Thu. Nov 26th, 2020

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Behringer Arp 2600 Clone Announced

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Behringer Arp 2600 Clone

Well I have been telling Synth Drones for awhile now that Behringer was planning to drop a bomb on the synthesizer community and here we are now reading about their newest synthesizer clone project, the Arp 2600. The Arp 2600 is a legendary synth that doesn’t come cheap. It has a sound all its own. Behringer released pictures of its effort and of what they have accomplished thus far in the cloning process.

Uli released a statement that reads:
The metal case has just arrived. Isn’t she a beauty? What do you think? Please remember this is early stage and we’re far from shipping a final product. But we want to share with you what we’re working on. And one day we’ll deliver a 2600 to you. Promise:-) Uli

Arp 2600
Arp 2600
Arp 2600

What we know about the Arp 2600 clone thus far:

  • Legendary analog synthesizer with triple VCO design allows for insanely fat music creation
  • Authentic reproduction of original “Arp* 2600” circuitry with matched transistors and JFETs
  • Semi-modular architecture requires no patching for immediate performance
  • 3 VCOs, each with LFO mode, FM inputs, and multiple wave-shape outputs for an awe-inspiring palette of tonal possibilities
  • Multi-mode VCF with dedicated low-pass output with additional switched high/notch output
  • Incredible range of modules including ring modulator, lag processor, sample & hold, Schmitt trigger and envelope follower
  • ADSR and AR Envelope generators with switchable time factor
  • Realistic digital spring reverb for inspiring sound effects
  • Noise Generator with continuously variable colour
  • 2 dedicated LFOs with pulse and sine wave outputs
  • Switched Post Filter Distortion (PFD) / Inverter option on voltage processor
  • Differential (+/-) input VCA with both linear and exponential control inputs
  • Additional functions include attenuator, mixer, inverter, slew rate limiter and 4-way multiple for creative patching flexibility
  • External audio input for processing external sound sources
  • 58 Faders and 15 buttons give you hands-on direct and real time access to all parameters
  • 83 Patch cable input / outputs for the ultimate in configuration flexibility
  • Powerful headphone output with dedicated level control
  • Comprehensive MIDI implementation with MIDI channel and Voice Priority selection

Already Synth Drones are begging for a way to save and recall presets on the synthesizer clone. But from these early pictures it doesn’t look like that wish will come true. We will just have to wait and see as the Arp 2600 clone is still in its early days of development.

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