Behringer founder Uli Behringer today announced the Behringer UB-Xa synthesizer – a modern clone of Tom Oberheim‘s classic Oberheim OB-Xa.
The CEO also announced that he’s cloning it by having his engineers do the work in their free time, so it may be a while until the company can release it:
Today I officially announce that we have decided that we will develop and produce an authentic OB-Xa clone which we call the UB-Xa.
As you can imagine, this is a very complex and time-consuming project and at this stage we won’t be able to tell you when the instrument will be available in the market or what it will cost.
Since this is more a labor of love than a commercially viable project, our engineers can’t work full time on this synth and will use some of their free time, hence the project will likely take more than 12 months.
Most importantly, our goal is to make it an absolute authentic sounding instrument and offer it at a truly affordable price – but you know this already.
Because of its high complexity, we have assigned this project to our most experienced team which is the Midas team in Manchester, UK. These synth nuts and super-smart engineers – under the leadership of Pete and Rob – were also the ones who developed the successful DeepMind12.
The company plans to post periodic updates on the development and manufacturing of the Behringer UB-Xa via social media on a regular basis.