Synth Site: Arp: 2600 semi-modular: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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Art Hadley a hobbyist user from US writes:
It's been a long time since I sold my 2600, but it was a very useful item, even without the keyboard.

Used it once to noise gate, with no other equipment, so a group of people in a studio, individually miked and wearing headphones, could have a "talk show" conversation with phone guests.

Used the Arp to gate the telephone line being recorded, whenever someone in the studio spoke; they'd get recorded in full fidelity on the other track, so the phone only added distortion.

Then, when the phone caller spoke back, Arp turned up the input and even compressed it a few dB. Could have also filtered out 60 Hz hum if it was a problem.

Also used it to generate 67 kHz carrier, modulated by audio (both AM and FM) to test FM SCA receivers.

Even used it as intrusion alarm. When we'd leave the house (or the wife sleeping alone while I worked late), I'd set the 2600 so it sounded like the end of the world! Fast warbling alarm sirens, huge slow air raid sirens, klaxons, explosions! Then I'd pot up the internal amp voltage, with most of ten volts positive into the final mixer amp, which would turn it up loud (Silvertone amp with two twelves, like the Velvet Underground used to use). Put a plug in that hole, and the synthesizer is muted. Attach that plug to a ten foot patch cord, looped around the knob on the front door. Open the door, pull the plug, hell rains down. Unless you know to open it a few inches, reach in and unhook the wire loop from the knob.

Just my way of saying the versatility of this wonderful machine is limited only by what you need it to do.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-27-2001 at 00:07
AnalogBastard a professional user from USA writes:
This synth needs another review like you need a hole in your head. This is "the" machine. I used to own 2 of these but sold one of them about 5 years ago. I will never sell the one I'm now using. If you really want one of these and you end up eating dog food for a month because you spent all your money, it's worth it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-May-18-2001 at 22:54
ICZER 1: The Pawns of God a professional user from N.Y.C. writes:
The ARP 2600 is without question is one of the finest portable modular synth ever made. The sonic potential is with out bound. In the unatural soundscape it rules with an iron hand. Its flexabality and raw power is unmatched and there is not another synth on the planet that can hold a candle to it. All other synths in this catagory must bow to its wishes. Amazing sounds and simple desgine all in one power house. Defenatly one of the best ever and a real privilage to own. SPECIAL Thanks you to all desginers at arp and Cheers to the people who keep theirs in great condition.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-01-2001 at 22:39
BrianK a professional user from Los Angeles writes:
I love the 2600 a LOT - in fact, I own two. For the price - around $4,000+, it is a LOT of modular power (6 osc, two S/H, etc) compared to Doepfer, Moog, Serge, Buchla, etc.

The main problem is that people judge it by the SPEAKER sound. Turn them off and listen to the real output! Even patch an output EARLIER in the chain (after VCA, before mixer) and hear it get better still... The mods for decoupling the filter and increased filter range are good and clarify the sound a lot.

I have played MANY (around 40-50) 2600's in my life. I honelsty can say the latest ones (orange panel) are far stronger, meatier and clearer than the early ones. I know "older is better" but this was true also for Odysseys (older ones are much weaker and softer sounding) so maybe there is an ARP exception to that adage.


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-13-2001 at 08:39
christophe a professional user from Belgium(Europe) writes:
The ARP 2600 is a synth to buy!! Every sound is 100% useable. They al say that it's not a synth to make basslines,but it is!!!!! from basslines to strange sounds from lead sounds to effects,i enjoy it till i turn it off.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-26-2000 at 09:28
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