Die Klonfabrik hat wieder zugeschlagen: Behringer hat einen MIDI-Controller namens Swing herausgebracht, der dem Keystep (Black Edition) von Arturia mehr als ähnlich sieht.
Swing hat ein 32-Tasten-Mini-Keyboard (anschlagsdynamisch und aftertouchfähig), besitzt einen polyfonen Sequenzer und einen Arpeggiator und ist anschlussseitig mit CV/Gate, Sustain, MIDI-I/O, Sync, Micro-USB ausgestattet. Die Bedienelemente und Anschlüsse wurden (bis auf kleine Unterschiede) vom Vorbild übernommen. Ob Arturia da wohl rechtliche Schritte einleiten wird?
Hier die Features von Swing:
32 compact-sized keys featuring expressive velocity and after-touch functionality
64-step sequencer features 8-note polyphonic sequence with Rest, Tie, and Legato note entry
Arpeggiator mode features, up, down, inclusive, exclusive, random, note order, double up and double down modes
Chord Play Mode with single chord memory with up to 16 notes for extensive loops and long-playing samples
Highly-reactive pitch and modulation touch-strips for extreme performance and creativity
Performance control includes Rec, Play, and Stop buttons for the sequencer and arpeggiator
Rate and Tap Tempo for real time beat settings
Endless sustain via hold button or through an optional sustain pedal (not included)
Shift function includes MIDI channel selection, gate time, swing values
Connect with MIDI, CV/Gate, DIN Sync, and Sync I/O for ultimate control and flexibility
Comprehensive USB/MIDI implementation to connect with your PC/Laptop
Can be powered by Apple iPad* (via camera connection kit) or standalone DC Jack (not included)
Hier der Kommentar von Designer Axel Hartmann auf Facebook:
“I do feel the need to comment on the many postings I can find here @ Facebook in several places regarding my thoughts, feelings, but also the truth about the blunt Behringer copy of the Arturia key step.
Arturia and myself, aka my company design box are designing instruments, synthesizers, controllers, interfaces since many years. As industrial designer, I contribute mostly my services on the asthetical side of a product. This is true for almost all hardware products that you know from Arturia. In all cases, Arturia is buying my services – I never licensed any of the designs. Arturia always pays, and naturally owns the output of my work, that – by the way – is alway the result of an in-depth cooperation with their internal team of specialists.
Arturia and myself are working together since many years, and we share the deep desire of designing innovative products. I could never share any of the designs, that came out of that cooperation with any body else, legally not, and not from my personal high attitude in that regards. So anything, pointing in that direction is simply fake information. Neither the company Behringer, nor Uli himself have ever approached me with a request like that. And I would also never ever do something like that – I can not license anything that is not in my possession.
Personally, I feel sad, and am also upset about that sheer copy of a design, that I once created for, and together with Arturia, the team around Frederic Brun. These people have spent lots of efforts and great energy in building a brand and all that belongs to a brands assets. It is simply not right, somebody else is taking advantage of that hard work (which is not only true for Arturia, but for all great brands, that must see their most successful products being copied)
I do not understand (Uli) Behringer – with his huge company and the power of many great R&D teams – some of the best and most respected and innovative companies we know in our business, that Uli was able to simply buy in the past with his money. A product like that copy simply can not represent the core values of the people, he could convince to be part of his company. It is simply sad, and I can not understand that move (like many, it seems).”