Legendary sound that connects the past with the present. Reborn again as an analog synthesizer module with the Arp Odyssey Desktop Module.
Korg announces today that the ARP Odyssey will be made available as a desktop synth module for those of us who have enough keys around. It weighs in at $599.
I guess the leaked photo was a hint after all.
I was one of the folks that jumped on the Korg Arp Odyssey when it came out. I was one of the folks, at NAMM that year, that complained about the keys as well. They are not the best and they are really micro and narrow. However, once I owned it I quickly got used to it and even played it a lot from my controller on the side. Now it seems that Korg took the hint and a note from the MS-20 module’s popularity by introducing 2 new desktop synth modules of the Arp Odyssey.
From Korg’s site…
Since its appearance in 1972, the ARP Odyssey has been loved by countless musicians as a classic analog synthesizer. Forty years later, in 2015, with the advisory assistance of David Friend, co-founder of the ARP Instruments company, KORG resurrected the ARP ODYSSEY with a complete reproduction of the ARP Odyssey’s original circuitry. The ARP sound, which continues to be envied as an iconic analog synthesizer, was once again back in the hands of today’s musicians. Now, KORG has further broadened the reach of the ARP ODYSSEY in today’s world by releasing a new model.
The ARP ODYSSEY Module is a keyboard-less ARP ODYSSEY with the very same analog synthesis circuitry that completely reproduces the original. To fit perfectly in today’s DAW-centric music production environments, we provide it in a more compact module form. The lineup includes two models, the white Rev1 and the black and orange Rev3, reproducing traditional styling in a cutting-edge tabletop body. The real ARP sound that transcends history is once again available to the world.
ARP Odyssey Analog Synth Module Features:
- A faithful, 86%-scale re-creation of the classic synth’s control panel
- Monophonic; two voices for duophonic (one oscillator each)
- Proportional Pitch Control pads; modulation pad
- White/pink noise generator
- Portamento speed control
- Two VCOs with Sawtooth, Square, and Dynamic Pulse waveforms (with PWM)
- Lowpass filter (resonant): 12 and 24dB/octave; frequency range: 16Hz-16kHz
- Voltage Controlled Amplifier (VCA), dynamic range: 80dB
- Ring Modulator (digital); Sample & Hold
- ADSR and AR envelope generators
- Low (1/4″ TS) and High (XLR) output jacks; 1/4″ TRS headphone jack
- External Audio Input jack (1/4″ TS)
- MIDI In (DIN); USB (Type B)
- 1/8″ TS CV In/Out, Gate In/Out, and Trig In/Out patch points
- Pedal and Portamento footswitch inputs
For more info and specs head over to Korg’s site. http://www.korg.com
FYI… it’s now available for pre-order at Sweetwater.com