At Superbooth 2018, Behringer was displaying the recently released Behringer Model D and the upcoming Neutron synthesizer – but also a wide range of engineering prototypes of clones of classic electronic music gear.
Behringer didn’t really announce anything at the show – they’d previously released teasers for everything on display. This included the MS-101 prototype, which they teased more than a year ago; the RD-808, which they teased late last year; the VC340 prototype, which which they shared teasers on earlier this year; the ARP Odyssey clone, which they teased four years ago; and their Pro-One clone, which they teased in March.
They also did not announce that they were releasing this array of gear and they haven’t shared official details on any of the new designs, release dates, etc. They displayed engineering prototypes, which were taken off the engineers’ desk and shipped to Berlin for Superbooth. So specs, pricing, ship dates, design details could all change.
Nevertheless, Behringer made a massive statement with their booth. By showing the wide array of clones of classic gear, they made clear that:
- They are very serious about their plans for the synth and electronic music gear market;
- They they have the resources to follow through on these plans; and
- They are going to continue to attack other industry leaders by cloning their most iconic gear.
Here’s a quick look at what they had on display:
Behringer Vocoder VC340 (Roland VP-330 Vocoder Plus clone):
Behringer Pro-One Clone:
Behringer ARP Odyssey Clone:
Behringer RD-808 Drum Machine:
The RD-808 was probably the most clearly a prototype of the gear on display, with the drum voice labeling done by hand.
Pricing and Availability
Details on all the new gear displayed at Superbooth are still to come. Behringer previously leaked preliminary specs on a range of drum machine clones and synth clones that they are planning, removed the information from their site.