ARP 2600 Hands-On Demo

This video, via Perfect Circuit, offers a hands-on demo of a vintage ARP 2600.

The ARP 2600 is a semi-modular analog subtractive synthesizer, introduced in 1971. A boutique DIY clone is available in the form of the TTSH project, Korg is expected to reissue the ARP 2600 and Behringer announced plans for a clone two years ago.

Video Summary:

“In this video, we provide a functional walkthrough of the iconic ARP 2600, complete with patch examples and a blow-by-blow walkthrough of the panel.

The 2600 is one of the first semi-modular synthesizers, which means it provided musicians considerably greater ease of use than with the prior gargantuan modular systems, all without sacrificing any sonic potential.

Used by musicians such as Stevie Wonder, Edgar Winter, Joe Zawinul, and even used to create the voice of R2-D2 in Star Wars, the 2600 has permeated popular culture with its bubbling sound effects, soaring leads, and thumpy, huge bass lines.”

9 thoughts on “ARP 2600 Hands-On Demo

    1. wow, it’s almost like they’re a retailer passionate about what they sell hyping the upcoming korg release. how super weird! i like PC, they’ve been good to me, unlike SweetHoarder or Musician’s Frenemy or Guitar Idiot.

    2. It’s not a coincidence – Perfect Circuit is smart enough to know that this is the time to put out a 2600 demo, with two clones coming soon.

  1. I’ll want one in the retirement home because I’ll finally have the time to patch the awesome beast into something interesting. Too busy reviewing softsynth presets right now. I once heard someone say that ARPs had a “fruity” sound, meaning uniquely lush. Sounds right. I can’t mistake the 2600 bass for a Moog’s. Mostly.

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