The first four Behringer modules based on the ARP 2500 modular synthesizer are now available for preorder for unbelievable pricing considering this is Eurorack and these are 2500 modules.
Preorders are open
Behringer announced that they were releasing “authentic recreations” of ARP 2500 modules just over a month ago. There appear to be 10 modules in the range and the first four have just appeared on the Thomann website and they are taking preorders. Stock is expected in a couple of weeks.
Here’s that pricing:
- 1003 – Dual Envelope Generator – £51 – buy here (affiliate link)
- 1033 – Dual Envelope Generator with Gate Delay – £88 – buy here (affiliate link)
- 1005 – MODAMP Ring Modulator and VCA – £88 – buy here (affiliate link)
- 1006 – FILTAMP – Lowpass VCF and VCA – £88 – buy here (affiliate link)
They are not the most exciting modules from the range but they are important parts of what could make for a solid 2500 recreation in Eurorack. If the rest of the remaining modules go for around the same amount then you’d be looking at a complete system including a case for around €1000 which is pretty extraordinary.
However, what I don’t understand is why Behringer is releasing them in this staggered way. They did the same with the System 100 and System 55 modules. And while there’s no reason why you can’t buy individual modules from those available and drop them into an existing system it would make more sense, to me, if you could buy them as a complete system. Because, perhaps, the beauty of the ARP 2500 is not in the individual modules but in how the modules work together in a modular system that makes it unique. If you’re looking for an authentic 2500 experience then that’s not going to be found in picking up a cheap 1003 Dual Envelope.
Although I might find it difficult to get excited about a Dual Envelope, even one with Gate Delay, it’s interesting to see that Behringer has tried their best to enthuse about it on the website. Also to note that they’ve accidentally put the same images and copy on the 1033 page as they have the 1003 page.
It is truly amazing that we get to have access to these sorts of modules because so few of us would ever get the chance to play with an original ARP 2500. I just wish Behringer exercised a bit of care and appreciation of what they’re producing and put them together in a more coherent way. On the other hand, these are 2500 modular clones for under 100 Euros!
In terms of availability, I read a Behringer comment on Facebook that said when products appear on the website, as these have just done, it means they have arrived at their warehouse. Shipping to stores from there usually takes 2-4 weeks. Thomann currently has them listed as “Delivery date unknown”.