RE: [AH] back again. questions about Arp 2600 vs. die neue modulars.

From john mahoney
Sent Fri, Jan 5th 2007, 23:10

At 04:25 PM 1/5/2007, Fiveman wrote:
>It is not the gear, it's the programmer,  you can do almost anything
>with a basic set of modules. and a mixer/ splitter. [snip]
>It is a great time and time is probably the only mitigating factor in
>the diff between a 2600 and that long list of modules.

Sure, a better programmer will squeeze more from the same gear than a 
lesser/lazier programmer. But please -- and I say this with all due 
respect -- "get real".

There are dozens of modules from Doepfer (among others) that will do 
things that simply can not be done on a 2600. How are you going to 
replicate what a voltage-controlled analog delay module does? You aren't.

How about a phase shifter? Nah.

Got a divider (for suboctaves or clock division) on that 2600? Not really.

Wavetable oscillator? Uh, no.

Then we get into the various filter flavors; for instance, a Steiner 
and a transistor ladder and a Wasp filter all sound different. And 
there are no voltage-controlled bandpass or highpass filters on the 
2600. (Besides, which version of the 2600 filter are we talking about? ;-)

The ARP 2600 is a classic synth for good reason. It has an excellent 
complement of modules in a reasonably compact package, and it sounds 
good, but to suggest that it can do everything is specious.