The Return of A Classic
Korg has finally reissued a full-sized version of the beloved Arp Odyssey synthesizer, available in all three color variations.
Originally released in 1972 by ARP Instruments, the Odyssey was ARP’s response to the popularity of Moog’s Minimoog, which was one of the first reasonably priced, portable, and professional-quality synthesizers. ARP went a step further by making the Odyssey the world’s first duophonic synthesizer, enabling users to play two notes simultaneously. The instrument quickly gained worldwide popularity; later in 1972 Elton John used one on his hit ‘Rocket Man,’ and in 1973 it was prominently featured on the Herbie Hancock’s ‘Chameleon,’ his first foray into jazz-funk. Other notable musicians to use the instrument include ABBA, George Duke, ELO, Jethro Tull, Kansas, Styx, and so many more.
Three Classic Revisions
The original Odyssey initially featured a two-pole filter, similar to Oberheim’s SEM modules, that produced a tinny, metallic sound. To keep pace with the 3-pole Minimoog, Revision 2 featured a 4-pole design, which had a much fatter tone and was often used as a bass instrument. Revision 3 was a similar design, with less abrasive resonance. Each version of the reissue features all three sound variations.
The Rev1 version is white and black with multi-colored switches.
Additional functions on the Odyssey include sample & hold, two envelope generators, oscillator sync, and pitch bend, all providing the user with an incredibly versatile range of sound. Redesigned with the supervision of David Friend, one of the Odyssey’s original creators, all parts in the Korg ARP Odyssey reissue have been carefully selected and adjusted to faithfully recreate the sounds of the original versions.