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CA2600 Synthesizer

Virtual Instruments Plugin by Cherry Audio
CA2600 Synthesizer
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CA2600 Synthesizer by Cherry Audio is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin and a Software Application for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin, an AAX Plugin and a Standalone Application.
Windows Requirements: Windows 7 or above, 64-bit required. Quad-core computer with 8GB of RAM recommended.
macOS Requirements: macOS 10.9 or above, 64-bit required. Quad-core computer with 8GB of RAM recommended.
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The Cherry Audio CA2600 is a powerful, self-contained duophonic synthesizer inspired by the groundbreaking ARP 2600 synthesizer. Every aspect of the original, from the quirky oscillator waves, to the powerful ladder filter, to the external audio input and preamp section was modeled with tremendous precision. Though it features similar functionality, it's been thoughtfully updated for increased flexibility - with semi-normalled patch cabling, integrated effects, and no hidden windows or menus in the audio path, CA2600 delivers an unprecedented hands-on, "everything right in front of you, right now.," vintage synthesis experience like no other.

Wildly flexible, capable of chunky basses, cutting leads, super-creative external audio processing, absolutely insane effects, and so much more, we believe you'll find CA2600 to be the finest 2600 emulation ever created.

CA2600 Features:

Every aspect precisely modeled in exacting detail.

Over 300 presets.

Monophonic and duophonic voice modes.

Vintage-correct multi-mode filter with 12db and 24db slope.

Integrated, fully CV-controllable distortion, reverb, and delay with sync.

Sidechain audio input for external signal processing.

Flexible CV Routing.

Multiple voice assign modes.

Advanced patch cabling with unlimited mults per jack, "quick patch" for rapid multiple destination routing, and click and drag movement of multiple connections.

Additional LFO with six waveforms and tempo sync.

Voltage Processors section with additional VCA and 1/2-step quantizer.

Selectable blue, gray, or black/orange color schemes.

Full MIDI control.

Full DAW automation for all controls.

CA2600 is available in AU, VST, VST3, AAX, and standalone formats.

A free 30-day demo of CA2600 is available. This demo will play white noise periodically, but is otherwise unlimited.

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 4.00 from 1 review
CA2600 Synthesizer

Reviewed By Stoffel11 [all]
February 11th, 2023
Version reviewed: 1.4.0 on Mac

Superb simulation of the original device.

With install through the new App Cherry Audio Sync it runs stable on PC and Mac.

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Comments & Discussion for Cherry Audio CA2600 Synthesizer

Discussion: Active
7 November 2020 at 7:10pm

I'm wondering how this CA2600 emulation compares to Arturia's ARP 2600 V and SONiVOX's TimewARP 2600 in terms of authenticity, features, user interface, sonic quality and quality of presets.

30 April 2023 at 7:28pm

A very convincing synth by my experience. Nothing compares to the original, so if that's what you are looking for; get shopping for the hardware version. After 40 years of listening and playing them, the programming style of Cherry Audio suits this one best. I love it and it is usually the first plugin I load once I've got bare bones tracks going.

Regarding @Stoffel11 comments; my biggest recommendation is that you schedule and check for updates at home (or hotel) before attempting to perform live. I keep a list of plugins that I check before each performance; as well as the last "good" version to reinstall just in case the update breaks something or I'm not happy with it. Backing up patches is an obvious one, as updates should not corrupt them, but I trust no one! Not to mention that needing an update typically doesn't prevent you from using the plugin. A quick read of the release notes will tell you if you can get through the night or if it is needed NOW.

I understand your frustration though. It's a pain in the... But this is life with software. Imagine firing up your real 2600 and smelling that lovely odor of sizzling electronics. No download is going to fix that right away! Good luck my friend,

@robst247 - I don't know if you ever picked one, but I find plugins to be so very subjective. A lot of people don't like Roland Clouds hardware emulations of their own synths. And as a user of CAs DCO-106, I do tend to gravitate toward it before I choose Roland's own. RCM's SH-101 is 2nd to none, as well as their 808 and 909s (the 909 on almost 50% of my drum tracks now). But you know the deal. It all comes down to personal taste. I always recommend DLing any trial versions before you spend the money. Your ears will quickly tell you which you like better. Some people may ask you why you chose one or the other. Just hit "Play" and show them why.

I hope this is helpful to you or anyone else that comes along. The most important being "Versioning" and setting a plan for keeping things up to date. I now have hundreds of plugins and many hardware interfaces. I dedicate one day a month, (usually the 3rd Saturday) to checking for software and firmware updates. It's boring and sometimes seems like a waste of time, but will save your bacon (uuummm bacon), if something important happens while we are sleeping. Good luck, Godspeed and happy art making.

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