Update: Behringer have since responded with a post titled 'Competition: The Facts'
Behringer is under fire again, this time for allegedly copying the design of the Arturia KeyStep with their new product Swing. Behringer’s MIDI controller has identical form factor to the KeyStep including buttons, knobs, switches and even outputs all in the same position.
Behringer has come under heavy criticism after posting a video promoting a new product called the KIRN Cork Sniffer, seemingly a reference to Peter Kirn, founder and editor of music technology blog Create Digital Music. The video depicts a character clearly modelled on Kirn, with the 'cork sniffer' term a reference to snobbiness.
It's been a fairly turbulent month for Behringer. A recent and now-deleted post on audio gear aficionado website Gearslutz saw founder Uli Behringer have a very public debate with Devil Fish founder and co-303 enthusiast and clone maestro Robin Whittle, posting private emails between the pair in advance of the release of Behringer's 303 clone the TD-3.
Behringer have announced the Poly D, a four-voice version their Minimoog clone. The new synth can still be used in monophonic mode, but now features an extra three voices for playing chords as well as unison mode to stack the voices. Extra feature on top of the usual envelopes, LFO and 24dB ladder filter include a new analogue chorus effect modelled on the classic Juno sound, a 32-step sequencer and arpeggiator.
Behringer have announced WING, a futuristic new mixing console. The new device features eight MIDAS preamps, 24 motorised 100mm faders, 11 colour TFT screens to display parameters, a 48-ins/48-outs USB audio interface with HUI control for your favourite DAW and the option of another 64 I/O via Ethernet, supporting WAVES Soundgrid. There are also two SD cards for recording straight to disk.
Behringer have closed the classic Roland TB-303 with their new synth the TD-3-SR. The new synth will cost only €150 – currently under £130 – and features similar architecture to the original 303 with a single VCO, switchable between saw and square, single filter, 16-step sequencer and a new distortion effect.
Behringer's clone of the Korg MS-20 synth is now available to buy.
The K-2 model has been made available in 2000 units and is Eurorack-compatible. The company shared the news of its availability in a Facebook post, writing, "We hear people constantly complaining that we're announcing too early and never ship anything. This time we kept quiet."
Behringer are remaking the Yamaha CS-80, according to their Facebook page. The classic polysynth – made famous for providing the haunting sounds on the Blade Runner soundtrack, among others – is notoriously expensive, heavy and fragile and currently goes for a very high price on the second-hand market.
Roland have registered the trademark for the design of the 303 and the 808 in Germany. The moves comes suspiciously soon after Behringer – a German company – showed off their final version of the RD-808, a not-so-subtle clone of the legendary machine.