Behringer’s RD-6 drum machine arrives in an eye-popping range of colour options

Launched at the 2020 NAMM Show, Behringer’s RD-6 is finally ready to ship. An emulation/clone of Roland’s TR-606 drum machine, it turns out that this will be sold in a wide variety of bright and beautiful colours.

As well as the expected silver version, the RD-6 also comes in (deep breath) two shades of red, two shades of blue, black, lime, purple, yellow and tangerine casings, and very nice they all look too.

The RD-6 contains all seven analogue 606 sounds plus the clap from Boss’s DR-110 drum machine. There’s also a 16-step sequencer (plus storage for 32 patterns) and a distortion circuit that’s modelled on the legendary Boss DS-1 pedal.

Physical connections include MIDI I/O, USB, Mix Out, 3.5mm outputs for each voice and a Start/Stop trigger input. Up top there are some additional patch points for interfacing with other gear (Behringer’s own TD-3, for example).

The RD-6 is now shipping from Behringer’s factory so should be in people’s hands within the next few weeks. The price will be around €149.

Behringer RD-6

(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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