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arp odyssey
arp odyssey


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ARP ODYSSEY (1978)

The Arp Odyssey 2800 is considered the portable version of the famous modular ARP 2600 designed by Alan Robert Pearlman.


This is the third official release from ARP after near ten years of production from 1972 to 1981 with some technical and cosmetic changes.

arp odyssey keyboad close up

voltage controlled oscillators

info KEYBOARD (weight: 8 Kg) compact 37-keys.
The main panel features 34 sliders, 3 pads PPC proportional pitch control and a 3-ways octave switch selector.

Back panel terminal connectors:
- control CV / gate
- main out jack
- main out XLR
- CV pedal control input (it disables S&H functions)
- line input


editVOICE
monophonic analog synthesizer.
A voice is composed by 2 VCO oscillators + 1 white or pink noise circuit.


structure

edit OSCILLATORS VCO structure:

  VCO1 VCO2
mix volume yes yes
pitch coarse yes yes
pitch fine yes yes
hard sync - VCO2 -> VCO1
waves saw / square saw / square
pulse width 50% to square 50% to square
width modulation LFO sine / EG ADSR LFO sine / EG ADSR



filter FILTER 4-poles lowpass and a simple non-resonant highpass.
New custom filter design replaced the previous model 4023 (so-called Moog clone) but has its own character and still achieves a very characteristic resonance.



lfo LFO
1 main modulator (range from 0.2 to 20 Hz) and features 2 waveforms square and sine (plus sample and hold):
- EG AR gate (square)
- EG ADSR gate (square)
- VCO1 pitch (sine or square) summable with EG ADSR or S&H
- VCO2 pitch (sine or S&H) summable with EG ADSR or S&H
- VCF cutoff (sine or S&H) summable with S&H
- VCO1 pulse width (sine)
- VCO2 pulse width (sine)
The VCO1 can be interrupted (LF KEYB OFF) and acts as a secondary LFO (saw/square obviously)



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SAMPLE AND HOLD a smart mixer for this function.
There are 2 dedicated sliders mix VCO1 wave square/saw values and VCO2 wave square: each sampled step is clocked to LFO frequency or manually retriggered. Finally the generated voltage output has a voltage slew (a smoothing process) output lag.

sample and hold

adsr ENVELOPE there are 2 EG:
  EG1 EG2  
N. segments 4 ADSR 2 AD  
VCA yes yes  
VCO1 pitch yes -  
VCO2 pitch yes -  
VCO1 width yes -  
VCO2 width yes -  
VCF yes yes  

VCA GAIN holds a sound indefinitely likely for drones effects and the repeat function retriggers the EG following the square LFO flow clocked to the main LFO frequency, but may also be synched to external trigger IN with latch mode.



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PERFORMANCE some handy playmode functions:
- special duophonic mode (VCO1 lower priority)
- portamento time
- PPC is a kind of pitch bender


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MAINTENANCE some common issues:
- third version have caps falling apart
- PPC rubber pads fails
- sliders are a bit short-life


VCF FILTER


memroy ARP ODYSSEY RELATED MODELS:

 

odyssey mk1

MK1 WHITEFACE

Model: 2800 (from 1972 to 1974)
- Rotary Knob bender
- No external CV control
- 2 poles filter (model 4023)

odyssey mk2

Mk2 GOLDEN

model: 2800->2813 (from 1974 to 1978)
- Rotary Knob or late PPC
- Later models have CV control (like 2810)
- 4 poles "Mooged" (4023) filter replaced by custom 4075 patent infringement

odyssey mk3

Mk3 BLACK ORANGE

Model: 2820-> 2823 (from 1978 to 1981)
- PPC controller
- CV/gate control
- 4 poles filter 4075

CREAMWARE PRODYSSEY CREAMWARE PRODYSSEY (2007)


a smart digital analog modeling
ARP 2600

ARP 2600

the modular spiritual father

KORG ODYSSEY?

KORG ODYSSEY?

in 2014 KORG announces the development of an all new ARP Odyssey synthesizer.



lfo
VST PLUGIN there are many plugins around, some free some commercials:
- FREE: EFM Oddse, Roberson Audio Oddy, Elektrostudio ODsay and Synth School Odyssey
- COMMERCIAL: Manx Destiny and GForce Oddity

odyssey mk3



demoAUDIO DEMO

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demo1 3 tracks 3 tracks 3 tracks


video VIDEO CLIP SELECTION

 ARP Odyssey arp odyssey with with roland tr808 spiral sequence 2
demo with roland t-r808 with doepfer maq 16/3

 

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behind the synthesizer ARP made in USA vcf detail- do not touch VCF pins


manual

- sound routing
- CV gate & pedal cv

manual

- bad sliders and PPC quality
- can be tricky


comment


"Odyssey is a bit different from classical synthesizer with its own logic of editing, not always intuitive but really powerful and flexible."



 

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