Berna 3 Turns Your Computer Into A 1950’s Electronic Music Studio

Berna 3, a virtual studio described as a ‘love letter’ to mid-century electronic music studios, is now available for macOS. A Windows release is scheduled for release later this month.

Here’s what the developer has to say about it:

“Berna is an experience, a world of instruments that transport you to the age of the pioneers of electronic music.

Use 12 Function generators, 6 filters, 8 modulators, plus oscilloscope, four tracks tape recorder, two track tape recorder and four independent tape loops and effects with warm analog sound.

The user of Berna 3 has the opportunity to build their own compositions starting from the instruments and practices that defined electronic music at its origins.”

Pricing and Availability

Berna 3 is available now for macOS & Windows for 25.00€.

15 thoughts on “Berna 3 Turns Your Computer Into A 1950’s Electronic Music Studio

  1. I knew this would happen, just not so soon. It must have been a huge chore to make this, I can’t imagine. I thought about how cool it would be no make a test equipment plugin, but the demographic/customer base must still be so narrow. I think this will take off though. I’ve been feeling like it’s a new frontier in a very stale market of regurgitating and remaking the “classic” synth interface. I feel like it’s a nice fresh take on synthesis, although actually coming full circle too the roots and origins of synths like the Moog Modular and ARP 2500.

  2. I can’t understand. Massive work has done for R&D and so on. you have created a unique software simulator. How are you going to sell this product for only 25eu !? That’s a niche product that will by only synth’s freaks(I’m in).

  3. Very nice, and an opportunity to easily step in Hainbach territory without having to look for all the hardware. I’m sure to download a Windows trial version when available.

    1. I think this is a labour of love for the developer and also that he has programmed it in his spare time! I liked the older version and will definitively try this one out too!

  4. Great update but still needs some tweaking. The patch bay is a little bewildering and the midi assign requires hitting escape (less than intuitive!) to return to the interface – that took me ten minutes to discover and then the demo timed out. Some necessary fixes IMO but I’ll buy anyway. Fantastic interface work. Attention to visual design is pretty astounding. I look forward to using it live.

  5. The old hardware has a very unique sound. That’s why I began using them. Back in 2009 someone at work sold me a pair of HP 200 series signal generators. I’m now at 6 different units, tube and transistor, along with burst generators, filters, noise generators, and tape machines. They all have a unique sound. Berna 3 makes it much easier to create these sounds. A laptop is much easier to pack around than the real thing. It’s also a lot easier to dust.

    The “less than intuitive” escape command in the MIDI mapping is spelled out in the manual. It always pays to RTFM.

  6. Great video. I’m going to have that damn tune @ 53:30 stuck in my head all day. Talk about an ear worm! Wait. No. It’s tinnitus.

  7. CW,
    No. You can’t use it as a VST. It is a stand alone electronic music lab.

    You can record to Berna’s internal “tape machines” and save the results as WAV files. Then you can import those files to a DAW.

  8. Sorry to say, but man this looks laborious and painful to use just to create noises and bips at the end. Sure, these kind of sounds can be fun and have their place here and there but this doesn’t look fun to use at all… And it’s standalone only software, just like in 2003. I have Reaktor and 250 weird noise generators from the user library to generate that kind of random noise, and yes I can save all my work and recall at will in my DAW. Well at least it’s not expensive though.

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