Behringer has announced that their Oberheim OB-Xa synthesizer clone, the UB-Xa, is nearly ready for production and Uli wants to know what you’d like next.
The question was part of a Facebook post that also contained some interesting information about a process that’s come out of their development. They’ve been working on the UB-Xa for about 3 years at their facility in Manchester. In that time they’ve developed a “highly advanced operating system for analog polyphonic synthesizers” which they say will allow them to “design future synthesizers at a much faster rate.”
I’m sure they’ve mentioned this before and I believe what it means is that they can model everything within software down to the individual circuit components. So they could put together anything, clone anything if they have the schematic or the real thing to tear down and see for themselves.
Apparently, the UK synthesizer team is very excited to get on with the next project and wants to know what us drooling punters would like to fawn over next.
I thought they’d be knee-deep in the much talked about CS-80 clone, but maybe they can do more than one thing at a time.
Anyway, what would you like? They are also open to the idea of new designs which is good to see because personally I’d like to see them innovate. I’d like to see them put something together that’s not already tried, tested and desirable. Try to come up with something that risks being bad while having the potential of being exquisite. However, sure, I’d like to see a more affordable Prophet-5 or Jupiter-8.