Korg Arp Odyssey Duophonic Analog Synth Re-Issue

Korg Arp Odyssey Duophonic Analog Synth Re-Issue


Includes Carry Case
Filters of all three generations are provided

Key Points
  • Inc Carry Case
  • Classic 70's Synth
  • 37 Note Slimkey keyboard
  • MIDI and USB Connection

  
Manufacturer: Korg
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Normally: £665.00
Discount Price: £639.00
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Korg Arp Odyssey Duophonic Analog Synth Re-Issue

Includes Carry Case

THIS RE-ISSUE FEATURES ORANGE & BLACK LIVERY

 

The distinctive synthesis of the ARP Odyssey has been reproduced from the circuit level up.

The original ARP Odyssey was a 2VCO duo-phonic instrument. Its most distinctive feature was its sharp, penetrating sound and its rich range of tonal variation. With a variety of functions and modulation possibilities provided by oscillator sync, sample & hold, pulse width modulation, high-pass filter, two types of envelope generator, and pitch bend using the PPC, it was able to create a versatile range of sounds.

The ARP Odyssey reproduces the sounds of these components at the circuit level. Under the supervision of David Friend, parts were carefully selected and every detail was adjusted to replicate the original unit's distinctive synthesis.


Filters of all three generations are provided


Broadly speaking, there were three versions of the original ARP Odyssey, divided by the date of production, with the major difference being the filter circuit. The ARP Odyssey provides all three of these different filter circuits, and allows you to select one of them with a single switch.

TYPE I (Rev1) is a 12 dB/Oct circuit that produces a sharp, punchy sound. TYPE II (Rev2) is a 24 dB/Oct filter with great-sounding lows. TYPE III (Rev3) maintains excellent stability even when resonance is raised. These distinctive filters have been reproduced just as they originally were.

 

Portamento behaviors of both Rev1 and Rev2/3 are provided

On the original ARP Odyssey, the behavior of portamento when using the transpose function differed between Rev1 and Rev2/3. The ARP Odyssey reproduces both of these behaviors and lets you select the desired one with a switch.



Compact body, highly operable sliders, and a slim keyboard that's easy to play

The ARP Odyssey has been downsized to 86% of the original ARP Odyssey. Carefully selected parts are used in the familiar slider section, providing an operating feel that's even smoother than the original. The keyboard uses a 37-note slim keyboard that features lighter weight and excellent playability. While making the instrument more compact and easier to use, we have also paid attention to ensuring that the mini-keyboard is uncompromisingly "playable." Although the keyboard has 37 keys, the transpose function lets it cover a broad range of seven octaves.



The new DRIVE switch

In order to deliver a more powerful analog sound, a DRIVE switch is provided as a new function. Turning this switch on makes the VCA distort, generating a rough and raw sound.



Added connectors such as MIDI and headphone output

The connectors provided on the original ARP Odyssey differed by production date, but based on Rev3 of the original, the ARP Odyssey brings the specifications up to a modern standard. In addition to a MIDI IN connector and USB-MIDI port, we've added a headphone jack with adjustable volume (*). The XLR output jacks which had been unbalanced have been changed to noise-resistant balanced outputs.
Patch cables included

Quarter-inch and mini-size patch cables are included. If you connect a patch cable from the newly added headphone jack to the external audio input jack, you can produce a powerful sound by applying self-feedback. If you connect the GATE OUT jack to the TRIG IN jack, the EG won't be retriggered, allowing you to play legato.
 

Beginning in 1969 ARP (Alan Robert Pearlman) was an early USA synth manufacturer hot on the heels of (Bob) Moog and (Don) Buchla. The original ARP Odyssey (in some ways a scaled-down version of the ARP 2600) came out in 1972 and was also a cheaper competitor to the popular Moog MiniMoog. It went through MKI, MKII and MKIII before ARP went bust in 1981. Despite their financial difficulties, ARP's reputation for producing high quality synths with excellent features has endured.


In recent years, KORG have been hitting home run after home run with affordable synths. Their still-popular microkorg series featured some of the best 'analog modelling' and was the portal to the world of synths to many musicians. They then responded to the desires of synth enthusiasts the world over with some real analogue gear.


They tested the waters with the all-analogue Korg Monotron, swiftly followed by the Monotron Delay, and Monotron Duo. Also, the all-analogue drum machine/step sequenceer/synth - the Korg Monotribe. These were all hugely successful. Although Korg continues to push the boundaries of modern technology with the Krome, Kronos and KingKorg series, they went and pleased many synth players by releasing the MS20 Mini. This was a recreation of the 1978 Korg MS20 but with Mini-Keys. They also released the affordable and highly successful Volca series.
 

Given the exceedingly high price of vintage synths, their increasing rarity and often unreliable nature, Korg are enabling a new generation to explore the world of analogue synths.

Now, Korg have teamed up with original ARP designer David Friend to recreate a brand new version of the classic ARP Odyssey. We are expecting a new announcement from Korg in late January regarding this new synth. At the moment, it's unclear as to what the colour scheme is, and which features it will have (although we suspect it will most closely resemble the MKIII in most ways).

 

The price is also yet to be announced. When the MS20 mini came out, it was about half the cost of a vintage MS20 on eBay. Vintage Arp Odysseys are selling for around £2500 so if that's the case with the Korg Arp Odyssey, we may be looking at someting like £1199 - 1250.


There has also recently been talk of Behringer bringing out an ARP Odyssey clone for under $500, which may help to keep the Korg Arp Odyssey (in some quarter's being called the KARP Odyssey!) price lower.

Product Specifications:

  • Keyboard: 37-note (Slimkey, No velocity sensitivity, No aftertouch)
  • Maximum Polyphony: 2 voices for duophonic; normally monophonic
  • Controllers: Transpose Positions: 2 octaves down, normal, 2 octave up
  • Proportional Pitch Control: b (Pitch down) Pad: about -2 / 3 octave – (Modulation) Pad
    # (Pitch-up) Pad: about +2 / 3 octave
  • Noise Generator: Noise Spectrum Types (white and pink)
  • Portamento: Maximum Speed: about 0.01 msec./oct
    Minimum Speed: about 1.5 sec./oct
  • VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator): Waveforms: Sawtooth, Square, Pluse (Dynamic Pluse)
    Frequency Range: VCO-1 in low freq. mode, 0.2 Hz – 20 Hz: VCO-1 and VCO-2 (audio range) about 20 Hz – 20 kHz
    Warm Up Drift: 1/30 semitone from turn on max
    Pulse Width: 50 % – 5 %
    Pulse Width Modulation: ADSR, +45 %; LFO, +15 %
    Voltage Controlled Response: 1 V/oct
    Maximum Frequency Shifts: LFO sin wave, +1/2 oct.; LFO square wave, +1.5 oct.; ADSR, +9 oct.; S/H, +2 oct.
    * VCO-1 is low note priority, VCO-2 is high note priority.
  • VCF (Voltage Controlled Filter): Types: Low pass (I: 12 dB/oct., II III: 24 dB/oct.)
    Frequency Range: 16 Hz – 16 kHz
    Maximum Usable Q: 30
    Resonance: 1/2 – self oscillate
    Voltage Controlled Response: C3 key (left edge): 0 V, C6 key (right edge) 3 V
  • VCA (Voltage Controlled Amplifier): Dynamic Range: 80 dB
  • Ring Modulator:
    Type: Digital
    Input Signal: VCO-1, VCO-2 (square wave)
  • Sample & Hold:
    Command Sources: Keyboard or LFO trigger
    Sampled Signals: VCO-1 sawtooth wave and square wave, VCO-2 square wave and pink noise
  • ADSR Envelope Generator:
    Attack Time: 5 msec. – 5 sec.
    Decay Time: 10 msec. – 8 sec.
    Sustain Level: 0 – 100 % or Peak
    Release Time: 15 msec. – 10 sec.
  • AR Envelope Generator:
    Attack Time: 5 msec. – 5 sec.
    Release Time: 10 msec. – 8 sec.
  • Control Input Jacks:
    Pedal: ?6.3 mm monaural phone jack
    Portamento Foot Switch: ?6.3 mm monaural phone jack
  • Audio Output Jacks:
    • LOW:
      Connector: ?6.3 mm monaural phone jack
      Maximum Output Level: -20 dBu@ 10 k? load
      Output Impedance: 10 k?
    • HIGH:
      Connector: XLR connector
      Maximum Output Level: +4 dBu@ 1 k? load
      Output Impedance: 330 ?
  • Headphones Jack:
    Connector: ?6.3 mm stereo phone jack
    Maximum Output Level: 50 mW + 50 mW@ 33 ? load
    Output Impedance: 10 ?
    * Controllable by volume knob.
  • External Audio Input (Ext Audio Input) Jack:
    Connector: ?6.3 mm monaural phone jack
    Maximum Input Level: -10 dBu
    Input Impedance: 22 k?
  • MIDI Connector:
    IN
  • USB Connector:
    Type B
  • CV IN/OUT Jacks:
    Keyboard CV (IN/OUT): 1 V/oct.
    Connector: ?3.5 mm monaural phone jack
  • GATE IN/OUT Jacks:
    GATE IN: +3 V (minimum)
    GATE OUT: +10 V, key down; 0 V all keys up
    Connector: ?3.5 mm monaural phone jack
  • TRIG IN/OUT Jacks:
    TRIG IN: +3 V pulse min., 10 ?sec. Duration minimum
    TRIG OUT: +10 V pulse on key depression, 10 ?sec. Duration
    Connector: ?3.5 mm monaural phone jack
  • Power Supply: AC adapter jack (DC 9 V)
  • Power Consumption: 6.5 W
  • Dimensions (W x D x H):  502 x 380 x 120 mm / 19.76″ x 14.96″ x 4.72″
  • Weight: 5 kg / 11.02 lbs
  • Accessories:
    AC adapter, phone cable, mini-phone cable, owner’s manual, dedicated semi-hard case
  • Options:
    VP-10 Volume Pedal, PS-1/PS-3 Pedal Switch

More details here: http://www.arpsynth.com/en/arpodyssey/




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