There’s no stopping the Behringer freight train of releases, enter their new analog random sampler module called Chaos. The module is a rich source of random modulation in the form of random gates and voltages. Chaos is Behringer’s take on the discontinued Mutable Instruments Marbles module. There’s a lot going on under the hood, giving you a number of different ways to add musical and non-musical rhythms, randomness and generative control voltages and gates. Chaos works well complementing traditional sequencers or using it as a master clock or CV generator, with multiple gate and CV outputs.
Here’s what Behringer is saying:
Create intricate melodies as well as complex beats and soundscapes with the Behringer CHAOS, an analog Eurorack module capable of random sampling. Control clock speeds, trigger and CV probability, and scale length for some over-the-top melodies, ambient washes and grooves in an infinitely tweakable module.
When talking about the CHAOS it’s best to break it down into two parts, the t section, and the X section. The t section generates gates at random that are tied to a master clock. The X section generates three random voltages which are clocked to the t section. Each section is infinitely tweakable and can be patched to different sources to create some truly unique sequences.
Within the t section, there are three main outputs: t1, t2 and t3. A master clock is generated out of t2. You can “warp” this clock by turning the Jitter knob clockwise or counterclockwise. This simulates the minor imperfections a musician may have when playing to a metronome to give your beats a more natural feel.
The t section of the CHAOS features three modes. In the green mode, a coin is tossed at each pulse of t2 which determines if the output passed to t1 or t3. The orange mode multiplies and divides t1 and t3 respectively by a random ratio. Lastly, the red mode alternates between t1 and t3. Within these three modes, you can control how often t1 or t3 is triggered, multiplied and divided by turning the Bias knob left or right.
X Mark’s the Spot
Similar to the t section, the X section also features three outputs, X1, X2 and X3 which can be triggered from any of the outputs in the t section or other external sources like the Behringer BRAINS. The voltage output can be manipulated with the Step control. Turning this knob counterclockwise smooths out the voltage steps while turning the knob clockwise sets the voltages to bounce around a scale from chromatic, major, major thirds and all the way down to octaves.