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Behringer DeepMind 12

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12-Voice Analogue Synthesiser

  • 49 Semi-weighted full-size keys
  • Velocity-sensitive keys 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
  • Remotely control via iPad/PC/Mac and selected Android apps via USB, MIDI or built-in wi-fi
  • 26 Controllers and one switch per function for direct access to all important parameters in realtime
  • 1024 Program memories
  • Built-in and adjustable wi-fi client
  • LC display
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 822 x 257 x 103 mm
  • Weight: 8.4 kg
  • Designed and engineered in the UK
  • Suitable bag: Article Nr. 479789 (not included)
  • Suitable case: Article Nr. 416352 (not included)
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
available since December 2016
Item number 402983
Pedal Connections 1x Pedal, 1x Sustain
Dimensions 822 x 257 x 103 mm
Weight 8,4 kg
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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 now manufactures its products in China, has been known for affordable and great-value equipment since its very first product, the Studio Exciter F. An array of mixing consoles (such as the Eurodesk MX8000), signal processors, and later sound amplification and monitoring equipment, has made it possible for countless musicians to fit out their home studios, practice rooms, and mobile PAs within budget limits that were previously unthinkable. The acquisition of other companies, including Midas, Klark Teknik, and TC Electronic, meant that new product groups were added - and also resulted in the technical expertise of these companies being incorporated into product development.

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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Nostalgic and groundbreaking synth for the money!
David6954 06.02.2017
I did a great deal of research before buying this synth. It needed to be robust enough to use in live gigs and also provide the range of sounds I needed. Having bought a Roland Juno 6 back in 1984 (still working!) the similarity of front panel layout appealed but the Deepmind 12 is SO much more. I will probably no more than scratch the surface of its functionality but having built it into my keyboard rig over the last couple of days I am already able to see huge possibilities.

The sounds are great, the editing is straightforward if you have a modicum of trad synth skills and the manual (downloadable from Behringer - you only get the Quick Start guide in the box) is remarkably user friendly.

The presets are impressive but for my uses are 'of interest only' but the modular section is amazing - being able to modulate everything with everything else is suprisingly flexible. You can almost have two patches either end of the Modulation wheel, which can be very useful in the Live situation.

Patch changing is pretty good although I use a Roland digital piano as the controller - normally just to send patch change info - its display has less to do and is therefore that bit clearer (and closer to my failing eyes!)

The unison modes are great if you love big synth leads - detuning 12 oscillators for a solo will ensure your guitarist is inaudible for the rest of his/her days!

For the price, it's a winner. You're getting at least twice as much bang for your buck than any competitor. It's been designed and built with care, precision and insight. I love this beast and I've only had it four days!
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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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Enjoying it!
Greg0 06.01.2021
I was a bit dubious about buying the Deepmind at first; It's my second hardware synth that I've bought. The first being the Crave! I was impressed by how good that was for the money, which is why I decided to go for the DeepMind as well.

If you're after a decent sounding poly then this is a great option in the price-range. Don't expect the deep, rich lows of a Moog or other more expensive synths, but for plucky leads, smooth pads this is just what you need. The FX is also very nice, especially the Juno-esq chorus and the reverbs.

I still have to properly delve into the App to create my own presets etc from scratch on the PC. The screen on the unit itself isn't amazing for this. One thing that is a bit of a pain is not being able to save more banks of sounds on the hardware. For example, I purchased some presets online but I can only save and open them on the PC App as opposed to the hardware, unless I wanted to overwrite the current banks. I didn't want to do that because, tbh the standard presets are amazing.
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