In the latest Sonic Lab video, host Nick Batt takes a look at the new Behringer Neutron synthesizer.
The Behringer Neutron is a semi-modular synthesizer that can be used standalone, or as part of a Eurorack system. It features features VCO’s based on the classic Curtis 3340 chip design, a new ‘Moffat’ filter design (created by design engineer Keith Moffat) and an extensive patch bay that lets you override the default signal flow.
- Paraphonic synthesizer with dual 3340 analog oscillators
- Pure analog signal path
- Semi-modular architecture with default routings requires no patching for immediate performance
- Oscillator waveform control blends between 5 shapes (tone mod, saw tooth, pulse, triangle, sine wave)
- Individual pulse width / tone mod control
- Paraphonic mode allows both oscillators to be independently controlled
- Flexible LFO with five waveform shapes, MIDI clock sync, key sync and delay / fade in
- Two analogue ADSR generators for modulation of VCF and VCA
- Multiple stage analog delay based on BBD (Bucket Brigade Delay) technology
- Overdrive circuit adds ‘analog warmth and edge’ to your sounds
- Noise generator
- 36 controls and 7 buttons give you direct and real time access to all parameters
- Switchable, self-oscillating, multi-mode analog 12 dB/Oct VCF with dual output (e.g. LP+HP available on jacks)
- Utility functions including attenuators, multiples, slew rate limiter and summers
- 32 in / 24 out patch matrix
- Patchable audio-rate sample and hold with glide
- Headphone output with dedicated level control
- External audio input for processing external sound sources
- Comprehensive USB/Midi implementation for connection to keyboard/sequencer
Pricing and Availability
The Behringer Neutron is expected to be available this Spring for US $299.
28 thoughts on “Behringer Neutron Analog Semi-Modular Synthesizer Review”
Gosh ….competitive price or what……..it has a lot of bang for the buck
That will sell like hot cakes!
Dang that sounds good. Wallet-saving mantra begin:
“I do not need another monosynth. I do not have the rack space for it. I am saving for other gear.” and repaeat 50 times per day.
Surprising low end!
Wow…only $299? That’s a lot for less, especialy if u compare to eurorack modules…
I hope they make one with memories.
memories mean a complete different design / build … in other word a different synth … and a much more expensive one as well.
Great demo – and awesome sound – seriously good job from Behringer here, puts all the naysayers to shame! I’m going to have to sell my Voyager!!
Sell a few items on eBay, collect some aluminum cans, empty the change jar, and voila, buy the Neutron.
Gotta have two of these, rigged together it would make what is already a little monster, a beast of a synth.
Mind. Blown. Sounds like a synth is supposed to, covers a lot of vintage synth territory to my ears.
Want one! 🙂
This is one of the few times I could justify buying a synth new. It is worth every penny and I want Behringer to know it. Classic analog sound but with a new fresh essence about it. One of the few times an analog synth seemed like it was truly being innovative. At this price point it will be everywhere. The perfect balance of knobs and modular. Nick’s demo is what really opened my eyes (ears) to this synths potential. It looks like it would be a good jam session synth. This will be highly saught out decades from now and will be worth more than the Deepminds. Mark my words. Behringer is slowly gaining cred for being a legit synth company. Hopefully one day there is a poly version with 8 voices. It will cost more but be a cool option. If they do make it, make it another color that way the versions are easy to differentiate. Ide buy it outright but seeing as I only make around $300 a week ill have to sell somthing to buy it, but it will be worth it.
Ok. Half way into the video and totally impressed. I’m one of the Behringer ‘naysayers’ mentioned above. I gave up on them over a decade ago. But, um, anyone want to buy my Minibrute?
This will be my first Behringer synth 🙂 The patchmatrix is so amazing and more than half the price from Arturias Mircrobrute 😛
Behringer has never been one of my favorite companies. But this product seems genuinely unique. WTF, I will probably buy one.
Holy crap! Awesome.
Nice to see sample & hold, which Korg seems to have forgotten to include with the Monologue/Minilogue. My money would likely go the Behringer due to this major omission.
That low end is huge. I think it will be great bass synth in my setup. Can’t wait.
Staggering, almost lost for words. Well done Midas. Sold.
Same here, but I’d rather see the name Midas on it. There’s this stigma with the big B. name that I can’t seem to get over regardless of who uses their products.
“It’s not trying to be something else. It is a Neutron.”
I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited for a hardware release.
This is epic and I’ve been doing this 40 years! Now Behringer please ramp up your D production .. my Minimoog needs a little brother.
I’m definitely getting a Neutron! But I wonder when they’ll actually be widely available.
Can anybody compare this with a Dave Smith – Mopho, Arturia Mini/MicroBrute or Dreadbox – Erebus/Hades ?
Great! Now please please can we get a Greyscale faceplate to go with it : D
To be fair, unless they start selling the Model D soon to real customers, these reviews by big players in the market are going to be a source of endless laughing and skeptical pre-orders. I understand why a company wants to grab publicity, but what is the point if there is nothing to sell?
Maybe Trump’s tariffs have something to do with release or production???
This is such a gorgeous synth; not that big, which is good but with some beautiful sounds coming from it. I’ve had mine a little while now and love it to bits. The normaled patch routings are really useful but a couple more mults along the bottom of the panel would have been useful. I cannot fault the people at Midas they have created a
seriously useful and very good sounding semi mod synth. :))