Korg ARP Odyssey - Duophonic Synthesizer

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Forty years later, a complete revival.
The legendary analog synthesizer that transformed its age.

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 nail the 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.

 

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.

 

Profile of David Friend:

Co-founder of ARP Instruments, Inc. together with the founder Alan Robert Pearlman. In addition to designing the ARP Odyssey, he was involved with the development of numerous products, and subsequently entered management, eventually becoming president of the company. His achievements as an entrepreneur have also been acclaimed, and in 2010 he received the "Entrepreneur of the Year" (Emerging Technology category) award from Ernst & Young. Currently he serves as the President and CEO of Blue Archive, Inc., as well as being a lecturer at MIT's Sloan School of Management. He is also an emeritus of the New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music.

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.   Rev1 and Rev2 designs also revived as limited-edition models

Of the various designs that differed by production date, the ARP Odyssey uses the Rev3 design with a black panel silk-screened in orange. The white-paneled Rev1 and the black panel with gold-printed Rev2 designs have also been revived as limited-edition models. If you're an original user, you can choose the design that brings back those fond memories; if you're a new user, choose the model that you like best.

 

About the Alan R. Pearlman Foundation

Alan R. Pearlman was nicknamed “ARP” as a kid growing up in New York City, so it seemed the perfect name for a company he co-founded when he was later designing electronic musical instruments. After leaving NASA, Pearlman Established ARP as an outlet for the creation of instruments known for their sound quality. Pearlman created the ARP 2500 in 1970 and then the classic ARP Odyssey and ARP 2600. One of Pearlman’s key skills was that he was able to build oscillators that stayed in tune and even developed a cordless patching technique using a matrix of switches. Arp Instruments built a legacy as a great leader in the growth and development of the electronic musical market.

Founded in 2019, the Alan R. Pearlman Foundation was created by Dina Pearlman, Alan Pearlman’s daughter, to honor the legacy of her father. The mission of the ARP Foundation is to celebrate Pearlman by making his inventions publicly accessible, and inspiring future generations to imagine and create.

 

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.

Synthesis

* 2VCO. The duophonic design allows two different pitches to sound when you play two notes.
* The high degree of pitch stability for which the ARP Odyssey was remarkable in its time has been perfectly reproduced.
* Pitch is variable over a wide range of 20 Hz--2 kHz.

* Pitch modulation and pulse width modulation can be controlled.

 

* Oscillator sync provides sharp, great-sounding overtones extending into a high range.

* Noise generator provides two noise types: white and pink.

 

* Powerful LFO can be used as a modulation source for the oscillator or filter, or as a trigger source for sample & hold.

* Ring modulator generates metallic sounds with rich overtones.

* The distinctive S/H MIXER lets you easily create sample & hold sounds by using the oscillator or noise generator as a source that's triggered by the LFO or keyboard.

 

* The three types of low-pass filter found on different production runs of the original ARP Odyssey are all provided. With a single switch you can select any one of these filters with their differing characteristics: TYPE I (Rev1) is a 12 dB/octave filter with a sharp and punchy sound, TYPE II (Rev2) is a 24 dB/octave filter that's great for thick low sounds, and TYPE III (Rev3) features excellent stability even when the resonance is increased.

* A wide variety of modulation sources such as S/H, LFO, ADSR, and AR can be used to modulate the filter.

 

* A high-pass filter is provided following the low-pass filter, giving you even broader sound design possibilities.

* A new function, the DRIVE switch generates extreme and aggressive sounds.
* VCA GAIN slider leaves the note sustaining. Ideal for sound design.

 

* Envelope generator with two types: ADSR and AR. This can be used not only for the VCA but also to modulate the filter or oscillator.

 

Control

* The original PPC (Proportional Pitch Control) based on a rubber pad has been reproduced. Press the rubber pad with your finger to control pitch bend or vibrato depth in proportion to the pressure.

* A portamento slider and transpose switch are provided. You can also use a switch to select either of the ways in which Rev1 and Rev2/3 of the original ARP Odyssey differ as to whether portamento is applied the moment that you operate the transpose lever.

 

Connectors

* Two types of audio output jack are provided: 1/4" phone and XLR.

* External audio input jack is provided, allowing you to process sound from an external device.
* Headphone jack with adjustable volume is provided. By connecting the headphone jack to the external audio input jack, you can apply self-feedback to generate powerful sounds.

 

* CV, GATE, and TRIG jacks are provided, letting you send or receive analog signals to operate the instrument. If you connect the GATE OUT jack to the TRIG IN jack, the EG will not be triggered, allowing you to play legato.
* Both 1/4" size and mini-size patch cables are included.

* MIDI IN connector and USB MIDI port are provided, allowing connection to a PC or MIDI device.

 

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 kΩ load Output Impedance 10 kΩ Audio Output Jacks
HIGH Connector XLR connector Maximum Output Level +4 dBu@ 1 kΩ load Output Impedance 330 Ω Headphones Jack Connector 6.3 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 6.3 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 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 μsec. Duration minimum TRIG OUT +10 V pulse on key depression, 10 μsec. Duration Connector 3.5 mm monaural phone jack Power Supply AC adapter jack (DC 9V) 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 Included Items AC adapter, phone cable, mini-phone cable, owner’s manual, dedicated semi-hard case Accessories Expression/Volume Pedal XVP-20 Volume Pedal VP-10 Pedal Switch PS-3 Pedal Switch PS-1 Patch Cables SQ-CABLE-6 * All product, company, and standard names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. * Appearance and specifications of products are subject to change without notice.

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