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Korg ARP Odyssey FS Synthesizer

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The full size Arp ODYSSEY is back. Much beloved for its warm and thick horn approximations, its bouncy rubber band bass and its own distinct tones, t...Click To Read More About This Product

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Available in three striking color schemes.

The full size Arp ODYSSEY is back. Much beloved for its warm and thick horn approximations, its bouncy rubber band bass and its own distinct tones, the Arp ODYSSEY defined some of the most charming parts of some of the most beloved music of the 70s and 80s. Remember the end of “Fly Like an Eagle”? The bridge to "Rocket Man"? There are too many iconic appearances ODYSSEY to list here, but the beauty, fire and versatility of the Arp ODYSSEY was unmatched in its heyday; the time has come for modern keyboard musicians to make their own history.

This limited edition series is a true 1:1 recreation of the legend, assembled in USA where its deep roots lie. Like the Arp ODYSSEY series that relaunched the brand, the FS (Full Size) series offers the same three-filter configuration along with modern improvements including USB, 5-pin MIDI and the classic pitch and modulation pads. It is available in each of the three classic color combinations in which it was originally issued (white, black and orange, and black and gold). All three versions will be produced in extremely limited quantities (only 50 of each model). Stake your claim to one now.

  • 37 full size keys
  • Same renowned 100% analog signal structure as the legendary Odyssey
  • Three pads for pitch and modulation (as found on the later revisions of original Odyssey)
  • USB and 5-pin MIDI for modern connectivity
  • Three colors: V1 is White, V2 is Black Gold and V3 is Black Orange

For funk, electric jazz, pop and rock 'n' roll, no few other synths have shown the ODYSSEY's versatility. Limited quantities available. Order today.

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If Stockhausen played a synth, it'd be this one.

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    Comments about Korg ARP Odyssey FS Synthesizer:

    I preordered Rev 3...I don't know how long ago, but the day it arrived: whoa! It looks like something out of a Stanley Kubrick film.

    I promptly set it up and studied the front panel for a few minutes, trying to work out the signal flow without the use of the manual (yet). The S/H section and the Ring Modulator weren't immediately intuitive but the rest was pretty easy to understand.

    Most synthesizers are benchmarked against a very popular monosynth from the 1970s. The Odyssey doesn't attempt to look or sound like it; it's definitely more experimental in implementation. Yes, you can get the funky basses, the searing leads and all that - but if you're into the more avant grade sounds, this is your instrument.

    The Ring Modulator (when moving the sliders) is an eargasm of instant-gratification R2D2 on peyote. Or aliens landing in hyperspace. Or songs from a metallic whale. The Sample and Hold circuit is interesting, because like every other synth in the world it can be triggered by LFO (yawn). But unlike any other synth I've encountered so far...Sample and Hold can. be. triggered. by. keypress. So if, for whatever reason, you need unpredictable pitch in your melody lines, the Odyssey's got you covered.

    CV / trigger ins / outs plus audio ins (and / or feedback-type overdrives) are all present and allow for sound manipulation of external devices, though perhaps not as much as a popular Japanese semi-modular mono synth from the late 70s. Build quality seems ok for studio, but I'd be slightly wary to gig with it regularly in a beer bar setting, especially since its unusual dimensions might make it difficult to find a decent road case. I am also skeptical about the lifespan of the Proportional Pitch Controls. Pressure makes them respond more acutely, but I'm concerned that pressure over time - or "an inspired live performance" - might crack the circuit board underneath.

    My actual rating is 4.5 stars. I love its sound though *I* don't plan to take it on the road.

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