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NAMM 2020 | The ARP 2600 Analog Synth Is Back!

ARP 2600 Analog Synthesiser
ARP 2600 Analog Synthesiser

NAMM 2020 | The ARP 2600 analog synthesizer is back for a limited time only from Korg. Get your hands on one of the most sought-after vintage synths of its era, freshly improved for 2020.

By Matthew Wilkinson | Published 10.01.20

Korg has re-released the iconic ARP Instruments Arp 2600 semi-modular analog synthesizer in advance of The NAMM Show 2020. Featuring a huge array of modules, modern XLR/USB/MIDI connectivity, plus an improved ARP 3260 Duophonic Keyboard with new arpeggiator and sequencer, this time-limited synth promises to become your complete sound design studio.

Available as a limited-time release, the new Arp 2600 synth promises a huge saving for customers who may have been browsing the second-hand market for an original 1970’s model.

The original Arp 2600 stood out from the crowd of modular systems with its user-friendly semi-modular design. This new re-release improves on the original 1970’s design with a new keyboard, on-board speakers, and a range of modern connectivity options. Elsewhere, users will find a plentiful choice of modules to patch to their heart’s content.

As Korg says, “While other manufacturers were busy shedding some of the esoteric versatility of the modular synthesizer to create a simpler instrument for the novice performer, the ARP 2600 offered all of the elements needed to create a self-sufficient sound design studio.”

ARP 2600 Analog Synthesiser

With its semi-modular design, the Arp 2600 allows users to choose whether they spend hours crafting a sound, or whether they want to make music straight away with no patching required. Each synth comes in its own custom-branded hard-shell case with casters, so it’ll be ready for the road when you are.

Featuring an array of oscillators, envelopes, a filter and amplifier, you’ll find all the elements of analog synthesis contained within the Arp 2600. There’s also a spring reverb tank, as well as a set of monitor speakers.

When it comes out the box, the Arp 2600 is hand-wired with preset control sources for nearly every slider and switch. This means you’ll be able to get making sounds in an instant with no patching required. When you’re ready to dive further into your sounds, you can insert your patch cables to automatically override an internal connection and create a new signal path of your own choice. Made a mistake? No problem – just remove your patch cables and start again.

ARP 2600 Analog Synthesiser

The Arp 2600 also has many features of a vintage modular system, including ring modulation, lag & voltage processors, an envelope follower, audio preamp, clock-able switch, noise source, sample & hold module, signal inverters, auxiliary mixer, and even a set of parallel-wired/multi jacks.

A newly enhanced 3620 Keyboard is provided with the Arp 2600, giving you 49 full-size keys with aftertouch, portamento, and a duophonic design (you can play two keys at once). What’s more, if you use an optional footswitch, you can lock the interval between any two notes without retuning the oscillators during performance. You’ll also find a vibrato circuit, flexible arpeggiator, pitch bend, and 2-octave up/down transpose switch.

While the new Arp 2600 shows off its heritage with a wide range of modules under-the-hood, if you look round the back, you’ll see that this is truly a product of 2020.

With low-impedance XLR outputs, headphone output, MIDI (DIN and USB), three footswitch jacks, plus built-in monitor speakers, you’ll be able to get connected to any studio/live rig without needing supplementary gear.

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Posted on 10 Jan 2020 05:00 to category : Instruments News

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