Since its appearance in 1972, the ARP Odyssey has been loved by countless musicians as a classic analog synthesizer. Forty years later, in 2015, with the advisory assistance of David Friend, co-founder of the ARP Instruments company, KORG resurrected the ARP ODYSSEY with a complete reproduction of the ARP Odyssey’s original circuitry. The ARP sound, which continues to be envied as an iconic analog synthesizer, was once again back in the hands of today’s musicians. Now, KORG has further broadened the reach of the ARP ODYSSEY in today’s world by releasing a new model.
The ARP ODYSSEY Module is a keyboard-less ARP ODYSSEY with the very same analog synthesis circuitry that completely reproduces the original. To fit perfectly in today’s DAW-centric music production environments, we provide it in a more compact module form. The lineup includes two models, the white Rev1 and the black and orange Rev3, reproducing traditional styling in a cutting-edge tabletop body. The real ARP sound that transcends history is once again available to the world.
The ARP ODYSSEY Module is a tabletop analog synth module based on KORG’s revived ARP ODYSSEY. In its compact, keyboard-less body, it contains the exact same circuitry as the original, making it even easier for you to obtain that rich analog sound that only a genuine ARP ODYSSEY can produce.
By adding the ARP ODYSSEY Module to their setup, DAW users can enhance their production environment with powerful analog sound that cannot be obtained from any plugin. You can also perform in conjunction with a sequencer such as the KORG SQ-1. If you’re a player with a keyboard that you prefer, you can connect the ARP ODYSSEY Module via MIDI to your favorite keyboard and play it to your heart’s content. In addition, the ARP ODYSSEY Module newly supports MIDI pitch bend.
The ARP Odyssey is known best for its sharp and biting tone, and the rich possibilities of modulation that allow an incredible variety of sounds. The ARP ODYSSEY Module is equipped with the very same circuitry as the ARP ODYSSEY, which itself is a perfect replica of the original unit, developed under the supervision of the ARP Instruments company’s co-founder David Friend. Its module-type design invites the user into an even deeper world of sound design.
The ARP ODYSSEY Module lineup includes the best-known Rev3 design with its characteristic black panel and orange silk-screening, as well as the white-paneled Rev1 design that marks this instrument’s historic beginning. The unique shape of the slider grips, their smooth operating feel, and the layout of the switches all perfectly reproduce the layout of the original despite the compact module design.
The body, on the other hand, has been redesigned for its new life in module form, featuring a sturdy steel chassis befitting the weighty sounds produced by this instrument throughout its forty-year history.
ARP ODYSSEY Module Specifications
Maximum Polyphony: 2 voices for duophonic; normally monophonic
Controllers 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)
Portamento 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: 6.3 mm monaural phone jack. Portamento Foot Switch: 6.3 mm monaural phone jack
Audio Output Jacks LOW: Connector: 6.3 mm monaural phone jack. Maximum Output Level: -20 dBu@ 10 k ohm load. Output Impedance: 10 k ohm. HIGH: Connector: XLR connector. Maximum Output Level: +4 dBu@ 1 k ohm load. Output Impedance: 330 ohm
Headphones Jack: Connector: 6.3 mm stereo phone jack. Maximum Output Level: 50 mW + 50 mW@ 33 ohm load. Output Impedance: 10 ohm
External Audio Input (Ext Audio Input) Jack Connector: 6.3 mm monaural phone jack. Maximum Input Level: -10 dBu, Input Impedance: 22 k ohm
MIDI Connector: IN
USB Connector: Type B
CV IN/OUT Jacks: Keyboard CV (IN/OUT): 1 V/oct. Connector: 3.5 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: 3.5 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: 3.5 mm monaural phone jack.
Power Supply: AC adapter jack (DC 9V)
Power Consumption: 6.5 W
Dimensions: (W x D x H) 496 x 265 x 89 mm / 19.53” x 10.43” x 3.50”
Weight: 3.7 kg / 8.16 lbs
Design Variations: White (ARP ODYSSEY Module Rev1), Black and Orange (ARP ODYSSEY Module Rev3)
Included Items: AC adapter, phone cable, mini-phone cable
Accessories: Expression/Volume Pedal: XVP-20. Pacth Cables: SQ-CABLE-6