Complete reproduction of the Arp Odyssey.
Today, Korg has brought back the new and improved ARP Odyssey. With the advisory assistance of David Friend, the co-founder of ARP Instruments, Korg has completely reproduced the original circuitry for ar...
from Contemporary Keyboard Magazine, July 1977: "You have been using both the ARP Odyssey and the Minimoog for quite a while. Is there any particular reason for it? Do you find that they do different things?" "Well, I think the oscillators and the overall tonal characteristics are different. There are certain places where I would rather use the ARP sound than the Moog sound, and vice versa. And then there are certain things that you can do with one instrument that you can't do with the other"more
I've been dying to find out, and yes, the midi input on the korg odyssey will translate duophonic sequences to each oscillator separately, with beautiful results (the original cv input couldn't do that). aside from the utterly useless keyboard, it's honestly a better synth than the original.more
"The ARP Odyssey is my punk synth, with the ring mod some of the sounds you can get out of it are crazy, but then Herbie Hancock created some sweet bass sounds on it. I've actually got the limited edition 'Whiteface' version; it's got the Moog infringement filter in it, which sounds great."more
Complete reproduction of the Arp Odyssey.
Today, Korg has brought back the new and improved ARP Odyssey. With the advisory assistance of David Friend, the co-founder of ARP Instruments, Korg has completely reproduced the original circuitry for artists looking to recreate classic sounds and explore new ones. Together the engineers at Korg and Arp were able to recreate the sound and feel of the original. Every detail has been carefully considered to stay true to the quality of its predecessor, down to the sophisticated semi-hard case. The legendary ARP sound is loved to this day. Long stopped, the wheels of history have again begun to move.
This synth sounds fantastic. I don't know if it's the quality of the filters, or the oscillators or what but the sound is just amazing. This thing is just the bee's scrotum when it comes to lovely sounding leads. It's not a flexible synth for tweakers and sound designers like say an ms20 is, but this thing is for musicians, as in tweak a few knobs, wow, the sound, then off you go and play lovely lead sounds on it. The only downside I found is the silly squashy push buttons for pitch bend and vibrato/tremolo (whichever one it is): hard to use and who knows how long they will last.
Can sound very industrial and at the same time super lush. Has a very unique sound to it. Build quality and connectivity is superb as well. And just when you thought you heard it all, there's the S/H mixer which allows for crazy cross modulation.
what a great synth, not as deep as moog, more complex than almost any roland analonger but the Jupiter 6 and 8.... very cutting lead sounds. I think the Korg folks did a band up job recreating this classic subtractive. Its so easy to put my kraftwerk or gary numann hat on with this synth and you can just play the riffs from cars all day on this thing. I dock her one point because of the mini keyboard. Its a pretty decent example of mini keys, but it just sucks a dick for my long, spidery fingers. Fortunately the MIDI implementation is well done, a much needed update over originals, so I can play it or sequence it as a module commanded from my PC or my giant Yamaha digital piano that was the best keyboard going short of a Yamaha acoustic baby grand...
I got mine on the cheap used, don't pay full price if you can help it, these come up for sale sometimes now, keep your eyes peeled.
Traded in for a module version with the analog sequencer unit from the MS-20 module... I just never used the tiny little keys and the sequencer is really fun for simulating burbling ARP 2600 sequences.
with its 3 filter sets it is better than the original (which I had) midi functions and the slimmer body make it easier for live rigs. smaller keys are absolutely playable even for people with big hands like me.