German-based audio firm Behringer have caused a bit of a stir in recent years (for better or worse) with their low-priced, high-quality clones of classic vintage synthesisers. Now, it looks like the company are set to bring back one of the most coveted analogue synths of all time, sharing their intentions to clone the revered Yamaha CS-80 polysynth in a Facebook post.
After it was reported that Yamaha themselves were considering the possibility of reissuing the CS-80 - the weapon of choice of Vangelis, Jean Michael Jarre, Toto's Steve Porcaro and more - Behringer's head honcho Uli Behringer took to the company's official Facebook page to share an assortment of images of a CS-80 that had also been recently acquired by the company, which were accompanies by the statement 'I've been thinking about this...'
Now, the company have seemed to confirm this rumblings with a longer post detailing their intentions to create their own DS80, which reads: "Around a month ago we acquired an original and long extinct CS80 and ever since we've been working on coming up with our own DS80 version. Please bear in mind that this will be a design study only and we love to get your feedback before we decide how to move forward. We will be sharing our design in the next few days. Fasten your seatbelts."
It's worth noting that Behringer have run into trouble in the past when cloning vintage synths, with news emerging this February that Roland had filed trademarks on their classic TB-303 and TR-808 designs in Germany to prevent the company from capitalising on their products. However, given the quality and incredibly reasonable prices of some of their more recent ventures into synth land (their Moog Model-D clone is to die for), we're actually pretty hyped to see what Behringer does with the CS-80 - it's a vintage polysynth that's been dying for a reissue for far too long now. Fingers crossed the wait is worth it.
Hear the Yamaha CS-80 in action below.
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