Behringer’s Pro-16, its long-awaited Prophet-5 reproduction, is now “ready for testing”

Due to the global chip shortage, it might be a while before customers can get their hands on one.

Behringer Pro 16

Image: Behringer

Behringer has reported that the Pro-16, a recreation of the Sequential Prophet-5, is ready for production – as soon as the brand gets the chips it needs, that is.

The brand shared the latest update of the Pro-16 yesterday in a Facebook post simply captioned “Ready for testing…”

Ready for testing…#hardvaporware

Posted by Behringer on Tuesday, March 15, 2022

While the synth itself is production-ready, it might be a while before eager customers can get their hands on one due to the global shortage of chips, exacerbated by ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

“We do have enough chips for pre production models but not mass production,” explained Behringer in a Facebook comment on the above post.

Last Sunday (14 March), Behringer revealed that the already-strained supply of chips used in the production of electronics became even thinner as “50% of the global production of neon gas required for all chip production comes from Ukrainian factories, which have now shut down.”

However, in an update a day after, the brand suggested that the situation could be alleviated by 2023, thanks to a $20bn chip manufacturing plant supported by giants from the tech world.

“With COVID came disruption of [supply chains], but also a vast increase in demand for consumer electronic devices, which triggered many large companies such as Intel, Samsung and TMC to invest hundreds of billions into new chip plants,” wrote the brand in a Facebook post.

“As these plants come to life, we might hopefully see a relief of the current chip shortages by 2023,” it wrote. “Let’s cross our fingers.”

Behringer’s Pro-16 polysynth is based on all three revisions of Sequential’s Prophet-5 and features over 6,000 components. A preview of the synth’s layout (shared last year) suggests that the Pro-16 isn’t just a one-to-one copy of the Prophet-5 and could include expanded features, however, it’s all up in the air until Behringer shares a demo.