Behringer’s Reaction To The Roland Trademarks: MS-1 & RD-8

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Behringer Roland next round! SYNTH ANATOMY reported in February that Roland registered trademarks for its legendary vintage synths and drum machines. Roland did this to protect his designs, after Behringer announced the RD-808, MS-101… Now there is a reaction from Behringer.

They changed the name of their clones. MS-101 (clone of the Roland SH-101) is renamed to MS-1 and the RD-808 (clone of the Roland TR-808) is now called RD-8.  The MS-1 change can already be found on the Behringer website, different RD-8. There is no information on the website yet, but you can already see this change in the Sonicstate video

Behringer's Reaction Roland Trademarks

For those of you who already have an MS-101 Synthesizer, it may now get more value 😉 because it will not be published in this form in the future.


  • Amazing monophonic synthesizer with authentic 3340 analog oscillator for insanely fat music creation
  • 32 semi-weighted full-size keys for great playability
  • Pure analog signal path based on legendary VCO, VCF and VCA designs to recreate the classic sound performance
  • Oscillator with 4 simultaneously-mixable waveforms: saw, triangle, square/pwm and octave-divided square sub-oscillator
  • Resonant VCF can be modulated with ADSR, LFO, keyboard tracking and bender controller
  • 6 FM sources based on NovaMod* allow for creative VCF modulation and unheard of filter effects
  • ADSR envelope generator for incredible wave shaping
  • Easy-to-use 32-step sequencer with 64 sequence locations
  • Arpeggiator with wide patterns for great sound effects
  • Attachable handgrip included with pitch bend wheel and pitch modulation trigger
  • Guitar strap included for live jamming on stage
  • Bender assignable to VCO, VCF and pitch mod wheel on the attachable handgrip
  • Noise generator can be used as a modulation source for distortion-like effects
  • incredible portamento function for fantastic sound effects
  • Pulse wave can be modulated by LFO, envelope and manually
  • 57 sliders and switches to give you direct and real-time access to all important parameters
  • External audio input for processing external sound sources
  • Comprehensive USB/MIDI implementation for connection to keyboard/sequencer
  • 3-Year Warranty Program**
  • Designed and engineered in the U.K.

Behringer MS-1 is available now for 299€ and RD-8 is expected for Q2 / Q3 2019.

More information here: Behringer

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  1. good for Roland for protecting their IP.
    It seems like the music is the only place where people get pissed off at companies when they try and protect their intellectual property…its crazy…if you created and heavily marketed for years the TR-808 and SH-101 wouldn’t you want to protect that from competition using that to sell their products….

    • Fuck Roland, they have had plenty of time to come out with a €300 version of these classics for everyone to buy and they didn’t bother their arses. So someone else beat them to it. I’m not arguing that they didn’t do the hard work but they’ve sat on these designs because it may have been risky to do reproductions so another company beat them to it and for far cheaper tan they ever would have charged. God bless Behringer.

    • people have cried out to roland for proper remakes of their hystoric synths.. roland has ignored peoples wishes and brought out their underwhelming acb technology. they have nothing to protect.. their IP would have run out by now and they ignore their customers wishes.. they get what they deserve..

    • the sh-101 is put of production for 33 years now, the tr-808 for 36 years. roland completely shat on the wishes of potential customers. the boutiques are a literal FUCKOFF to any serious musician. roland had their faif chance. they abandoned that market. they do not intend to not intend to return.

    • Why did not roland re release an updated version of their machines then? If they have
      nothing in competition… What are they trying to protect? A dead dinosaur?

  2. The issue is that Roland didn’t recognise the value of its legacy products for years or even decades. Behringer have made these instruments affordable for average musicians who don’t care what the new versions are called. They are the reissues that Roland could have, but didn’t make.

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