Behringer today shared a sneak preview of its plans for a copy of the classic ARP 1601, a 16-stage step sequencer from 1976.
The original ARP design has a fairly limited feature set for its size, compared to modern step sequencer designs, like the Arturia BeatStep Pro. But the original 1601 is still sought-after, because the sequencer has a straightforward and immediate interface that makes it easy to work with.
Like the original, the Behringer 1601 Sequencer is a sort of what-you-see-is-what-you-get design, where moving a slider up or down adjusts the voltage for that step up or down. A matching set of switches, along the top of the sliders, let you control the gate for each step.
The Behringer version updates the sequencer’s styling to match the entry-level version of their ARP 2600 knockoff, and adds several useful updates, including MIDI out and additional sync options.
Pricing and Availability
While Behringer’s photos may look like a finished piece of gear, they note that the pictures are of a prototype. They have not shared any plans for pricing or availability at this time.