Social media sites were abuzz this weekend about a rumored Korg ARP 2600 Mini – a synth that, like Korg’s earlier MS-20 Mini, packs the electronics of its full-size counterpart into a more compact and affordable package.
The discussion was triggered by the name of the new Korg ARP 2600 FS – a ‘full-size’ recreation of the classic 70’s analog synthesizer. The need for the ‘FS’ appellation suggests that it might be necessary to differentiate the synth from a smaller counterpart. And it recalls Korg’s earlier ARP Odyssey/ARP Odyssey FS and MS-20 Mini/Korg MS-20 families.
Eagle-eyed synthesists also noticed some differences in the 2600 photo (top) used on Guitar Center’s listing. It shows only a three-octave keyboard, compared to the four octaves of the Korg ARP 2600 FS, below:
At this point, we have not seen any official word from Korg about a ARP 2600 Mini, but we may learn more at the 2020 NAMM Show or later in the year at Superbooth or Synthplex.
In the meantime, leave a comment and share your thoughts on the possibility of a smaller, more affordable ARP 2600!