4305 posts since 9 Jan, 2003, from Saint Louis MO
I'm having second thoughts, and have come to the point where I will have to play one in person, or see a REALLY good demo that aligns at least partially with the way I would be likely to use it, before I decide to buy.
Nothing has made me doubt that it's a decent synth, and the price is fantastic.
It's more about my needs and wants. I'm not going to buy it on features because I have all those features (minus a BBD, which I could get easily enough). I'm not going to get it just based on price, because I prefer a lean and mean setup and I've already stripped that down somewhat recently; I don't consider anything in my rack replaceable by the Neutron except maybe one filter and envelope. So it's got to be the synth's overall character that convinces me. Can I love it as much as my Microbrute?
And apparently I'm a horrible backseat driver with synth demos. I keep finding them frustrating, for this synth at least. I couldn't watch the whole "synth guru" thing; I started skipping around and then gave up and fired up my Microbrute and immediately felt relief. (It proved I'm not just being cranky and depressed and hate everything right now, which, well, maybe a little.)
Something that bugs me about this is the few Dreadbox Erebus demos I've heard seemed pretty nice to my ears and I'm mostly not getting that vibe. Some of what Behringer themselves did in their first couple of videos sounded good but there's been a lot of meh since then.
Anyway, let's hear some fat triangle bass with just the right saturation but minimal resonance. Let's hear FM, and filter FM, and phase modulation using that delay, and other things modulated at audio rates. Do some chorus with the BBD. Repatch it so the filter -- or the slew limiter, because it's a filter too -- is in the BBD feedback path and let's have some nice dark dubby echoes. Repatch so the overdrive comes before the filter. Run those nice VCOs through a good Euro LPG. Crossfade between the VCOs. Patch a square VCO into the envelope or LFO retrigger and use it as a waveshaper. And so on. It's a frickin' modular, treat it like one. ::shakes fist at demo people::