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NAMM 2018: Behringer drops news of another prototype clone, but what is it?

Behringer has kicked off the new year with a little guessing game. The Music Group brand shared an image of a prototype on Facebook yesterday, asking users to guess what it is.

This time last year we were treated to a similar announcement, which outlined the firm’s desire to create a range of drum machine clones. However, we’re yet to see these beatmakers become a reality. 

The delay in production of these and, more notably, the Model D, hasn’t gone unnoticed in recent weeks, with many commenters expressing their dismay at the hold up.

Much ire has been directed towards Behringer recently after a supposed glitch on the company’s website last month, which seemed to have momentarily leaked a whole bunch of products.  

Guess who?

As for this current prototype, the many guesses include an MS-20 clone and the much-desired ARP 2600. Although, one commenter mentions that Behringer originally planned for 80 patch-points in a previous announcement, whereas we can clearly see just 56 in this patch matrix.

While Behringer won’t be at this year’s NAMM show in the flesh, we have a feeling that it may just share some more announcements around the same time.

Simon Arblaster
Simon Arblaster

I take care of the reviews on MusicRadar and Future Music magazine, though can sometimes be spotted in front of a camera talking little sense in the presence of real musicians. For the past 30 years, I have been unable to decide on which instrument to master, so haven't bothered. Currently, a lover of all things high-gain in the guitar stakes and never one to resist churning out sub-standard funky breaks, the likes of which you'll never hear.