So, is the Model D clone by Behringer really all that big, bad, and bold enough to get the job done?

There has been a lot of talk about the Behringer Model D clone. Rightfully so! I mean, a vintage Minimoog Model D costs as much as a used car. Meanwhile, the recently released reissue of the Minimoog Model D (The Model E in my mind) by Moog Music themselves will cost you $3500 or so.

So, why would we think that a Model D clone priced at $399 might get the job done? I mean, does it really make sense? How could one get the same sound from a synth at a fraction of the cost? Well, apparently parts aren’t very expensive and the circuitry is being cloned all over the place anyways. How many ladder filters are out there now? I don’t know! But I will say this. If it sounds good, for $399 and lives in a potentially rack mountable form factor on top of all of that?! I’m in!

Click the image above to hear Midas Design Engineer, Rob Belcham, put the Behringer Model D clone through its paces just this past weekend. The magic starts about 12 seconds in. All I have to say is it sounds damn good to me.

Belcham says,

Perks of the job – I get to bring the prototype model D for the weekend, so thought I’d upload a better demo of it in use now the firmware has been fixed.

On another note… Div Kid’s video demo gives a pretty good idea of what the Behringer Model D sounds like. The filter sweeps and tweaking he did in the video below from Superbooth 2017 are pretty impressive. I think Behringer is going to sell a gang of Model D clones. Especially, if this is any indication of what it really sounds like.


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