MATRIXSYNTH: ARP Sequencer Model 1613

Sunday, November 14, 2021

ARP Sequencer Model 1613

via this auction

"This ARP 1613 sequencer is just back from SynthChaser, where it was given a full inspection. He replaced all of the sliders with brand new ones, cleaned the entire thing, replaced capacitors in the power supply, and two faulty timing chips that had failed. It was then calibrated and sent back good as new. It was given a clean bill of health.

I would rate it a 9.5 out of 10 cosmetically. The only blemish is a single chip in the paint by GATE 1, barely visible in the picture. Other than that, it looks to be well maintained and kept clean for its life of 46 years or so! It works almost magically with hardware synthesizers to make you create sequences you couldn't make any other way than by seeing them on this grid. It can be externally clocked, of course, or used stand alone, sending gates/triggers out. All buttons, sliders, and switches work without issue.

This is THE machine to couple with an ARP 2600, ARP Odyssey, or any modular synth where you need an extra "Hand" as the advertisement read. Works perfectly with Eurorack as well. There are 16 steps for voltage via the sliders, 3 gate outputs per step, and it can be set to play 2x 8 step sequences in Forward or Random modes. It even works at audio rate to waveshape your own creation. When you use SKIP mode, you can come up with all sorts of odd time signatures.

These are rare. I've only seen this one in my 30+ years of hunting synthesizers. It is priced to sell!"

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