why even put those crappy little keys on the Odyssey?
traded my like-new Odyssey RI in for a floor sample reissue with a Korg analog sequencer.... way more useful to me than those unplayable little keys! I am giving the Odyssey module an extra star for not bothering with those dumb little keys. The module and sequencer take up pretty much the same amount of space as they keyboard version and the module sits nicely on top of my Digital piano when I want a quality keyboard attached to her for performing.
I purchased the Rev.3 module some time ago and love it.
I owned an Arp Axxe years ago, and was considering buying one again on reverb, as there was a certain sound that I just missed from it.
I always wanted an Odyssey, though, and was stoked (but very skeptical) when these were released. After much consideration and price comparison, I decided to give the KARP Odyssey a go, instead. I figured if I didn't like it, I'd just flip it and go buy that used Axxe that I still want, but as soon as I got it and plugged it in, no way was I going to let this thing go.
The (overall cheesy) youtube demos of this thing, really do not do this any justice at all!
While MIDI sequencing via whatever your favorite MIDI sequencer is, is fine and all... sequencing this via a step sequencer (ala TB-03/TB-303, Elektron A4, or some eurorack module) using cv/gate, really brings out the life of these. The cv/gate out is also awesome for chaining other synths to your incoming patterns to create a chorus. If you're making techno or similar styles of music, you really should not underestimate this synth.
Using the Elektron A4 MKII as a sequencer for this, for example... is very nice. The A4's arpeggiator feature to CV/Gate out, really adds another layer of life to this that I can only compare to a Jupiter 8. While it's not a Jupiter 8 by any means, you really can get some very similar sounds, if sequenced and patched accordingly. Lots of fun! =)
Fader Quality between these and the original Arp Odyssey...
While it is true that the faders on these Korg remakes are not quite as 'solid' as the originals, the sound makes up for it. The original Arp Axxe and Odyssey variants often suffer from shoddy/sticky contact issues after years, and those can create scratchy noise or other problems which generally require servicing.
Hopefully these 'less solid' faders won't suffer the same fate years from now, but only time will tell. I don't know when Korg will stop making these, but I suspect they'll be discontinued not too long from now, so it might be a good time to grab one (new), while you can.
I have a Solus and 2 reissues, the module you have and a FSK rev2... the solus is not a 1 to 1 odyssey but damned close. It really doesn't sound much different than the reissues.and lacks midi if you need that. Its noisiery and less tuning stable. It is MUCH MUCH better built than even the special full size one. It feels very substantlial and durable. That said my son once dropped his mini key odyssey and it was fine so obviously they're not flimsy.I've enver met a fader syth that didn't have problems, they're just more prone to colleting gunk. The faders on my juno are all over the map with that although they all function fine sinically so far...I am loathe to compliment a budget reissue but korg did a great job.