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Behringer VCS3 Prototype

Behringer VCS3 Prototype  ·  Source: Behringer

Behringer VCS3 Prototype

Behringer VCS3 Prototype  ·  Source: Behringer

Behringer VCS3 Prototype

Behringer VCS3 Prototype  ·  Source: Behringer

 ·  Source:

Behringer VCS3 Prototype

Behringer VCS3 Prototype  ·  Source: Behringer

Behringer VCS3 Prototype

Behringer VCS3 Prototype  ·  Source: Behringer

Behringer VCS3 Prototype

Behringer VCS3 Prototype  ·  Source: Behringer

Behringer has put together the first prototype of their EMS VCS 3 clone which they are calling the VCS 3. It’s looking pretty fabulous and has extra features.

Behringer VCS3

We’ve seen the pin matrix, we’ve seen the case before it was populated with knobs and functions, and now we have the finished prototype.

Behringer VCS3 Prototype

Behringer VCS3 Prototype

They’ve gone for high-precision knobs of the oscillators and colours elsewhere which appeared on later versions of the VCS. The spring reverb is, apparently, a real mechanical one and the wood is real wood so it sounds like they are going all out on this one.

They mention how they’ve worked with an “expert VCS modder from the UK” to add a few more functions although they don’t mention what they are. I guess we’re all obsessive synthesizer experts and so we can tell at a glance how they’ve deviated from the original.

This is just a prototype so there’s no news on the price or shipping date. Some bright spark in the comments on Facebook suggested that if you want a real EMS VCS3 they are still built by Electronic Music Studios (EMS) in Cornwall and will cost £5,950 and the wait is about 2 years. More information here.

I’m also very pleased that Behringer took on board my comment about the tiny size of the photos they put on Facebook – these are much better!

Behringer VCS3 Prototype

Behringer VCS3 Prototype

Behringer VCS3 Prototype

Behringer VCS3 Prototype

More information

  • Behringer Facebook page.
  • EMS VC3S Wikipedia page.
  • More from Behringer.

 

12 responses to “Behringer VCS3 Prototype – first photos”

  1. Stranger Pearl says:

    UB-Xa? BBG? /smh

  2. Garry Hughes says:

    Will this be the same size as the original? Thanks!

  3. John Williams says:

    HOE-LEAGUE-RAIL

  4. NordLeader says:

    Wonderful!
    Waiting for the DS-80 (Yamaha CS80 clone), when will it be released?

  5. Tim Rumsfeld says:

    I have no idea how Behringer is able to continually steal other peoples work and sell it as their own when in every other industry on earth, even one of their copied products gets you sued out of existence. That said, I have every intention of buying one of these, AND I hope EMS sues them for every penny. It’s EMS’s invention, their bread and butter, and they put the work in to build the VCS3 by hand and grow its value over decades. They deserve every dime of the revenue from cheap Chinese knockoffs that will flood tye market and inevitably devalue their premium invention and company.

    • Beano Bawz says:

      What about all the cheap copies of Fender Strats or Jazzmaster basses etc? And why’s no-one ever mention the Erica Syntrx VCS3 clone, or give them a hard time for making it? Because the Erica version costs 2 and a half grand and prices us plebs out of the market, that’s why. EMS have been overcharging their customers for decades, and making them wait decades for a synth too. I can’t wait for the Behringer version, I have every intention of buying one too 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Dave says:

      You are ignorant about patents and what company’s own when they create a product. Patents in electronics last 5 years. Patents in other fields last longer. People who are not ignorant about electronic laws know this. So when I got a chance to talk to Bob Moog in the late 80’s I asked him about how he felt about an English company registering the business name Moog and making & selling minimoog synths. He didn’t care about them copying the Minimoog quote “because it was an old design and there are no protections” he explained to me. He was up set that he had trouble using the brand Moog in the us and said they thought about registering the name in the uk but assumed the guy who still had the the company name in the us could harass him. So I pressed him about the uk copy and would he have stopped it if he could? “Hell no! its an old design and I would build a better one not use something so old.”

      So that’s the attitude of one of the greats…he didn’t care about copies long after he had stopped making them.
      The founder of Roland said the weren’t going to make TB-303s again. “Don’t go after ghosts” was what he said to the Roland staff.
      Roland believe their new products are better than the old and have only stopped others from calling them the same name.
      So the only fraud going on is the mindless haters inventing non-existing laws being broken.

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