ARP 2600

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Date: 1971

Type: Monophonic / Subtractive / Analogue / 3 VCOs / Semi-modular

Illustration of ARP 2600
ARP 2600 (1971)


The ARP 2600 is one of the most revered synthesizers of all time and has been used consistently for over 50 years. It's a semi-modular, monophonic synth with three oscillators and built-in spring reverb, giving huge range of sonic possibility. It was released by ARP in several versions in the 1970s and latterly, both Korg and Behringer have re-released the design, demonstrating it's perennial quality and appeal.

1971 - Model 2600 - The 'Blue Marvin' was the original version, with a bright blue fascia.

Mid-1971 - Model 2600C & Model 2600P - The various versions of the 'Grey Meanie' were a factory-produced update to the original, with a grey fascia.

1975 - Model 2601 v1.0 (grey fascia); Model 2601 v2.0 onwards (orange-on-black fascia). Production ceased in 1980 after approximately 3,000 units were made by ARP across all versions.

2018 - Behringer release a clone of the 2600

2020 - Korg re-release an authorised new version of the 2600 with ARP co-founder Dave Friend - the Korg ARP 2600 FS

2022 - Korg release a 60% scale version of 2020's FS, the Korg ARP 2600 M

Table of Songs featuring ARP 2600

Artist Song Year Notes Reference Media URL
808 State Atlas 7 2011 Recorded at Testa Rossa Studios Manchester. 2001. Waldorf Microwave XT, Jupiter 8, Juno 106, Access Virus, Mini Moog, ARP Odyssey ARP 2600 Synthesizers. Akai sampler, EMU Orbit. Discogs BandCamp
808 State Orbit 1993 From Music Technology Interview. All the the drums were done on the ARP 2600. Music Technology 1993 n/a
Herbie Hancock Mr. Hands (album) 1980 Keyboards [Emu Polyphonic Keyboard, Clavitar], Synthesizer [Waves Minimoog, Minimoog, Prophet 5, Oberheim 8 Voice, Yamaha Cs-80, Arp 2600], Clavinet [Hohner], Electric Piano [Rhodes 88 Suitcase Piano], Vocoder [Sennheiser], Drum Machine [Linn-Moffett Drum Synthesizer], Computer [Modified Apple Ii Plus Microcomputer], Piano – Herbie Hancock Discogs YouTube
Hydravion Hydravion (album) 1977 Philippe Besombes plays: ARP 2600. Discogs YouTube
Jean-Michel Jarre Oxygene - New Master Recording (album) 2007 For this version of Oxygene, Jarre re-recorded all the parts. I.e. this is not the 1976 original version of Oxygene. Discogs YouTube
Moebius Money 1979 ARP 2600 – Bryce Robbley. Discogs YouTube
Todd Terje Intro (It's Album Time) 2014 [ARP 2600] - Todd Terje. Discogs YouTube
Todd Terje Leisure Suite Preben 2014 [ARP 2600] - Todd Terje. Discogs YouTube
Richard Wahnfried Time Actor (album) 1979 Richard Wahnfried is pseudonym for the collective comprising Klaus Schulze, Arthur Brown, Wolfgang Tiepold, Vincent Crane, Michael Shrieve, Harmony Brown. Discogs YouTube
Stevie Wonder Innerversions (album) 1973 Stevie Wonder used a 2600 - see the video of him demoing it. Discogs YouTube