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Behringer Hirotribe

Behringer Hirotribe  ·  Source: Behringer

Behringer Hirotribe

Behringer Hirotribe  ·  Source: Behringer

Hiroaki Nishijima

Hiroaki Nishijima  ·  Source: Behringer

Behringer Hirotribe

Behringer Hirotribe  ·  Source: Behringer

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Korg MS-20 inventor Hiroaki Nishijima has been working with Behringer on their new synth line and gave us a sneak preview of the Hirotribe groovebox.

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Update: the details are in!

Hirotribe

It’s interesting to see one of the new “Soul” range of mini-synths being handled because it looks a lot better than they have done in the photos we’ve seen so far. It looks a lot more usable, interesting, sizable and less toy-like. Obviously, the weight of Mr Nishijima’s presence behind the synth adds an enormous amount of kudos and authenticity.

Hiroaki Nishijima

Hiroaki Nishijima

With the original photo, we only had a glimpse into what this synth is about but now Behringer has revealed the full details. Hiroaki had this to say:

“The ‘Hirotribe’ is one of the analog synthesizers I always wanted to achieve. ‘Hiro’ of ‘Hirotribe’ was taken from my first name ‘Hiroaki’. I designed and developed the ‘Korg Monotribe’, but I really wanted to make an evolved version of it. Fortunately, Uli Behringer kindly agreed to my proposal.
Hirotribe is an analogue groove synthesizer with 2 DCOs, drum machine and sequencer. The oscillators have saw, triangle and square waveforms, there’s a noise generator, LFO and single knob envelope. The drum machine section features a bass drum, snare and hi-hats and the 16-step sequencer has motion control.
Honestly, it looks like a fun box and should be available for $99 once the god of chips makes a delivery.

Behringer says that he joined them to produce the next generation of Japanese synthesizers, which would indicate new things to come.

We’re so immensely grateful and humbled to work with Hiroaki to create beautiful musical instruments. Wow, what a genius this man is! What do you think he’s been designing for us?

You would have thought they could have given him a bigger office. I have more space than that for soldering in my shed!

I had a Monotribe that I enjoyed tremendously so I’m looking forward to seeing this in action.

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5 responses to “Hiroaki Nishijima shows us the next Behringer synth he’s working on”

    patchcord daddy says:
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    As far as I can read the letters printed on the circuit board – it could be a Birotron . . .

    patchcord daddy says:
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    X-irotr- was visible on the circuit board …
    I thought the ‘X’ is a B … but it was an ‘H’ …
    Ok, if it’s good – and available within 3 weeks (!) – I am quaite happy with that name . . .!

    Justin Timberwank says:
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    Using a micro usb interface for a power source is insanity. Stop making such abominations to modern electronic equipment. Looks great otherwise =P

    John says:
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    my behringer-vintage-“look and feel”-line experience has been that curated products; like the BARP2500 and B2600 with Rob Keeble, produce the best results. I expect the BBG Wave with Hermann to be awesome, and to have Hiro-san’s finers in this Soul makes it an insta-buy! even though I’m not a groove box guy :0)

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