desmond wrote:I see Behringer appear to up to their copying game again with the new "Swing"
Not sure what you're talking about? The differences seem pretty obvious to me.
Behringer's keyboard is white, whereas Arturia's is black.
Behringer have got away with it for too long now, and it’s too late to suddenly get all moral.
We’ve all done it, bought their stuff, but the reality of this "Keystep" is that it’s a blatant "rip-off" and there are two things working here, Behringer's ruthlessness, and people’s greed.
I’ve got three Behtinger products, a compressor, some speakers, and an interface, all boring utility stuff, mostly bought when I had no money, I’ve got an inherent dislike for "copies" or replicas of anything, I’d rather go without than have a copy, as I have said many times here, most of the time the compromises make them unacceptable.
The trouble with this Keystep clone, is that it’s just another utility, there aren’t any complicated decisions to make, it either works or it doesn’t, and if it’s cheaper than the competition, then a lot of people will buy it in preference to the original, but would I?
In this case no, this is aggressive "market stealing" if I were a business man I’d not want to go anywhere near an idea like this, and I know people that if it was their ideas that were getting ripped-off there would be no discussion or moralising, it would be a case of stop, or step outside.
We seem to be living in a morally bankrupt world, where if you can get away with it it’s OK, but where is all this going to end? no doubt in a lot of "positive bullshit" trying to justify it.
How about companies actually inventing things of their own, innovative things, you know, like they used to do, companies that have. gone down in history, Moog, ARP, Obeheim, Sequential Circuits, EMS, just a few, is it a sign of how much we owe to them, and admire them, that we are prepared buy these cheap imitations.
These instruments aren’t made anymore, but maybe we should let them sleep peacefully, they had their time, we should move on.