MATRIXSYNTH: Evolution of the ARP 2600 - Synthchaser #135

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Evolution of the ARP 2600 - Synthchaser #135

video by Synth Chaser

"In this video I give you a brief look at the evolution of the ARP 2600 synthesizer, from the Grey Meanie, one of the very first units produced in 1971, to the final black & orange models made through 1981."


  1. It's extremely disappointing to see someone who claims to be an ARP expert keep making such basic errors and continue spreading false stories.

    Let's start with the BS of calling the blue machines "Marvin" ever since Phil Cirocco said that's what Alan Pearlman said. But if you listen to Alan P himself in the Bright Sparks documentary, you hear him say BLUE MEANIE. Which is not a surprise to those of us alive in the era when these were introduced. Who had just seen the Beatles film Yellow Submarine with its.. Blue. Meanies.

    Nezxt, PLEASE STOP -JUST STOP- SAYING THAT THE SUBMODULES WERE TRYING TO HIDE CIRCUITS! That. Is. Completely. FALSE. Alan Pearlman's former company made hybrid modules. These are encapsulated for thermal equalization and improved resistance to physical movement and shock. Dennis Colin also came from an industry where suck things were considered important and desirable. FWIW, AP also talks about this in the Bright Sparks documentary.

    Thirdly, All submodules are not encapsulated the same. Early modules used full epoxy and are more difficult to repair than the later dual encapsulated type which had both -mostly- silicone and thin epoxy top layer. ALL ARP submodules ARE repairable. The earliuest are harder to get into than the later but ALL *can* be done. Whether that's worth paying for is a different question. NEVER throw away ANY ARP submodule. They are finite in qty, and ALL can be repaired.

    As usual in Synthchaser videos, there are more mistakes and half or full false statements. But I'm tired of typing and these are the most egregious.

    If you're goung to claim to be an ARP expert then DO YOUR HOMEWORK.

    And stop saying the circuits were covered to hide them. They. Weren't.

  2. Yes, indeed it was called the Blue Marvin. My father wouldn't say that on an interview tape Phil Cirocco was a friend of my Dad's. I have a picture of him in the house I grew up in. And I knew Marvin Cohen. ~ Dina Pearlman

  3. One more clarification... Blue Marvin wasn't its official name, it was an inside joke.



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