Behringer 2600

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Semi-modular analog synthesizer

  • Monophonic
  • 3 VCOs with adjustable pulse width
  • Oscillator 1 with outputs for sawtooth and pulse
  • Oscillators 2 and 3 with switchable oscillator synchronization and outputs for triangle, sawtooth, sine and pulse
  • Low-pass filter with resonance and 2 switchable filter characteristics
  • Noise generator
  • Ring modulator
  • Sample & Hold stage
  • Preamp and envelope follower for external signals
  • Voltage processor
  • ADSR envelope
  • AR envelope
  • Stereo VCA with adjustable panorama
  • Mixable reverb effect
  • Extensive modulation options for oscillators and filters are possible thanks to a specified signal path and free interconnection of all sections via patch sockets (3.5 mm jack)
  • Stereo line output: 2x 6.3 mm jack
  • MIDI In / Thru
  • USB-B port
  • Format: 19"/ 8 U
  • Includes external power supply

Further Information

Design 19"
Polyphony 1
Sound Generation Analogue
Storage Medium None
USB-port Yes
Effects Yes
Arpeggiator No
Number of Analog Outputs 2
Digital Output No
Display No

Modern version of a semi-modular classic

The ARP 2600 was an extremely popular synthesizer when it hit the market in the 1970s and is today considered a true classic. With its semi-modular structure, duophonic mode, separate keyboard and of course its wealth of sonic possibilities, the ARP 2600 was groundbreaking for its time and inspired the likes of Herbie Hancock, Vince Clark or Joe Zawinul to explore completely new possibilties of musical expression, many of which ended up in classic recordings. The Behringer 2600, a new, modernised and compact version of the original classic, was developed in collaboration with British analog guru AMSynths and retains all the sonic capabilities of its illustrious predecessor. Each original circuit has been painstakingly recreated to contemporary standards, and its format has been reduced from the original to fit in a 19" rack. The Behringer 2600 retains all the features of the original ARP 2600 and has added functionalities of its own, such as MIDI, dimmable LED faders and a digital reverb. Like the original creation by Alan R. Pearlman, the Behringer 2600 can be directly connected to other modular synthesizers and analogue sequencers, and thus become an integral part of a much larger and more powerful system.

Duophonic analogue synthesizer

The 2600 is a powerful analogue synthesiser with three oscillators and two switchable LFO which can be assigned to a VCO or even used independently. The Behringer 2600 includes differential VCA inputs, an ADSR envelope section with scaling options, and other functions such as noise generators, S&H (Sample and Hold) as well as an inverter option on the voltage processor. The LFO and portamento sections which used to be located on a separate keyboard are also integrated into the main chassis. The original spring reverb of the ARP 2600 has been replaced by a digital emulation. The main signal path and the assignments of each modulation are conveniently controlled via faders, which can also be visualised via LED colour indicators. For greater flexibility, the signal flow can be modified via patch connections and expanded with external devices. One of the most noticeable features of the 2600 is its Duo Voice Mode, which allows one to play two notes simultaneously whereas the original model was exclusively monophonic. The Duo mode uses a second oscillator to produce the second voice.

An affordable and successful replica

For most people, owning an ARP 2600 seemed like an unobtainable dream, until now, that is. The original units are very rarely available anymore, and when they are, they are prohibitively expensive. DIY projects do exist and crop up from time to time, but they require a lot of time and expertise to build – and also come with a high-end price tag. The Behringer 2600 offers an affordable version of the classic synth for the first time, and can be picked up by small studios or taken on tour without hesitation. This versatile synthesiser will appeal mainly to musicians who are familiar with the semi-modular concept, with a view to integrating it into a larger, more complex environment. The original ARP 2600 can be heard in many famous production recordings, whether prog rock, fusion or electronic music. This modern version will also naturally suit either style - and is also a noteworthy figure in the field of sound design and SFX - the voice of Star Wars’ robot hero, R2-D2, being a prime example.

About Behringer

The company, which was founded in Germany by Uli Behringer and which now produces their items in China, has been known for affordable and great value equipment since their very first product, the Studio Exciter F. An array of mixing consoles (such as the Eurodesk MX8000), signal processors - and later sound amplification and monitoring equipment – has made it possible for countless musicians to fit out their home studios, practice rooms or mobile PAs, within a budget limit that was previously unthinkable. The acquisition of other companies, among others Midas, Klark Teknik and TC Electronic, meant that new product groups were added - and also resulted in the technical know-how of these companies being incorporated into product development. The still young synthesizer division of Behringer continues the philosophy of the firm, which is to offer truly affordable classics with outstanding features.

Compact rack synth

As a semi-modular synthesiser, the 2600 can play to its strengths in a modular setup by expanding on them. In the studio, it will link up perfectly with a multitrack analogue sequencer to rhythmically control not only the oscillators but also an array of other functions. The Behringer 2600 can also interact with other modular systems, thereby expanding its capabilities via additional sound and control modules. The original ARP, though ‘portable’, was housed in a rather bulky and heavy ‘suitcase’ for transport. The Behringer's 2600, on the other hand, can be built into a conventional 19" transport case and easily taken to live gigs. The Behringer 2600 is also an extremely capable and expressive standalone instrument. Even outside a modular context. Its flexible and clear structure allows sound and modulation patterns to be quickly and intuitively created, either directly on the main chassis or via external performance-oriented devices.

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Excellent instrument and service!
Frank2600, 30.04.2021
The Behringer 2600 has far exceeded my expectations. It sounds terrific and looks good in my studio as well. All I've been doing since it came is playing it all day!

Thomann had some excellent service too. They shipped it to me in the US and surprised me with how little the shipping cost and how fast it got to me. I'm in NY and I assumed that due to the pandemic shipping would be slow and that coming from Europe would slow it down as well. I ordered online at night on a Saturday night and had it the following Thursday! Good job!
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Epic analog synth
Ian 2600, 06.02.2021
A classic brought back to life for a bargain price.
The semi-modular design means you can make sounds right away, or you can get a bit more creative with a few patch cables. It does not have a real spring reverb like the original, the digital reverb is quite good, but adding a real one brings the synth to life. A rackstand is another good investment, the Millenium 12U is ideal for me, as you can place the 2600 higher up, leaving space for other gear below.
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Stefftastiq, 30.03.2021
This synth sounds amazing and is alot of fun! Note that no patch cables come with it - but still its an amazing buy
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Excellent Analog Synthesizer!
Rick3577, 12.04.2021
For anyone who enjoys analog synthesis, the 2600 is a must have. At this price, the Behringer version is no brainer. Get one. you won't be sorry.
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