Behringer shares a workshop photo and a bit of story behind the development of its CS-80 clone. The bottom line? It’s all going to take some time.
The picture shows a workbench in their R&D facility in Manchester where Midas engineer John Price has been analysing the circuits of an original CS-80. As many of the components used in the synthesizer no longer exist, John has to painstakingly measure every function and find ways to replicate them using current components. According to the post on Facebook all the critical functions such as VCF and envelopes now perform 100% identically.
It’s taken about a year to get this far because the CS-80 has a very unusual VCO, VCF and wave-shaper design. So, I imagine we’re looking at a fair while yet before we get to see it in person.
The next step is to complete the VCO and wave-shaper circuits and then they’ll have to build their own self-contained voice boards ready for final testing, analysis and comparison.
Behringer says that John is their “analog guru” having worked for many years at Midas as well as Amek and with Rupert Neve. It’s always good to see the engineers behind the products getting a bit of recognition. This is the side of Behringer that generates the most excitement and interest amongst the synthesizer community and I wish them all the best with it.