Behringer Intros ‘Brains’ Eurorack Module, A Mutable Instruments Plaits Clone

Behringer today introduced the Brains Multi-Engine Oscillator Module for Eurorack modular synthesizers, a clone of the Mutable Instruments Plaits.

Like the Plaits, Brains features a wide range of digital oscillator modes, ranging from virtual analog to FM to drum synthesis. The Behringer version adds a waveform display and a USB connector on the front of the module.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

“Brains comes with multi-functional Timbre, Harmonics, Frequency and Morph controls that can be used to tweak each of the 20 synth models. Just select the active synth mode with the model button then start turning the controls to change the character of your sound source until you get your desired tone.

Set any of BRAINS’ 20 synth or percussion and noise engines such as Virtual Analog, Waveshaper, FM, Grains, Rain, Noise, Dust, Modal Strings, Bass, Snare or Hi Hat to generate dark pulsating beats, bright and spicy tones, ripping leads, lush chords or ethereal pads to really breathe life into your music.”

Note: Behringer does not appear to explicitly credit Plaits or its creator Emilie Gillet on their Brains page, but they include this text at the bottom of the page to indicate the source of the Brains code:


Plaits uses open source software and hardware licensing, which means that anyone can make a clone, but they are required to follow the restrictions of the license – for example, releasing the source code for GPL’d projects and giving proper attribution for Creative Commons licensed projects.


The Behringer Brains is priced at U$149.