Korg today officially introduced a recreation of the legendary ARP 2600 Synthesizer in its original size with a keyboard, some new features (sequencer) and in collaboration with Alan R. Pearlman foundation
After the many leaks (J-M-J or also from the GAK Shop), it is no surprise that Korg has revived the legendary ARP 2600 analog Synthesizer. Even though most of the details are known, the official press release can be read just below.
The facts you need to know: full-size version, recreation based on the original circuit designs, two filter revisions, USB & DIN-style MIDI connections, XLR audio outputs, 128-note sequencer, arpeggiator, 3620 keyboard with 49 full-size keys with aftertouch, portamento, and duophonic capabilities. Plus, each new ARP 2600 will arrive in a custom branded road case complete with casters.
Melville, NY – January 10, 2020– Synth lovers everywhere rejoice; KORG has officially announced the ARP 2600 is back in all its original glory in a one-time-only production. The new ARP 2600 is 100% faithful recreation of the iconic and celebrated three-oscillator semi-modular instrument that became of a cornerstone of the synth world in 1970, with some added key modern features to bring it into the 21st century.
More than a synthesizer, the ARP 2600 is a complete sound design studio. Even today, the ARP 2600 stands as a bridge between the individual elements of modular synthesis and the immediacy of a production / performance instrument. Included are an ample supply of oscillators, envelopes, a filter and amplifier – all the building blocks of analog synthesis. Also present is much of the versatility of a vintage modular system, including a ring modulation, lag and voltage processors, an envelope follower, audio preamp, a clock-able switch, noise source, a sample & hold module, signal inverters, an auxiliary mixer, and even a set of parallel- wired/multi jacks.
This limited-edition release adds a 128-note sequencer, USB and DIN-style MIDI connections, XLR audio outputs, and an arpeggiator. While faithful to the original design, the functionality of the included 3620 Keyboard has been greatly enhanced containing 49 full-size keys, aftertouch, portamento, and is also duophonic, allowing two keys to be played at once – single or multiple triggering is available. Each new ARP 2600 will arrive in a custom branded road case complete with casters.
“The original ARP 2600 quickly became the go-to synthesizer for a who’s who of musicians across multiple genres, and the new ARP captures the experience, sound capabilities and immediacy of the original for a new era of musicians,” states James Sajeva, Director of Music Technology Brands for Korg. “From the release of products like MS-20 mini and minilogue, to re-energizing the ARP brand and bringing this amazing synthesizer back, Korg’s passion for creating incredible analog instruments is stronger than ever.”
Coinciding with the KORG’s release of the Arp 2600, Dina Pearlman, daughter of the late inventor and electronic musical instrument pioneer and ARP founder, Alan R. Pearlman, announced the formation of the Alan R. Pearlman foundation. www.alanrpearlmanfoundation.org. The foundation is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the celebrated inventor by making his instruments publicly accessible, and by inspiring future generations to imagine and create. The foundation will have a booth at NAMM; #8600 Hall B.
The ARP 2600 by KORG will be available February of 2020 for $3,899.99
More information here: KORG