Behringer TD-3-MO is the modded out version of its TB-303 analog bassline Synthesizer clone with new features based on the DevilFish mods
New day new Behringer Synthesizer. And yes the rumors were right. Behringer has released a new version of its best-selling TD-3 (Roland TB-303 clone). The TD-3-MO is the modded out bassline analog Synthesizer with numerous circuit modifications. Robin Whittle aka DevilFish made them famous. Other modders have also offered these as they are freely accessible.
However, Behringer has not entered into an official buisness partnership with DevilFish here, which was a bit of a shame. Especially because many associate these TB-303 circuit modifications with Robin Whittle.
The TD-3-MO can do everything that the first Behringer TB-303 clone can but also a lot more. It starts the filter frequency that is now fully controllable via MIDI CC. A new sub-harmonics oscillators with switchable out level gives you more low end and expands the sonic spectrum of the TD-3. Then, it comes with a new analog slide circuitry with external slide control perfect for tying notes together. It has a slide time control for variable slide time and it is up to 6 time longer as the on the TD-3.
Next, you get new switches for the sweep speed and accent. The first offers 3 accent speed modes (slow, norm, fast), the accent sweep switch gives you 3 sweep combinations with a high resonance mode. You can also discover new things on the filter and VCA. It now features filter FM that modulates the frequency of the filter from the audio output of the VCA. It also comes now with filter tracking of the current note.
The VCA has been expanded with a muffler circuit that features a post VCA distortion with full bass response. For those who like it dirtier, you’ve come to the right place. Further, you get a dedicated accent push button with which you can manually activate the accent.
That’s not all of the new features. The new soft attack & normal controls give you a wider range of attack and decay times for non-accent notes. The additional accent control adds a wider range of decay time for accented notes. Instead of the TD-3 distortion, the TD-3-MO is equipped with a new overdrive that adds spice and edge to your sounds.
Behringer has also made the TD-3-MO much more compatible with modular synthesizers thanks to many new CV and Gate inputs and outputs.
At first glance a much more feature-rich TD-3. I know the article will read both sides of Behringer, lovers and enemies. Yes, these mods have become known through DevilFish. However, since these are not protected and are open to everyone, Behringer cannot be criticized much here.
However, it would have been nice if both had an agreement as we know that Robin is one of the key modder who made these modifications popular. Plus, he was also interested in realizing this project with Behringer.
Behringer TD-3-MO is available soon for $199 USD.
More information here: Behringer
TD-3-MO is available for pre-order at our partner (Thomann)