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