MATRIXSYNTH: The MS 2600 NG ARP 2600 DIY Project by Matthias Beese

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

The MS 2600 NG ARP 2600 DIY Project by Matthias Beese


MS2600NG Vlog Published on Feb 5, 2020 acidjack303

"Cit´s Synth´Gera Vlog . MS2600NG Episode.

The MS2600NG is a german Synthesizer DIY Project by Matthias Beese. There is only a small bunch of a few DIY MS2600NG on the Market. The MS2600NG is a Enhanced Full Size Clone on the legendary ARP 2600 Synthesizer. For more details of this Synthesizer go to the MS2600NG Webpage.

In this Vlog Episode i show you some of the Great Features and Sounds the MS2600NG offers."


Published on Jan 30, 2020 acidjack303

"I show you the great MS2600NG Synth in action, without talking !!!. #synthgearvlog #ms2600ng #arp26000"

Additional details in German: https://diy-mms.jimdo.com/ms-2600-ng-arp-clone/, Googligoo here

This project combines two projects in one synthesizer.

1.) The replica of an ARP2600 based on the original service documents.
2.) The expansion of the classic by a few functions and modules.

The MS 2600 NG is therefore the result of the two points mentioned above.

(The "NG" in the name stands for "NextGeneration" and the new features)

I started the project in 12/2016. The development and construction time was approximately 1 3⁄4 years.

The upper part is almost 1: 1 the original. I added a GATE function to the envelope follower. VCO1 and VCO2 have a SYNC input and the frequency-determining transistors of all VCOs are given small heaters so that they are kept at a constant temperature (frequency stability). VCO3 has also received a TRI and SINE output, as well as a PWM input. The MIXER has been expanded by one channel (VCA2).

In the lower part there are the following new groups (from LEFT to RIGHT):
Midi IN (2 * GATE + 4 * CV)
Sequencer with quantizer
ARSR and AD2
DUAL-8Bit Wavetable VCO
MultiMode VCF
VCA 2

The loudspeakers are realized as 'BOX in CASE', ie they get a closed housing with bass reflex opening in the lower part.

There are 5 basic boards, primarily with mech. Components are equipped (slider, sockets, switches, LEDs, buttons etc.), but also contain a few passive components and uncritical circuit parts. This makes the board size easy to handle and you don't have to unscrew everything when servicing.

The boards are mounted on the front panel with the many jack sockets (approx. 130 pieces).

The individual circuits are housed on the 16 module boards, which are then plugged onto the motherboard."


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