Behringer estimates that the clone is “a month or two away from mass production.”
This is a real scoop from Superbooth, Berlin’s annual synth convention: it looks like Behringer is ready to roll out their newest high-profile synth clone. Having already made waves with their ludicrously cheap Moog Model D clone from earlier this year, the company has now designed and developed a prototype of the iconic Roland TR-808 drum machine.
Behringer named the clone the Rhythm Designer RD-808. It also follows on from Roland’s own boutique TR-08 remake of the original rhythm composer from earlier this year. In a video demo of the prototype given to Sonic State at Superbooth, Behringer engineer Pete Sadler highlights some of the key features of the machine. The RD-808 boasts 11 independent analog outputs which can be recorded as multi-track audio. MIDI can be synced via USB, plus there is a bus compressor assignable to individual outputs as well as the master. But—can it boom like the original? You’ll have to make up your own mind by watching the video above. Stay tuned to this space for more details as they emerge.