Behringer says there’s something “in the air tonight” as it invokes Phil Collins to tease potential Roland CR-78 drum machine clone

Behringer Roland CR-78 clone
(Image credit: Behringer)

It might be just a PCB at the moment, but Behringer has dropped a strong hint that it’s working on a clone of Roland’s CR-78 drum machine - as used by Phil Collins on his 1981 mega-hit In The Air Tonight.

A Facebook post reveals just a couple of barebones images, with Behringer encouraging its followers to “guess the product”. The clue - “in the air tonight” - pretty much gives the game away as far as we’re concerned, which is probably the whole point.

Released in 1978, the CR-78 used analogue synthesis to generate its 14 delicate sounds, and was used by a number of drummers - including Phil Collins - alongside their real kits. It came with a number of preset rhythms; programming of your own was possible, but required additional, inconvenient hardware. We’re assuming Behringer’s version won’t follow this blueprint.

The CR-78 has never enjoyed the high-profile and popularity of some of Roland’s other drum machines, but it’s certainly got its fans. As usual with Behringer, we have no idea when this clone - if that’s what it is - will be released or how much it’ll cost, but we’re assuming we’ll find out more in due course.

Behringer Roland CR-78 clone

(Image credit: Behringer)
Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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