On the 9th September 2018 Behringer revealed their RD-9 prototype which got synth forums across the internet buzzing in anticipation. They even unveiled the feature set and, as it shares many similarities in design with the RD-8, 808 clone, they have since released, the RD-9 was expected to follow suit fairly soon after. But, we're still eagerly waiting some two years on.
Today, Behringer posted on Facebook addressing both a firmware update for the RD-8 to fix some niggly bugs and progress update and explanation for the delay in bringing the RD-9 to shops and studios.
"RD-8 Bug Fixes / RD-9 Update
We are aware that the RD-8 needs improvement related to MIDI sync. We have decided to rewrite most of the firmware so we can also integrate the unit with the SynthTool and offer other very cool improvements.
As for the RD-9, much of the RD-8 firmware is shared and once the update is completed, we will also be able to ship the RD-9.
We apologize to keep you waiting but we simply don’t compromise on quality.
Thank you for your patience and support!"
While there isn't an estimated release date, many synth enthusiasts are relieved to know that the RD-9 project hasn't been cancelled and is still alive. Far from it, it looks like Behrigner are keen to fix small issues, possibly the MIDI sync issue, with the RD-8 first to ensure the RD-9 is great right out of the box. This does mean more patience is required...
To whet your drum machine lusting apetites a little more, here's a brief feature list overview for the upcoming RD-9 drum machine from Behringer:
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