Behringer’s latest Facebook post teases a layout for what appears to be a clone of Roland Jupiter-8; probably one of the most requested synths that fans want to see them do.
Of course it’s a Jupiter-8, the PCB layout with controls, buttons and sliders is a dead giveaway and plenty of the comments on the post agree. Although plenty of other comments seem to be unhappy that it’s not the particular synth they wanted, or have lots to say on how it should be changed, augmented or added to – Behringer fans are a funny lot.
All of the synth controls and keyboard controls are pretty much bang on the layout of the Jupiter-8. The buttons do vary a little with the noticeable removal of the patch selection buttons which, presumably, will be taken care of on the display where we can see an additional encoder and a pair of extra buttons.
It will be interesting to see how this develops and how many years away the finished product may be. It’s a couple of years since we saw the “finished” UB-Xa Oberheim clone and still no sign of a delivery date. And since then we’ve seen prototypes of the PPG Wave, RSF Kobol, VCS3, PRO-800, Polysix, CS-80, and MS-5 all in a more advanced state than this one with no information on when they’ll be available. And that’s not counting the drum machines. So when starting a journey, as they put it, it seems that the first steps are easy but it’s the last ones that take the longest.
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