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Korg Arp Odyssey Duophonic Synthesizer

The Classic Arp Odyssey by Korg is a true classic reborn. It looks, feels and sounds exactly like the original back in the 1970's. This is a pure Analog Duophonic Synthesizer with all the retro trim. 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. 

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      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 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.

      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.

      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)
      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
      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
      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
      φ6.3 mm monaural phone jack
      Portamento Foot Switch
      φ6.3 mm monaural phone jack
      Audio Output Jacks
      Connector: φ6.3 mm monaural phone jack
      Maximum Output Level: -20 dBu@ 10 kΩ load
      Output Impedance: 10 kΩ
      Connector: XLR connector
      Maximum Output Level: +4 dBu@ 1 kΩ load
      Output Impedance: 330 Ω
      Headphones Jack
      φ6.3 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
      φ6.3 mm monaural phone jack
      Maximum Input Level
      -10 dBu
      Input Impedance
      22 kΩ
      MIDI Connector
      USB Connector
      Type B
      CV IN/OUT Jacks
      Keyboard CV (IN/OUT)
      1 V/oct.
      φ3.5 mm monaural phone jack
      GATE IN/OUT Jacks
      GATE IN
      +3 V (minimum)
      GATE OUT
      +10 V, key down; 0 V all keys up
      φ3.5 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
      φ3.5 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"
      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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