Excellent points. I agree.maxwellravitz wrote: ↑Sun May 17, 2020 11:40 pmI honestly just think behringer is doing themselves a disservice by labeling all these synths as clones over and over. Instead of giving us a point of comparison that they won't quite live up to, they should just make cool sounding synthesizers, which they have been as far as I can tell. They need to drop the idea that they're recreating any of these legendary synths, when they're really just making instruments loosely in the ballpark of what they're imitating, but designing them to be as cheap to manufacture as possible.
On the other hand, put yourself in Uli's shoes. He's not going to 'win' either way, from a social standpoint. When he makes a 'named' synth, it's going to be looked at and purchased by those looking for 'that' sound. And some of those will be diasppointed. Some will loudly proclaim how bad it is. Most will just buy it and use it. Statistically speaking this is what happens. A few love, a few hate, and the majority remaining just deal.
When Uli makes an un-named synth, nearly everything above *still* happens. Why wouldn't he go after the extra excitement and free marketing of the named synth?
As Blairio correctly says, there's a *lot* of BS fetishization in synths. It's *not* going to go away. Ever.
Uli Behringer would be crazy -as a businessman- to ignore it. Socially he gets beat up either way. Financially he gains by going for 'named' synths.
Actually, *we* have the easiest choice. Simply do what you suggest. See the synths for what they are, and not for what they're 'supposed' to be. Stick gaffer tape over the name and logo, and enjoy. Or do so without the gaffer tape.