The Korg ARP Odyssey Rev1 is a compact yet powerful analog synthesizer module featuring a duophonic design with two VCOs. The Korg ARP Odyssey Rev1 is a modern version of the classic ARP odyssey first seen in 1972, retaining its analog characteristics while improving its functionality thanks to modern innovations. The module gives you all the controls and parameters you need to make your own complex and rich synth sounds. The ARP Odyssey Rev features a noise generator with white and pink noise settings plus ARP?s infamous low-pass filter circuit. Additionally the ARP Odyssey Rev1 features a MIDI IN connector and USB MIDI port for recording and connecting the module to your computer.
The Korg ARP Odyssey Rev1 features a keyboard-less design unlike the previous ARP Odyssey presenting you with a synthesizer module that is compact yet robust and powerful. The duophonic design utilises 2 VCOs for optimal versatility, allowing you to use two different pitches simultaneously when playing two notes, opening up a world of possibilities when it comes to sound design. The high degree of pitch stability the ARP Odyssey is renowned for, has been perfectly reproduced for optimal audio quality and functionality. The pitch itself is variable over a wide range of 20 Hz – 2kHz, ideal for creating the most unique sounds on the fly. The pitch modulation and pulse width modulation can also be controlled, allowing you to make in-depth changes to the sounds tonality and character.
ARP’s Original Circuitry
Incorporating the circuitry from the original ARP Odyssey models ensures optimal audio quality and versatility, producing the classic analog sound and vintage vibe that is so sought after. First introduced in 1972, the ARP Oddyssey has dominated the synthesizer market for years; and the complete reproduction of the ARP Odyssey’s original circuitry ensures you retain the classic, vintage sound the original was so infamous for. The original PPC based on a rubber pad also been reproduced, allowing you to control your pitch wand vibrato depth with ease, in proportion to the pressure you put on the pad.
Analog Design Meets Modern Innovations
The ARP Odyssey’s wide range of controls and parameters ensure you have optimal reign over your sound, allowing you achieve the sound you desire with ease. There are two types of envelope generator for added versatility – ADSR and AR. A ‘DRIVE’ switch has also been included to increase aggression in your sound, simply switch the DRIVE function on to generate extreme or subtle distortion. The Rev1 also features the three historic iterations of ARP’s low-pass filter circuit for added control, allowing you to get that analog low-end rumble associated with vintage synth modules. The distinctive and unique S/H Mixer allows you to easily create sample and hold sounds by utilising the oscillator or noise generator as a source that is triggered by the LFO or keyboard. A portamento slide and transpose switch are also provided for added control of your sounds, allowing you to quickly and easily switch octaves as well as slide between notes.
The ARP Odyssey Rev 1 also features a wide range of digital and analog connection, bringing the best of both worlds together for added functionality. Starting with the outputs, the ARP Odysseyy Rev 1 features both a 1/4’’ and XLR output for connecting the module to a range of external audio equipment including speakers and more. An external audio input jack is also provided allowing you to process sound from an external device, opening up a world of possibilities when it comes to linking up units. The headphone jack allows you to play with the module without disturbing others as well as being ideal for checking your sounds through a different format. The headphone jack also features integrated volume control for added convenience. You can also connect the headphone jack to the external audio jack creating a self-feedback which you can use to generate new sounds. CV, GATE and TRIG jacks are provided to let you send and receive analog signal to operate the instrument. For digital connectivity, Korg have included both MIDI IN and USB MIDI ports for connecting the module to a computer. This is ideal for music producers who wish to utilise the ARP Odyssey in their favourite DAW, allowing you to implement the sounds you make into your musical productions. Additionally both 1/4’’ size and mini-size patch cables are included to get you started.
Duophonic design with two VCOs
A rich variety of modulation
Oscillator sync provides sharp, great-sounding overtones
Noise generator provides two types of noise: white and pink
LFO and sample & Hold are provided, with switchable routing
The DRIVE switch generates extreme and aggressive sounds
Envelope generator with two types: ADSR and AR
The original PPC based on a rubber pad has been reproduced
MIDI IN connector and USB MIDI port are provided for digital connectivity
2VCO. The duophonic design allows two different pitches to sound when you play two notes
The high degree of pitch stability for which the ARP Odyssey was remarkable in its time has been perfectly reproduced
Pitch is variable over a wide range of 20Hz – 2kHZ
Pitch modulation and pulse width modulation can be controlled
Oscillator sync provides sharp, great-sounding overtone extending into a high range
Noise generator provides two noise types: white and pink
Powerful LFO can be used as a modulation source for the oscillator or filter, or as a trigger source for sample and hold
The distinctive S/H MIXER lets you easily create sample & hold sounds by using the oscillator or noise generator as a source that's triggered by the LFO or keyboard
Ring modulator generates metallic sounds with rich overtones
The three types of low-pass filter found on different production runs of the original ARP Odyssey are all provided. With a single switch you can select any one of these filters with their differing characteristics: TYPE I (Rev1) is a 12 dB/octave filter with a sharp and punchy sound, TYPE II (Rev2) is a 24 dB/octave filter that's great for thick low sounds, and TYPE III (Rev3) features excellent stability even when the resonance is increased
A wide variety of modulation sources such as S/H, LFO, ADSR, and AR can be used to modulate the filter
A high-pass filter is provided following the low-pass filter, giving you even broader sound design possibilities
A new function, the DRIVE switch generates extreme and aggressive sounds
VCA GAIN slider leaves the note sustaining. Ideal for sound design
Envelope generator with two types: ADSR and AR. This can be used not only for the VCA but also to modulate the filter or oscillator
The original PPC (Proportional Pitch Control) based on a rubber pad has been reproduced. Press the rubber pad with your finger to control pitch bend or vibrato depth in proportion to the pressure
A portamento slider and transpose switch are provided. You can also use a switch to select either of the ways in which Rev1 and Rev2/3 of the original ARP Odyssey differ as to whether portamento is applied the moment that you operate the transpose lever
Two types of audio output jack are provided: 1/4" phone and XLR
External audio input jack is provided, allowing you to process sound from an external device
Headphone jack with adjustable volume is provided. By connecting the headphone jack to the external audio input jack, you can apply self-feedback to generate powerful sounds
CV, GATE, and TRIG jacks are provided, letting you send or receive analog signals to operate the instrument. If you connect the GATE OUT jack to the TRIG IN jack, the EG will not be triggered, allowing you to play legato
Both 1/4" size and mini-size patch cables are included
MIDI IN connector and USB MIDI port are provided, allowing connection to a PC or MIDI device