Behringer teases a mini synth remake of the Yamaha CS-80

It’s just a concept image for now, but Behringer suggests if it did build it, it would add a motion sequencer.

Behringer CS Mini

Image: Behringer via Facebook

Behringer has teased what could be the next mini synth in its Spirit and Soul series with a concept image of the CS Mini, a compact take on the iconic Yamaha CS-80 analogue voice.

The brand posted the design proposal to its Facebook page last Friday (18 March), hinting that they could get the price of the machine down to roughly $100 if they decided to produce it.

“What about we’d manage to get an authentic CS80 voice into this little box, with MIDI and motion sequencer, perhaps even 3-note polyphony,” wrote the brand. “This is a design proposal only but we think it would be possible to build this jewel for US$ 99 retail.”

What about we’d manage to get an authentic CS80 voice into this little box, with MIDI and motion sequencer, perhaps even…

Posted by Behringer on Friday, March 18, 2022

The concept shrinks down the slider-centric workflow of the original with a two-octave touch keyboard, a MIDI connector and a motion sequencer.

Behringer has been working on a full-scale reproduction of the Yamaha CS-80 since as late as July 2020. Announcing it had hit a development “breakthrough” in an update posted in July 2021.

It’s been a busy March for the brand as it doled out announcement after announcement on Facebook, its favourite social media platform to drop the latest on new products.

Notably, the brand announced a range of very affordable mini synths, reproducing the Sequential Prophet-VS, Roland Jupiter and JP-4000, Moog Minimoog Model D and Oberheim OB-xa.

Last Friday, the brand also announced that its desktop clone of the Oberheim OB-Xa has finished development and is finally ready for production. “the UB-Xa Desktop version is alive and fully working. Wow what a day,” wrote the brand in a Facebook post.