NAMM 2020: Whilst we are here in Anaheim, California for the NAMM Show, Behringer has set up camp in ‘Banaheim’ to announce its new Eurorack modular components, which are reproductions of the modules present in the Roland System 100M. The modules are said by Behringer’s YouTube channel to cost between $49 and $99 each.
In true Behringer fashion, the brand trickled out teaser videos leading up to today, strongly hinting at a modular release, which is no surprise considering the recent Eurorack Go announcement. As expected, we now have a new set of Eurorack modules – perhaps not expected, however, is a set of 11 modules announced at once. It’s no secret that Behringer loves to “chase analogue ghosts”, as often stated on its Facebook posts, and this Eurorack rig is no different. Each of the modules are authentic reproductions of segments of Roland’s System 100M, emulating the original circuitry to offer up a faithful recreation and is aptly named the Behringer System 100.
Although the modules can be combined to recreate the classic modular set-up, it is by no means a necessity to collect all the modules to get creative. You can pick up specific parts of the System 100 and hook them up to other instruments to offer new sonic possibilities, such as adding an extra voice, filter, sequencer and more. A lot of the modules come built with dual functions too, so you aren’t limited in what can be achieved from each component.
The modules included in the announcement are:
- 112 dual oscillator, featuring three waveforms, PWM and two sync modes
- 121 dual filter that includes a three0channel mixer per filter
- 130 dual VCA that includes dual three-channel mixers
- 140 dual envelope with three outputs per ADSR, plus a built-in LFO that can be triggered and phase synced
- 173 gates module, sporting four gates that can switch audio and six quad-buffered multiples
- 297 is a dual portamento controller with two independent CV mixers
- 150 boasts a ring modulator, two noise generators, syncable LFO and a sample and hold generator
- 172 module delivers a six-step phase-shifter, an analogue delay, an LFO and a gate delay
- 305 is an output module with a four-band parametric EQ, a four-channel mixer, line and separate headphone output and tuning oscillator
- 182 is an analogue sequencer with either dual 8 steps or 1-16 steps and tempo, portamento and gate time controls
- 110 is a complete synth voice with VCO, VCA and filter in a single module
As is now commonplace with Behringer products, you can pick these modules up for a far more affordable price than the original Roland System 100M. The company took to the YouTube comment section to inform its potential customers that prices for modules will range from $49 – $99. Not only is this affordable for a reproduction of the System 100M, which fetches up to over $4000, but these could be some of the most affordable modules on the modular market at large.