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Chris Meyer Presents at ARP 2500 ‘Synthposium’ – the Modular Synth’s 50th Anniversary

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As part of the 50th anniversary of the ARP 2500 modular synthesizer, Chris Meyer was asked to speak about a number of subjects.

Nick Batzdorf, Editor of Synth and Software: In addition to being a highly sought after modular synthesis instructor (his site is http://learningmodular.com/), Chris Meyer was a moderator at the “synthposium” marking the ARP 2500 modular synth’s 50th anniversary. In these videos he discusses some interesting points about the famous synth featured on this month’s Synth and Software cover.

If you’re like us, you’ll come away with a newfound appreciation for some of the synth features we take for granted today.


ARP 2500 modular synthesizer
The 2500’s Matrix Switches

Chris Meyer: As part of the 50th anniversary of the ARP 2500 modular synthesizer, I was asked to speak briefly about a number of subjects related to that instrument, including whether or not analog computers were an influence on the development of modular synths.

Neither Bob Moog nor Don Buchla stated them as inspirations, but there is a very clear line from analog computers to Alan R. Pearlman and ARP Instruments.
The 2500’s Module 1027 sequencer and how it worked.
Dennis Colin’s design for the Module 1047 Multimode Filter Resonator and some of its more significant features.

More articles (and much more detail) on these subjects are on the Alan R. Perlman Foundation web site: Please consider supporting the work of the foundation.

Chris Meyer goes into more detail on these subjects – and many others – on the Learning Modular Patreon channel.

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