Updated: Jul 2
From behind the lines and straight through the crowds of people clamoring the return of the infamous Moog Model D, comes Behringer. Long having been, as Korg, a brand of value and quality for beginners looking to get into music production, as well as a staple name professionals can trust when on a budget, the company primarily had stayed in the live sound department where it thrived very well, innovating in many ways with their great mixing boards for example, giving people feature-packed consoles that while it could be argued would not be the choice of high-end studios, certainly offered plenty for home studios around.
One department no one expected Behringer to go into however, was analog synthesizers. Though in hindsight, given the current resurgence of analog hardware, and the demand for it that even has Akai scurrying around to find their foothold within this rebirthing industry, not to mention the unfortunate high prices of handmade equipment such as Moog and synths like their Model D, it could be said that it makes perfect sense for a company like Behringer to have taken a step forward into this arena. Starting off with the great success of the Deepmind 12 (also available in 6 voices) analog synthesizer, which followed in the footsteps of affordable polyphonic analog synthesizers after the release of the wildly popular Korg Minilogue, the company returns again with an attempt to replicate the infamous Moog Model D, which could be argued is a very bold move. Wrongfully recreating such a revered classic would surely put a company's reputation in peril, yet as of late, they continue to tease fans with images of clones the company says it is aiming at marketing, like the VP-340, and UB-Xa. Exciting news!
To the great surprise and admiration of many, it's a pleasure to say that indeed the Behringer D Analog synthesizer is, by every definition, a true incarnation of the most influential synthesizer in history and did it fact come true! It's not just in the interface where we find a great deal of attention in detail, but also the circuitry, ensuring that the Behringer D can deliver the outstanding analog basses, classic leads, and incredible pads the Moog Model D became famous for. The quality of the sound is truly undeniable, and while some may argue whether or not it is a perfect replication of the Model D's sound, the truth is that for the price, and for the overall quality, it doesn't even make sense to argue about it in my opinion, not to mention that already, the concensus is that indeed Behringer nailed it! The sound is thick, the filter is responsive, the warmth is ever so present, and the bite undeniably aggressive when you want it to be.
If you are not familiar with the classic MiniMoog Model D though, and so far I have been ranting about something a bit alien to you, then let me briefly explain why this synthesizer has been so influential. First off, when introduced in 1971, the Model D was essentially a compact version of Moog's previous modular synths that at the time, were custom built per order, and required a great deal of technical know-how to even get the thing to play. With the Minimoog, all of the main components were hardwired under the surface, and hooked up via the chasis to a non-detachable keyboard, so anybody with just simply turning the machine on, could begin playing and crafting sounds without issue. This of course, would set the standard for every portable synthesizer that would come thereafter. This is why the Model D is so important.
At the core of the machine, is a 3 oscillator system, each which can be individually tuned, and one which is also a source of Low Frequency Oscillation. The filter (Low Pass), is a 4-pole design; an invention that aside from the synthesizer in general, also propelled Moog to global recognition as it delivers a sound still unmatched.
Now reborn in the new millenium once again, is not just the Model D by Moog itself, but also here replicated by Behringer to allow anyone to easily afford one of these timeless beauties and incorporate it into their studio and routine.
So now why Behringer and not Moog you may ask? Well, as a professional musician for me, Moog has always stood out as something that when owned, would give you goosebumps and a sense of accomplishment just owning one. A feeling that could mature you as an artist in an instant. However, like many out there, I simply could never afford a Moog. They are, I hate to say it, but terribly unaffordable.
Now of course, Moogs are handmade in Asheville, North Carolina, using real Appalachian wood, and crafted with such care, that like with say a Rolls Royce or Jaguar, is indeed worth the money no doubt about it. But let's face it, economic times are such that most of us simply can't even begin to think of spending well over $2000 for a synthesizer. So when a company like Korg, or now Behringer, offers up authentic analog circuitry at a fraction of the cost, and built with quality not far from that of Moog (albeit mass produced and not handmade), then I listen, and so do others. Now the dream is attainable and creative ideas can flow unrestricted.
So if you are looking for a true analog beast to join your studio, especially if you are a modular Eurorack enthusiast, then consider the Behringer D Analog Synthesizer. Worth every penny of the already low $299.00 cost, and in no way lacking in what you would desire from the Minimoog itself. A legend is reborn folks, not once, but twice! Say it with me...viva la revolucion!!! Available now through the Guitar Center website, others expecting initial stock deliveries soon.
Please take a moment to watch the video below, featuring Alex Scott of Consordini Musical Instruments, giving you a thorough, hands-on review of the Behringer Model D: