Is Behringer cloning the Pro One?

Is Behringer cloning the Pro One?  ·  Source: Behringer, VintageSynth

Behringer naked PCB

Behringer naked PCB  ·  Source: Behringer

Another week another tease from the Behringer clone factory. This time the general consensus is that it’s based on the Pro One from Sequential Circuits.

As is their way the original post is in an unusual orientation but if you turn it 90 degrees it very quickly lines up with the Pro One. The placement and gathering of switches is a good give away. The row of patch sockets and the top mounted MIDI port would indicate that like the Model and Neutron before it this is going to be Eurack compatible.

Although we were all assuming that the Neutrons naked PCB they teased us with a few months ago was a clone and it turned out to be something a bit more original. So there is always the possibility of a surprise or two along the way.

Behringer naked PCB lined up with Pro One

Behringer naked PCB lined up with Pro One

Pro One

The Sequential Circuits Pro One arrived around the same time as the Roland SH-101 and Moog Prodigy. It was a flexible and good looking monosynth, that took the Prophet 5 and attempted to pack it into a smaller, cheaper and more portable framework. It has two oscillators, a 4-pole low pass filter, two envelopes and a lot of modulation possibilities. It also had an arpeggiator and a very simple sequencer.

It was favoured by everyone from Soft Cell and New Order through to Prince and Sigue Sigue Sputnik.

So Behringer is probably onto another winner here because we’re all going to want one.

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I’d say that Vince Clark was the most enthusiastic user, when in Yazoo. I heard that “Only You” (and possibly other tracks on that album) was all Pro One, even the bass drum and snare.