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. Then, in mid-1971, the blue face plate was replaced with a gray plate, and this new unit was nicknamed the “Gray Meanie.”
Now meet the Behringer 2600 GRAY MEANIE, a limited edition, ultra-affordable and even more feature-packed homage to the iconic ARP 2600 synthesizer. Compared to the original Behringer 2600, the GRAY MEANIE 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 GRAY MEANIE is like having your own piece of history enabling you to re-create timeless classics or forge your own musical path.
Great care has been taken in engineering the GRAY MEANIE’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 GRAY MEANIE 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.
The synthesizer tracks laid down in the 1970s and 80s in progressive rock, new wave and synth-pop have become classics and have inspired many other artists. The GRAY MEANIE lets you recreate all that magic – or design some incredible and original sounds that will make you a legend in your own right!