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Behringer's Roland SH-101 clone goes into production

Mass production is likely to begin in January…

Behringer’s clone of the Roland SH-101 synthesiser, the MS-01, is currently in production.

As is customary to him to do, company founder Uli Behringer posted on the Gearslutz forum, writing:

‘Here is a quick update. We're now in pre-production with the MS-101. It took longer than we anticipated as we're running our factory at near maximum capacity. Pre-production means we're now producing around 50 units to ensure everything is in order. Provided we don't find any issues, mass production will then commence a month later, which would be January. Thanks for your patience. Uli’

The simple, iconic analogue synth was originally produced in the ‘80s and remains a coveted piece of hardware for its sequencing capabilities and squelchy-sounding filter, a sound that has littered many a dance record.

The German giants recently announced that from next year, they will sell the RD-909, their clone of Roland's TR-909 drum machine, for less than $299 RRP.

Watch this documentary on the history of the drum machine, featuring many machines from Moby's personal collection.