Logan Soloman has shared new information on its two ARP 2600 synth clones via a message on Facebook:
“David (For those that don’t know) is the Logan Soloman modular version of the classic semi-modular synth. It is large format modular with 11″ panels. Some panels are as wide as 6.75″.
We took the original and made each section into a module. The Noise module is a dual noise module. The Sample and Hold is a dual module, Voltage Processor is a dual module, and Reverb (two tanks). The envelope has Loads of extra features on it. You can build the synth like the original, or with many voices. There are a few David Alpha builders that are making 3 voice synths.
With David we will have more modules from the famed monosynth, string synths, big daddy modular, etc. etc. including chorus, oscillators, filters, resonators and more. David will also have a special mixer, phaser, EQ, vocoder, utility VCAs, etc. It can be normalled like the original synth but has a TON more CV control, features per module, etc.
So now we are introducing Enigma – a synthesizer that has the same size as the TTSH. Enigma will be DIY and factory built as well. It is not nearly as feature rich as David, but it has more features than the TTSH.
It will have 3 VCO2 oscillators, gate booster (New Design and works with 3620 Keyboard), rolling sync on all oscillators, added multiples. But most of all it will have the correct circuits from the original machine and none of the errors of the TTSH. We already have confirmed listening tests with our oscillators and filter and have been told by others that the TTSH doesn’t sound like ours.
We have also corrected the panel graphics and cutout of the TTSH to make it uniform, we have adjusted the speaker cutouts for better sound, we will have proper cages for the speakers and there will be no gap between the speaker and the front panel to reduce any vibration.
We are making most of the modules dual footprints so it will be easy to manufacture and keep the price point aggressive for the manufactured version. I’m not sure if we can get Behringer aggressive but it will be pretty damn close.”
See their FB page for more info.
Update: Logan Soloman is not positioning the Enigma or David synths as ‘clones’ of the ARP 2600 or the TTSH – but as new synths that build on the 2600’s legacy. Since we originally published this article, they’ve shared additional information about the two synths and how they see them:
“David is named for David…of David & Goliath, NOT David Friend! There will be a Goliath, but probably not until after the 2500.
David and Enigma are NOT TTSH clones, contrary to what people are saying. They are far from that.
Our philosophy is this: Keep the core sound of the instrument and take it forward, with new controls and features. This does two things:
1.) It allows everyone who wants the original sound to achieve the dirty, nasty, ballsy, meaty, original sound of the original machine.
2.) It allows the player to break new ground with the undertone and character of the original but in new ways.
If you want THE classic sound you can get it. If you are after completely new tones and possibilities with the guts and warmth of the original, you can get that too because we have taken these beautiful circuits and added so much control and so many features to them.
Will purists be upset because it’s not identical? Maybe. But we also know it is impossible to please everyone. Either the take it forward group will be let down or the purists. We apologize in advance if we missed the mark for you. The SOUND is what matters to us, and with that we nailed it (Vintage users’ words, not ours)
David (and Enigma) uses the exact sub modules that the original synth uses. No other “inspired” DIY synth based on this semi-modular classic uses sub modules that can plug into original machines. We did this because that is where the sound comes from. If the sub modules are not right, the whole synth will be off. The synth might get close, but close is not good enough for a lot of people. So we strived for exact.”