Ahead of the 2021 NAMM Show, Korg has officially introduced the ARP 2600 M, a new ‘desktop-friendly’ version of the classic ARP 2600 design.
At last year’s NAMM Show, Korg, working with ARP co-founder David Friend, reintroduced the ARP 2600. Though the Korg ARP 2600 was a high-end full-size reissue, it was a hit and essentially immediately sold out.
This year, they have introduced the ARP 2600 M, offering the same semi-modular workflow as the original, along with modern connectivity, in a more portable desktop-friendly format.
The ARP 2600 M is around 60% the original size, making it lighter, more portable and easier to place and use in a studio. It integrates the same analog circuitry and components as the ARP 2600 FS, reproducing the characteristic ARP sound. The Spring Reverb has been re-engineered and adapted to the new size body.
The ARP 2600 M updates the original design in several ways:
- Plug and play: Connect any class compliant MIDI controller such as a KORG microKeys, nanokeys or SQ-64 to one of the ARP 2600 M’s USB ports (USB-A and USB-B)
- Two types of filters, from two versions of the original ARP 2600 – 4012 type, 4072 type
- DIN MIDI IN added
- Pitch-bend, Modulation and Portamento ON/OFF can be controlled through MIDI CC messages (USB/DIN MIDI)
- Normalized voltage: The threshold of the trigger signal required to activate the ADSR through the S/H GATE JACK has become 5V, making it much easier to use in combination with other gear such as volcas or Eurorack modules
- Improved Attack and Release time ratios
- L/R Stereo Output Jack (instead of XLR)
- Speakers turn automatically off when using headphones
- Improved, smoother sliders
Pricing and Availability
The Korg ARP 2600 M is expected to be available in June 2021 for 1799€. For more information, see the Korg site.