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Korg ARP Odyssey

Duophonic Synthesizer w/ Case

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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.

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.

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.

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MPN: Odyssey
UPC: 4959112136885

  • Keyboard37-note (Slimkey, No velocity sensitivity, No aftertouch)
  • Maximum Polyphony2 voices for duophonic; normally monophonic
  • Transpose Positions2 octaves down, normal, 2 octave up
  • Proportional Pitch Controlb (Pitch down) Pad: about -2 / 3 octave
    - (Modulation) Pad
  • # (Pitch-up) Pad: about +2 / 3 octave
  • Noise GeneratorNoise Spectrum Types (white and pink)
  • Maximum Speedabout 0.01 msec./oct
  • Minimum Speedabout 1.5 sec./oct
  • VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator)
  • WaveformsSawtooth, Square, Pluse (Dynamic Pluse)
  • Frequency RangeVCO-1 in low freq. mode, 0.2 Hz – 20 Hz: VCO-1
    and VCO-2 (audio range) about 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Warm Up Drift1/30 semitone from turn on max
  • Pulse Width50 % – 5 %
  • Pulse Width ModulationADSR, +45 %
  • LFO, +15 %
  • Voltage Controlled Response:1 V/oct
  • Maximum Frequency ShiftsLFO 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)
  • TypesLow pass (I: 12 dB/oct., II III: 24 dB/oct.)
  • Frequency Range16 Hz - 16 kHz
  • Maximum Usable Q30
  • Resonance1/2 - self oscillate
  • Voltage Controlled Response C3 key (left edge): 0 V
  • C6 key (right edge) 3 V
  • VCA (Voltage Controlled Amplifier)
  • Dynamic Range80 dB
  • Ring Modulator
  • TypeDigital
  • Input SignalVCO-1, VCO-2 (square wave)
  • Sample & Hold
  • Command SourcesKeyboard or LFO trigger
  • Sampled SignalsVCO-1 sawtooth wave and square wave, VCO-2 square wave and pink noise
  • ADSR Envelope Generator
  • Attack Time5 msec. - 5 sec.
  • Decay Time10 msec. - 8 sec.
  • Sustain Level0 - 100 % or Peak
  • Release Time15 msec. - 10 sec.
  • AR Envelope Generator
  • Attack Time5 msec. - 5 sec.
  • Release Time10 msec. - 8 sec.
  • Control Input Jacks
  • Pedalφ6.3 mm monaural phone jack
  • Portamento Foot Switchφ6.3 mm monaural phone jack
  • Audio Output Jacks
  • LOWConnector: φ6.3 mm monaural phone jack
  • Maximum Output Level: -20 dBu@ 10 kΩ load
  • Output Impedance: 10 kΩ
  • HIGHConnector: XLR connector
  • Maximum Output Level: +4 dBu@ 1 kΩ load
  • Output Impedance: 330 Ω
  • Headphones Jack
  • Connectorφ6.3 mm stereo phone jack
  • Maximum Output Level50 mW + 50 mW@ 33 Ω load
  • Output Impedance10 Ω* Controllable by volume knob.
  • External Audio Input (Ext Audio Input) Jack
  • Connectorφ6.3 mm monaural phone jack
  • Maximum Input Level-10 dBu
  • Input Impedance22 kΩ
  • MIDI ConnectorIN
  • USB ConnectorType B
  • CV IN/OUT Jacks
  • Keyboard CV (IN/OUT)1 V/oct.
  • Connectorφ3.5 mm monaural phone jack
  • GATE IN/OUT Jacks
  • GATE IN+3 V (minimum)
  • GATE OUT+10 V, key down; 0 V all keys up
  • Connectorφ3.5 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
  • Connectorφ3.5 mm monaural phone jack
  • Power SupplyAC adapter jack (DC 9 V)
  • Power Consumption6.5 W
  • Dimensions (W x D x H)502 x 380 x 120 mm / 19.76" x 14.96" x 4.72"
  • Weight5 kg / 11.02 lbs
  • AccessoriesAC adapter, phone cable, mini-phone cable, owner's manual, dedicated semi-hard case
  • Options:VP-10 Volume Pedal, PS-1/PS-3 Pedal Switch

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