Well, that didn’t take them long. It’s less than a week since Yamaha casually asked some people if they’d like a reissued CS-80 and Behringer has caught onto the idea, suggested they might do the same and now has a mockup of the actual device itself. You snooze you lose Yamaha.
Behringer are continuing to stress that this is part of a design process. There is no product, this is the beginning of a complex synthesizer project. However they are fully committed to delivering on it. What they want is for the community to get involved to shape this synthesizer into the ultimate expression of what a CS-80 tribute synth could be.
Currently, the keys specs are:
- Multi-Timbral 8-Voice Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer
- Dual Channels per Voice
- Polyphonic Aftertouch,
- Ribbon Controller
- Patch Memory
One thing that’s interesting is that they’ve revealed the controls that were usually hidden under a panel on the original. These controlled the 4 user presets and represented the entire patch. Having them on the front like that does make the whole thing look rather odd but also perhaps more unique.
The other odd thing is the tone selector which is very authentic but could easily be replaced with a more comprehensive and simpler patch management system. The tone controls above the keyboard are shown here as sliders whereas in the original they were paddles, like on an electric organ. Also, the ribbon controller just beneath the Tone Selector is a little on the small side. So they are not exactly matching the expressive control of the original. Maybe attaching an effects engine on the end would be a useful move. No suggestion of cost yet.
- Behringer Facebook post.