It’s not a Moog, but it sure sounds like one.

Behringer showed off a finished prototype of its controversial Minimoog clone at Berlin’s Superbooth show last weekend.

The Model D was one of three new synths brought to the show by the company, which only announced plans to make its own version of the Minimoog Model D  last month.

Behringer’s Model D clones the circuitry from Moog’s ‘70s original and places it inside a smaller case designed for the Eurorack modular format. As Synth Anatomy’s video from Superbooth demonstrates, it sounds pretty convincing.

The practice of synth cloning has proved controversial in recent months, but as company founder Uli Behringer argued last month, it’s both legal and common in the synth world.

“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,” he said. “As a result, the property is now in the public domain, free for everyone to use.”

According to Synthtopia, the Behringer D is expected to be available in the next few months at a price of just $399 – a fraction of the $3,749 it costs to buy a genuine Minimoog Model D reissue.

As well as the Behringer D, the company had two other synths on show at Superbooth: the DeepMind 12 desktop and DeepMind 6.

Read next: Attack of the clones: Is Behringer’s Minimoog a synth replica too far?



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