So, Uli Behringer casually drops into a conversation on Gearslutz. “Here’s a first draft of our “D” synth”, he says, “hoping to get it under $400”. You can almost hear the jaws dropping around the synthesizer community.
Behringer D Synthesizer
The conversation in question was all about whether Behringer were working on a clone of the Moog Minimoog Model D. Uli had already posted that it was something they were working on (read about that here). But now we are in no doubt that they are completely serious about it and already some way down the road of design.
The images to me look like a cross between the Minimoog and the Moog Mother-32. The layout and colouring of the Mini in the form factor of the Mother. And indeed it is intended to be able to fit in a Eurorack modular system.
It has all the features you’d expect from a Minimoog clone, a triple VCO design, 5 oscillator shapes, 24dB ladder filter, envelope and LFO. And some enhancements in the shape of a handful of patch points, MIDI and USB. Uli says that they are planning to design a “Poly Chain” feature where you can chain up to 16 D’s for 16 note polyphony.
As ever Uli is looking for feedback to see if there’s enough interest to move to the prototype stage. Somehow I imagine there would be. My immediate reaction after the beaming great big smile was that there aren’t enough CV patch points – that’s the element it needs to take from the Mother-32.
Time will tell as to how far this goes – but if you were Uli, you’d have to do it, wouldn’t you? Follow the post and discussion over here on Gearslutz.