Korg ARP Odyssey Overview
The ARP Odyssey from Korg is the re-creation of the classic analog synthesizer originally produced in the 1970s and highly regarded for its sharp penetrating sound and rich range of tonal variations. This re-creation is 86% of the original size and features the original circuitry with some updated features including MIDI and USB.
The synth offers a 37-note slim-key keyboard with monophonic or duophonic operation. The oscillator section includes two VCOs with sawtooth, square, and pulse waveforms. Additionally, all three revisions of the filter are immediately accessible via switch and further broaden the tonal palette. Type I (rev. 1) is a 12 dB/Oct circuit, while Type II and III (Rev. 2 & 3) are 24 dB/Oct, and each type adds distinct flavors and colors to the sound. Both of the portamento circuits (Rev.1 & 2/3) are available as well, while a drive circuit has been added to the VCA, producing distortion and generating a rough and raw sound. All of the sliders have been updated and are smoother than the original, making the synth uncompromisingly playable.
A variety of functions and modulation possibilities are provided by oscillator sync, pulse width modulation, sample & hold, a high-pass filter, two types of envelope generators, an LFO, and pitch bend via the proportional pitch controls (PPC). The ARP Odyssey ships with a power adapter, a 1/4" cable, a 1/8" cable, and an impact-resistant case.
|Keyboard||37-note (slim-key, no velocity sensitivity, no aftertouch)|
|Polyphony||Maximum Polyphony: 2 voices for duophonic; normally monophonic|
|Controllers||Transpose Positions: 2 octaves down, normal, 2 octaves up\nProportional Pitch Control\nPitch Down Pad (b): about -2 / 3 octave\nModulation Pad (-)\nPitch Up Pad (#): about +2 / 3 octave|
|Noise Generator||Noise Spectrum Types: White and pink|
|Portamento||Maximum Speed: About 0.01 ms/oct\nMinimum Speed: About 1.5 seconds/oct|
Voltage-Controlled Oscillator\nWaveforms: Sawtooth, square, pulse (dynamic pulse)\nFrequency Range:\nVCO-1 in Low Frequency Mode: 0.2 to 20 Hz\nVCO-1 and VCO-2 (Audio Range): About 20 Hz to 20 kHz\nWarm Up Drift: 1/30 semitone from turn on max\nPulse Width: 50 to 5%\nPulse Width Modulation:\nADSR: +45%\nLFO: +15%\nVoltage Controlled Response: 1 V/oct\nMaximum Frequency Shifts:\nLFO Sine Wave: +1/2 oct.\nLFO Square Wave: +1.5 oct.\nADSR: +9 oct.\nS/H: +2 oct.\n(*VCO-1 is low note priority, VCO-2 is high note priority)
|VCF||Voltage Controlled Filter\nTypes: Low pass (I: 12 dB/oct., II III: 24 dB/oct.)\nFrequency Range: 16 Hz to 16 kHz\nMaximum Usable Q: 30\nResonance: 1/2 - self oscillate\nVoltage Controlled Response:\nC3 key (left edge) 0 V\nC6 key (right edge) 3 V|
|VCA||Voltage Controlled Amplifier\nDynamic Range: 80 dB|
|Ring Modulator||Type: Digital\nInput Signal: VCO-1, VCO-2 (square wave)|
|Sample & Hold||Command Sources: Keyboard or LFO trigger\nSampled Signals:\nVCO-1 sawtooth wave and square wave\nVCO-2 square wave and pink noise|
|Envelope Generators||ADSR Envelope Generator\nAttack Time: 5 msec. to 5 sec.\nDecay Time: 10 msec. to 8 sec.\nSustain Level: 0 to 100% or Peak\nRelease Time: 15 ms to 10 seconds\nAR Envelope Generator\nAttack Time: 5 ms to 5 seconds\nRelease Time: 10 ms to 8 seconds|
|Control Input||Control Input Jacks\nPedal: 1/4" / 6.3 mm monaural phone jack\nPortamento Foot Switch: 1/4" / 6.3 mm monaural phone jack|
|Audio Output||Low\nConnector: 1/4" / 6.3 mm monaural phone jack\nMaximum Output Level: -20 dBu @ 10 kOhms load\nOutput Impedance: 10 kOhms\nHigh\nConnector: XLR connector\nMaximum Output Level: +4 dBu @ 1 kOhm load\nOutput Impedance: 330 ohms\nHeadphones\nConnector: 1/4" / 6.3 mm stereo phone jack\nMaximum Output Level: 50 mW + 50 mW @ 33 ohms load\nOutput Impedance: 10 ohms\n(Controllable by volume knob)|
|External Analog Audio Input||Connector: 1/4" / 6.3 mm monaural phone jack\nMaximum Input Level: -10 dBu\nInput Impedance: 22 kOhms|
|CV In/Out Controls||Keyboard CV (In/Out): 1 V/octave\nConnector: 1/8" / 3.5 mm monaural phone jack|
|Gate||Gate In: +3 V (minimum)\nGate Out: +10 V, key down; 0 V all keys up\nConnector: 1/8" / 3.5 mm monaural phone jack|
|TRIG Connector||Trig In: +3 V pulse min., 10 μsec duration minimum\nTrig Out: +10 V pulse on key depression, 10 μsec duration\nConnector: 1/8" / 3.5 mm monaural phone jack|
|Power||Power Supply: AC adapter jack (9 VDC)\nPower Consumption: 6.5 W|
|Dimensions (W x D x H)||19.8 x 15.0 x 4.7" / 50.2 x 38.0 x 12.0 cm|
|Weight||11.0 lb / 5.0 kg|