Behringer Crave Analogue Semi-Modular Synthesizer

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A perfect start to semi-modular and analogue synthesizers, but also if you're a synth vet looking a compact, feature heavy and excellent sounding synth!

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Manufacturer: Behringer

Category: Electronic Instruments

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The Behringer Crave is a compact analog synthesizer whose full potential is revealed with the integration of the patch panel. The powerful oscillator, whose core is the Curtis IC CEM3340 chip, delivers sawtooth and square with pulse width modulation. To complement the spectrum, there is also an audio input and white noise. The sound shaping element is a 24dB filter, which can be switched between lowpass and highpass. Envelope or LFO can be used directly for modulation, the complexity increases with the use of the patch panel.

The two primary modulation sources include the ADS envelope with additional switchable sustain phase and the LFO, which can oscillate down to the lower audio range. Notes played can be bent accordingly with Glide. The VCA can be set to Drone Mode. The fact that the LFO has an LFO Rate input extends the given possibilities tremendously, because from here on rattling FM sounds, very experimental sounds and above all the use as an auxiliary oscillator in combination with the patch panel can be implemented directly.

The patch panel, which shares the upper quarter of the user interface together with MIDI In & Thru, has 16 inputs and 16 outputs each for audio, CV, gate, trigger and clock signals. Nearly every control and many secondary functions have their own inputs and outputs. In addition to an extra multiple, there are also the connections for VC mix, which is basically a two-channel mixer for audio and CV signals. This makes the Crave ideal for extending other semi-modular synthesizers and entire modular systems or for adding basic functions.

The internal sequencer offers space for 64 patterns, each of which can be up to 32 steps long; you can also program Accent and Slide as with a 303. An arpeggiator with the most common playback modes is available as an option for the sequencer. The patch panel outputs the notes generated via USB and MIDI or by the internal sequencer and arpeggiator as CV and Gate.


Rectangle / Sawtooth
Audio input
24dB Lowpass / Highpass VCF
LFO (Rectangle & Triangle)
ADS envelope
Gate Mode for VCA
Patchfield with 32 in- and outputs
32-step Stepsequencer with 64 memory slots




Number of Voices: Monophonic

Type: Analog
Oscillators: 1 (0.1 to 350 Hz)
VCF: 1 low pass, high pass (24 dB/octave slope)
Envelopes: ADS, selectable for VCO, VCF, VCA


Power Input: DC input connector
Power Switch: Push button on/off
MIDI In/Thru: MIDI In and MIDI Thru, 5-pin DIN
MIDI Channel Switch: Channel selection/ 16 channels
USB (MIDI): USB 2.0, type B
Outputs: VCA/line output: 3.5mm TS, unbalanced, max. +8 dBu
Outputs Impedance: 1 k ohms
Headphones: 3.5 mm TRS, max.10 mW@32 Ohms
Headphones Output Impedance: 16 ohms


Type: Class compliant USB 2.0, type B
Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7 or higher Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher
Oscillator (VCO) Section
Type: 3340

Frequency: -5 to +5
Pulse Width: 5 to 95 percent
Oscillator Modulation: 0 to 10
Mix: -5 to +5

Shape: Pulse, reverse saw
Modulation Source: env/osc mod, LFO
Modulation Destination: width, frequency
Filter (VCF) Section

Cutoff Frequency: 0 to 10 (20 Hz to 20 kHz)
Resonance: 0 to 10
VCF Modulation: 0 to 10

Filter Mode: low pass, high pass
Modulation Source: env, LFO
Modulation Polarity: positive, negative
Output (VCA) Section

Controls: Volume: 0 to 10
Switches: VCA mode: envelope, on
Envelope Section

Attack Time: 0 to 10 (2 ms to 3 s)
Decay Time: 0 to 10 (2 ms to 5 s)
Sustain Level: 0 to 10 (0 to 8 V)

Switches: Sustain: on, off
Modulation Section

Controls: LFO rate: 0 to 10

Switches: Shape: pulse, triangular
LED: LFO rate

Power Requirements:

External Power Adapter (use only the supplied adapter): 12 VDC, 1000 mA
Power Consumption: 3 W maximum
Indicator: Power LED
Operating Temperature Range: 5°C – 40°C (41°F – 104°F)


Dimensions (HxWxD): 47 x 320 x 164 mm (1.85 x 12.6 x 6.46")
Weight: 1.5 kg (3.3 lbs)
Shipping Weight: 1.97 kg (4.3 lbs)