User Poll – What ARP Odyssey Should Korg Make?

Korg successfully blew some people’s minds yesterday by announcing that it was going to build a new version of the ARP Odyssey, promising that it was going to be “a faithful recreation of the legendary 1970s analog synthesizer.”

After that settled in, though – people familiar with the ARP Odyssey started wondering which version of the legendary 1970′s analog synthesizer Korg plans to faithfully recreate:

  • Odyssey Mk I (1972 – 1975) – The white-faced Odysseys used a 2-pole voltage-controlled filter (VCF) design similar to old Oberheim SEM modules.
  • Odyssey Mk II (1975 and 1978) – The main differences in the Mk II are the addition of CV/Gate control, a new black and gold color scheme, and a 4-pole VCF modeled after the classic Moog filter.
  • Odyssey Mk III (1978 to 1981) The Mk III featured a new 4-pole filter design; and an orange and black color scheme.

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Korg Is Bringing Back The ARP Odyssey


Korg announced today that it is working on a faithful recreation of the legendary 1970s analog synthesiser, the ARP Odyssey. Korg’s ARP Odyssey is being developed for release later in 2014.

The original ARP Odyssey, above, was released in 1972 by ARP Instruments, Inc. It was a staple for many recording and performing musicians for years. And, with slight updates and improvements, it was sold through to 1981. Continue reading

Is This ARP 2600 Clone, The TTSH, The Coolest Synth DIY Project Ever?


The Two Thousand Six Hundred, or TTSH for short, is a new DIY synth project, inspired by the classic ARP 2600 semi-modular analog synthesizer.

The TTSH is now available as a kit for 4000 SEK (about US $600), containing PCBs and the powder-coated and screen-printed front panel. This is an advanced DIY project – nothing is pre-built and no electronic components are included. Builders will have to source their own parts, which is detailed at the project site. A case is also available.

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If Hitchcock Hired Raymond Scott To Score A Dream Sequence….

Saturday Synth Porn: If Alfred Hitchcock hired Raymond Scott to score a dream sequence… might sound something like this.

In this video, Kip Kubin demonstrates patching his ARP 2600 synthesizer.

ARP 2600 Patch Tutorial

Saturday Synth Porn: Here’s a loving look at the ARP 2600 synthesizer and a quick demo of creating a new patch, via Kip Kubin.

Here’s what he has to say about the video:

I wanted to make a “thank you” patch for the creators of the ARP2600 Alan Pearlman and Dennis Colin . The idea was simple, just use the ARP and try to create a new tone and Rhythm not typical of a standard sequence from the clocked output of the S/H generator.

I did cheat and use TipTop Audio stackable patch cables.

I hope they like the patch.

Vintage Synth Posters ‘A Lovely Gift For The Synthesizer Fetishist’

Reader Eric Carl let us know about a couple of cool vintage synth prints that he’s designed, for the ARP 2600 and EMS Synthi AKS.

Here are the details:

  • 18″ x 24″
  • Digital giclée print from Epson 7880
  • Archival Epson UltraChrome K3 Ink
  • Epson Enhanced Matte Paper
  • Limited editions of 100
  • Signed and numbered
  • $40 + shipping

He describes them as “A lovely gift for the synthesizer fetishist in all of us.”

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