Thomas wrote:Arturia are at it, 95% of their business is VST versions of other people's synths so they've got a cheek to complain.
According to the skip fire of a thread over on Gearslutz, Arturia originally released many of their VSTs under licence from the original manufacturers (Moog, Roland etc), which is why they had the proper names/logos in the software. They've supposedly been replaced with sound-a-like names since the licences expired and people like Roland started doing their own soft synths.
I can't vouch for the accuracy of that, mind.
I think that's about right. Their only products were VSTs (very good ones) until the last decade, where they actually began producing analogue hardware synthesizers, and I guess that arm of the business became more lucrative and so they no longer needed the licenses? I've not looked into their VSTs that much, to be honest, so I couldn't say.
Synth manufacturers are obviously in competition with each other, but most have pretty clearly defined sort of markets and, for the most part, they don't entirely step on each others' toes. Obviously, one programmable synthesizer with presets is broadly the same as another synthesizer with presets, but Korg aren't going to just make an aesthetically identical and mechanically similar copy of a Roland Jupiter and call it a Saturn or something.
Behringer are absolutely correct that the line is pretty mutable and ill-defined, but that excuse only really works up to the point at which you've very blatantly crossed it.