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Behringer 2600 BLUE MARVIN Special Edition Semi-Modular Analog Synthesizer

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2600 BLUE MARVIN Special Edition Semi-Modular Analog Synthesizer

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2600 BLUE MARVIN Special Edition Semi-Modular Analog Synthesizer
2600 BLUE MARVIN Special Edition Semi-Modular Analog Synthesizer
2600 BLUE MARVIN Special Edition Semi-Modular Analog Synthesizer
2600 BLUE MARVIN Special Edition Semi-Modular Analog Synthesizer
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The 1970s was a time when synthesizers were truly coming into their own as more and more musicians were adopting the instrument and making music that no one had ever heard before. Earlier synthesizers were massive and sophisticated devices that cost thousands of dollars, but in 1971, Alan R. Pearlman and Dennis Colin sought to create a more portable version of their huge ARP 2500 modular synth which they could market more towards musicians. Out of this concept came the ARP 2600 semi-modular synthesizer which became an instant hit and was quickly adopted by lots of renowned musicians including Edgar Winter, Pete Townshend, Herbie Hancock and Jean-Michel Jarre, to name a few. Soon after the first models were released, ARP made a bright blue version of Model 2600 called the :Blue Marvin:, named after ARP CFO Marvin Cohen.

Now meet the Behringer 2600 BLUE MARVIN, a limited edition, ultra-affordable and even more feature-packed homage to the iconic ARP 2600 synthesizer. Compared to the original Behringer 2600, the BLUE MARVIN features a mechanical spring reverb, hand-picked components, uni-color LEDs on each fader plus a super slick paint job that'll make your setup pop! Conjure up virtually any sound imaginable with incredible finesse and ease. The pure analog signal path is based on the authentic ARP 2600 circuitry from the '70s with matched transistors and JFETs. Owning a BLUE MARVIN is like having your piece of history enabling you to re-create timeless classics or forge your own musical path.

True to the Original
Great care has been taken in engineering the BLUE MARVIN's true-to-the-original analog circuitry, semi-modular architecture and triple VCO design, all of which come together to recreate the classic tones evocative of classic electronic music. This highly-focused attention to detail gives the BLUE MARVIN its ultra-flexible sound-shaping capability, which then empowers you to recreate amazing tones from super-fat bass and tasty leads, all the way to full-on dreamy ambience from the far reaches of your imagination.

Big, Fat Tones
The synthesizer tracks laid down in the 1970s and '80s in progressive rock, wave and synth-pop have become classics and have inspired many other artists. The BLUE MARVIN lets you recreate all that magic or design some incredible and original sounds that will make you a legend in your own right!

Ready to Rock
Just like the original, the BLUE MARVIN is a semi-modular synthesizer that allows you to start making music without having to plug patch cables into different modules. But dont let that stop you, the BLUE MARVIN also features 93 patchable ins and outs, so you can configure the synthesizer any way you want.

Make Waves
The BLUE MARVIN features 3 VCOs with FM inputs. You can even patch the VCOs' default waveforms to square, triangle, saw, sine or pulse which allows for an awe-inspiring palette of tonal possibilities. Any of the VCOs can also be switched to operate as a low frequency oscillator while the multi-mode VCF acts as the VCO mixer of the BLUE MARVIN where VCO's one, two and three can be blended. Combine that with its integrated resonance control, filter mode switch and the ability to output to other areas of the synth and the BLUE MARVIN becomes a fantastic and flexible tool for creating a diverse palette of tones that will truly blow away your audience.

The Cherry on Top
To top off the already amazing array of waveforms and mixing capabilities of the BLUE MARVIN, an incredible range of modules and effects are at your disposal including a ring modulator, lag processor, sample and hold, Schmitt trigger, envelope follower, a noise generator with continuously variable color and even a mechanical spring reverb to add spaciousness and a sense of scale to your music. Included is 2 dedicated LFOs with pulse and sine wave outputs.

Time to Attack
With the integrated ADSR and AR envelope generators of the BLUE MARVIN, you can create some truly dynamic progressions in your songs. Set the Attack, Decay, Sustain and Release low to get short and softer sounding notes then slowly slide the faders up; opening your notes to give your song some tension before that big drop everyone's been waiting for. If simple ADSR controls are not enough, then you can get even more creative by flipping the Time Factor switch to either x2, x1 or x0.5. This control gives you more control over the shape of the envelope, so you can have notes that are short and percussive or long and atmospheric.

Shape Your Tone
The VCA section of the BLUE MARVIN offers even more tone-shaping possibilities alongside the VCF which can then be blended in the Mixer section. Within the VCA section, you can set the initial gain of the circuit and route signals to any of the input jacks and adjust the gain using the sliders. The VCA also features differential inputs for both linear and exponential response which accept control voltage signals via 3.5 mm jacks.

Controls and Connectivity
We just can't help ourselves like you, we're gear heads too! So for those who want the numbers, the BLUE MARVIN has 78 faders and buttons, all laid out in a highly-intuitive format that puts the joy back into your music creation.

Unleash Your Imagination
When it comes to recreating the classic sounds of a classic era like the 1970s and '80s, with a few modern features, there's nothing like the Behringer 2600 BLUE MARVIN; portable and so very affordable.

A Brief History of Analog Synthesis
The modern synthesizer's evolution began in 1919, when a Russian physicist named Lev Termen (also known as Leon Theremin) invented one of the first electronic musical instruments the Theremin. It was a simple oscillator that was played by moving the performer's hand in the vicinity of the instrument's antenna. An outstanding example of the Theremin's use can be heard on the Beach Boys iconic smash hit "Good Vibrations".

In the late 1930s, French musician Georges Jenny invented what he called the Ondioline, a monophonic electronic keyboard capable of generating a wide range of sounds. The keyboard even allowed the player to produce natural-sounding vibrato by depressing a key and using side-to-side finger movements. You can hear the Ondioline on Del Shannon's "Runaway".

Storytone Piano
Designed by famous piano manufacturer Story & Clark in association with RCA, the Storytone piano debuted at the 1939 New York World's Fair. Hailed as the world's first electric piano, the Storytone is prized by musicians and collectors alike for its realistic piano sound only 500 or so were ever built.

Finding a high level of acceptance in the 1960s, Harry Chamberlin's Mellotron was an electro-mechanical keyboard that generated sounds by playing back pre-recorded tape loops. Although tempermental and prone to pitch and mechanical issues, the Mellotron was used extensively by many U.K. artists. Classic tracks from the Moody Blues "Days of Future Passed", the Beatles "Strawberry Fields Forever", and the Rolling Stones "She's a Rainbow" are prime examples.

ARP 2600
Manufactured by ARP Instruments, Inc., the ARP 2600 was one of the most successful synthesizers to come out of the 1970s. They were ideal for players new to the synth world, and allowed patches to be changed via switches or 1/8" audio cables. The list of recordings and artists that used the venerable ARP 2600 reads like a veritable Who's Who of rock, pop and jazz, and includes The Who, David Bowie, John Lennon, Depeche Mode, Edgar Winter, Frank Zappa and Herbie Hancock to name just a few. An ARP 2600 was even used to create the voice of the Star Wars character R2-D2.

Designed to replace the large, modular synths being used in pop music at the time, Bill Hemsath and Robert Moog developed the Minimoog in 1971. The monophonic instrument became the first truly all-in-one, portable analog synthesizer. Thanks to its 3 oscillators and 24 dB/octave filter, the Minimoog produces an extremely rich and powerful bass sound and is still in high demand today. Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman said the instrument "absolutely changed the face of music."

Yamaha CS-80
In 1976, Yamaha released their CS-80 8-voice polyphonic synthesizer, which provided velocity-sensitive keys and aftertouch that worked on individual voices. The analog instrument featured a ribbon controller, which allowed the user to perform polyphonic pitch bends and smooth glissandos. Composer Vangelis used the CS-80 extensively in the Blade Runner and Chariots of Fire soundtracks. The CS-80 also provided the bass line heard in the BBC 1980 series Doctor Who theme song.

Sequential Circuits Prophet 5
Sequential Circuits introduced the Prophet 5, which was the first analog 5-voice polyphonic synthesizers to provide onboard memory storage of all patch settings for instant recall. The great-sounding Prophet 5 revolutionized the synthesizer world and, in spite of its rather expensive price tag, became one of the most successful synths of all time. Designed by Dave Smith and J owen, the Prophet 5 was the keyboard of choice by a very long list of performers that includes Peter Gabriel, Philip Glass, Journey, The Cars, Thomas Dolby, Duran Duran, Gary Numan, Pink Floyd, and countless others.

A Passion for Keyboards
Uli Behringer has a deep passion for keyboards. Born in the small town of Baden, Switzerland in 1961, Uli grew up in a musical family where his mother taught him to play the piano at the tender age of four. His father was a scientist who built a massive organ in the family home and taught the young lad all about electronics. So at the age of 17, Behringer built his first synthesizer the UB-1. Later, while attending college to seek a degree in audio engineering, Uli put his electronics knowledge to use, building his own equalizers and signal processors to fill the gap left by the university's inability to provide enough proper studio gear. Word soon spread about how good his products were, and he began building gear for his friends the Behringer legacy had begun. The rest, as they say, is history...


• Amazing analog synthesizer with triple VCO design allows for insanely fat music creation
• Authentic reproduction of ultra-rare Arp Blue Marvin circuitry from the '70s with specially selected opamps and transistors
• Semi-modular architecture requires no patching for immediate performance
• 3 VCOs, each with LFO mode, FM inputs and multiple wave-shape outputs for an awe-inspiring palette of tonal possibilities
• Multi-mode VCF with dedicated low-pass output with additional switched high/notch output
• Incredible range of modules including ring modulator, lag processor, sample & hold, Schmitt trigger, and envelope follower
• ADSR and AR Envelope generators with switchable time factor
• Mechanical spring reverb for inspiring sound effects
• Noise Generator with continuously variable color
• 2 dedicated LFOs with pulse and sine wave outputs
• Switched Post Filter Distortion (PFD) / Inverter option on voltage processor
• Differential (+/-) input VCA with both linear and exponential control inputs
• Additional functions include attenuator, mixer, inverter, slew rate limiter and 4-way multiple for creative patching flexibility
• External audio input for processing of external sound sources
• 78 controls give you hands-on direct and real time access to all parameters
• 93 patchable input/outputs for the ultimate in configuration flexibility
• Comprehensive MIDI implementation with MIDI channel and Voice Priority selection

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I am totally impressed by this synth. I have owned the original ARP 2600 and the Behringer is almost exactly the same aside from the size. I actually prefer the 19" rack format of this unit. The only thing that is not quite as good is the reverb unit. This spring reverb is not the greatest and takes some getting used to get usable tones. Everything else rocks and the sound is really impressive. The best deal in the marketplace right now. If you don't have a synth, this is the one to get!
Posted by tone.volume on May 30, 2024
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