Behringer DeepMind 12

12-Voice Analogue Synthesiser

  • 49 Semi-weighted full-size keys
  • Key velocity sensitive and with aftertouch
  • 4 FX Engines powered by tc electronic and Klark Teknik
  • 24 Oscillators - 2 OSCs and LFOs per voice
  • 3 ADSR generators
  • Switchable 2- or 4-pole Low-Pass filter per voice
  • High-Pass filter
  • 8-Channel modulation matrix
  • 32-Step control sequencer
  • Envelope Depth
  • Key tracking
  • Remote control via iPad / PC / Mac and selected Android app via USB, MIDI or built-in Wi-Fi
  • 26 Sliders and one switch per function give direct and real-time access to all important parameters
  • 1024 User program memories
  • Built-in and adjustable Wi-Fi client
  • LC-Display
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 822 x 257x 103 mm
  • Weight: 8.4 kg
  • Designed and engineered in the UK
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Further Information

Number Of Keys 49
Touch-Sensitive Yes
Aftertouch Yes
Split Zones No
Modulation Wheel Yes
Number of simultaneous Voices 12
Sound Engine Analogue
MIDI interface 1x In, 1x Out, 1x Thru
Storage Medium Internal
USB-port Yes
Effects Multieffect processor
Arpeggiator Yes
Number of Analog Outputs 2
Digital Output No
Display Yes

Affordable analog synthesizer with expansive features

With 12 analog voices, a modulation matrix, 32-step-sequencer and four high-quality FX-engines, the polyphonic Synthesizer Behringer DeepMind 12 is equipped with characteristics, that were not available in the great era of the analog synthesizers, and which other modern devices can not offer either, and all this for an unbeatable price. The 49-keys keyboard can be used to provide massive sound scapes, rhythmic modulated sequences and Arpeggios as well as distinctive lead sounds, both on the stage as well as in the studio. With its analog signal path it provides the beloved, warm sound character and the four FX-Engines with algorithms by TC Electronic and Klark Teknik are valuable additions, especially for Live applications. These built-in effects also save on additional equipment.

Polyphonic Analog synthesizer with 4 FX-Engines

The sound generation of the DeepMind 12 is blessed with two oscillators, a 12/24 dB low-pass filter and a VCA in its analog signal path. Oscillator 1 generates Saw and Square/PWM, Oscillator 2 Square/Pulse with a special Tone parameter. For modulation each voice boasts three ADSR-envelopes as well as two LFOs with seven wave-forms, including Sample & Hold, which can also be synchronized to a MIDI-Clock. In total, 19 modulation sources allow themselves to be assigned to more than 130 different destinations via the internal matrix, this offers a lot of room for sound experiments. Since sounds are usually mixed with effects, On-Board-FX is standard nowadays. In the DeepMind 12 there are four effect units available which can be used in parallel, and whose more than 30 algorithms such as Reverb, Chorus, Phaser, Delay etc. allow you to enhance the sounds of the synthesizer even further.

For Live-Keyboard players and sound tinkerers

For stage use the DeepMind 12 not only has all the necessary features on-board, but also possesses a clearly structured control surface, which gives you quick access to all the important parameters that you want to be able to change intuitively while playing. The presets allow for quick navigation and the modulation wheels and besides numerous Faders plus buttons there are also two connections for pedals to serve as playing aids. The easy accessibility by way of the user surface and interface makes the generation of your own sound creations very simple. If you want to delve even deeper into this subject matter, the parameters organized in menus can alternatively be addressed by way of an App (iOS/PC/Mac) or by using an additional MIDI-Controller. In this way the sounds can then be automated via a DAW.

About Behringer

The company, which was founded in Germany by Uli Behringer and which now produces their items in China, has been known for inexpensive equipment that offers great value since their very first product, the Studio Exciter F. Mixing consoles, such as the Eurodesk MX8000, as well as a myriad of signal processors and later also sound amplification equipment made it possible for countless musicians to outfit their home studios, practice rooms and mobile PAs with equipment despite being on a limited budget, otherwise doing this might well not have been affordable. The product range of Behringer steadily grew over the years. The acquisition of other companies, among others Midas, Klark Teknik and TC Electronic, meant that new product groups were added, but it also resulted in the technical know-how of these companies being incorporated into product development. The still young synthesizer division of Behringer continues the philosophy of the firm, which is to offer truly affordable equipment with above-average and outstanding features.

Pads and other Poly-Sounds

In the analog world 12 voices are still a very high number nowadays. It is much more common to find polyphonic analog synthesizers with eight, six or even only four voices. Consequently the DeepMind 12 can be used for „big“ chords and many-voiced pads as well as sounds with longer release, without having the voices be cut-off too rapidly. The sonic structure of the DeepMind is based on the great analog classics from the 70s and 80s with two oscillators and low-pass filters per voice. It is musically designed and has proven itself in countless applications as well as the most diverse genres, the design ensures that you quickly become familiar with the instrument and can proceed to focus and work on your own sounds in a targeted manner.

In the spotlight: DCO - Digitally Controlled Oscillator

The oscillators of the DeepMind 12 are, like on certain synthesizers from the 80s (for example Roland Juno series and JX series), implemented as DCOs. These are often mistakenly classified as „digital“. In fact we are dealing with analog oscillators, but they are digitally controlled to achieve a reliable tuning stability, which is indispensable. Especially when it concerns a polyphonic synthesizer. This feature prevents the well known analog drift of the tone pitch, which occurs mainly due to temperature fluctuations that can happen during longer periods of operation. The actual generation of the wave-forms is essentially analog.

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Decent sound, good feel, good features
makoivis, 15.01.2019
The good:

The keybed is great, same keybed as the OB-6. Good feel even though I prefer the stiffer yamaha keybeds. Aftertouch has a controllable range.

Voice calibration is dead easy. VCF tuning may need occasional calibration if you use self-resonance for bell sounds, but this is a quick process.

There's very little menu diving. The most common controls are on the panel, and the most common options are on the first page of the menu. Lots of thought has gone into this and the result is easy to use.

Modulation is easy to set up. Hit mod button, pick mod slot, hold down mod button, nudge the source, nudge the destionation, adjust depth and done.

Envelopes have retrig. No note sequencer, but the arpeggiator is flexible and the control sequencer is useful. Control sequences can't be saved and shared across patches AFAIK, but arpeggio patterns can.

Preset management via the app is okay. Not the best, but far more convenient than faffing about with sysex.

The bad:

The second oscillator doesn't do a saw wave. In practice you can deal with this by using two voices in unison. This means the DM12 is definitely the one to get over the DM6, so you can still have six voice polyphony.

The volume of the patches is a bit all over the place, and you can't store main volume per patch, only VCA volume, which in turn changes the character of the sound. Volume can range 15dB or more between patches. Luckily the front panel volume knob is conveniently placed on the left hand control section.

The sound:

The bass sounds aren't the beefiest, you need to find a sweet spot to get truly nasty bass sounds. However, pads, arps and plucks are easy to make and sound great. Creating patches is a ton of fun and the sounds are inspiring. Most of the built-in patches are a bit naff, but if you know anything about subtractive synthesis it's dead easy to dive in and start building your own library.
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Get one. No regrets. All the fun
DavidJGL, 10.03.2019
This is a quick review on the replacement unit I got from Thomann, given the first one had a very bad Keyboard, faulty Mod Wheel, a nick on one of the side cheeks and some glue underneath the unit [plus sometimes the notes wouldn't trigger]. So, if you happen to get a faulty unit, just contact Thomann and they will send a replacement back to you.

All that aside, I still have to coment on Behringer's first outing on the Synth world. They did a fantastic job with the DeepMind [as a modern take on the classic Juno] by souping it up with an 8 slot Modulation Matrix [with a hell lot of sources and destinations] and a whole plethora of TC Electronic and Klark Teknik's FXs [4 slots for those that you can set in anyway you want] as well as wifi and a nifty [yet not essential] App.

Don't let the fact that it "only" has 2 Oscilators [the first with an ON or Off Sawtooth and a PWM; while the second has PWM and a sub] fool you; because you can definetly sculpt a lot of sounds with those.

Add to that the 2 and 4 Pole Low Pass Filter [and a High Pass with added Boost to the low end], the 3 Envelopes [1 of them being a Mod Envelope], 2 LFOs, Arpeggiator and Mod Sequence and you are presented with A LOT of analog synth for a VERY affordable price.

The Pros:

- All that was said above PLUS it being made of metal.

The Cons:

- IMO the weakest link in the unit is the keybed. It's very light to touch [when compared to the Ultranova I also own, as an example]; they did cut a corner there.
- Although the DM is based on the Juno, it would have been cool if Behringer added an extra Waveform on OSC 2 for some extra variety. You can get a second Sawtooth with some fx trikery, but a Triangle or even a proper Saw would be cool.
- No audio In means no fun getting an external device though the fx of the DeepMind.


All in all, Behringer knocked it out of the park and slapped many nay sayers with a glove.
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From small and cheap, to a giant and powerful!
Magus, 27.01.2019
This synth has been on my radar for a long time. The "simple" aspect and the price far below others of renown, of long and respected history, supposed me something below my expectations, but...

...on the other hand, the sounds I heard from him in reviews on the internet, samples of sounds, etc, would turn my head and whet my curiosity. Because what I heard, was the way I was looking for, to contrast with other synthesizers that I have. And there was light!

It's because? Because it was enough to look at your name (DeepMind), and see what really made sense, the interaction of the name with the content.

And as a matter of fact, when I started to play on it, and just the sounds of the factory, I quickly felt a huge suprise of Wow!
Sounds deep, rich, full of senses. With all the controls needed by hand, to play without exploring other settings within the menu.

It is to close the eyes, and to travel. I thought, here is a beautiful medicine for the mind.

Pros: - price
          - sound quality
          - amount of factory sounds available
          - visual
          - main changes of sound at sight
          - feeling of futuristic nostalgia

Cons: - as I had read somewhere, I could refer to the sound of the
             cooling fan on the rear panel as a problem, but in reality, I
thought they were more audible. But as I like to "feel" the
sounds, I usually use a headphone. What still further
attenuates the alleged inconvenience. Not a problem for me
at all!

Conclusion: Wow! A little friend with a big heart, that rejoices the
mind. Supress and total satisfaction.
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Feature-packed
ItsMeOnly, 15.12.2019
There's really little to complain about DeepMind, for sub-1000 price, it's feature packed and exceptionally good quality. Even though it seems basic on the surface, it's actually extremely sophisticated, even if a bit convoluted, once you delve deep onto menus hidden behind edit buttons. My only gripe would be, that - in my opinion - designers focused a bit too much onto effect section, because with it shut off, it sounds dull and uninviting.

Pros:
True 12-voice polyphony, configurable as several unisono modes, several poly modes, sostenuto (think CS80) with dynamic panning. Rock solid, but still analog.
Deep modulation matrix with dozens of modulation sources and destinations.
Really nice sounding filter.
4-block effect processor.
Arpeggiator and step-sequencer.
Aftertouch.

Cons:
The second oscillator a bit finnicky and weird sounding - would trade waveshaper for PWM. Also: only two waveforms on the first.
Only two LFOs.
Menu- and page- driven interface, a lot of advanced functions are hidden and not readily visible. Main screen gimmicky and not helpful.
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