The budget remake of the Sequential Circuits design is entering mass production.
The news came via a Facebook post last week, which also said pre-production samples have been approved for manufacturing. While Behringer has teased prototypes of many vintage synths and drum machines in recent years, the Pro-1 will be just the second to reach production following the release of the Behringer D, a budget remake of the Minimoog.
The original Pro-One was designed and manufactured by Dave Smith's Sequential Circuits company from 1981 to 1984. Boasting two VCOs and a four-pole low-pass filter, it was a more compact and affordable instrument from the company best-known for high-end polysynths like the Prophet 5. Secondhand prices range from around $1200 to over $2000 depending on condition. Unlike the Sequential model, Behringer's version has patch points for connecting to Eurorack modules, no keyboard and what appears to be a switch to enable polyphony.
Back in June, Behringer opened a lawsuit against Dave Smith Instruments, one of Dave Smith Instruments' employees and 20 anonymous forum users for libel per se, libel per quod and product disparagement following negative comments made about the company's products on the Gearslutz forum.