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
Euker Voorn
October 19, 2010 @ 2:25 pm
hshs: review on http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jun05/articles/arturia2600.htm is positive, so what's your point?
michaelphibes
October 13, 2010 @ 9:41 am
don't listen to hshs
if you install this on a mac you'll have no problem processing this program and for all the idiots: under file of the analog player while its open you'll see audio and midi preferences where you can change the overall quality of the sound. it sounds great recording into my roland 505 sampler i don't get it. save the 4,000 + spend it on a real one, be broke, and quit complaining about something thats sounds good and saves u lots of money.
hshs
September 10, 2010 @ 7:16 pm
Arturia is nothing but a savvy marketing company more preoccupied with hiring famous artists to peddle their programs than with programming real virtual synths.
All of Arturia's virtual synths are crap when it comes to emulating the real thing. Most of them sound thin and digital. Arturia have been caught recycling the same flawed oscillator and filter programming code for most of its synths, which is why all of them sound fake, and similar.
Read the soundonsound reviews for the ARP 2600, CS80V, and Minimoog V.
Arturia's "virtual' synths are nothing but a marketing scam.

http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jun05/articles/arturia2 600.htm
http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/apr05/articles/arturi acs80v.htm
http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/mar05/articles/art uriaminimoog.htm
SJD
August 24, 2010 @ 3:46 pm
Another amazing Arturia synth! Looks brilliant.
Really good and has a real analog feel to it.
Worth the money, especially with the buy one get one free offer as of summer 2010.
Low CPU uptake too.
Maybe doesn't sound like a real 2600 exactly but this is a unique analog sounding synth in its own right.
A must for analog fans.
Anthony Lyhgoe
July 28, 2010 @ 1:40 pm
Well I do recommend Arturia products, they sound brilliant. The ARP 2600 is stunning and yes it's true the support is woeful, but I've never had any problems with any of their products. It's worth noting that the only soft synth that Dr. Robert Moog himself has allowed his name on is Arturia's Minimoog and Moog Modular. NUFF SAID.
 
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  • Demos & Media
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    ARP2600V
    by Arturiaweb

    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 Arturia.com.

    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 Arturia.com.

    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 Arturia.com.

    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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