Feature-loaded, mini, and portable with a pretty price point
What you need to know:
- Behringer has continued their recent run of mini synth releases, dropping the Oberheim Matrix-inspired UB-1 portable analogue synthesiser.
- The synth is USB-powered allowing you to use a smartphone, power bank, or computer for powering.
- The UB-1 is fully developed and once they receive the chips, they will be shipping the synth to the retailers.
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The company’s founder Uli Behringer built a synth at the age of 16 called the UB-1 which has since been lost, but the passion of making music instruments affordable and accessible has not been lost with the modest price tag of US$49 a pretty entry point for young, developing, and veteran synthesists alike.
The latest release boasts two DCO and a classic four-pole filter based on the 3396/3397 analogue chip designs found in the classic Oberheim Matrix 6 and 1000, while also including individual envelopes for the filter (VCF) and amplifier (VCA).
The UB-1 also includes two multi-wave LFOs for adding movement to the filter and oscillator tuning, with all of these features available to be played on 16 touch-sensitive keys.
There is, however, an arpeggiator with three patterns and a hold function, while you can save your patches in 32 memory slots and exchange them via Behringer’s SynthTribe app.
Parameter editing has been made easy with an OLED display with six function buttons for OSC, MOD, VCF, VCA/MIX, ARP, and settings.
The synth is USB-powered allowing you to use a smartphone, power bank, or computer for powering, as it also transmits MIDI to the synth and offers a substantial USB/MIDI application. It also features a headphone out.
Behringer said the UB-1 is fully developed and once they receive the chips, they will be shipping the synth to the retailers.