GEAR TRENDS: FIND MUSICIANS OF THE SAME ERA WHO USED THE SAME SYNTH AND DISCUSS HOW IT WAS USED DIFFERENTLY
- Lara’s pick: ARP 2600
Originally manufactured in the ’70s, the ARP 2600 is a semi-modular analog subtractive audio synthesizer. It was unique for its time in that most other synthesizers required modules to be purchased individually while the ARP had many components already internally pre-wired. At first heavily marketed to educational institutions, it eventually experienced enduring popularity and widespread use, even making the sound of R2D2’s voice in Star Wars! As a testament to its longevity, check out how its used in two late ’90s tracks by electronica greats Orbital and The Chemical Brothers.
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