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Behringer launches TD-3 clone of the Roland TB-303

The Behringer pipeline of synth clones continues with the TD-3, an analog bass line synthesizer that’s more or less a clone of Roland’s classic TB-303. It’s not called the TB-303, but you can read between the lines.

It’s all-analog with a sawtooth and square waveform VCO, an arpeggiator, a 4-pole low-pass resonant filter, distortion circuity, and a 16-step sequencer with 7 tracks, each with 250 user patterns. There’s also the addition of a 16-voice poly chain, which lets you combine multiple synthesizers for up to 16 voice polyphony.

Here’s the goofy marketing video:

This video comparison goes into the similarities and differences between the TD-3 and the TB-303.

The TD-3 retails for $150 in silver, red, and Blue.

People have mixed feelings about these clones and there have been patent lawsuits. Uli Behringer defended the practice of working off expired patents adn reverse engineering, saying, “One needs to be clear about the distinction between blatantly copying someone else’s product and the principle of reverse engineering. Copying a product 1:1 is clearly illegal, however reverse engineering is something that takes place every day and is accepted as part of a product development process known as benchmarking… Think iPhone followed by Samsung Galaxy. This is the principle of competition.”

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