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Donner dishes up the affordable B1 bass synth, which promises 303-style specs and a “beginner-friendly” interface

Donner B1 bass synth
(Image credit: Donner)

Already known for its guitar and piano products, budget brand Donner is now getting into the synth market. The new B1 is set to operate at the lower end of both the price and frequency spectrum, being an affordable single-oscillator analogue bass synth in the vein of the Roland TB-303. 

The B1 comes with a built-in sequencer, and can also be triggered via MIDI or by using the silicone keyboard. It looks like you can choose between sawtooth and square waveforms, and there’s also a filter with cutoff, resonance and depth controls. Saturation and delay effects are here, too.

The B1 can be ordered now and costs $169 - more, it has to be said, than Behringer’s similarly spec-d TD-3. However, Donner says that the B1 benefits from having a “beginner-friendly” interface, with an “optimised sequencer” that’s easy to use.

You can find out more on the Donner website.

I’m the Group Content Manager for MusicRadar, specialising in all things tech. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 20 of which I’ve also spent writing about music technology. 

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