Behringer MS-101 Analog Synthesizer with Live Performance Kit (Red)

Behringer MS-101 Analog Synthesizer with Live Performance Kit (Red)

Behringer MS-101 Analog Synthesizer with Live Performance Kit (Red)

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Product Highlights

  • Recreation of the SH-101
  • 32 Semi-Weighted Keys
  • Authentic 3340 Analog Oscillator
  • Pure Analog Signal Path (VCO, VCF, VCA)
  • 57 Knobs, Faders, and Switches
  • ADSR, LFO, Keyboard Tracking
  • Sequencer and Arpeggiator
  • MIDI In/Out/Thru (DIN) + USB MIDI
  • Attachable Hand-Grip Included
  • Includes Guitar Strap & Power Supply
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  • 1Description

The red Behringer MS-101 is a faithful recreation of the monophonic SH-101 with 32 full-sized keys and a pure analog signal path, it is well suited for creating a range of sounds from super fat bass and lead tones to mindbending effects. The included performance kit, which consists of an attachable hand grip and guitar strap, allows the instrument to be strapped on like a guitar for live performance. Additionally, the MS-101 is great for studio use with its standard MIDI DIN (In/Out/Thru), USB MIDI, and extensive 1/4" and 1/8" inputs and outputs, which allow for the connection to additional external gear such as other keyboards and modular synthesizers.

At the heart of the MS-101, lies the authentic 3340 voltage controlled oscillator (VCO), which provides four simultaneously mixable waveforms including saw, triangle, square/PWM, and an octave-divided square sub-oscillator. The VCO can be adjusted over a four-octave range (16', 8', 4', 2'), offering remarkable flexibility. The highly flexible voltage controlled filter (VCF) includes faders for cutoff (10 Hz to 20 kHz), resonance (0 to self-oscillation), envelope depth, modulation depth, and keyboard follow (0 to 100%). The VCF can be modulated by the ADSR, keyboard tracking, and bender controller. Additionally, the VCF has a dedicated FM source with a wide selection of waveforms for creating audio-rate filter madness. The envelope generator with dedicated faders for ADSR can be used to control the VCA, VCF, and even the VCO, while the dedicated LFO offers a rate fader, waveform selector (tri, square, random, noise), and an LFO rate switch (H, M, L), which can be selected to modulate the VCO, VCF, and VCA as well.

The onboard sequencer allows you to program up to 32 steps and rests and save them into one of the 64 pattern slots, all of which are stored in eight banks of eight. A sequence can be created via keyboard mode or step mode. The onboard arpeggiator features eight patterns you can use just by playing a chord, which the arpeggiator then sequences through your selected pattern. Both the sequencer and arpeggiator in the MS-101 are fun, mesmerizing, and totally addictive.

Other notable features include glide (portamento) for sliding note pitches for acid-style leads and bass; an assignable bender that offers control over the VCO and VCF circuits; as well as the pitch mod wheel on the attachable hand-grip. It's even possible to modulate the pulse wave via the LFO, envelope, or manually, for sounds ranging from mild to wild. The red Behringer MS-101 includes the performance kit and a power adapter.

  • Monophonic synthesizer with authentic 3340 analog oscillator for remarkable music creation
  • 32 semi-weighted full-size keys for great playability
  • Pure analog signal path based on legendary VCO, VCF, and VCA designs to recreate the classic sound performance
  • Oscillator with 4 simultaneously mixable waveforms:
    • Saw
    • Triangle
    • Square/PWM
    • Octave-divided square sub-oscillator
  • Resonant VCF can be modulated with ADSR, LFO, keyboard tracking, and bender controller
  • Six FM sources allow for creative VCF modulation and wild filter effects
  • ADSR envelope generator for smooth wave shaping
  • Easy-to-use 32-step sequencer with 64 sequence locations
  • Arpeggiator with a wide selection of patterns for great sound effects
  • Attachable handgrip included with pitchbend wheel and pitch-modulation trigger
  • Guitar strap included for live jamming on stage
  • Bender assignable to VCO, VCF, and pitch mod wheel on attachable handgrip
  • Noise generator can be used as modulation source for distortion-like effects
  • Portamento function for fantastic sound effects
  • Pulse wave can be modulated by LFO, envelope, and manually
  • 57 sliders and switches for direct and real-time access to all important parameters
  • External audio input for processing external sound sources
  • Comprehensive USB/MIDI implementation for connection to keyboard/sequencer
In the Box
Behringer MS-101 Analog Synthesizer with Live Performance Kit (Red)
  • Live Performance Kit (Hand-Grip and Guitar Strap)
  • Power Adapter
  • Limited 90-Day Warranty, Extended to 3-Years with Registration
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    Behringer MS-101 Specs

    Synthesizer Type Analog
    Keyboard Keys: 32 x Semi-Weighted, Full-Size Keys
    Keyboard Sensing: Note On/Off, Velocity
    VCO Knobs:
    Tune (±50 cent)
    Range Selector (16', 8', 4', 2')

    Faders:
    Modulation Depth
    Pulse Width Modulation (50% to Minimum)

    Switches: PWM Mode (LFO, Manual, Envelope)
    Modulation Knobs: Waveform Selector (Triangular, Square, Random, Noise)
    Faders: LFO/CLK Rate
    LFO/CLK Rate Selector Switch: Low (0.1 to 30 Hz), Medium (0.2 to 60 Hz), High (0.3 to 120 Hz)
    LED: Rate Indicator
    Source Mixing Faders:
    Pulse Level
    Sawtooth Level
    Triangular Level
    Sub-Oscillator Level
    Noise Level
    External Audio Level

    Sub-Oscillator Waveform Selector Switch: 1 Octave Down, 2 Octave Down, Narrow 2 Octave Down
    VCF Faders:
    Cutoff Frequency (10 Hz to 20 kHz)
    Resonance (0 to Self-Oscillation)
    Envelope Depth
    Modulation Depth
    Keyboard Follow (0 to 100%)

    Knobs:
    FM Source Selector (Pulse, Saw, Sub Osc 1 Octave Down, 2 Octave Down, Narrow 2 Octave Down, Noise)
    FM Depth
    VCA Envelope Switch
    Gate Selector Switch
    Envelope Faders:
    Attack Time (2 ms to 4 s)
    Decay Time (2 ms to 10 s)
    Sustain Level (0 to 100%)
    Release Time (2 ms to 10 s)

    Gate-Trigger Selector Switch: Gate + Trigger, Gate, LFO
    Controllers Knobs:
    Volume
    Glide Time (0 to 5 s)

    Switches:
    Glide (On, Off)
    Transpose (Low, Medium, High)

    Faders:
    VCO Bender Sensitivity
    VCF Bender Sensitivity
    LFO Modulation

    Wheel/Lever:
    Bender (with LFO MOD Switch)

    Handle Controls:
    LFO On/Off Switch
    Bender Thumbwheel (Increase Pitch Only)

    Sequencer / Arpeggiator Steps: 32 Steps Maximum Per Pattern
    Number of Patterns: 64 Patterns Maximum
    Memory Storage: 8 Banks with 8 Patterns each
    Switches: Hold/Rest, Reset/Accent, Arp/Set End, Pattern/Bank, Shift, Page,
    Play/Stop, Record, Keyboard Mode, Step Mode, Steps 1-8
    Knob: Tempo/Gate Length
    Connections DC  Input Jack: 9 VDC, 600 mA
    MIDI In/Out/Thru: 3 x 5-Pin DIN (16 channels)
    USB (MIDI): USB 2.0, Type-B
    Output: 1/4" / 6.35 mm TS, Max. +10 dBu
    Headphones: 1/4" / 6.35 mm TRS, Max. +2 dBu at 32 Ohms
    External Audio Input: 1/4" / 6.35 mm TS, Max. +20 dBu
    Footswitch (Optional): Sequencer Hold (1/4" / 6.35 mm TS)

    1/8" / 3.5 mm TS Inputs
    VCF Control Voltage (0 to 7 V)
    External Clock (+2.5 V or More)
    Control Voltage (1 V/Octave, 0 to 7 V)
    Gate (+2.5 V or More)

    1/8" / 3.5 mm TS Outputs
    Control Voltage (1V/Octave, 0.417 to 5 V)
    Gate (Off= 0 V, On= 10 V)
    Velocity (0 to 5 V)

    1/8" / 3.5 mm Handle Connectors: Mod, Grip
    USB Type:
    Class Compliant USB 2.0, Type-B

    Supported Operating Systems:
    Windows 7 or Later
    Mac OS X 10.6.8 or Later
    Power External Power Adapter: 9 VDC, 1700 mA
    Power Consumption: 5.4 W Maximum
    Environmental Operating Temperature Range: 41 to 104°F / 5 to 40°C
    Dimensions (H x W x D) 3.3 x 22.4 x 10.5" / 85.0 x 569.0 x 267.0 mm
    Weight 13.9 lb / 6.3 kg

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