BEHRINGER TD-3 Review & tutorial // vs TB-303, RE-303 and x0xb0x (TD3-SR)

  • Published: 08 November 2019
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    0:00 Intro
    0:55 Overview
    2:05 Synth tool
    3:55 Oscillator
    5:10 Filter & resonance
    5:55 Envelope
    6:15 Accent
    6:55 Distortion
    8:20 Patterns
    10:10 Sequencing
    13:45 Random
    14:15 Tracks
    15:40 VS oscillator
    16:20 VS filter
    17:05 VS envelope
    18:05 VS accent
    21:00 VS distortion
    21:25 VS mods
    22:45 Pros & cons

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Comments • 985

  • JunkSoap
    JunkSoap  3 hours back

    I was about to preorder one and I finally had a quick look on Roland TB-03 specs to compare them.

    One thing is really disturbing me about this TD3 is the lack of a screen, even a small two digits thing. I mean you can get confused when sequencing and lose quite some time figuring out what step you're on. There's not even an indication to show you the number of steps you entered at the beginning of the process... Yes there's a computer editor, but the main appeal of this kind of gear is to put hands on it and play, otherwise, I'd rather just use a VST.... I wonder why Behringer didn't put the crave sequencer in it, which was already ready ( = costs less ) and is much easier to work with... I also find, the TD3 sounds a little thinner than the 3 models compared here...

    In addition to the screen, the TB-03 has a delay ( digital or tape ), a step mode ( former Rebirth users like me will appreciate ), 3 types of distortion... And costs about the double of TD3.

    After comparison, I'm going for the TB-03, even with that extra cost.

    • Craig Packer
      Craig Packer  4 hours back

      That was a great video. It was a shame you weren't inclined to see how Roland TB-03 and TB-3, ACB recreations stacked up, sound-wise.
      I also would have been interested to hear attempts to get each machine to generate the same sound as the TB303, and then explore the range of tone, envelope, filter which was available from there - rather than just applying like settings and listening to them all... if you know what I mean.
      Anyway, thanks for the effort you have put in and for producing such a great video, actually explaining the architecture of a 303.. :)

      • Jimmy_James Jams_A_Lot
        Jimmy_James Jams_A_Lot  7 hours back

        Oh, Lou?! You’re married?!
        HEY THANKS for showing off that software application, that’s really good to know since originally with the TB303 it is a very linear and step oriented sequencer. That’s great once you get it down and you have both hands on it, but to know you have that app as an inclusion with something so affordable, it could be a deciding factor. Behringer with all these on-point throwbacks to the gear I was fearful I’d never own, I wonder if they’ll do a homage to a Neve console and maybe a Telefunken mic to boot, to mix it all up?!

        • Ducati Dave
          Ducati Dave  8 hours back

          Nice. Sounds better than the 808 clone.

          • Richerme Jean-Louis
            Richerme Jean-Louis  8 hours back

            Merci à La fb 303 roland

            • GameBoy Z
              GameBoy Z  15 hours back

              great product of behringer with all the extra stuff which they add such a APP
              but "RE-303" are the the best clone !

              • Ray Koren
                Ray Koren  17 hours back

                If you can't tell the difference in the phatness between the td3 and the OG has in the demo at 18:10 and 18:14 you need help.

                • Ray Koren
                  Ray Koren  17 hours back

                  What Gate mode is the RE-303 set to?

                  • Bandroid On Office
                    Bandroid On Office  18 hours back

                    This xoxbox is now official the nearest to the TB but slightly detuned down.

                    • Micael Azevedo
                      Micael Azevedo  1 days back

                      Ordered when it came out and received a message from music store thats is only going to be shipped Middle february! Any other options/retailers?

                      • Jim Roland
                        Jim Roland  16 hours back

                        @Andrew Hemingway I'll be backing off now until they're ready and freely available. Poor show all round

                      • Micael Azevedo
                        Micael Azevedo  19 hours back

                        @Andrew Hemingway bought it when the video and musicstore Said only in february :(

                      • Andrew Hemingway
                        Andrew Hemingway  19 hours back

                        Thomann stated 3-4 weeks when I placed my order earlier this week. Status now says pre-order only. Suppose they are listening to the early review comments and making changes to suit.

                      • Micael Azevedo
                        Micael Azevedo  20 hours back

                        @Jim Roland their costumer service is just bad...

                      • Jim Roland
                        Jim Roland  20 hours back

                        same. I've cancelled that order. An update by Behringer would be welcome as we were all led to believe it was ready

                    • Oli Chromoly
                      Oli Chromoly  1 days back

                      It's too late.

                      • Kevin Horn
                        Kevin Horn  1 days back

                        2020: ACiiiiiiiiiiiiiD

                        • tilvik
                          tilvik  1 days back

                          Who sounds better.. Mam mb33 or behringer td3?

                          • Levi Jesse
                            Levi Jesse  2 days back

                            I'll buy it if Behringer throws in a *hit of Acid*

                            • अष्टावक्रः ashtavakra

                              doesn't have that OG squelchhh.

                              • Gnarly Soundscapes
                                Gnarly Soundscapes  2 days back

                                The original 303 has this "wet" sound that Behringer's clone isn't quite capturing. The clone sounds very similar to Korg's Nubass... more of a dry screech than a wet squelch.

                                • Alex Ball
                                  Alex Ball  2 days back

                                  Awesome that you did this.

                                  Some slight tonal differences between them when raw and isolated, but it's always a constantly moveable thing with 303 riffs anyway and these all sound cool.

                                  I'm sure owners of any will enjoy them, which is the point.

                                  • Wyz Borrero
                                    Wyz Borrero  2 days back

                                    no clone sounds like the original.

                                    • SoundSAM
                                      SoundSAM  2 days back

                                      Very nice review mr! Even though I have the xoxbox, which sound a bit different than the others, with the RE303 being the best emulation, these are all golden tools. What a blessing to be in this time <3

                                      • Yours Truly
                                        Yours Truly  2 days back

                                        It seems to me that with some knob repositioning, things would be very very close.

                                        • Harold Palmer
                                          Harold Palmer  2 days back

                                          This is a side by side great review. It would be nice to hear the TB303 & TB03.

                                          • hoopsmaltwaiter
                                            hoopsmaltwaiter  2 days back

                                            " even better than the reeeeeal thing "

                                            • CubeRepublic
                                              CubeRepublic  2 days back

                                              Td is cold, tb is like butter smooth. Would have like to have heard the boutique too

                                              • test sound
                                                test sound  2 days back

                                                TD-3 sounds like it has a higher filter start.

                                                • Duncan Mattocks
                                                  Duncan Mattocks  2 days back

                                                  I still can't wrap my head around why Roland isn't making these?

                                                  • synthetic24
                                                    synthetic24  18 hours back

                                                    They did TB-3, TB-03

                                                  • Julie De Smedt
                                                    Julie De Smedt  1 days back

                                                    roland slogan : "we design the future" , not the past :)

                                                • Shmoopy Shaboopy
                                                  Shmoopy Shaboopy  2 days back

                                                  I don't think anyone would have a problem paying $50-100 more if Behringer spent more time either getting a closer sound to the original or having their own original quirks in sound or functionality.
                                                  Just hearing the other 2 really make it seem like the odd man out so the price justifies the half-assedness of it, which is disappointing because they could've upped the price for some extra kinds of oomph and it wouldn't be a problem. This is something we should expect from some random chinese company.

                                                  • Shmoopy Shaboopy
                                                    Shmoopy Shaboopy  2 days back

                                                    The TD-3 does a great job of showing just how near indistinguishable the other 2 knockoffs sound to the original.

                                                    • salvarsaani
                                                      salvarsaani  2 days back

                                                      Doesn't using the computer for patterns kind of defeat the purpose of the device being analog?

                                                      • salvarsaani
                                                        salvarsaani  2 days back

                                                        @Karl There is always someone on the internet telling others how they should be. You didn't bother to read the comments and found out that I'm all for the old school and for the hard way and I'm suddenly "snippy".

                                                      • Karl
                                                        Karl  2 days back

                                                        Don't get snippy ,i was offering my option on the old days of using the original ,just saying .

                                                      • salvarsaani
                                                        salvarsaani  2 days back

                                                        @Karl Read the comments, my question was mostly rhetorical and a matter of opinion.

                                                      • Karl
                                                        Karl  2 days back

                                                        No it kinda makes the programming more flexible .The original was and is a right royal pain in the ass that alchemists would have a problem deciphering .So its an added bonus .

                                                      • salvarsaani
                                                        salvarsaani  2 days back

                                                        @loopop I'm looking for something smaller and compact. Is the MiniLab MKII any good, or do you know any other affordable versions from the same size category?

                                                    • J C
                                                      J C  3 days back

                                                      The sequencer is a total headache if you have a set thing in your head you want it to do. In that situation you're far better off using the MIDI in. But, for generating those classic Acid sounding lines it's great. I usually just chuck some notes in I know will work then mess about with the accents, slides and timings until I have something cool, that I would probably have never come up with playing a keyboard or the programming in the piano roll.

                                                      • Eisenhower303
                                                        Eisenhower303  3 days back

                                                        The x0xb0x also has a few trim pots inside to tweak the sound and tuning. You can fine tune the resonance this way.

                                                        • BULLDOGNIC
                                                          BULLDOGNIC  3 days back

                                                          Great video as always. I’ve used a few original 303’s and they all sounded different in cutoff, envelope and slide. The TD3 sounds not bad, obviously the filter is higher and not dropping as low cutoff as the original. However, “if” Behringer have included an internal pot this may be adjustable. Also different units might also sound slightly different, just as the RD8 does.
                                                          I also own a X0XB0X but these are much harder edged in tone and don’t quite get as dark a squelch as the original, can also be adjusted though!
                                                          Loopop is spot on with his comments, and for the price, well it’s a no brainer. Especially in tracks with 2 or 3 different 303 patterns the TD3 might be spot on for the lead or bass etc! I’ll be adding one to the X0X and my DinSync Modular 303 🙂

                                                          • seravenerdi
                                                            seravenerdi  3 days back

                                                            The TD-3 has excessive squelch and too bright compared to the others. I wouldn't buy it cause it's range is much narrower.

                                                            • PilferMusic
                                                              PilferMusic  3 days back

                                                              TB-303 = RE-303

                                                              • DJbace1
                                                                DJbace1  3 days back

                                                                Can i plug in my pocket operator to this?

                                                                • Ian Lambert
                                                                  Ian Lambert  3 days back

                                                                  I think I *prefer* the sounds of literally all of those clones to the original...

                                                                  Looks like I will be spending $200 to replace my old x0xbox.

                                                                  • Intergrippo
                                                                    Intergrippo  3 days back

                                                                    Delay would be much more useful than distortion

                                                                    • Independent Music
                                                                      Independent Music  3 days back

                                                                      BEHRINGER WILL SAVE MY LIFE !!!

                                                                      • Philip Winiger
                                                                        Philip Winiger  3 days back

                                                                        I have to say, the TD-03 sounds the worst out of all. But, this is a 1:1 comparison. I feel, the TD-3 is priced so well it will sell really well. In the grand scheme I don't think anybody will notice the cloned 303 sound in a mix. But, it's definately NOT the same was the original. Albeit, a fun little project and so so cheap that anybody can afford it. Behringer democratized synthesizers for all. The real question is: is that a good or a bad thing :-) happy 303 noodling.

                                                                        • Alex George
                                                                          Alex George  3 days back

                                                                          Does it send notes midi out etc , does it have full midi implementation so i can control cutoff from another sequencer. Thanks

                                                                          • Augure Zera
                                                                            Augure Zera  3 days back

                                                                            The best ones in order:

                                                                            1. Original Korg TB 303
                                                                            2. Din RE-303
                                                                            3. XOXBOX
                                                                            4. Beringer TD 303

                                                                            Would probably put the TT 303 before or after the Din RE-303

                                                                            • CommissionerManu
                                                                              CommissionerManu  3 days back

                                                                              Please tell me you have put this song you’re playing in the intro and end out somewhere? I keep coming back just to listen to it, it’s stuck in my head and I’m not complaining at all! Love your informative videos, and a great comparison in this one. That song and a few others I’ve seen really show off the practical side of it, and it 303’s wonderfully, and harder than anything I’ve heard under 2.5-3 times the price, and that includes a Tb 3 I got second hand for the price of a new Volca when they fell out of vogue locally, and a Tb 03 I’ve heard live. It punches comfortably in the same league as the big analogue siblings as well.
                                                                              Having come from acoustic instruments, I find analogue has that ever so miniscule variance each time it plays a note, like plucking a string, and it gives a subtle life and vibrancy to the music. I do think Roland ACB is some of the best digital has gotten so far, and great for the right price, but Behringer have just hit another level with this in terms of bang for buck. Biggest market upset since the Korg Minilogue, volcas and minibrute earlier this decade, in a very good way.
                                                                              Anyway, thanks for all you do for the community!

                                                                              • CommissionerManu
                                                                                CommissionerManu  3 days back

                                                                                loopop well if this isn’t one of the best messages to wake up to, I don’t know what is! Cheers mate!

                                                                              • loopop
                                                                                loopop   3 days back

                                                                                Thanks very much! The track isn't currently available but I'll consider releasing it in light of this request :)

                                                                            • SjN7HETIK
                                                                              SjN7HETIK  3 days back

                                                                              The Behr and Xox filters are a little bit more opened-feel when in default settings, maybe the main difference...

                                                                              • SjN7HETIK
                                                                                SjN7HETIK  3 days back

                                                                                Dynsync RE303 absolutely won, I own 2 original TB and this RE is practically indistinguishable, I know actually is a replica, not a clone. Maybe I can neither understand the difference in terms/semantic, but I can hear the difference in sound: All clones are more or less good, this from Behringer for example maybe it's even the best, because given this price is unbeatable. But the RE (RE stands for 'replica' obviously) is the deal if you looking for the exact sound AND BEHAVIOR, IMMO. So thanx Beh and thanx Dyn!!!!

                                                                                • gunsandsynths
                                                                                  gunsandsynths  3 days back

                                                                                  they need to fix the filter cutoff / slide / and add shift pattern / swing

                                                                                  • Craig Packer
                                                                                    Craig Packer  5 hours back

                                                                                    Correct me if I am wrong, but you can always swing these machines by running the sync in and swinging the pulse, can't you?

                                                                                • Alejandro
                                                                                  Alejandro  3 days back

                                                                                  “Tiddy” 🤭😆

                                                                                  • Alexander Krasnov
                                                                                    Alexander Krasnov  3 days back

                                                                                    can it receive midi cc?

                                                                                    • Lars G. Gudbrandsen
                                                                                      Lars G. Gudbrandsen  3 days back

                                                                                      Sounds great, and at the price, the only real competition is the MAM MB-33, which has no built-in sequencer or FX/dist. If the built in dist on the TD-3 really is a clone of the Boss DS-1, I'd prefer to use another dist (pedal), like a blues driver or tubescreamer. The TC Dark Matter works well too. Acidoo has some awesome vids with various clones and various dist pedals and effects.

                                                                                    • Mixchief
                                                                                      Mixchief  3 days back

                                                                                      Soundwise, the DIN SYNC resembles the original most accurately out of these units, IMO.