We have searched on all the web for free VST emulation of the Arp 2600 synth :
there’s really only one. The good news is that it’s a very good emu!
**edit **: une fois n’est pas coutume we have not searched deep enough ! Thanks to BlackWinny (see the first comments), another Arp 2600 like emu is available for the masses!
Come on let’s do it :
1. Arppe2600va by Glen Stegner
Based on the Richard brooks Synthedit source, the Arppe2600va is a must have, for all semi modular virtual analog lovers. Despite some bugs it has all you need : three oscillators, an ADSR generator, a LFO, a Sample & Hold Unit, a Filter, a spring reverb and many more!
If you are not familiar with the Arp 2600 you may have a look at the manual before programming some patches :
This (free!) eBook by Samuel Ecoff is also a must :
The matrix on the Arppe2600va VST is less fun that “patch chord” but is very powerful and easy to use.
Bonus !! 2 Free Preset Banks for Arppe 2600 va :
here’s one by our good friend Ann :
72 incredible presets for the ARP 2600 VST!
and another preset bank by me :
74 crazy presets !!
Bass arp !
2. Trans Computer Maschine by Cescato
Unlike the Arppe2600va, this one is still developed!
Freeware / donationware, don’t hesitate to support the author.
It’s not a 1:1 Arp 2600 emulation, but it share the same basis.
And it’s good to have the value displayed for the pitch
a second ADSR is also a nice addition.
and more important, it features a sequencer, just check the “Blade runner” and “I Feel Love Donna Summer” presets ! cool
It has less modulation possibilities than the Arp 2600 / Arppe2600va but it still a powerful beast.
— Bonux trax : —
3. Arp 2600 VST by Richard Brooks
The -very- old version of Arp 2600 VST, for hardcore “VST vintage” fans.
and for the fun, an old GUI of arppe2600va :