UB-Xa from Behringer

I love the Red Led. Makes a change from boring blue or black and white.

It sounds Gorgeous

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random observation: MidiVerb sighting! and this is the first I remember seeing a B video where they have any gear from other manufacturers in it. albeit, this thing hasn’t been made for like 30 years though… maybe they’ll be cloning that next? :upside_down_face:


I’m not particularly interested in this one, but the demo sound good to my hears at least :slight_smile:
A bit disappointed that there is no FX built in.

I’m not sure if it is just me but the sequential one seems to sound much better? I mean it does sound great!! But the real oberheim sounds more fizzy and alive and I’m not sure why? Thru had more time and way bigger budget…
I guess sequential has Tom though… I guess that is the difference… I’m actually kind of let down… it does sound good… but man that obx8 sounds next level really… Maybe I’m wrong though and hearing with the pricing in mind… but I’m not buying either but I wish this sounded as good.


Behringer posted this image on their Facebook page on August 19th of this year with the caption :
They will never make it

So these are UB-Xas being shipped – perhaps to Beta testers, although it could also be for reviewers, or going to their Super Partners for an introduction, and for floor units.

I count 18 of them here.

We all know Behringer logistics: when Uli says “shipping now” this means that he is sending the first container from China to Europe. the first batch will arrive at Thomann (a few at a time), after several months Amazon, Sweetwater, and the others will also have it. This is how it’s always been with their new releases, I don’t see why it should be any different now

My personal forecast: June 2024 first units will be available to buy, Christmas 2024 on sale everywhere


I’m a long time Prophet 08 player, and to my ears at least from the limited demos it actually reminds me of the P08 more than an out and out old school Oberheim! Could well be wrong though…

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My prediction is March 2024 latest. Theve really ramped up the production speed lately.


All could think as I watched that video was that this was being released just in time for the synthwave revival. Plus or minus a decade.

I’m not really sure who this was ever really for - it isn’t an easy to use synth if you want to use the mod matrix (unless there’s some real magic in that display), and we’ve got plenty of knobby synths right now (sure, they aren’t all VCOs, but how much will people care about that going forward, if the synth sounds good?). It seems unlikely they will really nail the OBXa sound, at least enough to justify their use of the words “authentic reproduction”. It sounded pleasant enough, but I’d expect that of any modern synth these days. I’m not really a Oberheim-lover, but I’d have expected more of the fizzy stuff in the demo to show they’ve nailed it.

$1500 is a fair amount of cash for a new player, too. Maybe that keybed will amaze, or maybe they’ll release a $999 desktop model soon after.

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I am happy this has poly aftertouch, but annoyed in general that it’s a selling point. As every synth should have it by now

Technically, it has PolyAT - which is still pretty new (new-old), and nothing else at that price point has it.

We don’t know what the keybed action is like, but PolyAT is notable.

Hopefully this will be true for all the major keyboard synths coming from Behringer from now on. ( post relevant to this)

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Sorrz, when did $1500 become a fair amount of cash for a 16 voice analog multitimbral polysynth, with stereo VCA per voice and poly AT keybed?

Am I late to the party?

$1500 USD is a fair bit of money to most people.


what? the OG is like 6-13000$
the x8 is 5000
Prologue 16 is close but seems out of production, could get this second hand for less maybe
Moog one is 10000
Prophet rev 2 16 is 2500
running out of options here…

In this context, what does it mean “a fair amount of money”? we’re talking about flagship synths, an iPhone can be more expensive than this.
We’re not discussing food among the starving, this is a synth related chatter, and personally I think this is cheap for what it offers.


It’s still a fair amount of money for most people.


Let’s not derail the topic (that stuff belongs elsewhere by order of the management)


I said it was a lot for a new player. A truly new player probably does not have their own opinion on the merits of analog vs digital yet, anyway (though they may have downloaded a number of opinions from the internet).

So, it’s priced a bit out of reach for many new players, may or may not perfectly replicate the thing it is dressed to replicate, and may be painful to program deeply beyond the front panel.

So, like I said - I’m not quite sure who it is for; whether or not there is already a product that offers all those same features at that same price point.