Syntronik’s Harpy 260 recreates the unique character of the ARP 2600. Manufactured from 1971-1981, the ARP 2600 is without a doubt one of the finest analog synthesizers ever produced and is semi-modular in that it has some fixed routings but could also be more unconventionally routed using patch cables and the modular-style jacks on the main panel.
The 2600 has 3 oscillators and a single low pass filter that went through different iterations. Sound designer Ben Burtt used an ARP 2600, combined with his own voice, to create the voice of R2-D2 in the Star Wars films. Burtt also used the 2600 to create the sound effects of the Ark of the Covenant in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
The Andromeda uses custom oscillator and filter IC chips designed by Alesis founder, Keith Barr. Extensive modulation routing is available which makes the Andromeda perhaps the most flexible and versatile analog polysynth created to date. It was used by some great names such as Nine Inch Nails, DJ Tiesto, Klaus Schulze, Yes and the Pet Shop Boys.