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Behringer Teases TR-808, TR-909, ARP 2600, WASP, Synthi Synth Clones (Briefly)
Rounik Sethi on Wed, December 13th | 1 comments
Behringer is setting its sights on resurrecting some of the most iconic classic analog synthesizers and drum machines back into existence with more features than the originals...
IMPORTANT: Behringer have released an official statement stating the release of the information below was an "unfortunate error". Read more here: https://ask.audio/articles/behringer-says-teaser-for-classic-drum-machine-synth-clones-unfortunate-error

Literally an hour before this teaser / news broke my thoughts turned to Behringer. More specifically, what had happened to the past revelations from Uli Behringer on a number of exciting synthesizer clones they were working on.

The Behringer D (clone of MiniMoog Model D) is still on pre-order at Sweetwater for a mere $299, and expected delivery is stated as early 2018. We're still keen to get extensive hands on time with their  highly anticipated take on this classic Moog analog synth.

In March this year we reported on the upcoming ARP 2600 and OSCar clones, a week later and then as recently as September we discovered the Oberheim OB-Xa was next on the list. In between these tasty nuggets of news a possible full-size Roland SH-101 remake looked to be on the cards too.

Today, albeit briefly, Behringer took the limelight once again in the synth world by publishing details directly on their website about a host of new synthesizers in the works. There's no images or prices for these synths, just spec. And soon after the details were removed. Here's what we managed to grab before that happened...

Let's start with the Behringer drum synth remakes of the Roland TR-808 and TR-909, LinnDrum and Oberheim drum machines. The 808, 909 and 999 do surprise us as we're aware Roland has sued Behringer for copying the look of their products in the recent past.

RHYTHM DESIGNER RD-808

  • Recreation of one of the most sought after and influential drum machine of all time
  • 16 original drum sounds: Bass Drum, Snare Drum, Low Tom/Conga, Mid Tom/Conga, High Tom/Conga, Claves/Rim-Shot, Maracas/Hand-Clap, Cowbell, Cymbal, Open-Hat, Closed-Hat and a global Accent
  • Complete control over voice dynamics with per voice accent and flam
  • 64-step sequencer with storage of up to 64 patterns and 16 songs with continuously variable swing
  • Integrated Wave Designer with individual attack and sustain controls
  • Integrated dual-mode filter with dedicated frequency and resonance controls for huge sound shaping options
  • 11 independent analog outputs to record your patterns as multi-track audio
  • Easily readable 7-segment 4-character LED display for tempo with dedicated tap tempo button
  • 16 step pads with full-color LEDs
  • Up to 99 loop measures of each pattern change with 16 pattern changes per song
  • Songs can be chained together for expanded compositions
  • Auto Scroll feature
  • Comprehensive Midi In/Out/Thru and USB implementation for synchronization and connection to external devices
  • Per-Track Solo and Mute for enhanced realtime control
  • Sync options include USB, MIDI, Clock and Internal
  • Powerful headphone and L/R main outputs on 1/4” TRS connectors
  • 3-Year Warranty Program

RHYTHM DESIGNER RD-909

  • Recreation of one of the most sought after and influential drum machines
  • 10 original drum sounds: Bass Drum, Snare Drum, Low Tom, Mid Tom, High Tom, Rim-Shot, Hand-Clap, Cymbal, Open-Hat, Closed-Hat
  • Complete control over voice dynamics with per voice accent and flam
  • 64-step sequencer with storage of up to 64 patterns and 16 songs with continuously variable swing
  • Integrated Wave Designer with individual attack and sustain controls for studio quality drum sound
  • Integrated dual mode filter with dedicated frequency and resonance controls for huge sound shaping options
  • 10 independent analog outputs to record your patterns as multi-track audio
  • Easily readable 7-segment 4-character LED display for tempo with dedicated tap tempo button
  • 16 authentic step pads with bold, full-color LEDs
  • Up to 99 loop measures of each pattern change with 16 pattern changes per song
  • Songs can be chained together for expanded compositions
  • Unique Auto Scroll feature for extremely easy operation
  • Comprehensive Midi In/Out/Thru and USB implementation for synchronization and connection to external devices
  • Per-Track Solo and Mute for enhanced realtime control
  • Sync options include USB, MIDI, Clock and Internal
  • Powerful headphone and L/R main outputs on 1/4” TRS connectors
  • 3-Year Warranty Program

RHYTHM DESIGNER RD-999

  • Analog drum machine designed with performance and in-depth sound editing at its heart
  • 17 original drum sounds: Kick1, Kick2, Snare, Clap, Rim, Claves, Closed Hi Hat, Open Hi Hat, High Conga, Low Conga, High Tom, Low Tom, Cymbal, Reversed Cymbal, Maracas, Tambourine, Zap
  • Complete control over voice dynamics with per voice accent and flam
  • 64-step sequencer with storage of up to 64 patterns and 16 songs with continuously variable swing
  • Integrated Wave Designer with individual attack and sustain controls for studio quality drum sound
  • Integrated dual-mode filter with dedicated frequency and resonance controls for huge sound shaping options
  • 11 independent analog outputs to record your patterns as multi-track audio
  • Easily readable 7-segment 4-character LED display for tempo with dedicated tap tempo button
  • 16 authentic step pads with bold, full-color LEDs
  • Up to 99 loop measures of each pattern change with 16 pattern changes per song
  • Songs can be chained together for expanded compositions
  • Unique Auto Scroll feature for extremely easy operation
  • Comprehensive Midi In/Out/Thru and USB implementation for synchronization and connection to external devices
  • Per-Track Solo and Mute for enhanced realtime control
  • Sync options include USB, MIDI, Clock and Internal
  • Powerful headphone and L/R main outputs on 1/4” TRS connectors
  • 3-Year Warranty Program

LMX

  • Recreation of one of earliest and most influential digital drum machines
  • 24 sounds: 2 Kicks, 3 Snares, 3 Hats, 3 Toms, 2 Rides, 2 Cabasas, 2 Tambs, 2 Congas, Cowbell, Handclap, Sidestick, Crash & Click
  • 16 voice architecture with independent level and pan controls for each voice and pitch / decay control of selected voices
  • High-resolution real-time sequencer with non-destructive quantization for capturing finger drumming performances
  • Additional step sequencer mode with 64 steps per pattern with storage of up to 64 patterns and 16 songs
  • Integrated Wave Designer with individual attack and sustain controls for studio quality drum sound
  • Integrated dual-mode filter with dedicated frequency and resonance controls for huge sound shaping options
  • 16 independent analog outputs to record your patterns as multi-track audio
  • Easily readable 7-segment 4-character LED display for tempo with dedicated tap tempo button
  • 24 velocity sensitive pads with bold, full-color LEDs
  • Up to 99 loop measures of each pattern change with 16 pattern changes per song
  • Songs can be chained together for expanded compositions
  • Auto Scroll feature
  • Comprehensive Midi In/Out/Thru and USB implementation for synchronization and connection to external devices
  • Per-track Solo and Mute for enhanced realtime control
  • Sync options include USB, MIDI, clock and internal
  • Powerful headphone and L/R main outputs on 1/4” TRS connectors
  • 3-Year Warranty Program

OMX

  • Recreation of one of earliest and most influential digital drum machines
  • 25 sounds: 3 Kicks, 3 Snares, 3 Hats, 6 Toms, 2 Rides, 2 Shakers, 2 Tambs, Rimshot, Handclap, Crash & Click
  • 8 voice architecture with independent level & pitch controls for each voice
  • High-resolution real-time sequencer with non-destructive quantization for capturing finger drumming performances
  • Additional step sequencer mode with 64 steps per pattern with storage of up to 64 patterns and 16 songs
  • Integrated Wave Designer with individual attack and sustain controls for studio quality drum sound
  • Integrated dual-mode filter with dedicated frequency and resonance controls for huge sound shaping options
  • 8 independent analog outputs to record your patterns as multi-track audio
  • Easily readable 7-segment 4-character LED display for tempo with dedicated tap tempo button
  • 24 velocity sensitive pads with bold, full-color LEDs
  • Up to 99 loop measures of each pattern change with 16 pattern changes per song
  • Songs can be chained together for expanded compositions
  • Unique Auto Scroll feature for extremely easy operation
  • Comprehensive Midi In/Out/Thru and USB implementation for synchronization and connection to external devices
  • Per-track Solo and Mute for enhanced realtime control
  • Sync options include USB, MIDI, clock and internal
  • Powerful headphone and L/R main outputs on 1/4” TRS connectors
  • 3-Year Warranty Program

And now, onto the synths... to call these straight up synth clones is to miss the point. These synths appear to be based on the originals, but redesigned with MIDI support, Eurorack compatability, etc. Enjoy scrolling... it's a long list!

Behringer WASP Deluxe

  • Legendary analog synthesizer with dual OSC design allows for insanely fat music creation
  • Authentic reproduction of original “Wasp Deluxe” circuitry with matched transistors and JFETs
  • Pure analog signal path based on authentic OSC, VCF and VCA designs
  • 3 variable oscillator shapes with pulse / ramp and enhanced mode for ultimate sounds
  • Switchable, multi-mode VCF with Lo, Hi, Band and Notch modes
  • Flexible LFO with 4 waveform shapes, frequency and pitch modulation control
  • 2 analog Envelope Generators for modulation of VCF and VCA
  • Noise generator dramatically expands waveform generation
  • 16-voice Poly Chain allows combining multiple synthesizers for up to 16 voice polyphony
  • Complete Eurorack solution – main module can be transferred to a standard Eurorack case
  • 29 controls give you direct and real-time access to all important parameters
  • External audio input for processing external sound sources
  • Comprehensive USB/MIDI implementation with MIDI channel and Voice Priority selection
  • 3-Year Warranty Program*
  • Designed and engineered in Germany

Behringer 2600

  • Legendary analog synthesizer with triple VCO design allows for insanely fat music creation
  • Authentic reproduction of original “Arp* 2600” circuitry with matched transistors and JFETs
  • Semi-modular architecture requires no patching for immediate performance
  • 3 VCOs, each with LFO mode, FM inputs, and multiple wave-shape outputs for an awe-inspiring palette of tonal possibilities
  • Multi-mode VCF with dedicated low-pass output with additional switched high/notch output
  • Incredible range of modules including ring modulator, lag processor, sample & hold, Schmitt trigger and envelope follower
  • ADSR and AR Envelope generators with switchable time factor
  • Realistic digital spring reverb for inspiring sound effects
  • Noise Generator with continuously variable colour
  • 2 dedicated LFOs with pulse and sine wave outputs
  • Switched Post Filter Distortion (PFD) / Inverter option on voltage processor
  • Differential (+/-) input VCA with both linear and exponential control inputs
  • Additional functions include attenuator, mixer, inverter, slew rate limiter and 4-way multiple for creative patching flexibility
  • External audio input for processing external sound sources
  • 58 Faders and 15 buttons give you hands-on direct and real time access to all parameters
  • 83 Patch cable input / outputs for the ultimate in configuration flexibility
  • Powerful headphone output with dedicated level control
  • Comprehensive MIDI implementation with MIDI channel and Voice Priority selection
  • 3-Year Warranty Program*
  • Designed and engineered in the U.K.

Behringer CAT 

  • Legendary analog synthesizer with dual VCO design allows for insanely fat music creation
  • Authentic reproduction of original “CAT SRM II” circuitry with matched transistors and JFETs
  • Pure analog signal path based on authentic VCO, VCF and VCA designs
  • 4 variable and simultaneous oscillator shapes (Sawtooth, Triangle, modulated Pulse and Sub-Octave Square) for ultimate sounds
  • Paraphonic mode allows both oscillators to be independently controlled
  • Oscillators can be modulated from 6 different sources with 2 modulation depth attenuators
  • Classic filter design (high pass/low pass with peak/resonance) with self-resonance capability
  • Filter can be modulated from 6 different sources with 2 modulation depth attenuators
  • Dedicated and fully analog triangle/square wave LFO
  • 2 analog Envelope Generators for modulation of VCF and VCA
  • White noise generator dramatically expands waveform generation
  • 16-voice Poly Chain allows combining multiple synthesizers for up to 16 voice polyphony
  • Complete Eurorack solution – main module can be transferred to a standard Eurorack case
  • 47 controls give you direct and real-time access to all important parameters
  • Audio input for processing external sound sources for enhanced creativity
  • External control inputs and outputs (High Note CV, Low Note CV, Gate, Filter etc.)
  • Comprehensive USB/MIDI implementation with MIDI channel and Voice Priority selection
  • 3-Year Warranty Program*
  • Designed and engineered in Germany

Behringer SYNTHI VCX3

  • Legendary analog synthesizer with triple VCO design allows for insanely fat music creation
  • Authentic reproduction of original “VCS3” circuitry designed in 1970
  • Pure analog signal path based on authentic VCO, VCF and VCA designs
  • VCOs featuring multi-turn knobs for precise frequency control
  • Variable oscillator shapes with variable pulse widths for ultimate sounds
  • Classic 24 dB low pass filter with resonance for legendary sound performance
  • 16 x 16 pin patch bay serves as signal routing matrix by inserting pins into holes
  • Ring modulator adds insane spice and edge to your sounds
  • Dedicated and fully analog triangle/square wave LFO
  • Noise generator dramatically expands waveform generation
  • Two-axis joystick serves as performance controller
  • 42 controls give you direct and real-time access to all important parameters
  • External audio inputs for processing external sound sources
  • Comprehensive MIDI implementation with MIDI channel and Voice Priority selection
  • 3-Year Warranty Program*
  • Designed and engineered in Germany

Behringer MS-101 

  • Legendary monophonic synthesizer with authentic 3340 analog oscillator for insanely fat music creation
  • 32 semi-weighted full-size keys for great playability
  • Pure analog signal path based on legendary VCO, VCF and VCA designs to recreate the classic sound performance
  • Oscillator with 4 simultaneously, mixable waveforms: saw, triangle, square/pwm and octave-divided square sub-oscillator
  • Resonant VCF can be modulated with ADSR, LFO, keyboard tracking and bender controller
  • 6 FM sources allow for creative VCF modulation and unheard of filter effects
  • ADSR envelope generator for incredible wave shaping
  • Easy-to-use voltage controlled 32-step sequencer with 64 sequence locations
  • Arpeggiator with wide patterns for great sound effects
  • Attachable handgrip included with pitch bend wheel and a pitch modulation trigger
  • Guitar strap included for live jamming on stage
  • Bender assignable to VCO, VCF and pitch mod wheel on attachable handgrip
  • Noise generator can be used as modulation source for distortion-like effects
  • Incredible portamento function with auto mode for fantastic sound effects
  • Pulse wave can be modulated by LFO, envelope and manually
  • 57 sliders and switches to give you direct and real-time access to all important parameters
  • External audio input for processing external sound sources
  • Comprehensive MIDI implementation with MIDI channel and Voice Priority selection
  • 3-Year Warranty Program*
  • Designed and engineered in Germany

Behringer K-20  

  • Legendary analog synthesizer with dual VCO design allows for insanely fat music creation
  • Authentic reproduction of original “MS-20” circuitry with matched transistors and JFETs
  • Pure analog signal path based on authentic VCO, VCF and VCA designs
  • Semi-modular architecture with default routings requires no patching for immediate performance
  • 4 variable oscillator shapes with variable pulse widths and ring modulation for ultimate sounds
  • First-generation filter design (high pass/low pass with peak/resonance)
  • Dedicated and fully analog triangle/square wave LFO
  • 2 analog Envelope Generators for modulation of VCF and VCA
  • 16-voice Poly Chain allows combining multiple synthesizers for up to 16 voice polyphony
  • Complete Eurorack solution – main module can be transferred to a standard Eurorack case
  • 36 controls give you direct and real-time access to all important parameters
  • External audio input for processing external sound sources
  • Comprehensive USB/MIDI implementation with MIDI channel and Voice Priority selection
  • 3-Year Warranty Program*
  • Designed and engineered in Germany 
IMPORTANT: Behringer have released an official statement stating the release of the information below was an "unfortunate error". Read more here: https://ask.audio/articles/behringer-says-teaser-for-classic-drum-machine-synth-clones-unfortunate-error

[Via: MusicTribe website] (now removed)

[Via: Synth Anatomy]

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  • JohnDoe
    Oh ... my.... I want ALL of that. I seriously hope all of that is true. However, considering how long it took them to release the few stuff they have available ... it could be years before we see some of this stuff. IF it happens. I pre-ordered the "D" in June or July! But I'm still excited about it. At first, I was like "another MS20?" but a eurorack version would be cool! Please allow pulse width modulation for other waveforms! And v/o, h/v switching for use with eurorack and korg's ms20 mini. I will buy all of those synths if Behringer releases them. ESPECIALLY the VSC3 & 2600. This is so exciting! Hopefully NAMM 2018 has more info! I'm getting ahead of myself... what about the OSCar and the OBXA Neo? Are they seriously working on all of this? And what is the "999" analog drum machine suppose to be? Their own spin on analog drum machines?
    • 11 months ago
    • By: JohnDoe
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