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"Our engineering teams are working on close to 100 exciting products": So, what's happened to the synths and drum machines that Behringer has announced that aren't in the shops yet?

 Behringer roundup.
Behringer roundup.

Behringer, as you probably know, has made a lot of synth and drum machine announcements over the last few years. So, as much as for our own sanity as anything else, we've compiled this list of everything it's announced and where it is right now in terms of release.

Behringer's mission is to bring out the musician in all of us. And, ok, to emulate just about every piece of classic gear ever made while it does so.

In 2016, Behringer announced its first synth, the Deepmind 6/12. (It's actually the second, fact fans, as Uli Behringer designed the very first one a long time ago.) Deepmind was inspired by – but didn't look exactly like – the Roland Juno-106. Since then the company has made what can only be described as a tsunami of other drum machine and synth announcements, many of which are more directly 'inspired' by other pieces of gear.

Many, like the Monopoly ,TD- 3 and 2600 synths and RD8 and RD9 drum machines, have made it to market, and are incredible machines for the not-much-money that Behringer tends to ask for its goods.

Of course, most of these releases have taken their cues, sometimes more obviously than others, from vintage synths and drum machines. Ethics aside, Behringer's mission is to bring out the musician in all of us by removing the shackles of expensive tools to help do so. And, OK, to emulate just about every piece of classic gear ever made while it does so.

Behringer MonoPoly
Behringer MonoPoly

However, after a flurry of successful releases, Behringer's more recent announcement-to-release ratio has seemingly fallen away, and we appear to be getting more announcements than actual releases.

To be fair on Behringer – five words that have never been used in that order before – there have been component issues that have forced delays in its product manufacturing, and it is by no means the only company that has been hit by this problem.

Whatever: all of these issues and controversies aside, the bottom line is that we've been totally confused by all of the announcements compared to what is actually in the shops. So here, direct from the horse's mouth (as in Behringer's Facebook page), is an update on everything the company has announced in the hi-tech music production sphere and whether you can or cannot buy the particular product yet.

Note: This will be a constantly updated resource as and when we get more info from the big 'B', so while not complete yet – and it probably never will be given the speed and number of announcement s Behringer makes – we will be updating it regularly to fill in as many gaps as we can.

Note 2: If you have any updates to this list – or are indeed Uli Behringer – then let us know and we'll update it!

Note 3: We haven't included all Behringer Eurorack modules or else we'll be here all day.

Currently available products

Best synthesizers: Behringer DeepMind 12
Best synthesizers: Behringer DeepMind 12

These are the Behringer synths and drum machines currently available to buy.

(Prices are all street, so a rough average value of what is available.)

  • 2600 – ARP 2600 – £500/$600

  • Deepmind 6 synth – inspired by the Roland Juno 106 – £550/$600 Read our review

  • Deepmind 12 – double the polyphony of the 6 – £750/$800 Read our review

  • Crave – Moog Mother 32 – £165/$185

  • Edge Semi-Modular Percussion Synth – inspired by Moog DFAM – £190/$220

  • JT-4000 Micro synth – inspired by the Roland JP-8000 - £503/$60

  • Kobol – based on an RSF Kobol Expander – £179/$200

  • MonoPoly – inspired by the Korg MonoPoly  – £450/$500

  • Model D – Moog Minimoog – £299/$350 Read our review

  • MS-1 – Roland SH-101 – £320/$350

  • Neutron – original – £350/$400 Read our review

  • Odyssey – ARP Odyssey – £450/$500

  • Poly D – Moog Minimoog – £650/$700 Read our review

  • Pro-1 – Sequential Circuits Pro-1 – £245/$280 Read our review

  • RD-6 – Roland TR-606 – £149/$169

  • RD-8II – Roland TR-808 – £275/$300

  • RD-9 – Roand TR-909 – £299/$329

  • Pro VS Mini – inspired by the Sequential Prophet VS – £90/$100

  • Pro 800 – Sequential Prophet 600 – £335/$350

  • Solina – Solina String Ensemble – £260/$280

  • System 15 – Moog Modular System 15 – around £850/$900

  • System 35 – Moog Modular System 35 – around £900/$950

  • System 55 modular – Moog Modular System 55 – £1600/$1800

  • TD-3 – Roland TB-303 – £89/$110

  • Toro – Moog Taurus –£175/$349

  • Vocoder VC340 – Roland VP-330 – £450/$500 Read our review

  • Victor – Eurorack Sequential Pro VS – £89/$100

Behringer VC340
Behringer VC340

Products planned or announced

These are the products that Behringer has announced or has asked for feedback on – as to whether we think the company should produce them – plus all the latest updates alongside each one. Or not…

2-XM

2-xm
2-xm

What is it? Eurorack version of an Oberheim 2-voice

Expected price: $299

Announced: March 2022

Latest news (20/7/23): We're assuming it's in prototype form thanks to the cryptic message: "Everyone has left and I’m still here as the guys have locked the office. So I walked over to the testing center and found this beauty on a desk with a note “ready for p”. Does anyone have a clue what that means?"

AKS Mini

AKS Mini
AKS Mini

What is it? Mini version of a VCS3

Expected price: $99

Announced: May 2022

Latest news (January 2023): The 'final' version was shown over a year ago but has still yet to materialise in a form which we can buy.

ARP Quadra replica

What is it? Clue is in the name

Expected price: $TBA

First mentioned: March 2023 (although not really)

Latest news (16/3/23): This is not actually a work in progress… yet. The company is just putting the feelers out, saying: "Isn’t this one of the most beautiful synths ever designed? The iconic ARP Quadra. What do you think? Disclaimer. We’re not promising to build one."

Behremin

Behringer Behremin
Behringer Behremin

What is it? Behringer's take on the iconic Theremin

Expected price: $99

First mentioned: November 2020

Latest news (26/4/23): It's in prototype as Behringer says: "Some of you asked about our Behremin, our interpretation of the Theremin synthesizer. Here is the first prototype and we’re very excited to start the software development. Please let us know what features you’d like to see."

BMX

What is it? Oberheim DMX clone

Expected price: $TBA

First mentioned: March 2023

Latest news (26/4/23): Prototype! Behringer said: "Friday fun. Our engineers love when they get a new prototype on their desk. Today, we fired up the first version of our BMX prototype, an homage to the legendary Oberheim DMX. Aside from the original sound samples, the BMX has also a built-in sampler, analog filters and much more. This is one cool sampling drum machine."

Behringer BMX drum machine
Behringer BMX drum machine

BoogerFoogers

Boogerfooger
Boogerfooger

What is it? MoogerFooger clones

Expected price: $TBA

First mentioned: March 2023

Latest news (22/3/23): Possible prototype. Behringer has not said much about these except: "Please welcome our new family members" and shorwing phiotos of several models in the Moog-inspired range, so they might or might not be prototypes.

BX700

New Behringer synths
New Behringer synths

What is it? A DX7 groovebox with a Yamaha CS80 filter. Yes, really.

Expected price: $TBA

First mentioned: July 2023

Latest news (4/10/23): Possible prototype. Behringer says, "It’s alive!!! We’re getting close to finishing our BX700, a really cool Groove Box. It’s a DX7 on steroids as it has an authentic CS-80 analog filter, a built-in drum machine, a B-Ray and many other cool features."

CS Mini

CS Mini
CS Mini

What is it? A tiny CS-80.

Expected price: $99

First mentioned: March 2022

Latest news (28/9/23): This does indeed look pretty cool, like a Korg Volca but in Yamaha CS-80 form, and it looks like it might be at prototype stage. Behringer says, "Very exciting. We’re about to fire up the first CS MINI synth prototype. It’s modelled after the famous CS80 and carries the exact same analog voice. It includes polyphony, patch memory and much more."

CZ-1 Mini

CZ-1 mini
CZ-1 mini

What is it? Casio CZ-1 clone (or mini version)

Expected price: $99

First mentioned: May 2023

Latest news (30/1/24): "The momentum keeps building as we introduce CZ1 Mini," Behringer said in January 2024. "It's an extraordinary reproduction of Casio's CZ synthesizer engine, combined with an analogue filter. With its exceptional phase distortion synthesis, the sound the CZ1 Mini produces is unparalleled."

DS-80

DS-80
DS-80

What is it? Yamaha CS-80 clone

Expected price: $99

First mentioned: July 2020

Latest news (28/4/22): One of the most anticipated Behringer products because it is a CS-80 clone. This is what the company said on Instagram in April 2022: "We have some exciting update on the DS-80 development. Our lead engineer John Price spent nearly two years recreating the magical CS-80 voice board and transform it into a modern design, while retaining the authentic behaviour or the original circuitry. This board is now ready to be tested. We have completed the voice “bread board”, which is the final step before moving to the actual design of the synthesizer. This board serves as test and evaluation platform to compare its performance with the original voice board.

"As you can see, the board contains two voices, and also the digital control section, plus VR’s that represent the temporary front panel controls. Because this is one of the most complex synthesizer ever designed, we’re still a long way from delivering a final product, but we hope you’ll find this interesting. Wish us luck with this challenging project:-)"

Enigma

Enigma
Enigma

What is it? Buchla Easel clone

Expected price: $TBA

First mentioned: April 2022

Latest news (20/7/23): Prototype ready but still a way off. Behringer says, "We're excited to share with you the progress of the Enigma. We have now completed the assembly of our prototype and will start troubleshooting the unit while developing the software. We're still a long way from shipping the unit, but we simply want to share our joy with this iconic synth."

Groove Keys

Groove Keys
Groove Keys

What is it? Original groovebox

Expected price: $TBA

First mentioned: December 2022

Latest news (19/12/22): Not much beyond the initial announcement of: "The ultimate Groove Machine. We’re super excited to have completed the first working prototype called Groove Keys. The casing is still 3D printed but all functions are already working. Groove Keys comes with very cool features such as:

- 4-Channel Sequencer

- Dedicated Drum Sequencer

- Internal Polyphonic Sound Engines

- Tons of I/Os and CVs

"We don’t have a delivery date or price yet, but as always it’ll be very affordable. While we’re still waiting for chips, our many engineering teams are working on close to 100 exciting products to come."

Hirotribe

Hirotribe
Hirotribe

What is it? Analogue Groovebox

Expected price: $TBA

First mentioned: March 2022

Latest news (4/3/22): Not much beyond the original Facebook post which was: "In 2019, Hiroaki Nishijima, the legendary synthesizer engineer, who designed the famous Korg MS-20, joined us in our mission to create amazing synthesizers everyone can afford. Hiroaki is watching this space, so please send him some love:-)

Listen to Hiroaki himself:

"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."

JT-16

J-16 Jupiter clone
J-16 Jupiter clone

What is it? 16-voice Jupiter-8 clone

Expected price: $TBA

First mentioned: March 2021

Latest news (25/1/24): A new update tells us this Jupiter-8 clone is actually going to be a 16-voice version. The Facebook post says…

"After many years, we have finally created the first prototype of our upcoming JT-16, a 16-voice polyphonic synth. Our product engineer, Gilles, who is also a synth enthusiast, couldn't stop playing with it, but we managed to pry it away from him for a moment to capture it on camera. Sorry Gilles:-) Currently, the synth is in its very early stages, and we are now focusing on debugging and implementing the necessary software. We kindly ask for your patience, but we assure you that this beauty will come to fruition."

JT-2

JT-2
JT-2

What is it? Eurorack Roland Jupiter-8

Expected price: $99

First mentioned: Feb 2023

Latest news (21/2/23): Nothing added to the tease from a year ago when Behringer said, "While we’re currently working on a full key version of the Jupiter, here is a new prototype in a smaller and more affordable Eurorack package. It features an authentic Jupiter voice based on the same VCOs and VCFs, plus an autotune and arpeggiator function."

LmDrum

LMDrum
LMDrum

What is it? LinnDrum clone

Expected price: $TBA

First mentioned: July 19

Latest news (22/9/23): One of Behringer's longest running projects, this drum machine was apparently ready to go (finally) in May 22 when Behringer said, "our final prototype is ready for testing." However the most recent update last July just adds: "We’re getting there:-)".

Memory

What is it? Moog Memory Moog clone

Expected price: $TBA

First mentioned: Oct 23

Latest news (7/10/23): Another 'might do' product after Behringer reached out to gauge a response in October: "Over the years, many of you asked us to remake the highly sought after Memory Moog. However, rather than replicating an outdated user interface, we’d like to ask you what improvements you like to see? Just to be clear, we’re not promising to make this synth, but since one of our synth engineering teams is finishing up a product, there is an opportunity to select the next project."

Model D Soul

Model D Soul
Model D Soul

What is it? Moog Minimoog, but smaller

Expected price: $99

First mentioned: March 22

Latest news (6/3/22): Not much beyond the initial Facebook post of: "The Model D Soul synthesizer is based on the authentic MiniMoog circuitry. Now you can enjoy the famous sound, but in a portable and affordable package. The Model D Soul is fully completed and ready for production. Once we’ll receive the chips, this synth will be on the way to you."

MS-1 MKII

MS5
MS5

What is it? Roland SH-5 clone

Expected price: $TBA

First mentioned: July 21

Latest news (15/3/23): Another product with a long gestation, MS-5 looked like it was ready for testing close to a year ago after being announced two years before that. The last update is from last March: "MS-5 is coming. We’re super excited having finalized another blast from the past. This beautiful synth is now going to the beta testers for final review and then straight into manufacturing."

Neptune-80

Behringer Neptune-80 synth
Behringer Neptune-80 synth

What is it? Roland Juno 6/60 clone

Expected price: $TBA

First mentioned: March 23

Latest news (10/3/23): A lot of excitement about this one, but not a lot of news beyond the initial announcement, although for that there was a 'fully-working' prototype."So, for years you guys have been urging us to build one of the most sought after synth. We managed to resist for a long time, but we finally gave in;-)

"Here is the fully working prototype of our Neptune-80, an 8-voice polyphonic synth with original analog matrix, BBD chorus and modern user interface such as LCD Display, USB/Midi etc. We modelled it after the best sounding 6/60 version and we absolutely love the sound. Our product engineer Ben (a synth fanatic himself) couldn’t stop playing the Neptune, but we luckily managed to pull it out of his hands and get it in front of our camera. Sorry Ben:-)."

PolyEight

Behringer Polyeight
Behringer Polyeight

What is it? A Korg PolySix plus 2

Expected price: $TBA

First mentioned: April 21

Latest news (7/4/23): Another exciting announcement, but getting on for a year for an update. The last one said: "And the PolyEight is getting ready. This is one beautiful sounding synth."

PolySource

New Behringer synths
New Behringer synths

What is it? Moog Source

Expected price: $400

First mentioned: July 23

Latest news (7/4/23): Quite a recent announcement so as you'd expect, not a lot to add to the initial buzz but Behringer has added, "PolySource Update. Thanks for all the valuable feedback. We have taken many of your suggestions to heart and like to present our new iteration."

Polivoks

Polyvoks
Polyvoks

What is it? Polyvoks clone

Expected price: $TBA

First mentioned: July 21

Latest news (25/8/23): The synth is in prototype stage. Behringer said last August: "Two years ago Vladimir Kuzmin and Behringer entered into a collaboration to develop a new Polivoks synthesizer. Here is the latest prototype, which is now undergoing thorough testing and hopefully the approval of Vladimir."

Pro-16

Pro-16
Pro-16

What is it? Souped up Prophet-5 (from five to 16 voices)

Expected price: $TBA

First mentioned: March 20

Latest news (17/4/23): Another classic getting the Behringer treatment, this time an additional 11 voices over the original. It sounds like the prototype is working but this update is getting on for a year old: "PRO-16 version B is coming to life. While this is still in development, we’re getting closer. Hope you’re excited, too."

Proton

Proton
Proton

What is it? Expanded Neutron (so an original Behringer synth)

Expected price: $299

First mentioned: March 22

Latest news (2/6/23): The Neutron is a cool module and makes you wonder why Behringer doesn't do more of its own synths. Well, here's another and it sounds imminent: "Proton is now fully approved and ready for production. We’re super excited as this is one of the most powerful and complex analog synthesizers ever packed into a Eurorack casing."

QT32

QT32
QT32

What is it? MIDI controller

Expected price: $129

First mentioned: April 22

Latest news (26/4/23): We take a brief break from the synths and the drum machines for a bit of Behringer control: "We built a cool little Midi controller QT32 with 127 MIDI sounds and drum sets included as well as CV out. It’s still a prototype but we’ll build it if you’re interested."

RD-78

RD-78
RD-78

What is it? Behringer's take on the Roland CR-78 drum machine

Expected price: $TBA

First mentioned: June 20

Latest news (30/1/24): "We are in the last stages of pre-production and are working closely with our beta testers to ensure the unit sounds spot on. For those who love the technical details, we have incorporated the exact same circuitry into the design, including the original coils and LC filters. The team is filled with excitement about this legendary drum machine."

RS-9

RS9
RS9

What is it? Drum sequencer

Expected price: $179

First mentioned: Nov 20

Latest news (6/3/23): Another product long in the design studio, but it could be close to completion. Mind you, this is from a year ago… "We’ve just finished the testing of the RS-9. It’s a fantastic Eurorack drum sequencer based on the RD-9 and can trigger up to 10 instruments. It’s the perfect companion for the Brains with all its percussive instruments. We’re currently checking the availability of all components so we can move it into production."

Saturn Soul

Behringer Saturn
Behringer Saturn

What is it? Single voice Jupiter-8

Expected price: $99

First mentioned: Feb 22

Latest news (6/3/23): Another product with little news beyond the initial Facebook post: "Many of you shared with us how much you love the amazing sound of this magic synth. While we’re also working on a full size synthesizer, here is our affordable mini version with the authentic circuitry and sound, but accessible to everyone. The product development is completed and once we receive the necessary chips, we’ll ship this marvel."

Spice

Behringer Spice
Behringer Spice

What is it? Inspired by Moog’s Subharmonicon

Expected price: $249

First mentioned: May 2023

Latest news (29/5/23): "Many of you asked for some SPICE in your life. He hear you. SPICE comes with full MIDI/USB implementation. The unit is currently undergoing final beta testing and hopefully will go into production soon."

Syncussion SY-1

Behringer Syncussion SY-1
Behringer Syncussion SY-1

What is it? Pearl Syncussion SY-1 clone

Expected price: $TBA

First mentioned: August 2021

Latest news (January 2022): Another one long in development, there's not been much news beyond the last update in January 2022: "The awesome Syncussion is now getting ready for production. It took us three revisions to nail the sound – but now it’s there. We also secured the chips for this product so we should be fine. We’re sorry that shipping products is taking much longer than expected, but the chip shortages are very challenging and the way it looks, 2022 won’t see much improvement. Be assured we’re working really hard to get your products delivered as quickly as we possibly can. Thanks for your amazing support."

UB-1 Spirit

UB-1
UB-1

What is it? Inspired by an Oberheim Matrix

Expected price: $49

First mentioned: March 22

Latest news (2/3/22): Another product with little news beyond the initial Facebook post: "Introducing the UB-1, a Portable Analog Synthesizer with 2 Analog Oscillators, Classic VCF and Arpeggiator. Uli passionately believes in empowering everyone by providing access to great sounding musical instruments, especially for kids, so they can start a lifelong love affair with electronic music and sound synthesis. The UB-1 synthesizer is fully developed and once we receive the chips, we’ll be shipping this marvel your way. Don’t be fooled by the size - this is a monster synth in a small package."

UB-X

UB-X
UB-X

What is it? Oberheim OB-X clone

Expected price: $1100-$1500

First mentioned: 2021

Latest news (28/01/24): UB-X is an Oberheim OB-X clone first announced in 2021, and a synth not to be confused with the company's already-on-sale UB-Xa, a clone of a later Oberheim synth. Behringer said of the UB-X in January 2024, "today we've fired up the first complete prototype – what an amazing moment. We’re now starting to implement the firmware and do thorough testing. Please bear in mind that we’re still far away from shipping the UB-X, but we’re making huge progress. Isn't it a beautiful synth?"

UB-Xa

Behringer UB-Xa
Behringer UB-Xa

What is it? Oberheim OB-Xa clone

Expected price: $1100

First mentioned: 2017

Latest news (now!): The fruition of one of the longest developments of a Behringer synth appears to be imminent. Dealers are saying it's weeks away. Behringer officially launched it in November. There's a desktop option too.

UB-Xa Mini

UB-Xa Mini
UB-Xa Mini

What is it? Mini version of the Oberheim OB-Xa clone

Expected price: $99

First mentioned: January 2024

Latest news (28/1/24): "We now have a more affordable option, the UB-Xa Mini, available for only 99 USD for those who want the authentic sound of the OB-Xa. The synth is currently in beta testing and we are looking forward to shipping it soon."

VCS 3

Behringer VCS3
Behringer VCS3

What is it? VCS3 clone

Expected price: $TBA

First mentioned: June 2019

Latest news (18/10/23): Another one that's been long on the test bench, but it sounds like we're pretty close now… "We’re now shipping units to our beta testers for final testing and comparison with the original synthesizer. Once passed, we will start manufacturing."

Wave

Wave
Wave

What is it? PPG Wave clone

Expected price: $TBA

First mentioned: August 2020

Latest news (14/12/23): After many updates promising final prototypes, the latest in December was rather vague: "Wave Update. We are currently collaborating closely with our Beta Testers to ensure that our synth recreations perfectly match the originals."


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