Behringer TD-3-RD

Analogue Bass Line Synthesizer

  • Fully analogue signal path based on VCO, VCF and VCA designs
  • VCO switchable between sawtooth and square waveforms
  • 4-Pole low-pass filter with resonance
  • Adjustable VCF Envelope Intensity and Envelope Decay
  • Adjustable accent
  • Integrated distortion with tone control
  • 16-Step sequencer with 250 user patterns
  • Poly Chain allows the combining of multiple synthesizers for up to 16-voice polyphony
  • Audio input for processing external sound sources: 3.5 mm jack
  • Sync input and CV/gate outputs: 3.5 mm
  • Stereo headphone output: 3.5 mm jack
  • Line output: 6.3 mm jack
  • USB MIDI and MIDI In/Out
  • Colour: Red
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 56 x 305 x 165 mm
  • Weight: 0.8 kg
  • Includes power supply (9 V, DC)
  • Suitable cover: Art.490239 (not included)

Further Information

Design Desktop
Polyphony 1
Sound Generation Analogue
Storage Medium Internal
USB-port Yes
Effects Yes
Arpeggiator Yes
Number of Analog Outputs 1
Digital Output No
Display No
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Only, and best, commercial clone at this price point
Miskatonic, 10.12.2019
If you are searching for a hardware 303 clone, this is an absolute no brainer. At the price point, there's nothing else that comes close.

A few friends have spoken to me about being "concerned" by the price, which seems strange but it is substantially cheaper than other 303 clones. However, the parts inside are 1980's spec so, realistically, these things are no longer expensive. You're paying, usually, for R&D or the privilege of owning such a thing. Behringer cut this out the equation by producing in vast quantities. This can result in low standard product, or bad quality control, but so far I've had zero problems with this, so have no reason to question the quality.

Also, bear in mind that the original 303 was very "toylike" in feel, so it clones that nicely, too.

With regards to sound, it's extremely faithful. Perhaps not oscilloscope to the nth degree faithful but, having used multiple hardware 303 units and clones in the past (as well as still owning several), I'd say that this sounds pretty much spot on. Obviously there are variances in sound, especially when taking the original 303 units into account, but this covers the spectrum I expect from a "stock" 303.

On the "stock" point, it's also worth noting that, unlike the recent digital 303 clones from roland, this contains much the same circuitry (parts only swapped out if no longer available with appropriate like for like) so it can technically be modded in the same way as the original, which is fantastic. On opening the case you're immediately greeted with trimmer pots and suchlike (don't mess with these if you don't know what you're doing, though) and other board traces and components, while much smaller than their 80's counterparts, all look accessible. I'd say maybe the pitch slide is a tiny bit faster than the original, but that could potentially be fixed as I believe the slide can be modded on the original.

With regard to mods, this has one already - built in distortion. It is nice enough but perhaps not quite as extreme as I'd like, personally. It's a matter of taste, though. I tend to use desk distortion, anyway, but the option is handy to have built into the unit. I think it's a Boss DS-1 clone circuit, but not 100% sure.

Sequencer and all that you'd expect from the original unit is all there. Apparently there's an arpeggio mode, too, but I've not looked into that. It's not obvious on the faceplate, so presumably has something to do with the usb connectivity.

Speaking of which, you can use said connectivity to make patterns on the pc which can be sent to the internal memory of the device, which is helpful for converting old midi acid lines from other equipment (or just if you prefer using a pc to write the patterns). I prefer to sequence traditional 303 style so don't really use the USB software, but it seems to be quite exhaustive, in as much as one could expect for a synth where most is already "on the surface"

For the price, this is really a steal. I commend Behringer for not pulling the wool over consumers eyes and pushing fun over fashion, as they could easily have charged double for most of the equipment they've been releasing of late.

If you want/need more bass and/or acid in your studio then don't even think twice about buying this. DO IT! Also, at this price point, it becomes a cool and "fun" instrument for younger kids and also a talking point or whatever. Stick it through a reverb pedal into your hifi and just have it rumbling along. Tweak it every 3 hours or so. Instant TRON ambience for your house :p BUY!
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That Acid Sound
rob lee music, 22.12.2019
The Behringer TD-3 sounds absolutely fabulous and the distortion FX are top notch. The synth feels great and the knobs are pretty solid. Your getting this pure acid machine for pennies here at Thomann which also I must say delivery was ultra fast to the UK.
Don't even think twice about buying a TD-3 just do it. There are soft synths out there that cost more but don't give you the satisfaction that this thing does.
Absolute bargain and great sound.
Thank you Thomann
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Absolute banger for the price!
EddieEmmer, 26.03.2020
An old fan favourite in a new jacket. Exactly the same layout as you'd expect from a 303 clone. Light but sturdy enclosure, ready to go on tour.
Also the USB connectivity makes it super easy to program, something 303's are usually nororiously hard to do.
Sounds really great, fat bass sounds with deep filter sweeps. Distortion is modeled after a Boss DS-1, with the same controls, another killer feature.
Overall really recommended!!
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to td-3 or not to td-3
pinch of salt, 02.01.2020
This little thing knows only one thing and it knows it well. It's totally fun and therapeutic to bang in a bass line and tweak the acid :-)

Comparisons with the TB abound, so won't go into that.

I'd get it for the price. In fact, get two.
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