TTSH: Two Thousand Six Hundred (DIY Arp 2600 Clone)

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two thousand six hundred mini meanie

Post by bluntedcircuit » Wed May 22, 2013 3:56 am

[bbvideo]www.youtube.com/watch?v=nm5XIwa9Jk0&fea ... r_embedded[/bbvideo]

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Re: two thousand six hundred mini meanie

Post by Automatic Gainsay » Wed May 22, 2013 4:11 am

that doesn't sound like a 2600
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Re: two thousand six hundred mini meanie

Post by bluntedcircuit » Wed May 22, 2013 4:18 am

Maybe not, not going to lie i have never had the privilege using or hearing one first hand - still think it sounds like an interesting semi modular analog. Ha also I'm a bit of a sucker for diy pcb kits

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Re: two thousand six hundred mini meanie

Post by Bitexion » Wed May 22, 2013 4:43 am

It does have a very similar layout though. Kind of like the Macbeth M5, never designed to sound like a 2600, just looks like an oversized one anyway to confuse people :) Or really, because Ken Macbeth thought the 2600 interface was the best he'd ever worked with on a synthesizer back in the day.

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I just wish it didn't cost £4500 when it was released, now discontinued.
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Re: two thousand six hundred mini meanie

Post by Stab Frenzy » Wed May 22, 2013 5:03 am

Automatic Gainsay wrote:that doesn't sound like a 2600
It doesn't sound like which version of the 2600?

It's a clone of the 4027-1 osc and 4012 filter, although the speaker circuit is different. That's just a prototype board though, very much a rev A unit which won't be the same as the finished product. As far as what it sounds like, maybe wait until there's a finished version and you have a play with it yourself before you judge eh? ;)

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Re: two thousand six hundred mini meanie

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Re: two thousand six hundred mini meanie

Post by Broadwave » Wed May 22, 2013 8:48 am

Automatic Gainsay wrote:that doesn't sound like a 2600
I can verify that the Mini 2K6 uses exactly the same components and schematics as the original (not sure what version).

I wouldn't judge the sound based on a youtube video especially though those newer speakers. I had a 2600 in my workshop a few weeks ago (I also advised zthee on a problem he had with the ADSR section)... sounds like a 2600 to me.

I'll be first in line for a kit once available :)

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Re: two thousand six hundred mini meanie

Post by Bitexion » Wed May 22, 2013 3:01 pm

AG owns/has owned a 2600 and made a lovely video series with it, but there's a real difference between hearing the synth through beefy home/studio speakers and that crappy youtube audio. It's not even good youtube audio, really.

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Re: two thousand six hundred mini meanie

Post by volumetrik » Wed May 22, 2013 3:29 pm

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Re: two thousand six hundred mini meanie

Post by Sweep » Wed May 22, 2013 3:36 pm

I'd agree the video didn't sound very ARP-like, but I don't know how anyone can tell what the synth would sound like in normal use when all we've heard is a speaker test using a flatulent robot duck patch.

If this does turn out to be similar to the 2600 in tone as well as features, with all the advantages of a recent build, that sounds very enticing to me.

Regarding the sliders, I do have to say I'm a convert to the ARP philosophy on this. I'm using two Axxes CV'd together with a couple of modifications on one of them. Having sliders instead of knobs makes the whole thing very easy to operate, even when there are always two possible origins for the sound as with this double setup. I've always used Moog, Korg and EMS rotary knobs before, and the sliders definitely feel better to me.
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Re: two thousand six hundred mini meanie

Post by bluntedcircuit » Thu May 23, 2013 6:08 pm



i have no idea how i didnt see this one first - much better vid with a multi track demo

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Re: two thousand six hundred mini meanie

Post by synthroom » Sat May 25, 2013 4:13 am

That's pretty neat! I'm simply amazed by all the great things that people are designing and getting built these days!
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Re: two thousand six hundred mini meanie

Post by shaft9000 » Sat May 25, 2013 5:22 am

i'd like to hear the EGs pluck the filter with just a single sine wave, triggered by the S&H clock. its a dead-basic hardwired 2600 rhythmic patch...with reverb up halfway should give some indication of VCA and 'vintage plonk' .

then do the foghorn/tuba/trombone, wherein 2-3 saw VCOs sound through slowly opening filter&VCA, w/ filter tracking the keyboard...(as heard on Jarre's Oxygene 1, DM speak&spell etc)

unfortunately it sounds flat and dull in that multitrack demo. it's OK in a 60% sort of way, but there's no use of the ringmod or FM to much of any advantage there. Even when programmed 'straight'/plain, the 2600 is a much funkier-sounding synth than that. and particularly the meanies.
that sounds way too stiff ...i doubt that it's just the composer's influence there.
or maybe it was - send it to me! (hint hint :o))

if it can blip plonk and klang like mine does in this viddy, you'll have another sale for damned sure:


even if it doesn't sound like a 2600 - the world can certainly use more patchable synths that have sliders :)
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TTSH: Two Thousand Six Hundred (DIY Arp 2600 Clone)

Post by Alex E » Tue Jul 30, 2013 12:04 am

http://thehumancomparator.net/

Some guys in Sweden are currently working on a DIY Arp 2600 clone. Supposedly, it'll be available this fall.

It will be sold as a kit without a case. However, it seems there are already a few people who will have their own cases for sale.

Just the kit (no case) will be about $1,000.

Very cool, huh? 8-)
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Re: TTSH: Two Thousand Six Hundred (DIY Arp 2600 Clone)

Post by analoglsd » Tue Jul 30, 2013 2:04 am

Alex E wrote:http://thehumancomparator.net/

Some guys in Sweden are currently working on a DIY Arp 2600 clone. Supposedly, it'll be available this fall.

It will be sold as a kit without a case. However, it seems there are already a few people who will have their own cases for sale.

Just the kit (no case) will be about $1,000.

Very cool, huh? 8-)

Very cool indeed.
Makes me wish that I was more experienced in the DIY electronics. :(
I've successfully circuit bent a few things, made some noise-maker kits, and 4 or 5 simple eurorack modules, but the 2600 clone seems way out of my league, especially for $1000 plus the price of a nice case.

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