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In-depth Feature:  Arturia 2600V
The original was heavy, expensive and service hungry, how does the V sound?
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ARP 2500 - mmmm
Alan R. Pearlman created ARP Instruments in 1969, setup with David Friend and Lewis G. Pollock and originally called Tonus Inc., the company conceived electronic products including the ARP 2500, a large modular synthesizer which used a 10x10 Matrix to achieve patching instead of the more common patch cables. The ARP 2600, probably the most legendary of all the ARP products, superseded this in 1972.

The ARP 2600 V reproduces the sound of the 'Blue Meanie', the first version of the 2600 to be released, a model that was quickly replaced due to the threat of legal action by Moog Music. The 'Blue Meanie' featured a 24db/octave filter which was a direct copy of the famous Moog filter. This threat caused ARP to change it's filter from this original 4012 model to the new 4072, which is on all following 2600's.

The ARP 2600 V also features another 1970's ARP product, the ARP Sequencer, a small 16 step model allowing 2 independent 8 step sequences with CV and 3 Gate outputs. This is a rare and sought after piece of hardware and a great addition to this product

The ARP 2600 V has VST, DXi and RTAS versions for Windows (9x, Me, 2000 and XP) and VST, RTAS, HTDM and AU versions for Mac OSX. There is also a standalone version on all operating systems.

I tested this product on a Mac G4 with dual 1.25Ghz processors and 1250MB of RAM running Logic 7 under Mac OS X 10.3.5.

Although the ARP 2600 V is an impressive synth, with vast power and potential, it requires only a 1Ghz processor and 256MB of available RAM on all systems.

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