Behringer has released some photos of its ARP 2600 clone going through test procedures and sitting around in boxes ready to ship. I wonder who will get these first machines? A price has also been announced via Facebook: a measly USD 599!
So this is the final version of the long-awaited 2600 that will be hitting the shops soon. The LEDs are certainly very colourful. The box says that it’s in an 8U rack-mount format so at least we now know the size. The photo of the finished front panel is also nice and big so I can do some visual comparisons to the Korg ARP 2600 reissue.
Checking through I can see that the Behringer 2600 has pulse width modulation on all 3 oscillators and added Sync buttons on oscillator 2 and 3. They’ve also incorporated the Portamento and LFO circuits from the ARP 3620 keyboard, no sign of the arpeggiator though and they’ve decided not to include speakers.
They’ve captured the look of the ARP 2601 v2.0 model with the orange labelling but the slightly squashed layout and sparklingly coloured LEDs are going to give it a rather different vibe.
Two questions remain. When will it be in the shops? Is it going to sound any good? Behringer has announced a price of USD 599 on Facebook. The company had previously stated that it prices things from the bottom, meaning that they add up all the costs and then add a small margin on the top rather than choosing a price that they think people will pay. This feels like a bit of a dig at the re-release of the Prophet-5. We’ve seen demos of the 2600 that Behringer released earlier this year (below) but it would great to see it compared to the real thing and in the hands of non-Behringer employees.
Presumably these first boxed 2600s are going out to a select group of keen synthesizer professionals who will hopefully be dropping videos showcasing its sonic qualities. The rest of us are just going to have to wait.
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