Behringer announces two more vintage poly synthesizer replicas including the Pro-16 (Prophet-5) and Roland Jupiter-8.
Behringer is on fire again with new synthesizer announcements. After an eventful mid-July, things got quiet around the company. That was logical, they also have to concentrate on developing and releasing products. We like new additions to the line, but we are happier when they become reality and can be bought.
Now at the end of the summer month of July, Behringer accelerated again with two new announcements. A finished prototype and a teaser for an upcoming Japanese synth clone/replica/remake.
The obvious one is the Pro-16 which is a clone/replica/remake of the Sequential Prophet-5 Synthesizer from 1978. Most of the people here will surely remember last year when Dave Smith and his now ex-company Sequential brought the Prophet synth back onto the market. As Prophet 5 and Prophet 10.
Unlike the original reissue, the Behringer version will probably get 16 voices instead of 5 or 10. The Pro-16 also has a slightly larger display. Everything else is very reminiscent of the original Prophet Synthesizer. How you feel about this clone/replica/remake is up to you. I really appreciate vintage synth recreation like the Roland SH-5 etc. These have not been on the market for a long time and is great to see them back.
Now with the Pro-16 I have to confess I don’t know how to feel about it. On the one hand, there is a reissue from the original developer and at the same time, Behringer is working on its own Prophet replica.
Also today Behringer published a sketch that indicates a clone/replica/remake of a Roland Jupiter-8 Synthesizer. I think there is a lot of interest in this synth, as Roland himself shows no interest in reviving the original instrument from 1981. Yes as software or digital synth, which is not the same. A “yes” for a Jupiter-8 recreation.
But the development of the “B” Jupiter-8 has only just begun. So it will take longer before we can order it.
More information here: Behringer