Arp Odyssey

$799.00

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The ARP Odyssey was an analog synthesizer originally produced in 1972 by the American manufacturer ARP Instruments, Inc. that quickly garnered a faithful following among musicians. Well respected for its high value, ease to play and portability, the ARP Odyssey had undergone several improvements during its history and continued to be a long-seller until manufacturing stopped in 1981 due to economic hardships and the digital surge. Loved by a wide range of musicians as a historical classic, its sound can be heard on numerous classic songs.

Now in 2015, KORG has brought back the ARP Odyssey for today. 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 nailthe sound and feel of the original. Every detail has been carefully considered to stay true to the quality of the original, 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.

ARP ODYSSEY

Complete reconstruction of three generations of circuitry, with the founder as advisor

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.

An evolved ARP Odyssey that preserves the basic design of the original

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.

 

Dedicated semi-hard case included

A dedicated semi-hard case that's ideal for storage and transportation is included. It sports the classical ARP logo, and has a sophisticated finish in a black tone. The corrugated shell structure ensures excellent impact resistance, and internal cushioning and pocket for small items is also provided.

 

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
φ6.3 mm monaural phone jack
Portamento Foot Switch
φ6.3 mm monaural phone jack
Audio Output Jacks
LOW
Connector: φ6.3 mm monaural phone jack
Maximum Output Level: -20 dBu@ 10 kΩ load
Output Impedance: 10 kΩ
HIGH
Connector: XLR connector
Maximum Output Level: +4 dBu@ 1 kΩ load
Output Impedance: 330 Ω
Headphones Jack
Connector
φ6.3 mm stereo phone jack
Maximum Output Level
50 mW + 50 mW@ 33 Ω load
Output Impedance
10 Ω
* Controllable by volume knob.
External Audio Input (Ext Audio Input) Jack
Connector
φ6.3 mm monaural phone jack
Maximum Input Level
-10 dBu
Input Impedance
22 kΩ
MIDI Connector
IN
USB Connector
Type B
CV IN/OUT Jacks
Keyboard CV (IN/OUT)
1 V/oct.
Connector
φ3.5 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
φ3.5 mm monaural phone jack
TRIG IN/OUT Jacks
TRIG IN
+3 V pulse min., 10 μsec. Duration minimum
TRIG OUT
+10 V pulse on key depression, 10 μsec. Duration
Connector
φ3.5 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