Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Laramie, Wyoming
ME: Jackson AT Pro
Rig: Rivera K Tre
iTrader: 15 (100%)
Seriously. Behringer is now a respectable brand. When the modular synth and euro rack shit got big they fucking cleaned up.
If you had told anyone in 2008 that people would hate Behringer for offering high quality products at a substantially cheaper price than the competition you would have been laughed off. But lo and behold.....
I don't know if general awareness has made it to the guitar world yet, but in the synth world it's a 50/50 thing, half of the people love them for offering great products at a reasonable price, and half of the people fucking hate them for offering high quality "clones" of other modules.
Behringer Plans 40 Eurorack Modules In The Next 2 Years, Priced at $49-99 – Synthtopia
It's hilarious because the detractors can't even attack them for having low sound quality. Modular synthesis is all about manipulating sine waves.
You can't be like, "This more expensive unit generates a more premium sine wave than the Behringer".
It's only a matter of time before they try to break into the "Serious guitar gear" world again. Everyone mocked them for the Bugera stuff and were like "Lol, look at this shit company trying to act all serious". And when modular synths got big Behringer fucked literally everyone directly in the face.
So now, at least as far as synths go, all the people that were like, "LOL, look at these fools floundering" are now more like, "I'm groveling here Behringer, please stop dominating the market with reasonable quality products at low prices".
The general consensus is their engineering team is top notch these days, as well as fucking relentless with development schedules. A lot of people bitch because, "They are clones of other designs", but really, most of the boutique world for pedals/amps/studio gear is clones of other designs. Every "respectable" company under the sun has Neve clones, and you can't throw a rock without hitting a Klon Centaur clone.
Their new line of mixers is also pretty highly regarded, it's only a matter of time until they try again in the stringed instrument realm.
Time to corner the market on Bugera Trirec Infinium 100W 3-Channel Valve Amp Heads before the market blows up!
Buy! Buy! Buy!
Just throwing this out there, if you want to play an amp but want to play it late at night, the Mark V25/35 and the JP2C sound incredible at low volumes. No attenuator needed.
Join Date: Jan 2014
ME: LTD EC 1000
Rig: EVH 5150 III EL34 50watt
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: The GrVm North
MA: Taylor 214
MB: Spector Legend 4
Rig: AFX3 / KPA / MKV
iTrader: 35 (100%)
I was just hoping that something new and exciting may have come along since the old days of THD, but since I already have two modelers (and am putting an FM3 on the Peavey) I guess I'll just wait and let the Fractal attenuate it.
I do want a JP2C anyway though.
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: NY, USA
ME: Kramer Baretta
MA: PRS Angelus Alex Lifeson
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Somerville, Ma
ME: Suhr Modern 7
MA: Martin MC16-GTE
MB: Squier 5 string P-bass
Rig: Mark V
iTrader: 5 (100%)
Last I followed this seriously, the Riviera was supposed to be the best out there, if you didn't care about things like speaker emulation and IR loading and FX loops and the ability to boost as well as attenuate and all that extra jazz, and just wanted to take a tube amp and turn it down while still warming up the power amp tubes.
I'd actually sort of planned to eventually grab one to replace my Hot Plate, but honestly my Mark V sounds better at low volumes with no attenuator than at any combo of light to heavy attenuation at progressively louder volumes, so I haven't been using one.
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