Add a little acid to the mix. The Behringer TD-3 is a 303-style analog bass line synthesizer, basing its design on an iconic synth that shaped the sound of Acid House and EDM.
The TD-3 Synthesizer brings a vintage synthesizer into the modern era. This compact and highly portable bass synth faithfully recreates the original circuitry with a pure analog signal path. It comes jam-packed with onboard controls including a 16-step sequencer with up to 250 user patterns. The original was known for its unique squelching-style bass sounds, which were instrumental in forming the sound of popular dance music.
The TD-3 features the same unique 4-pole low-pass resonant filter and distortion circuitry that made the original so versatile. This new and improved design retains the same sound and controls as the original, with the addition of MIDI and USB connectivity for modern music production.
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Intended as a digital replacement for bass guitars, the original 303 sought to create powerful bass sounds for use in pop and dance music in the early '80s. The bass tones it created were more squelchy and chirping than your standard bass guitar. Because of this happy accident, the 303 would not be used to its full potential until the rise of dance music in the late '80s and early '90s. The original was used to create the foundation of the Acid House and EDM in the early '90s.
Behringer have taken great care to replicate the sound and look of the original, with the addition of MIDI and USB connectivity. Behringer has authentically reproduced the original circuitry, with a pure analog signal path based on the VCO, VCF and VCA designs. You can create a wide range of sounds and bass tones as well as rhythms, using the onboard 16-step sequencer. The versatile sequencer features seven tracks in total, with each track featuring 250 user patterns. The synth also has a built-in arpeggiator for creating rhythmic patterns.
At the heart of the TD-3 is a vintage-style oscillator. The Voltage Controlled Oscillator (VCO) features transistor wave-shaping circuitry. This allows you to toggle between reverse-sawtooth and pulse waveforms, providing flexible sound design options. Coupled with the pure analog signal path, the Behringer TD-3 delivers ultra-flexible sound shaping capabilities. Create everything from fat basses to stunning lead tones.
Keeping true to the original, the TD-3 features a 24dB/octave filter, providing the classic and iconic sound that is so sought after. This unique filter was paramount in shaping the tonal style of the original. You can dial in the low-pass cutoff frequency and resonance settings with precision, allowing you to easily shape your tones.
Another way to modulate your waveforms is the built-in distortion. From sound shaping to live performances, the distortion will add a touch of flair to any sound you create. Based on the original distortion circuitry, this powerful effect is accessed by a simple on/off switch. Once activated, you can get hands-on with the distortion circuit, using the 'Drive' control to dial in the required level. From subtle overtones to in-your-face power, the distortion circuit is sure to add a new level of fun to your music making.
The compact and robust design makes the TD-3 highly portable. Get creative wherever you go, with its intuitive and ergonomic layout making it easy to get started right out of the box. The synth features 11 controls and 28 switches in total, more than enough for getting hands-on with your sound design.
Updating the design for the modern world, Behringer has implemented a 16-voice Poly Chain. This allows you to combine multiple synthesizers with the TD-3, for up to 16 voice polyphony. This can be highly useful when it comes to sound design, allowing you to unlock your inspiration and take your capabilities to the next level.
The TD-3 also adds USB and MIDI connectivity. This allows you to use the TD-3 with your computer or other MIDI devices. This means you can now use the classic 303 sound for digital music production, without the need for tedious cabling.