looks unique but we can't tell. Could be a pulse mod wave?
  • Shape knob for selecting waves
  • Paraphonic button
  • The filter appears to be a multi-mode filter with a button that changes modes.
  • LFO with 5 waveforms and Key Sync
  • 2 ADSR Envelopes 
  • Noise
  • VCA "Bias" (amount? this appears to be the only knob for VCA excluding the ADSR envelope)
  • Overdrive effect with Drive, Tone, Level knobs
  • Delay effect with Rate, Repeats, Mix knobs
  • Sample & Hold with Rate, Glide
  • Slew Rate Limiter with Slew, Porta Time
  • 2 Attenuator knobs

Could this be the synth Behringer teased recently with the huge patch bay which they're not showing in the teaser video? Michael Feather says, "The MIDI was next to the patch bay in the circuit board teaser and people figured out there was a delay chip on the circuit board. This lines up with this Neutron".

No news on price or estimated availability yet... 

Isn't it interesting that even without a booth Behringer are capable of causing one of the biggest announcements in the synth world at NAMM 2018! We certainly like the direction they've been going in over the past coupe of years.

Stay tuned to Ask.Audio for more info on Behringer Neutron as and when we get it. 

[Via: Michael Black Feather-email]


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UPDATE: There's a new video from Behringer showcasing the entire 42-point(?) patch bay and more on the Neutron. It's here:
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The only one that is making this a big deal is you. There is no "wall to wall" industry rocking happening, and it's certainly not the biggest announcement in the synth world. It's just a damn teaser video for a product that will probably take another year to hit the market. And, when and if it does, it'll just be another in an overly saturated market that makes exactly the same sounds that we've been hearing for over 40 years. The same old thing, repackaged. Calm down.
Behringer have stated this is due to start shipping by end of April this year, and hardly a same old thing either. This and the new Arturia Minibrute are inviting and teasing new musicians into the semi modular universe.

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