Behringer today introduced the Swing, a USB MIDI keyboard controller and step sequencer.
The Swing is a 32-note minikey controller & sequencer that can be used to control synths via USB MIDI or via CV/Gate.
The Swing appears to be closely patterned after the Arturia Keystep MIDI controller:
Many have noted the resemblance on the company’s announcement on Facebook, with one follower asking, “So it’s the Keystep?” Others are calling it a ‘blatant knockoff’ and noting “Unless you are blind, it’s impossible not to see it’s the same thing!”
The design similarities continue around the back:
The Behringer Swing (shown at top in the above photo) has the same connectivity options and layout as the Keystep.
Behringer says that the Swing will retail for about $99, about $30 less than the street price of the Arturia Keystep.
- 32 minikeys featuring velocity and after-touch functionality
- 64-step sequencer features 8-note polyphonic sequence with Rest, Tie, and Legato note entry
- Arpeggiator mode features, up, down, inclusive, exclusive, random, note order, double up and double down modes
- Chord Play Mode with single chord memory with up to 16 notes for extensive loops and long-playing samples
- Pitch and modulation touch-strips
- Performance control includes Rec, Play, and Stop buttons for the sequencer and arpeggiator
- Rate and Tap Tempo
- Sustain via hold button or through an optional sustain pedal (not included)
- Shift function includes MIDI channel selection, gate time, swing values
- Connect with MIDI, CV/Gate, DIN Sync, and Sync I/O
- Can be powered by Apple iPad (via camera connection kit) or standalone DC Jack (not included)
Pricing and Availability
The Behringer Swing is priced at $99 USD and is expected to start shipping next week.