Behringer System 100 Modular Synthesizer Clones 70’s Roland Circuits, In Euro Format

Last year, Behringer announced plans to release 40 Eurorack modules. Now, the company has introduced the first of these modules, the Behringer System 100 Modular Synthesizer.

The modules are Eurorack format clones of Roland System 100m circuits from 1975.

The modules include:

  • 112 dual oscillator with 3 waveforms, PWM and two sync modes
  • 121 dual filter with 3-channel mixer per filter
  • 130 dual VCA, again with dual 3-channel mixers
  • 140 dual envelope has 3 outputs per ADSR plus a built in LFO that can be triggered and phase synced
  • 173 gates module comes even with four gates that can switch audio and 6 quad buffered multiples
  • 297 has a dual portamento controller plus two independent CV mixers
  • 150 brings a ring modulator, 2 noise generators, syncable LFO and a sample and hold generator
  • 172 module delivers a 6-step phase-shifter, an analog delay, an LFO and a gate delay
  • 305 is an output module a four-band parametric EQ, a 4-channel mixer, line and separate headphone output and even a tuning oscillator
  • 182 there is a powerful analog sequencer with either dual 8 steps or 1-16 steps and tempo, portamento and gate time controls
  • 110 is a complete synth voice with VCO, VCA and filter in a single module

Details on pricing and availability are to come.

37 thoughts on “Behringer System 100 Modular Synthesizer Clones 70’s Roland Circuits, In Euro Format

    1. Yep. But if you’re a 15yr old working a part-time job to build up your first Eurorack, it’s probably a big deal. So kudos to Behringer for making music more accessible to all creatives.

      1. I’m 60 and ordering this as my core eurorack system. I can always add osc’s, filters, and other esoteric junk. as utility modules (LFO, ADRS, VCA, MULS, etc..) most anything will do.

        LOL! UB-xa here I come!

      2. I’m 60 and buying these as my core eurorack. Utility modules like LFO, ADSR, VCA, MULS, etc… are basic. Anyone can build them. OSC’s and filters outside the simple stuff I’ll buy as needed. Nothing wrong here.

        Sorry if this is double posted. Posts are getting dropped lately.

  1. Funny how time circles — the System-100 was the first synth I ever used, in a junior-college class in 1982. (Though I think it was the semi-modular version without so many patch cables needed.) Now it’s the new hotness again… What’s next? A Star Wars revival? Dungeons & Dragons?

    1. But we have a Star Wars revival, it’s in the theaters now scoring 53% on the Tomatometer…

      I didn’t expect Behringer to produce anything innovative. Since Roland is offering their modules at $500 each, and a complete set is $2000, I was never going to buy their stuff in the first place. Really, Roland made Moog look affordable.

      1. None of the synth companies do anything innovative because people don’t want it. If you want innovation you need to use software.

  2. not sure how much these are going to cost but lets not forget about the Dreadbox Chromatic modules priced at 79 – 99 euro. these Behringer modules look fine but are not the only lower priced modules on the market.

    1. well if they are cheap as expected if you grab say a neutron, crave and a few modules you can do some really fun semi modular stuff on the cheap

  3. It’s funny that Behringer via MusicTribe has practically unlimited means when it comes to manufacturing, engineering, financing, etc but simultaneously lacks the passion and creativity required to make compelling and unique products.

    Sure, these will be cheap – like all their stuff – but most people know that “cheap” means cutting corners. And with their endless unethical ripoffs of vintage products they are certainly cutting corners when it comes to developing their own intellectual property.

    1. Yeah, not compelling at all. It’s a wonder they sell any synths at all. Market research? Those guys?…No way. All of their synths have been total flops in the market. No one buys them. I’m sure these will be just like those other ones.

  4. I’d like to hear from a user of this one 5 years along. I admire the three-year warranties on some previous releases, but modulars take a real pounding. What’s a repair tech facing if this starts going sour at year 6? It may not, especially if kept in one place, but you’re not going to get the Unobtanium-plated livery of a Schmidt in a clone. Aside from that insane $4k Korg 2600, that is. The lifespan of any synth is always TBD.

    1. Absolutely. This is not bullet proof studio or travel gear. I’m not going to say who its for – I expect some interest across a diverse set of users.

    2. That’s kind of the point, no? If eurorack modules take a beating and require repairs by someone with a reasonable degree of skill, better to have paid $100 for a module than $400, no? I sold off a bunch of modules after about 18 months of use and was shocked by how many were found to have defects by their new owners as they played with every feature during the discovery/learning process – they were very well packed in their original packing prior to shipping, hadn’t been moved much when I’d owned them, and were often fairly expensive modules. If Behringer can match that build quality at 30-50% of the price, who is going to be complaining besides other manufacturers?

  5. I hate, hate super short faders. These module with three faders, stacked horizontally will be very challenging to play with any precision. I love the look but hate the UI

  6. For me, modular synthesis is about creating something new and unheard of, not replicating grandma’s music. In a market segment with so much innovation, I don’t feel the need for copies of vintage designs,

    1. but in the modular world, many “innovations” were takes / copies of vintage modules by don buchla, bob moog, or serge tcherepnin (digital modules being an exception of course).

    2. It’s a pretty cool grandma who listens to 70s modular synth music. Mine was into Bing Crosby, Don Ho and Lawrence Welk…

      I’m not gonna get any of these either, but if I was just starting or lacked some basic modulation, VCAs and utilities, I’d probably be looking into them. Slap them right in there with the Make Noise, Mutable and IME gear and it’s not going to sound “vintage” at all.

  7. This is another great move by Behringer. Roland’s System 500 modules are overpriced – these work out at around $150 AUD here in Australia – max, and probably a bit less, so it makes building a classic modular synth – the Roland System 100M – far more affordable.

  8. i have the impression, that the circuitry in those behringer clones (korg ,roland, odyssey) are all the same, only some small changes on a capacitor here and there and the packing/panel design is tweaked, they all do sound same to me . however its nearly the same with most synth product lines from all manufacturers those days (korg with some expceptions) … they all repackage and do sell the glamour of the 70ies and 80ies in a new package and it seems to work. they never get my money…but good luck

  9. “Glamour of the 70ies and 80ies” describes it all too well! I find that amusing, since you can have all of that plus a pipe organ, a Mellotron and the king of glitch kits in so many instruments. Get what works for you, but don’t be too dazzled by der blinkenlights. I’m not snorting for constant innovation, but a little less nostalgia wouldn’t hurt, either.

  10. I swore not to get sucked down the modular money hole beyond my Expert Sleepers MIDI sync setup, but $50 modules makes me start to think about the best way to fill in the rest of the rack with blippy boopies

  11. Such complaints galore

    can we please move on an stop bashing everything that is announced by Behringer?

    They also released the System 55 modules, oh but they arent exact replication of sound and all,
    so most people complaining won’t be interested in them either

    but for the rest of the non-rich or privaledged these may be sufficent enough

  12. With the release of these System 100 modules, and then the Moog System 55 modules, I think Behringer is on a roll here. At the right price, for a total beginner in modular, these are a good start – and I think this is my next step in terms of electronic music. I’ve been wanting to get into modular gear for a while – Behringer just gave me the right push to do it.

  13. Despite the hate, I think these are a safe bet for beginners (like me). If I discover this isn’t for me, I’d rather do it spending this kind of money than several grand.

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