Tech Giant and affordable gear company Behringer has announced plans to build a budget clone of Moog’s classic Minimoog synth, just a week after the company announced it wants to build a whole range of affordable analog synths.
The company is making a big push to attract the affordable synth market. As well as wanting to make a whole range of analog pieces starting at £40, it recently released its own analog synth called the DeepMind 12, which offers 12-voice polyphony for under £1,000
Company founder Uli Behringer revealed the news on a forum and defended creating a clone of Moog’s iconic synth by noting that creating replicas is common practice in the music hardware business.
“In case of the MiniMoog there is no IP (Intellectual Property) involved as the technology is more than 40 years old and all patents have long expired. As a result, the property is now in the public domain, free for everyone to use. Without this principle there would only be one car or synthesizer manufacturer in the world."
Behringer also defended his position by saying that his company aims at musicians who can’t afford to buy a genuine Minimoog (Moog’s recent Model D replica retails for (£3,075)
Behringer released any final details on how much the Minimoog clone will be, or what it will look like, but the company has mentioned that it was looking into packing the workings of a Minimoog into a Eurorack module.