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ARP 2600: A Brief History
The ARP 2600 was the second product of ARP Instruments. It was released in 1970, and continued until the manufacturer ceased operations in 1981.

Its design combined modularity (for studio flexibility, and for instructional use) and integration (for realtime performance). Functionally, the ARP 2600 was completely modular: any signal output could be routed to any signal input, with a patch cord. Operationally, the ARP 2600 was integrated, using internally-wired default signal paths that made it possible to create a wide range of keyboard patches by simply opening up slide attenuators, as though sitting in front of a mixing console.

The ARP 2600 earned an early reputation for stability, and for flexibility exceeding that of its competitor the Minimoog. Used 2600's in good condition command premium prices on eBay today and businesses around the country can make a living reconditioning, rebuilding, and customizing 30-year-old units.

Among rock musicians, the ARP 2600 was used by Stevie Wonder, Pete Townsend, Joe Zawinul, Edgar Winter, Paul Bley, Roger Powell, Jean-Michel Jarre, Mike Oldfield, Herbie Hancock, and many, many others.

Its modular design, and the popularity of its Owner's Manual, made the ARP 2600 a widely used teaching instrument in many schools and music conservatories around the country and internationally.

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