The Korg ARP 2600 M
While the ARP 2600 M may not have the wooden case and lid found on the larger ARP 2600 FS, it still comes with an incredibly robust case for travel or storage. The 2600 M maintains a similar layout and even has those same elliptical speakers, just a bit smaller. This compact synth is perfect for crafting dual or triple-oscillator sounds, very useful for cinematic sounds or making dubby chords!
The ARP 2600 M is a flexible and powerful pre-configured synth, with surface-mount components and plug-and-play MIDI connectivity, making it an excellent alternative to the more expensive ARP 2600 FS (Full Size).
The ARP 2600 M truly is a great synthesizer to learn synthesis and explore the sonic landscape of semi-modular synthesizers. Here is a video of our friend Ollie Loops getting familiar with the Korg ARP 2600 M for the first time.
SOME HISTORY FOR CONTEXT
Original ARP 2600 (1971-1980): The ARP 2600 was designed by Alan R. Pearlman, who founded ARP Instruments, Inc. in 1969. The 2600 was ARP's second synthesizer, following the release of the ARP 2500 in 1970. The ARP 2600 was a semi-modular analog synthesizer, which meant that its individual components (oscillators, filters, envelopes, etc.) were wired together internally but could be overridden and reconnected externally using patch cables. This allowed for flexibility in sound design while maintaining ease of use.
The ARP 2600 was notable for its distinctive sound, which was characterized by rich and warm tones, and its versatile design, which enabled musicians to create a wide range of sounds. Throughout the 1970s, the 2600 became popular among musicians and composers, and it was used in many iconic recordings and performances. Some notable artists who used the ARP 2600 include Edgar Winter, Pete Townshend, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, and Jean-Michel Jarre. It was also the voice of R2-D2 in the Star Wars saga.
During its original production run, the ARP 2600 underwent several revisions and updates, with changes in its design, components, and features. These revisions led to variations in the sound and functionality of the instrument, and certain versions became highly sought-after by collectors and musicians.
All in all, the ARP 2600 M definitely captures the essence and sound of the original ARP 2600. Korg has successfully reduced the size of a larger and very formidable synthesizer without sacrificing any of it's legendary sound. It's more than just a hardware synthesizer—it's a complete arsenal of sound-designing weapons for all you sonic warriors out there!