A number of sites have been covering what appeared to be a major product announcement by Behringer to produce hardware clones of a lot of historic synths and drum machines. However, it appears to have been an error according to an announcement released by Behringer on their Twitter feed at 2:34am UK time on December 14th, 2017...
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 definite 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 has been so supportive of our efforts over the years. We greatly appreciate your support and understanding of the situation.
The Leaked Information
Obviously we cannot verify this but several sites have the information and the main source on the synths seems to be Synthtopia with a story entitled Behringer Teases ARP 2600, WASP, SYNTHI Clones
- 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 Format
It all seemed credible as it followed on from the announcement of the Behringer D Analog Synthesizer which is now listed on the Sweetwater site as available to pre-order for $299.99.
Synth Anatomy ran a story entitled The Next Bomb Has Burst! Behringer Teased 5 New Analog & Digital Drum Machines (LMX, OMX, RD-999, RD-808 & RD-909) which covered the drum machines.
- LMX – Classic Digital Drum Machine with 24 Drum Sounds, Real-time Sequencer with Step Editor, Wave Designer and Dual-Mode Filter
- OMX: Classic Digital Drum Machine with 25 Drum Sounds, Real-time Sequencer with Step Editor, Wave Designer and Dual-Mode Filter
- RHYTHM DESIGNER RD-999 – Pure Analog Drum Machine Designed with Performance and Sound Editing at Its Heart
- RHYTHM DESIGNER RD-808 – Legendary Analog Drum Machine with 16 Authentic Drum Sounds and 64-Step Sequencer
- RHYTHM DESIGNER RD-909 – Classic Analogue Drum Machine with 10 Drum Voices, 64 Step Sequencer, Wave Designer and Dual-Mode Filter
What Do You Think?
Do you think this was a market ploy on the run up to NAMM 2018 or a genuine error? Do let us know what you think in the comments below...