Behringer TD-3-MO, the “modded out” version of the bestselling TD-3 Bassline Synthesizer based on the Devil Fish TB-303, is available now, and already sold out.
Update (10:32PM CET) the TD-3-MO is available now in limited quantities at Thomann
In July 2021, Behringer announced the TD-3-MO, the modded out version of its TD-3 Bassline Synthesizer. Where the TD-3 is a classic analog clone/replica of the legendary Roland TB-303, the TD-3-MO is a clone/replica of the Devil Fish Mod. A modification by Robin Whittle that you never officially get in shops.
It took more than 6 months but the wait is over now. The TD-3-MO is now available for purchase. If you want it in silver, you don’t need to wait or pre-order it, it’s available now for 198€.
The main core of the TD-3-MO is identical to that in the TD-3: single sawtooth/square waveform VCO with transistor wave-shaping circuitry, 4-pole lowpass filter with resonance, 16-step sequencer… But the MO circuit incorporates the Devil Fish hacks that unveil new functionalities that the regular TD-3 don’t offer.
The TD-3-MO ships with a new sub-harmonics oscillator with switchable out level gives you more low end and expands the sonic spectrum of the TD-3. They added a new analog slide circuitry with external slide control perfect for tying notes together. On the user interface, you can find a new slide time control that gives you up to 6 time longer slide times as on the TD-3.Then, you get new switches for the sweep speed and accent. The first gives you 3 accent speed modes (slow, norm, fast) while the accent has 3 sweep combinations with a high resonance mode.
Filter and VCA also got a wild upgrades. It offers an expanded filter range as well as the filter frequency is fully controllable via MIDI-CC. Also it incorporates filter FM that modulates the frequency of the filter from the audio output of the VCA. Filter tracking of the current note is also onboard.
More Devil Fish Features
Like on the original Devil Fish mod, it also adds a new muffler circuit to the VCA that features a post VCA distortion with full bass response. Further, you get a dedicated accent push button with which you can manually activate the accent. TD-3-MO also hosts new soft attack & normal controls giving 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 also expanded the modular connectivity on the TD-3-MO and added new CV and gate inputs and outputs.
As I said in the announcement, I would have preferred an official collaboration between the two companies, but unfortunately they didn’t come together. Nonetheless, if you want a wilder, more experimental take on the TD-3, look no further. It is more expensive than the TD-3 but offers significantly more features.
Behringer TD-3-MO is available now in yellow in limited quantities for 235€ (10:32PM CET)
More information here: Behringer
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