Behringer Crave

Semi-Modular Analogue Synthesiser

  • VCO based on CEM3340
  • Sawtooth and pulse waveforms with pulse width modulation
  • Noise generator
  • 24 dB ladder filter with resonance, switchable between low pass and high pass
  • ADSR envelope
  • Analogue LFO with triangular and rectangular waveforms
  • Step sequencer with 32 steps and 64 memory slots
  • Arpeggiator
  • Patch panel with 18 inputs and 14 outputs for expanded sound options and for connecting to other modular synthesisers & sequencers
  • Audio input for sound processing external sources
  • Poly-chaining of up to 16 devices possible
  • 3.5 mm jack headphone output
  • MIDI In/Out
  • USB-B port
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 320 x 164 x 47 mm
  • Weight: 1.5 kg
  • Includes 12 V DC power supply and 6 patch cables
  • Suitable protective cover: Article no. 477464 or protective case: Art.483027 (both not included)

Further Information

Design Desktop
Polyphony 1
Sound Generation Analogue
Storage Medium Internal
USB-port Yes
Effects No
Arpeggiator Yes
Number of Analog Outputs 1
Digital Output No
Display No

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More fun the more I learn
Bjørnar, 13.11.2019
I'm new to modulars/semi-modulars. When I received the Crave and started playing with it, my first thought was "Ok, this thing is a liiiitle bit more basic than I was expecting" - but that didn't last for long.

Soon I had Googled my way to patches for the very similar synth from another manufacturer that I won't name (you probably know which other synth has 32 connections) and it opened my mind and I realized the real potential of the Crave.

This thing can really make a lot of nice sounds, especially for something at this price level!

Pros:
- A LOT of routing options for a beginner's semi-modular
- The oscillator (and envelope) sounds very nice, powerful and punchy
- Build quality is top notch. It's built like a tank
- Very smooth potentiometers that feel like they will last for a long time. Very sturdy, with no play.
- Patch-compatible with the other very similar synth (you know which)
- The sequencer is more advanced than I first thought. I recommend to read the manual to learn it fully.
- Configuring the "Assign" output to "Sequencer random" and patching it through the "Multiple" I/O's (or stackable cables) to inputs like e.g. VCO mod, LFO rate and VCF mod gives hours of fun.
- The side panels seem to be wood or at least wooden laminate as far as I can tell (not plastic as a Youtube reviewer recently said)

Cons:
- A 6.3mm TRS jack output would have been nice instead of the 3.5mm TS in the patch bay
- Input level of "Ext. audio" is -5V to +5V (that means the output from other line-level gear will be very low in volume
- Maybe I'm just doing something wrong, but I wish the sequencer would act more like a 303 when setting the gate length to max (the notes don't quite merge with the next note when gate length is 100% and glide is on, there's a tiny gap)
- Thomann's product page for the Crave says it has an ADSR envelope, but it's actually ADS
- On my unit the D# key on the sequencer "keyboard" is a bit more difficult than the rest. It has to be pushed exactly in center to trigger, unlike the rest of the keys which trigger both in center and sides. I assume this something that can be easily fixed by re-adjusting the placement of the plastic keys slightly. But I won't try as it's not too bothersome so far, and it might just fix itself after more use.
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Pretty great, but not for me
Chri5-HT, 21.02.2020
Got this for the purpose of giving (semi-)modular synthesis a go. It integrated quite easily into my setup well, but... I just didn't gel with it.

I found it's design is well-reasoned, and considering what you get for €150 yes it's a deal for sure.
However, at this price maybe aesthetics and ergonomics are less important. Good potentiometres, bad buttons . It felt less like a musical instrument and more tool-like, but does have a great sound and wicked patch points.

One other things, the early firmware issues were a big pain for me. Between that and the feel I decided to sell it. Probably all fixed by now, do see what people say on the forum though.

I'm sure if you put the time in it will pay its dividends.
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Solid synth with fantastic features.
PeterMcD, 25.11.2019
Since my Crave arrived a couple of weeks ago, it's had much more use than any of my other synths. There's just something about the immediacy of the interface, the simplicity of the single oscillator and the gorgeous creamy sound of the ladder filter that makes it my go-to synth.

I've got other monosynths, but none of them sound any good without effects added on. The Crave just sounds fantastic as it is.

I ordered extra patch leads but I needn't have bothered. The six that comes with the Crave is more than enough. The only quibble I do have is that mine shipped with a European power supply when I live in the UK. But it's one of those power supplies that allows you to slide on a different connector depending on which country you live in. I've written to Thomann and I assume they'll ship the right one soon.

Until then though, I can use my Virus, or I can use my Crave -- but I can't use both.

But that's a small issue and I'm sure Thomann will resolve it soon. If you're thinking about buying one, stop thinking about it and just buy it. I guarantee you, you won't regret it. It has to be the best value for money on the market.

And Thomann's customer service was first rate.

Addendum: Thomann's customer support tell me that because their Craves are intended to be sold in Germany, they only come with the European connectors. This was a bit disappointing given that they have a UK facing website and some proportion of their business is with the UK. At the very least, I would have expected them to tell me how I could actually get a working power supply -- even if that meant buying an add-on.

If this is important to you, you probably want to buy your Crave in the country where you live rather than from Thomann.

Additionally, the gate length function doesn't work on mine, so it's probably going to have to be returned. I initially thought it was probably an issue with firmware, but I'm on the latest release and it still isn't working. That shouldn't be a deal breaker though. It's still a great synth and astounding for the money. I want a replacement, not a refund.
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The Crave is an excellent device.
BobEff, 28.11.2019
I absolutely love it. First out of the box it looks amazing and the orange colour is tastefully picked, I never thought I would want an orange synth in my studio... The build quality is fantastic and you most certainly do not feel like you are picking up a toy when you hold it. The knobs are very smooth and not loose, the switches feel very sturdy and the buttons have the right feel to them (for what they are).

As for the sound; I am really pleased with it. If you have seen any videos online you will know exactly how it sounds and being able to shape your own preset right there and then is something I always enjoy. Some people will complain about not being able to save presets but I personally prefer my analog synths this way.

I still have to wrap my head around the semi modular part but that will be a fun learning curve, it is also nice that six patch cables were supplied with it!

Over-all what you are getting for the price is absolutely ridiculous - in a very good way.
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