Behringer Clarify Rumours Regarding Clones of Classic Synths & Drum Machines

By December 15, 2017Articles, Gear, Synths
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A few days ago, the global community of gear heads and music-makers lost their collective shit over rumours that Behringer were gearing up to release clones of a huge selection of classic synths and drum machines, including the Roland TR-808 and 909, the Linndrum and Oberheim DMX, and the MS-20 and ARP 2600.

Behringer have since clarified the rumours, taking to their Facebook to announce that the products were, in fact, leaked “concepts” that may never be released.

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Behringer have clarified rumours regarding forthcoming clones of a heaps of classic synths and drum machines, including the 808, 909, MS-20, ARP 2600 and more.

Following the announcement of a Minimoog Model D clone earlier in the year, Uli Behringer and his team actually did hint that they were hoping to release inexpensive clones of classic drum machines and synthesisers sometime in the near future, so it’s not overly surprising that musicians were quick to jump on the news.

On Wednesday, Behringer’s website was updated with what seemed to be the framework of listings and specs for a bunch of new products. These have since been removed, with Behringer announcing that it was an “unfortunate error” due to a “website glitch” and that “at this stage, the leaked products are merely concepts and nothing more.”

Read the full statement, as well as the full list of leaked synth “concepts” (via Synthtopia) below.

“Dear Friends,

It was brought to our attention that early this morning a rather unfortunate error occurred on the Behringer product page. This error mistakenly posted information for a number of different product design concepts from our product management repository which is contained and part of an automated backend system for our websites. The cause of the error was due to a website glitch and was completely unintentional. The moment we realized the error, we removed the content.

As we are owning the mistake, we also feel it’s necessary to inform the public about this error as a sign of good faith. It was not our intention to mislead customers in any way nor use this as a marketing tool. To be perfectly transparent, the leaked information does not imply any availability at this time or even definitive evidence that we intend to officially develop or deliver these products in the future. At this stage, the leaked products are merely concepts and nothing more.

To be honest we are embarrassed by this glitch and sincerely apologize to you who have been so supportive of our efforts over the years. We greatly appreciate your support and understanding of the situation.”


• WASP DELUXE  Analog Synthesizer with Dual OSCs, VCF, Multi-Mode VCF, 16-Voice Poly Chain and Eurorack Format

• ARP 2600 Semi-Modular Analog Synthesizer with 3 VCOs and Multi-Mode VCF in a 6U Rack-Mount Format

• Octave The CAT Paraphonic Analog Synthesizer with Dual VCOs, 4 Mixable Waveforms, External Signal Processor, 16-Voice Poly Chain and Eurorack Format

• SYNTHI VCX3 Analog Synthesizer with 3 VCOs, VCF, LFO, Ring Modulator and Reverb

• MS-101-BK, MS-101-GY, MS-101-BU – Analog Synthesizer with 32 Full-Size Keys, 3340 VCO with 4 Simultaneous Waveforms, VCF, ADSR, 32-Step Sequencer, Arpeggiator and Live Performance Kit

• K-20 – Analog and Semi-Modular Synthesizer with Dual VCOs, Ring Modulator, External Signal Processor, 16-Voice Poly Chain and Eurorack Formart

Drum Machines:

• RHYTHM DESIGNER RD-808 – TR-808 clone with 16 sounds, 11 outputs, 64-step sequencer and integrated filter.

• RHYTHM DESIGNER RD-909 – TR-909 clone with 10 sounds, 10 outputs, 64-steps and a dual mode filter.

• RHYTHM DESIGNER RD-999 – Uncertain what this was a clone of.

• LMX – A clone of the LinnDrum with 24 sounds and 16 outputs.

• OMX – A clone of the Oberheim DMX.

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