Tokyo-based company Korg Inc. is re-releasing a limited number of ARP Instruments, Inc.'s renowned analogue ARP 2600 synthesizer under the name ARP 2600 FS.
Originally released back in the 1970s, the ARP 2600 was one of the first portable, semi-modular, synths to hit the market. Modeled after modular Eurorack synthesizer systems, the ARP 2600 refined and simplified the design for a boarder user base.
Component selection for the ARP 2600 FS has been overseen by ARP Instruments' Co-Founder, David Friend, to ensure the quality of the Japanese-made, full-size replica. The synth includes an ARP 3620 duophonic keyboard, arpeggiator and sequencer, with newly added USB functionality.
The Korg ARP 2600 FS synth comes in a custom-branded hard shell case, and is currently available online for preorder at $3,899.99 through Korg's website.
Korg Inc. Relaunched ARP Instrument's Classic ARP 2600 Synthesizer
1. Analogue Synthesizer Revival - There is an opportunity to revive vintage analogue synthesizers by re-releasing them for modern consumers.
2. Eurorack Modular Synthesizers - The success of the ARP 2600 can be replicated by designing portable, modular synthesizers with easy-to-use interfaces.
3. Semi-modular Synthesizers - There is a trend towards semi-modular synthesizers as a more accessible alternative to modular synthesizers.
1. Musical Instruments - Musical instrument companies can expand their product lines by re-releasing classic synthesisers and by designing new products inspired by them.
2. Electronics Manufacturing - Electronics companies can focus on manufacturing analogue synthesizer components for both established and new musical instrument makers.
3. Consumer Electronics Retail - Consumer electronics retailers can tap into the renewed interest in analogue synthesizers by offering a broad range of related products.