Behringer is continuing its mission of cloning a series of seminal analog synths. This time, it’s the Oberheim OB-Xa: its clone, the UB-Xa.
Uli Behringer has announced that his team will be working on producing a clone of the classic Oberheim OB-Xa. And yep, it will be called the UB-Xa.
The project will apparently be completed in the downtime of the Behringer engineers, so you shouldn’t really expect the UB-Xa to hit the shelves any time within the next twelve months.
Behringer’s goal is to create an authentic and affordable product. As such, the team creating the new synth will be the same that headed up the design of the DeepMind 12, their recently released and successful foray into analog polysynth territory.
Here’s the announcement:
Today I officially announce that we have decided that we will develop and produce an authentic OB-Xa clone which we call the UB-Xa.
As you can imagine, this is a very complex and time-consuming project and at this stage we won’t be able to tell you when the instrument will be available in the market or what it will cost.
Since this is more a labor of love than a commercially viable project, our engineers can’t work full time on this synth and will use some of their free time, hence the project will likely take more than 12 months.
Most importantly, our goal is to make it an absolute authentic sounding instrument and offer it at a truly affordable price – but you know this already.
Because of its high complexity, we have assigned this project to our most experienced team which is the Midas team in Manchester, UK. These synth nuts and super-smart engineers – under the leadership of Pete and Rob – were also the ones who developed the successful DeepMind12.
Be sure check in with Behringer’s social pages as they’ll provide regular updates on development.