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  • ARP ODYSSEY; Forty Years Later, A Complete Revival

    By HC News |

    Long stopped, the wheels of history have again begun to move
     Anaheim, CA– January 21, 2015- - In conjunction with Arp Instruments Inc., Korg Inc. has revived the legendary analog synthesizer, the ARP ODYSSEY. Originally produced in 1972, the ODYSSEY quickly garnered a faithful following among musicians. 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 while preserving the basic design of the original. The new ODYSSEY has a compact body, highly operable sliders, and a 37 note slim keyboard that's easy to play. In addition, a DRIVE switch (new function) is provided and connectors include MIDI and headphone output as well as Patch cables.
    “Together the engineers at Korg and Arp were able to nail the sound and feel of the original. Under the advisory assistance of David Friend, the co-founder of ARP Instruments, every detail was adjusted to replicate the original unit's distinctive synthesis,” shared James Sajeva, Brand Manager for Korg products. “Every aspect has been carefully considered to stay true to the quality of the original, down to the sophisticated semi-hard case.”
     Korg has completely reproduced the original circuitry for artists looking to recreate classic sounds and explore new ones. The ARP ODYSSEY has been downsized to 86% of the original. Carefully selected parts are used in the familiar slider section, providing an operating feel that's even smoother than the original.
    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):
    Waveforms: 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):
    Types: Low pass (I: 12 dB/oct., II III: 24 dB/oct.)
    Frequency Range: 16 Hz - 16 kHz
    Maximum Usable Q: 30
    Resonance: 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:
    Type: Digital
    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:
    Pedal: 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:
    Connector: 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:
    Connector: 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.
    Connector: 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
    Connector: 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
    Connector: 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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