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Behringer Unveils the Syncussion SY-1: A Modern Take on a Classic Analogue Drum Synth

by Madonna

Behringer has introduced the Syncussion SY-1, a dual analogue drum and percussion synth designed for Eurorack. This new model draws inspiration from Pearl’s 1979 Syncussion drum synth, which was famously used by artists such as Soft Cell and New Order.

In the 1990s, Pearl’s Syncussion gained renewed popularity in techno production, influencing artists like Aphex Twin. Behringer’s version features six oscillator modes and extensive MIDI capabilities.

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Each of the six oscillator modes offers a unique character and timbre, including single oscillator, FM, dual oscillator mix, dynamic oscillator mix, FM/noise mix, and pure noise. Users can adjust the tune, decay, and filter cutoff controls to shape each mode.

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The SY-1 can be triggered using drum pads, a drum machine like Behringer’s RD-8, or any other external triggers. Additionally, it allows for pitch sweep experimentation using speed, range, and up/down controls for dramatic pitch changes, and sample and hold control for random pitch variations with each hit. In total, the SY-1 offers 30 controls for all parameters.

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Another recent release from Behringer is the 1273 two-channel microphone preamplifier. Developed with John Price, a former collaborator with Rupert Neve, the 1273 includes a built-in EQ. It is inspired by Neve’s 1073, a staple in studios during the 1970s and ‘80s, and instrumental in shaping iconic albums like Led Zeppelin’s “When the Levee Breaks” and The Who’s “Who’s Next”.

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