Behringer CS Mini, do you want a 3-voice CS-80 inspired portable analog synth?

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Behringer is asking the community if they’re interested in a CS Mini, a 3-voice Yamaha CS-80 inspired portable analog Synthesizer

As is well known, Behringer is working on the DS-80, a clone/replica of the legendary Yamaha CS-80 Synthesizer. Probably one of the biggest projects of the company so far, which will probably take a long time.

After the company scaled back their announcement wave, they launched another project today. I’m calling it a project because they are not sure yet if it become a real product or not.

Behringer CS Mini

Behringer CS-Mini?

Behringer is currently asking on their social media channels if the community is interested in a CS Mini. A mini Synthesizer that takes inspiration on the iconic Yamaha CS-80 polyphonic analog Synthesizer.

They will miniaturize a cloned/recreated CS80 voice and will put in a mini box. They plan to add 3-note polyphony, MIDI as well as a motion sequencer that we know from the other mini synth announcements.

On the front panel, we can see the VCO section (saw, square, sine), noise, a sub oscillator/LFO, a lowpass VCF section with resonance, and a ADSR envelope. There will also be the well-known touch keyboard with various functions. This will probably not have presets but you can probably store sequence patterns. A good update on the upcoming mini synths is the new USB-C socket.

We know that a big part of the CS-80 sound is based on the ring modulator. Please add this to the synth otherwise it will not sound 100% like a CS-80.

Behringer says that the CS-Mini is so far a design proposal and not a finished product. They estimate a retail price of $99 USD. What do you think about this project. Should they make it happen and publish it? I think it would fit especially now that they are releasing so many old synths in mini format they should keep going.

More information will follow here: Behringer

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  1. good honest summary. thank you. I suspect a eurorack followup eventually. they’re hinting at euroracking several of their mini/micro’s. as long as it’s the same components – SMT mounted switches, pots, jacks, and buttons – are used the burdened costs should be similar. they clearly can handle a LOT of part numbers! but there is overhead in doing a 2nd version. more choice is always better :0)

  2. Hopefully all of the new behringer mini synths get USB-C.
    Micro usb is terribly fiddly.

    Is there information about that matter?

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