BEHRINGULIZER DSP1200P: £140
This is a Behringer Modulizer Pro DSP1200P with our Behringulizer 2000 mod installed. In terms of hardware the Behringer Modulizer DSP1200P and the Virtualizer DSP1000P are exactly the same machine, just with a different operating system and effects. This allows us to burn both operating systems to a single larger OS EPROM, and with the aid of a specially designed PCB we can make the one unit switchable between both operating systems giving both sets of effects in a single rack. We've also added a system reclocking knob.
The unit has two effect engines with either stereo or dual mono effects. The Virtualizer DSP1000P operating system includes all the standard reverbs, delays, chorus, pitch shift etc that you would expect on a decent cheap multi FX, but it also has a few more unusual effects like vocal distortion and what someone at a Behringer lab somewhere might imagine was a vocoder. This sounds like the work of someone who'd had a vocoder described to them, but had never actually heard one!
The Modulizer DSP1200P OS has an altogether more interesting but baffling array of effects including various phasers and flangers, auto lowpass/bandpass/hipass filters, ring modulator, vintager (what?), resonator, guitar amp simulators, and the curious 'ultra ambience' and '3D space maker'. You get the impression that Behringer ran out of ROM space in the Virtualizer and thought they might as well put out another unit with all the stranger stuff in it! This might go some way to explain why the Modulizer plainly didn't sell so well and it correspondingly rarer second hand. You can find the full lists of effects in the manuals for each machine that can be found on the net.
You can only use effects from one or the other operating system at a time, and you have to make the switch between the operating systems with the unit turned off to reboot the unit, or else it tends to crash wildly!
Edited effects can be saved in both operating systems without affecting or overwriting saved effects from the other OS.
The other mod is a reclocking knob as found on many other machines we have modded. Essentially this removes the onboard system clock and replaces it with a variable clock controlled by a knob on the front panel. This means the processing of effects can be slowed down or sped (or is it speeded?) up at will. It will extend the reverb and delay times to a grungy degree way outside of what would normally be possible. Reverbs can be altered from short metallic ambiances to massive washes of glacial disconnected sound just by turning the knob, while the speed of the delays can be continuously controlled and wildly pitched up and down at will.
Some of the best reclocking effects can be created using the stranger presets such as the ring modulator and vocal distortion. Literally playing the reclocking knob while these effects are active takes them well out of their safety zone into something more organic and deeply unpleasant.
As the reclocking knob also controls the clock rate of the converters, it also changes the sample rate of the incoming audio. At higher than normal clock settings the audio quality is actually better than the stock machine!
The only minor issue is that the midi functions become unusable outside of a limited clock range, but who is using midi on a 90's Behringer effects rack?
As you can see from the photos, we've removed the awful standard knob on the main encoder as these units always have problems with the idiotic knob grinding on the panel cutout, and we've replaced it with a much more stylish smaller knob that gives the thing a late 60's sci fi film vibe. With the new knob and the circular cutout with the PCB showing through the panel, you can imagine this in a rack in the background of 2001: A space odyssey!
This is a 230v european mains voltage version. You can find the manual HERE.
You can find a demo of this unit in action below, including processing a somewhat disturbing Irish Catholic guide to sex!
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