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Synth revolution in progress.
Old 1 week ago
  #1
Lives for gear
Synth revolution in progress.

Firstly, several new, cutting edge digital synths, some under 1k. Not to mention new affordable hybrids, like Peak.

But even more, Uli Behringer's long distant talk of synth clone domination is now becoming physical reality. Way beyond deep mind and neuron, model d is 225 used, clones of vc340, sh-101, and ms-20 already showing up in the wild, pro one and crave shown in stacks of boxes ready to ship, odyssey clone out soon, and most of these selling for $329.

If korg doesn't adapt, behrnger is gonna drink their milkshake up (and put a lotta small boutique companies under, which sucks, as they've essentially turned the 500 entry level synth into a 250, which is great for masses, though).

If behringer sells enough units (and he will) to get his ubxa out of the door (now seems very likely), I wouldn't be surprised if he starts rolling out clones of other big kid synths too. All the big talk and long gestation seems like it turned real.

What will happen after that? Will some of the dinosaurs collapse (or are there enough churches to keep them open)? Will edgy korg survive? Or dreadbox, vermona, novation? Will Sequential take a hit, or is a p5 reissue with 3340 chip imminent, or will Uli get there first at half the price?

When Uli rules the cosmos, what then? Will he try to create a gx-1 type beast that pushe's envelopes with contemporary tech? Is he evil walmart or benevolent synth demi-urge of future experimentation (once he has slain all competition, of course?
Old 1 week ago
  #2
Lives for gear
 

The real revolution will come once artificial intelligence starts to develop soft synths.
Old 1 week ago
  #3
Gear Addict
 

Revolution? There is no revolution.

A manufacturer is willing to build cheap analogue gear a large number of musicians asked for decades, and others are clueless. The market works as intended. On one hand you have a manufacturer that delivers what musicians actually want, on the other some clueless MBA and sales people who think that "analogue" is just a marketing gimmick one slaps on some digital sh*t because nobody can tell the difference. I don't feel sorry for the demise of the latter. Not one second.
Old 1 week ago
  #4
Gear Addict
 

Hell, Model D and Neutron are 225 new now.
Old 1 week ago
  #5
Gear Nut
I think you’re overvaluing the influence of hardware synths on the musical instrument market. Workstations, keyboards and software synths are outselling hardware synths and are at a much friendlier consumer price point, with a stronger effect on the home and gigging market.

And Korg and Behringer each target a different consumer base. The success of Behringer won’t have a negative effect on Korg, much like Behringer releasing SH/Juno/Jupiter clones doesn’t hurt Roland in the slightest.

Don’t get caught up in the internet echo chamber.
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