Behringer Enigma will be a $399 Buchla Easel 208 clone/replica for Eurorack with total recall, USB/MIDI with MIDI CC support, and more.
After a pause, the Behringer announcement train appears to be moving on again. After the announcements of the Kobol Expander and ARP Avatar on Monday, things continue very experimentally today. Behringer is currently exploring the creations of the legendary synth developer Don Buchla.
The first Buchla synth that will probably go through the Behringer clone/replica apparatus is the Music Easel 208. According to some sources, fewer than 50 units of the original were sold in the 1970s. So a rare Synthesizer in the past. Not today as Buchla is currently building Music Easel 208 reissues.
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We have stared to design an “Easel 208” inspired Eurorack version called Enigma. While the analog section is an authentic replica of the original synth, which also includes 14 optocouplers, we plan to add total recall functionality with an OLED display and CC control plus USB/Midi. We believe we could make this product for US$ 399 retail.
What do you think about the functionality, layout, and price?
Behringer Enigma, still a project on the drawing table, will be a clone/replica of the Buchla Music Easel 208. Not a 1-to-1 clone/replica but a modified version for Eurorack. It will feature an authentic replica of the original analog circuits including 14 optocouplers, complex oscillator, dual lowpass gate… Everything we know from the Buchla Easel 208. Unlike in the original, the patch bay is on top and the control elements are in the middle and bottom.
A new addition, according to Behringer, will be a total recall functionality operable via an OLED display. There will also be MIDI CC support for the parameters and USB/MIDI with our beloved MIDI socket on the front panel.
On the backside, you get an audio output socket, a MIDI thru with a switch matrix, a USB connection, and a power supply input.
According to Behringer, they could make the Enigma Synthesizer for US$ 399 retail. More west coast synthesizers, yes, please.
But does it have to be a clone/replica of a product that is still or again on the market? Yes, almost 10 times more expensive but Behringer has the manpower to design a new west-coast Synthesizer. In times of chip crisis, there is enough time to bring something new and innovative to the market.
More information will follow here: Behringer