Behringer keeps the synth tease machine rolling
Behringer keeps busy on social media with photos of their Roland SH-5 clone, updates to the BRC32, and community-led design tweaks to the mini-synths.
All the synths
Behringer is definitely on a mission at the moment to bombard us with everything they’re working on. A fair amount of criticism has been levelled at Behringer for creating all this fervour but without actually having a product to bring to market (it’s the lack of chips – we know about the chips). It has responded with photos of more synths in production and an assurance that every single one will be delivered.
Today Behringer shared a photo or two of the previously revealed MS-5 clone of the Roland SH-5. It looks fantastic, what else can you say?
Yesterday the company broke more hearts with this photo of the long-awaited and not quite ready UB-Xa.
There’s been much speculation over the proposed update to the BCR2000 MIDI controller, announced as the BCR32 Controller and “Zaquencer” with a built-in sequencer. Behringer shared a couple of photos of the prototype and talked about the firmware development being done by their German team.
Mini Synth tweaking
In response to the many many comments on their Facebook page on their slew of mini synths Behringer started crowd-sourcing opinion on some changes. The first thing that changed was the replacement of the MicroUSB port with the more popular and robust USB-C. Then the names have been changed from the slightly cringy “Soul” and “Spirit” to the much more straightforward “Mini” for the larger Pro-VS and Saturn sized mini synths, and “Micro” for the JP-4000 and UB-1 smaller sized mini synths. They’ve also been gathering opinions on the key bed colour.
While this level of community interaction is awesome and it’s a great way to gauge opinion and make crowd-pleasing changes I’m not sure that something designed by committee is ever going to innovate or push any boundaries. But this is about having all the synths, so I imagine that innovation and design flair are not particularly important. Behringer just needs the chips.
I’m sure there’s plenty more to come and you can count on finding my honest thoughts and opinions expressed here on Gearnews.com.
- More from Behringer.
- Behringer MS-5: Behringer
- Behringer UB-Xa: Behringer
- Behringer BCR32: Behringer
- Behringer BCR32: Behringer
- Behringer Mini Synth updates: Behringer
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We still have the poops though – lots and lots of turkey poops.
Now what made me think of that?
You probably have the poops
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I’m not the one with the poops
That was hilarious XD
More synths equals more fun.
Bring them all
I completely understand teasing these things long before production. It’s essentially market research – they get to see the response and make changes. If these things were announced shortly before release they wouldn’t have been able to change the names from Soul and Spirit to Mini and Micro.
You hit the nail on the head–wish more companies did these things, actually catered to everybody who wants electronic music equipment. The 2500 modules are a perfect example: you don’t have to buy it all at once, which for a lot of people is breaking the bank, you can get them at reasonable prices for the design and build (which aren’t bad at all)–some of the gear is actually BETTER than the originals in build and design, such as the TB-303 clone which was complete trash when it came out, worst build ever. Their Odyssey clone is also of very high build quality, as is the 2600, no complaints.
It not funny, it’s not cool, it’s just stupid.
Stop Behringer, just get hold of your chips when you can, make one synth and release it.
No more of this marketing synths that don’t even exist.
While what’s-his-face in Frisco is doing what most of them do there–staring at his navel–has anyone noticed that this slew of upcoming Behringer products began the day of the invasion of the Ukraine? I feel lonely a lot about these things.
More vaporwares that we can’t even play in Metaverse…
Thats what metaverse(WEF) is all about , You will own nothing and you will be happy!
Beauty! I hope they do a mono of any Yamaha CS-5/10/15/30… plain sounding synths but very musical
I have a Yamaha CS-10, and I totally agree – very musical and very good at working into a mix (i.e. not overpowering.) Good square bass too. But what I really like are the 2 very fast envelopes. Yamaha’s Reface CS is good but not the same.
I agree! These synths sound so boring on their own (like Korg Delta), and are very minimal in breadth of sonic pallet, but they sound great in a song…. very strange.
All these so call so call tech master’s
Have know clue I can tell by there
Small minded conversation about the
Synth Business all are twerkin instead of
Learning great job Beringer yes keep
Synths for poor people
Cool, synths for the proletariat.
Why didn’t ROLAND do this?
I always wished they’d do an SH5 or SH7 and now Behringer has beaten them to it .
I think it should be called the
Roland did VP-330 and so did Behringer.,.. the Behringer’s is more accurate in sound. That speaks volumes on the effort and quality of engineers Uli has employed.
Videos or not real
Pleeassee let them still be planning the cr-78 clone
Wauw, they’re cloning the best monophonic synth ever made.
Well, that’s the beauty about the originals, that they don’t sound accurate but wasn’t that because of the components after all those years? Go listen to POLYPHONIC SIZE – Space rejection, that’s a track from 1979, made Korg MS-20. So, that MS-20 was one year old. That’s how a Behringer MS-20 sounds now then, new components, no degradation? LmFAO
The BCR32 is going to be amazing. I really don’t understand why other companies can’t do anything similar..
Nobody wants to page through only two banks of only 8 encoders. Like cutoff, adsr’s and pitch is def not enough for a good time.
That and making custom maps for live performance of multiple machines on one page for instant important parameters will be great!