For the last few years, Roland has used ‘808 Day‘ – August 8th – as an opportunity to celebrate its legacy and as an opportunity to introduce new gear. But it looks like this year, Behringer may be crashing the 808 Day party.
Last year, Roland introduced the $349 TR-08 – a boutique-sized circuit-modeled clone of the classic TR-808 Rhythm Composer.
Given the date, it seems likely that they’ll officially introduce the Behringer RD-808 drum machine, previewed at Superbooth.
Here’s an intro from Rob Belcham, Senior Principal Systems Engineer at Music Group. The RD-808 discussions starts about 2 minutes into the video:
Behringer could also be planning to make a bigger splash and introduce other clones on Roland’s turf.
Last year on 808 Day, the company shared a teaser of the MS-101 – a clone of the Roland SH-101 synthesizer.
Since then, Behringer has teased plans for many other clones of vintage Roland gear:
- Behringer Shares Plans For Cloning Roland System 100M Modular Synthesizer
- Behringer Teases Roland Jupiter 8 Clone
- Behringer Teases Roland Vocoder Plus VP-330 Clone
- Behringer Plans A Roland TR-909 Clone
Let us know what you think of Behringer’s plans in the comments!