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NAMM 2020: It looks like Behringer might be about to announce a Roland TR-606 drum machine clone

NAMM 2020: Behringer is up to its teasing tricks again, with speculation rife that it could have a clone of Roland’s TR-606 drum machine on the way. 

In a video posted on 13 January, entitled ‘3 Days To Go’ - a reference to the first day of the NAMM Show, surely - we see a camera panning from right to left across what appears to be the interface of a piece of gear that features two rows of numbers. This is what you’ll find on the 606; the fact that the video shows a 0 below the 10 - the same as on the 606 - is a pretty heavy hint, we’d say.

Some have suggested that it could be Behringer’s long-awaited 909 clone that we’re looking at, but our money would be on it being a 606. Released in 1981, the original doesn’t have the high profile of its 808 and 909 siblings, but it’s still a fine little analogue beat maker.

If you’re looking for more evidence, bear in mind that Roland’s original was intended to be used in tandem with the TB-303 (the two looked pretty similar) and could be synchronised to it via DIN-sync… and what did Behringer release late last year? Yep, the TD-3 - a 303 clone. A 606-style drum machine would be a perfect partner.

Case closed as far as we’re concerned, but we’ll all find out soon enough.

Roland TR-606

(Image credit: Perfect Circuit Audio)
Ben Rogerson

I’m the Group Content Manager for MusicRadar, specialising in all things tech. 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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