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Some ARP 2500 demonstrations

Posted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 2:04 am
by LVC_Jeff
I posted in the "Help" forum about a broken 2500 I discovered at my school, but have since fixed it (I jiggled a power connection, sometimes it really is that easy!), and it makes some pretty crazy noises. A bunch of people asked for pictures/video, so here's some videos:

All four oscillators in use, some modulating each other:



A test of the sequencer, with some terrible commentary by me:



I'm sorry, I'm a geek, I had to:



Hope you enjoy them. I'm still a quasi-newbie at subtractive stuff, so I'm sure I'll be able to get some cooler sounds out of it eventually.

Re: Some ARP 2500 demonstrations

Posted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 6:38 am
by Juno6
Thanx for posting!

Are you going to stay with it???? :roll:

Re: Some ARP 2500 demonstrations

Posted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 8:19 am
by Synthprophet
"This one is broken, you can have it" :wink:

Thanks for posting the demos. Demonstrations of synths like this are rare, so it's always interesting to watch it.

Re: Some ARP 2500 demonstrations

Posted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 12:25 am
by gfriden
I want one of those...

Re: Some ARP 2500 demonstrations

Posted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 12:40 am
by AstroDan
Awesome!

I keep putting off posting demos of my 2500. I also keep putting off not lying about having one.

Re: Some ARP 2500 demonstrations

Posted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 2:13 am
by Sir Ruff
Jesus... a 2500 in the basment (or wherever)... that is awesome. Thanks for demos!

Re: Some ARP 2500 demonstrations

Posted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 12:47 pm
by madtheory
Lovely, thanks. I like the way it's laid out, it makes sense. Maybe you could start a blog, and keep us up to date on your progress with the instrument, I reckon you'll master it it a year.

Re: Some ARP 2500 demonstrations

Posted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 2:54 pm
by mirt
You have nerves of steel :twisted:
its good that i didn't find any arp2500 in my school or work. i could get a hart attack.

Re: Some ARP 2500 demonstrations

Posted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 3:36 pm
by Huppo
Wow! I'd be excited just to be in the same room with one of those, never mind playing with it! Thanks for the demos. Post more, please.

One thing I've always wondered. Do the colored tips on the sliders correspond to anything or are they just there to make it look nice? I know the knobs have different color inserts, etc. I've seen the multicolor tips on lesser ARPs, too.

Re: Some ARP 2500 demonstrations

Posted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 5:05 pm
by Bitexion
Maybe they are color coded after function? Sort of like you color code you patching on a modular synth. Red cables for audio signals, blue cables for CV's etc..later ARPs like Odyssey also has the colour coding on the tip of the sliders.

Re: Some ARP 2500 demonstrations

Posted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 5:40 pm
by Sir Ruff
Can you please give more deets to drool over? Like, did your school give it to you? was this in a university music lab or something?

What I can't get over is the shear number of patch matrices... Maybe it simply looks like a lot because they have eschewed all patch points into each matrix, but it still must be overwhelming. But I love the look of it... Definitely "mad scientist"-esque with the blinking white buttons... what do those even do?

Re: Some ARP 2500 demonstrations

Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2008 1:13 am
by drummy
I want a 2500... :(

Great demos, thanks!

Re: Some ARP 2500 demonstrations

Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2008 1:23 am
by clubbedtodeath
Good stuff, Jeff.

I'll shove this in the LIstening Lounge.

Re: Some ARP 2500 demonstrations

Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2008 8:23 am
by RobotHeroes
clubbedtodeath wrote:I'll shove this in the LIstening Lounge.
And the thread was never looked at again... :lol: