Behringer Polyeight, Korg PolySix Clone With Two More Voices & More

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Behringer has today released photos of the Polyeight prototype, a recreation of the Korg PolySix with two more voices, a display & more. 

Behringer has released a number of Synthesizer clones in the past few years. From Model D, Pro-1, MS-1, etc. all based on the original circuit designs of vintage synths. Uli and his team also make synths that differ from the original designs. See the Poly-D which is a paraphonic Minimoog clone with 4 oscillators.

It is no secret that Behringer is also working on a PolySix replica after their best-selling Monopoly clone. Today they showed the first prototype of their PolySix recreation which is not a 100% authentic clone.

Behringer Polyeight

Behringer Polyeight

Polyeight is based on the original circuits of the Korg PolySix but expanded with 2 voices and some other extra features. This includes a new display on the right that visualize the patches, etc. Certainly, it can store more than 32 of the original. According to Behringer, the architecture is based on a new ARM platform:

What an exciting day – the first Polyeight has come alive:-) While this is still an early prototype, the firmware is all based on our new ARM platform, which will certainly speed up the development and time to market. As you can see, the Polyeight is not a pure clone. We have retained the analog section, but added 2 more voices and especially a much improved user interface with very useful functions. What do you think?
For the case, they probably use this Deepmind12 case including the well-known fan on the backside. Here you can find a USB, full MIDI I/O, chord memory, porta trig in, arpeggio sync in, VCF, phones out, and main out.

Behringer Polyeight

Here also a view of the inside. You can see that the circuits of the digital and analog engine are separate on different PCBs.

Behinger Polyeight

The Polyeight certainly looks interesting. Personally, I also find it good that Behringer is taking a different path here with more voices, and more functonalities.

All information will follow in the near future.

More information here: Behringer

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2 Comments

  1. I make a comparison with motorcycles so bear with me. For example, Triumph re-produces some of their classic motorbikes BUT with latest safety features and technologies (ABS, ECU-fuel injection, plush suspension etc). A similar path Behringer should be following rather than just blindly copying classic synths – rev them up with digital LFOs, onboard FX. mod matrix etc

  2. I hope Behringer gets away from their “everything triggers me” mindset and be the adult for once to focus on doing QUALITY stuff. The biggest fish Behringer needs to fry is related to their quality issue that has plagued their products for years and has still being NOT addressed as plenty of the comments in their social media points to. Their stuff might sound good but even in production pictures you can see bent pots and misaligned faders (see 2600 production pics).

    Behringer should also ALWAYS go beyond doing 1/1 clones. They have the engineer power to add functionality people want to stuff like the Swing and alleviate a LOT of unnecessary bad rep. For the Swing, adding a screen or lights for proper sequencer wouldve been something that went ahead of Arturia offering, no need to go the cheap/trash route of simply undercutting them.

    But credit where credit is due… Behringer is listening. They have listened about democratizing eurorack. That stuff is prohibitively expensive for beginners and finally a company is doing something about it. Product like this Poly8 is exactly what they need to do, go and expand on source material. Cloning old designs and make them eurorack compatible (Cat, Wasp, Pro-1, etc) was the right call for Behringer (less things to go wrong, save of production) so people can finally have proper hardware. Also reviving what people want like VCS3 is good too.

    They need to step up their game in Public Relations. They have mentioned they save money on not doing marketing (just a few YT videos) but they need to save face to accelerate making the past look as distant as possible. I’m not sure if they apologized for the Cork Sniffer thing and they should donate product for education. We understand that right now demand is at an all time high and output low due to the pandemic but once things get going, Behringer should get more involved with charity.

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