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arp odyssey (black & orange version)

price : $999.00

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.

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 chairman and ceo of carbonite, inc., as well as being a lecturer at mit's sloan school of management. he is also an emeritus professor of the new england conservatory and berklee college of music.

the arp odyssey was an analog synthesizer originally produced in 1972 by arp instruments, inc. that garnered a faithful following among musicians. well respected for its high value, ease to play and portability, the arp odyssey is loved by a wide range of musicians as a historical classic.

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.


37-note (slimkey, no velocity sensitivity, no aftertouch)

maximum polyphony
2 voices for duophonic; normally monophonic

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)

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)
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: f6.3 mm monaural phone jack
portamento foot switch: f6.3 mm monaural phone jack

audio output jacks
connector: f6.3 mm monaural phone jack
maximum output level: -20 dbu@ 10 ko load
output impedance: 10 ko

connector: xlr connector
maximum output level: +4 dbu@ 1 ko load
output impedance: 330 o

headphones jack
connector: f6.3 mm stereo phone jack
maximum output level: 50 mw + 50 mw@ 33 o load
output impedance: 10 o

* controllable by volume knob.

external audio input (ext audio input) jack

f6.3 mm monaural phone jack

maximum input level: -10 dbu

input impedance: 22 ko

midi connector: in

usb connector: type b

cv in/out jacks
keyboard cv (in/out): 1 v/oct.
connector: f3.5 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: f3.5 mm monaural phone jack

trig in/out jacks
trig in: +3 v pulse min., 10 ?sec. duration minimum
trig out: +10 v pulse on key depression, 10 ?sec. duration
connector: f3.5 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

ac adapter, phone cable, mini-phone cable, owner?s manual, dedicated semi-hard case

vp-10 volume pedal, ps-1/ps-3 pedal switch

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