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- 86% Scale recreation of the legend with all three rev. filters
- USB MIDI and CV/Gate I/O
- Body extended to protect keys
- Includes hard-shell case
- Audio Input
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ARP Odyssey. Today, Korg has brought back the new and improved ARP Odyssey. 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 recreate the sound and feel of the original. Every detail has been carefully considered to stay true to the quality of its predecessor, 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.
Top customer reviews
Now I have one and I think Korg has done a wonderful job. I like how Korg preserved some aspects such as the XLR output, external audio input, and the CV (Control Voltage)/Gate/Trigger inputs and outputs. Modern embellishments like MIDI input and MIDI over USB are very welcome since they didn't exist when the original was released in the 1970s. I'm sure the oscillators are a lot more stable than the original.
The manual provides the basics and a "recipe" book also comes with it. Korg also provides a complimentary travel case.
For those discerning enough for a "live-or-Memorex" test against an original, please go to YouTube. I think a lot of these reissues have more stable oscillators than the originals and that may explain some differences. I own a few vintage analog synthesizers and they can be cantankerous. So, I welcome how the reissues are more predictable.
I have used the Arp Odyssey with an Arturia BeatStep Pro sequencer to play alongside a MiniBrute and the CV seemed to work well.
If this is your first analog synthesizer, I recommend buying or downloading "Learning Music With Synthesizers" by David Friend, et. al. (1974) which exclusively features the Arp Odyssey (surprised?).
No Menus- This is a reproduction of the classic model I was craving in the early 70's but could never afford. It is all analog, no memory, no storage, just knobs, switches and keys that beg for tweaking live.
CV and Gate In-Outs on the rear - These rear panel jacks work great with the little Korg SQ-1 analog sequencer, so many wonderful sounds are available by using these ports.
Sound - The sound quality from this synth is awesome, instantly recognizable, biting and rich, I love how it cuts through other pads and chords to speak with a fantastic tone that really stands out yet is always musical.
The key-bed is smaller than a full size keyboard but not totally tiny like a toy. My biggest complaint is that the keys have very short stroke which feels a bit odd but I have small hands and adapt to it quite quickly. The sound quality totally makes up for any short comings, I'm really thinking about getting a second one so I can use one with the sequencer and have another to solo with.
If it were lost or stolen I'd order a replacement immediately, zero regret, all fun!
Good music to all!
I've seen complaints about the size but honestly, if you've ever seen the original, this is a much nicer format. The original was huge. These are the same "slim keys" as on the ms20 mini and are more than fine for playing single notes as it's designed to offer (it's duo phonic).
Loses a star for me because while the case is nice, I feel like I was made to pay for something I personally don't use (this is in my studio). That said, it's a really nice case =) so if I do take it on a gig it's gonna be protected and look damn good.