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Downsizing Is Good at Winter NAMM 2020

Simplification was the big trend in Anaheim this January, along with the rebirth of some classic brands

Korg Arp 2600 Synthesizer
Korg Arp 2600 Synthesizer

Korg Arp 2600 Synthesizer

Slingerland drums and Benge trumpets weren’t the only iconic instruments being given new life at NAMM. For a limited time, Korg has revamped the three-oscillator Arp 2600 semi-modular synthesizer, which made its commercial debut 50 years ago. This duophonic version has 49 full-size keys and such modern conveniences as aftertouch, portamento, a 128-note sequencer, an arpeggiator, and MIDI connections—along with all that fun analog-style stuff like envelope following and ring modulation.

$3,899.99 MSRP | korg.com

Mac Randall

Mac Randall

Mac Randall has been the editor of JazzTimes since May 2018. Prior to that, he wrote regularly for the magazine. He has written about numerous genres of music for a wide variety of publications over the past 30 years, including Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The New York Observer, Mojo, and Guitar Aficionado, and he has worked on the editorial staffs of Musician, LAUNCH (now Yahoo! Music), Guitar One, Teaching Music, Music Alive!, and In Tune Monthly. He is the author of two books, Exit Music: The Radiohead Story and 101 Great Playlists. He lives in New York City.