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NAMM 2020: Behringer stays in the groove with the RD-6 drum machine, a Roland TR-606 clone

NAMM 2020: To no one’s great surprise - least of all ours - Behringer has unveiled the RD-6, a clone of Roland’s TR-606 drum machine.

Designed as a companion for the company’s TD-3, which emulates Roland’s TB-303 bassline synth, the RD-6 has a similar form factor and styling and contains all seven analogue 606 sounds plus the excellent clap from Boss’s DR-110 drum machine. There’s also a 64-step sequencer.

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 (the TD-3, for example).

The price and a release date are still to be confirmed, but we’d speculate that a sub-$150 figure could be in the offing. Expect more soon on the Behringer website.

I’m the Group Content Manager for MusicRadar, specialising in all things tech. 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, 20 of which I’ve also spent writing about music technology. 

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