Synth Site: Arp: 2600 semi-modular: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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Robert Morley a professional user from Norway writes:
A lot's been written about this synth, and a lot will be written about it! I bought mine last year. When I got used to it, and undrestood the signal-flow, I can only say one thing: PERFECT!!! (It's quite difficult to undrestand this synth, but if you practice, and read the manuals, you will learn it eventually...) There will never be a time in the history of synthesizers again that instruments like these will be made! (And if they try, they will sound just like another plugin, except from a few modular systems that will cost you the same as a small farm...)It's about the same difference between new synthesizers and the old analog monsters as it is between a Lada and a Rolls Royce. (Not to mention plugins, without exception, they sound like crap!) The reason is: New synths are to stable, digital oscillators and parts are to stable and cold to produce good sound. (It's easy to use them, lot of factory presets, and they sound like that!) So if you think that a plugin can replace this or any other analog synth from the 70's, FORGET IT! NO WAY! And if you compare the prices, you get a lot more for your money if you buy one of these. (I paid around $ 4.500,- for mine, and I simply love it!) No digital shit that ruins the sound, 100% pure ANALOG! American quality at it's best. I love American synthesizers! This is one of the best, and far better than a Minimoog. I also own several other synthesizers, such as a Paia 4700/J with the computer keyboard, a Minimoog, ARP Axxe, Omni and a lot of other analog synths, but this is the jewel in my collection! (I dream of getting my hands on a 2500 with wings, or a Modular Moog....) In my eyes this is a far better instrument than any new synth! (Even the most expencive ones, if you compare it to synthesizers like: Waldorf wave, I've had one, tried it, got rid of it FAST, Alesis Andromeda, Nord Lead etc... JUNK!)But this is my personal opinion.. I grew up with analog synthesizers. My first synth was a Roland SH-1000, and I bought it new in 1973/74... (I had to save money and worked a whole summer to afford it...) So at that time I could only dream of the 2600... Now I own a grey one in 100% working order!

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-20-2004 at 20:57
Domino_Jack a professional user from USA writes:
I hear what Lars is saying. The 2600 is somewhat hyped. That doesn't mean it is not aweosome. I think far to often people want one piece of gear to have all the features they need to sound like whomever their favorite artist is. The 2600 is not an A6. But, what the 2600 is is awesome.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-05-2004 at 11:33
Pighood a professional user writes:
It's simple enough for Ozzy to use.

Ridiculous to say it's overrated, though.

It's tough getting one in primo working order, though. Better you should live near a qualified tech. A 2600 in working condition is a TREASURE.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-04-2004 at 22:00
louis a hobbyist user from france writes:
The 2600 is definitely the King of synths ! Fat and moogy sound (with the 4012 ladder filter), no-limit possibilities (anything can be plugged anywhere on the grey panel) , "military design" of the control panel still up-to date and very handy to use... I control the 2600 with a basic electribe EA1 that can record not only note sequences but also real time knob tweaking, using a midi/cv converter to control the 2600. The result can be speedy hard edged and complex techno sequences that no other synth could produce. Great !!!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-11-2002 at 19:43
global a professional user from Europe writes:
I just bought my arp-2600 for $250 with duophonic keyboard hmmmmmmmmm.Unit is good sounding.You must have the duophonic keyboard becaus there's a LFO that you can patch to the main cabinet. My opinion, excellent effects machine and can still be used today.You can still do bargens !!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-27-2001 at 04:08
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