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I hesitated a lot before making this video. After the Peter Kirn social media situation.

I’m not going too deep in the topic, because I don’t want to give it more air time. But if you are looking to buy a Behringer product, I suggest you take the time to check these links and get more inform about the company. 

https://www.musictech.net/news/11-things-need-know-history-behringer-peter-kirn/

https://sonicstate.com/news/2020/03/05/podcast-sonic-talk-were-all-cork-sniffers/

To be honest, we cannot ignore Behringer. They are here to stay. If the consumer does not like the way they do things : vote with your cash. They will have to change. I personally, do not own any Behringer product and I’m a little bit sad because all I was looking into the Neutron or the Crave. This has put a hold on my interest in buying one. I’ll wait and see how they act in the future. Maybe I’ll change my mind.

 

My review of the Neutron from Behringer

I’m going to give you my honest opinion about this piece of gear as well as advance/hidden tips. 

The basics: It’s a analogue synth offering 2 oscillators, 1 LFO, 2 ADSR env, 1 -12db resonant Filter (LPF, BPF, HPF), an overdrive section, an analog delay and a side panel of 54 CV patch. In short, it’s a semi modular paraphonic synth.

 

The built of the Neutron

I was very curious of the quality. Mostly because the cost seems so low compared to other brands. I was wondering if the built was cheap and fragile. I wanted to test the rumors myself.

The entire casing is made of metal. The knobs offer some stiffness and resistance that I associate with quality products. I don’t know how long they will last. When you patch the cables the connector seems solid. It comes with 6 patch cords to start. If you like modular or if you have other compatible devices, you will buy more and longer cables.

 

The connectivity

Of course you have the CV patch section and a MIDI input on the top of the Neutron.

You will find at the back of the unit:

  • Electricity connection (it uses a wall wart)
  • MIDI dip switches to select the MIDI channel
  • a MIDI Thru
  • USB (for MIDI)
  • Mono Input
  • Mono output
  • Headphone (with volume knob)
  • A hole identified as Boot
It’s analog

  • You need to tune it. 
  • There is no save memory.
  • Does the knobs send MIDI controls?
  • You need to open the front panel and calibrate the delay to your liking. Do you want feedback or not?
  • Without patching anything, you can play the Neutron like any other synth. The internal signal path is this. ADD IMAGE OF SIGNAL PATH
  • You can select from 5 different waveforms for the oscillators. You can do that either in a continuous morphing or by switching between them.

What about the V3340 Osc chip?

Behringer makes a big deal out of it. Why?

The V3340 Chip has been part of long history of synthesizers. It can be found in the Roland SH-101 and MC-202, Jupiter-6, in the SCI Prophet-5, Prophet-10, Prophet-600, Pro-One, Oberheim OB-8, OB-Xa, OB-SX even the MemoryMoog. But Wait! It means the Neutron is going to sound like these synths!

NO

A lot more goes into the sound of a synth than just he VCO. But it means that they took an analog Chip design that has proven time over time over time that is it great in a context of an analog synth. 

LFO MENU 

PRESS and hold KEY SYNC

  • To change Rise and fall of the LFO : Turn the LFO Shape Wheel
  • To select LFO one shot mode or normal : press VCF mode button to switch between (HPF= normal) or (BPF= one shot) mode (only works if  KEY SYNC isactive)
  • Press KEY TRK button to toggle between LFO Staccato or Legato mode
    • KEY TRK on = Legato 
    • KEY TRK off = Staccato
  • LFO MIDI Clock Sync
    • OSC SYNC on = active
    • OSC SYNC off = inactive
  • LFO KEY Rate
    • Hold KEY TRK while playing a note to select the LFO Base note 

Assignable CV Output mode menu

Press and hold OSC SYNC until both RANGE buttons are flashing. 

  • Press RANGE left and Right buttons to change the source of CV modulation. The active source is shown with the LFO Shape LEDS. From right to left (OSC1 CV, OSC2 CV, Note On Velocity Mod Wheel and, Aftertouch)
  • Press KEY TRK button to toggle Enveloppe retriggering mode on/off

Tuning

Self-calibrating tuning on Start up

Manual Tuning:

  • Press and hold the RANGE button until the octave LEDs starts to flash. Press a “C” on a MIDI controller. Then the LFO shape Leds will show how far you are from the “C” that is center LED (descending SAW)
  • Tune POT Bypass: Press and hold OSC (1 or 2) RANGE + PARAPHONIC buttons until the selected OSC octave LED starts to Flash. 
    • Flashing LED = Tune Pots inactive and the OSC is in tune with the MIDI notes played.
    • Solid LED = Tune Pots active

Behind the mask of the Neutron

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