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Studio Electronics Boomstar 4075

Postby Aaron2 » Fri Aug 02, 2013 10:30 pm

A recent thread about a new ARP 2600-clone kit (the so-called "TTSH: Two Thousand Six Hundred") leads me to ask about another 2600 clone that I've seen on the market: the Studio Electronics Boomstar 4075. Here's one on the 'Bay:



And here's a demo on YouTube:

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I have no idea whether it actually sounds like a 2600, but IMO, the price is right at $899. Compare that to the TTSH's estimated all-in kit price of $1,000 (which, of course, doesn't count the many hours you'll spend building it).

Does anybody own a 4075? Or any of the other Studio Electronics synths? Are they built well?

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Re: Studio Electronics Boomstar 4075

Postby Alex E » Fri Aug 02, 2013 10:36 pm

It's not a 2600 clone. It's a new monosynth with different filter options.
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Re: Studio Electronics Boomstar 4075

Postby Aaron2 » Fri Aug 02, 2013 10:40 pm

Alex E wrote:It's not a 2600 clone. It's a new monosynth with different filter options.


Well, let me clarify: the 4075 purports to use the same filter circuitry, at least, to obtain a very 2600-like sound. So perhaps "clone" was the wrong word.

But there aren't different "filter options" in this particular model. Rather, there are different models that use different filters, all of which are supposedly modeled after a vintage synth, like the Minimoog or TB-303. But they're not all contained within this one box. You have to buy each one separately.
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Re: Studio Electronics Boomstar 4075

Postby Alex E » Fri Aug 02, 2013 10:47 pm

Yeah that's what I mean. The architecture is very different. I wouldn't count on it sounding just like a 2600 or anything. But if you're looking for that kind of flavor it would be a good choice.
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Re: Studio Electronics Boomstar 4075

Postby Aaron2 » Fri Aug 02, 2013 10:49 pm

Alex E wrote:Yeah that's what I mean. I wouldn't count on it sounding just like a 2600 or anything. But if you're looking for that kind of flavor it would be a good choice.


Again, maybe "clone" was the wrong word. Anyway ... moving on! :lol:
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Re: Studio Electronics Boomstar 4075

Postby Sir Nose » Sat Aug 03, 2013 12:20 am

I'd be interested in any user remarks of any Of the models.
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Re: Studio Electronics Boomstar 4075

Postby Sir Ruff » Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:19 pm

Anecdotally, I've heard good stuff about these, and the 4075 model in particular. The demos sound great. That would be my pick of the bunch, personally. Feature-wise, it's like a modern pro-1 with a ring-mod and a unique filter (which I guess almost makes it like an Oddy?)
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Re: Studio Electronics Boomstar 4075

Postby edfunction » Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:00 pm

I had a little fiddle with it at Schneider's Buero a few days ago, it didn't sound very 2600 like to me and not very good either, which is why I didn't play too long ( I may have missed some hidden knob or something though). There was a micro-mac next to it that sounded completely in a different league, really nice...

A shame because I would be interested in something based on the arp circuitry done well, I think the DIY option looks the most intriguing.
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Re: Studio Electronics Boomstar 4075

Postby stikygum » Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:18 am

Within the first week of getting the 4075 I started hearing Arp 2600 sounds that I had heard from favorite bands of mine that used the Arp 2600. It's funny because I own an ATC-Xi and never felt it could do 2600, but when I bought the 4075 I was getting the same sounds I've heard from other bands that use one. I have not owned an Arp 2600, so I'm definitely uncertain if it was an Arp 2600 I was hearing. But I will say that the 4075 has a unique sound to it and being there aren't other Arp analogs out there, it's a fantastic synth to give you an Arp sound.

I've owned a Macbeth M3X though and really liked it's organic sound. But the Boomstar have a juicy oozy analog goodness to them that I love.
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