Only a few days after they asked us to guess the PCB that looked a lot like the layout to an ARP 2600 Behringer has posted some photos of the metal case they’ve designed for what they are calling the 2600.
So, how close is it to the ARP 2600? On first glance, it’s very similar but Behringer has tidied a number of things up and reduced the width a little. It looks like it has rack type screw holes and so could possibly fit into a 19″ rack space but it seems a bit too wide to me. They’ve removed the speaker from the bottom left which has enabled them to lay out some of the sections a bit more evenly. VCO 3 gains a triangle and sine wave output and VCO 1 picks up pulse width modulation. The filter gains a slider control over keyboard CV. If there are any other differences I’ve missed let me know in the comments.
Otherwise, it’s all looking pretty darn close in terms of controls, parameters, colour, design and of course the name. It’s interesting how I posted an article about the TTSH V4 ARP 2600 clone yesterday and no one batted an eyelid. Whereas I’m sure plenty of people will be lining to say how terrible it is that Behringer rips off other companies ideas. And the rest of us go “yay, more synths!”.
Behringer stresses that this is still a fair way off. They’ve got a PCB and a case and as we know from the fact that there’s still no sign of the Odyssey that these things take a long time to become an actual product.
- Behringer Facebook post