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Behringer updated SWING

Behringer updated SWING  ·  Source: Behringer

Behringer rearranges the SWING controller to look a little bit less like the Arturia KeyStep and announces that it’s now shipping.

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SWING

Behringer caused a bit of consternation in the industry when they announced the SWING MIDI controller. Now, MIDI controllers are all very similar these days but this appeared to be an almost identical copy of the popular Arturia KeyStep. While no one really minds companies reproducing vintage gear or synths that don’t exist anymore there’s something about the cloning of a current product from a competitor that leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Behringer hadn’t even tried to hide the similarities and regardless of the realities of who copies what from where it just seemed a bit wrong to many people.

The original SWING design alongside the KeyStep

The original SWING design alongside the KeyStep

At the time Behringer defended themselves against criticism and stuck to their guns citing similar products, competition, and how this is simply the way of things. So it’s interesting to note that now SWING is shipping they’ve taken the time to make a couple of changes to the layout. While the changes won’t fool anyone into thinking the two keyboards are unrelated it is at least an indication that Behringer has acknowledged that it doesn’t have to be exactly the same and perhaps there is value in uniqueness.

So, what’s changed? Well, what they’ve done is swap the knobs and transport controls around. They’ve also changed the knobs and swapped a switch for a pair of buttons.

Behringer updated SWING

Behringer updated SWING

It’s a small change but one that suggests that when they say “We hear you” they are starting to listen to their critics as well as their fan base. I’m just trying to say it’s a positive move!

They have said that SWING is specially designed for their forthcoming DAW and has extra features specific to that combination but we’ve not seen any indication of what they are so far. Otherwise, the specs remain the same as the Arturia KeyStep for around the same price.

More Information

  • Behringer Swing page.
  • More from Behringer.
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6 responses to “Behringer takes another SWING at it”

  1. HorseLips says:

    NOPE. I’ll pay the few bucks more to support Arturia. Big Fail by UliB on this on. Go back to re-imagining or cloning synths of times lost and not copying something that is current.

    Such a weird company.

  2. bleep bloop says:

    Seriously, just spend the extra $4 and get a better controller from a company that isn’t absolute dogshit.

  3. KC says:

    What is (and continues to be) more annoying about this from a personal point of view is I’m still waiting on months old pre-orders of the barp 2600 and system-100 modules. In the meantime, they’re still messing around with this sh*te. Am close to cancelling. They’ve got to the end of June then I’m off.

  4. The ratchet function that is labelled on the new front panel seems distinctive and interesting…

  5. I like a good argument says:

    Well I’m gonna play devil’s advocate and stick up for Behringer. Arturia has the edge on this one I think, but it’ll still sell well. With regard to the above comments, what you save in money on Behringer’s supercool clones, you pay in time waiting for the bloody stuff to ship. I think we can all agree that this world is never going to be perfect.

  6. Hugh Kremer says:

    Behringer makes excellent, affordable synths. I can go on ebay and get a used model d for about $5k, or a Behringer model d for $250. (I did the latter). The Deepmind 12 is fantastic. Paid $500 for mine (before COVID).

    However, when they do creepy stuff like this it merely validates the Behringer detractors. Go ahead and do clones of obsolete gear. And get creative with stuff like the Deepmind. But don’t copy some small company’s popular product that still sells well. It makes Behringer, and its customers, look bad.

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