Behringer would like to know whether you think an RD-9 based Eurorack drum sequencer would be a thing you might want?
It seems to be called the RS-9 and takes the general idea of their long long long awaited RD-9 drum machine clone of the Roland TR-909 and squeezes it into a Eurorack. Rather than miniaturising the buttons they’ve put them over on the right in a 4×4 grid. There’s no trace of any sounds so I’m assuming this is just the trigger sequencing part of the RD-9. Maybe they’ll release a companion module that has all the sounds in? Makes you wonder why there are 11 inputs above the 11 outputs. Why would a trigger sequencer need inputs for every channel? Unless this is modelled on the very similar-looking Erica Synths Drum Sequencer in which case those inputs are actually accent outputs.
In the Behringer echo chamber of fan-based Facebook groups a hundred people immediately go “yay, yes please!” and I wonder whether conducting market research in this way is remotely constructive or even qualifies as research. They say that they make all their decisions based on community feedback and so I guess they’re just going to keep on making stuff. Drowning in cheap gear you’ll hear them shouting “yes please”, “we’d love another synth” and “where the f*ck is my RD-9?!” as they slip beneath the surface.
Behringer says it’ll cost $149 which is an amazing price point. They’re going to need to back it up with some drum sound sources so could we also see an RD-9 sound module and an RD-8 and RD-6 one. That could be interesting. Behringer hasn’t thought outside the box yet with Eurorack and has been content to replicate old modular systems so this could see them cutting into more recent and relevant Eurorack markets.
Although I’m slightly sceptical of the usefulness of asking whether their fans want a particular product, what is interesting is that it generates a lot of feedback and suggestions to the initial idea. Behringer has incorporated a lot of it into a new draft image:
You can now clearly see that the second row of sockets are accents. The labelling is better, there’s a Trigger section, deeper level of options on the keypad and it has a Reset input. So the whole concept of “give them what they want” is being played out to great effect.
What do you think?