Arturia ARP 2600V

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Arturia has been doing amazing work in the business of providing computer-based musicians analog emulations of classic synths (like the CS-80 V and Moog Modular V). Now they have brought us the king of classic modular synthesizers with the ARP 2600V. Using their own TAE (True Analog Emulation) technology they have recreated the look and sound of an ARP 2600 along with the famous ARP Sequencer Model 1601 and an ARP keyboard for an absolute monster package of awesome analog sounds for around $249! And it supports all major plug-in and stand-alone formats for Macintosh and Windows computers (VSTi, DXi, RTAS, HTDM, Audio Units, DirectX, ASIO, CoreAudio).

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At first glance the interface looks almost exactly like a real ARP 2600. Editing and creating your sounds would be done as if you were sitting in front of the real thing. The obvious changes can be found hidden away behind the faux speaker grilles - the addition of Chorus and Delay effects and an array of four tracking generators for creating custom, tempo-synced LFOs. Actually put the ARP 2600V up against a real 2600 and you'll notice many more differences between the two. The three VCO's can now be switched to operate as LFO's, and MIDI sync switches can be found around the sample-and-hold, LFO and sequencer sections. The original's single lowpass filter is replaced by a multi-mode filter with plenty of options. There is a 24 dB lowpass modeled after the 1st generation of ARP synthesizers (known as the 4012 filter). There is a 24 dB low pass modeled after the 2nd generation (known as the 4072 filter). And there is a 12 dB multimode from the ARP 2500 with high, low, band pass and notch filtering. They all sound ARP-like, are resonant and can self-oscillate.

As for the sound, well it sounds amazing! It is definitely ARP-like, but is nowhere near as authentic as TimewARP 2600. But it still sounds amazingly warm and rich as a virtual analog modular synthesizer. It ships with over 400 presets created by various artists covering everything from throbbing basses to rhythmic textures and pad sweeps. Creating your own sounds is challenging, but worth it. If you can program the real thing, you'll feel right at home patching up sounds in the 2600V. Otherwise, this plug-in is a great teaching tool for newbies to modular synthesis. The virtual patch cords will wiggle out of the way of your mouse as you move around the interface making the 2600V feel like it's alive! And the 16-step analog sequencer is pure old-school and really the easiest way to create your own simple sequences and arpeggio patterns.

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Those who know the history of the 2600 know it's been through many revisions. Pictured above are alternative "skins" for the interface to replicate the blue and grey "meanies" and the orange-on-black paint schemes, but there are no sonic differences. No matter which skin you choose, you'll have probably the most versatile and powerful modular synthesizer with sparkling sound quality (96kHz, 64-bit) ready to bring your music to life! It may not sound as authentic as the TimewARP 2600, but it's still a brilliant soft-synth with its own classic sound and dazzlingly nostalgic interface!

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24 Visitor comments
November 3, 2009 @ 4:17 pm
Well, today I must say that the Arp2600 from Arturia is a wonderful jewel but comparing it with the Timewarp ... Arturia is defeated. The sound of Timewarp looking much more exactly the replica that Arturia. I made comparisons with the original and the Timewarp is much closer. I was wrong to give an opinion without having heard the latest Timewarp. Although if Arturia achieves the same level of Timewarp... there will be no color.
May 7, 2009 @ 11:28 am
The best emulation of Arp 2600V. Other master piece of the analog recreation of Arturia. This is the plug if you want the true sound of Arp 2600!!
January 12, 2009 @ 6:33 pm
Very nice! I'm sure it works better with later computers.
It sounds like an ARP2600, the best I ever had....
September 12, 2008 @ 4:25 pm
Very true to the interface (except for the size).
Wod of advice, set yourself a time limit on ths piece of software and stick to it else you'll be pissing about with the same arpeggio sequence for a couple of hours and walk away with a head ache.
I like the true analogue sound although I'm sorry to report that it doesn't have the same presence of the original equipment.
Like the real thing you real have to know what your doing with the patches else your screwed and may lose the sound.
The whole thing including the sequencer takes a little getting used to. Their are three ways round this....take ages doing trial and the arturia manual or read the original arp manual.
I think most computer will be able to handle this cpu intensive software but be aware that it may struggle on a laptop.

*takes breath
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  • Demos & Media
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    Audio Clip 1 - "6-8 Sequence" a big three oscillators lead sound with auto pan but without additional effects + hi hat rhythm with the ARP2600 V spring reverb. From

    Audio Clip 2 - "Bass Notch" A square wave double oscillator bass sound showing all the power of the notch filter. (Listen to the notch frequency parameter sweep). From

    Audio Clip 3 - "Sound Effects" A cheap 70's science fiction sound effects using five ARP2600V sequenced on Sonar 4 The famous Edgard Winter "Frankeinstein" sound has been used in the end of this track. From

    Download Demo - Visit Arturia's website to download a free demo and try it out for yourself!

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 2 to 32 voices with Unison possibilities
  • Oscillators - 3 VCOs (osc 1: saw, sqr. osc 2 & 3: saw, sqr, sin, tri) with Osc. 1 and 2 hard-sync.
  • Modulation - 1 LFO with saw, sqr, sin tri waveforms and MIDI sync. 1 Sample-and-Hold.
  • Filter - Multimode lowpass, highpass, bandpass, notch.
  • VCA/Envelopes - 1 VCA with Ring Mod. 2 Envelopes: 1 ADSR and 1 AR. 1 Envelope Follower.
  • Arpeg/Seq - ARP Model 1601 Sequencer: 16-step analog-style sequencer with MIDI sync.
  • Keyboard - Virtual 49-note keyboard
  • Effects - Spring Reverb, Chorus, Delay
  • Memory - Ships with over 400 presets. Unlimited patch memory.
  • Interfaces - Stand-Alone: DirectX, ASIO, CoreAudio.
    Plug-In: VSTi, DXi, RTAS, HTDM, Audio Units.
  • Macintosh - OS X 10.2 or higher, 1GHz, 256MB RAM
  • Windows/PC - Windows 98SE/2000/XP, 1GHz, 256MB RAM
  • Date Produced - 2004
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