New Korg ARP Odyssey (2015) vs. Classic ARP Odyssey mkIII (1978)

This video, via RetroSound, captures a head to head comparison of the new Korg ARP Odyssey (2015) vs a classic ARP Odyssey mkIII (1978) synthesizer.

Check out the comparison and let us know what you think of the two synths in the comments!
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David Friend On The History Of The ARP Odyssey

At the 2015 NAMM Show, Korg formally introduced their new version of the ARP Odyssey analog synthesizer during a two-hour event.

The highlight of the event was ARP President & co-founder David Friend, who shared his story of the history of ARP and the creation of the ARP Odyssey.  Continue reading

ARP 2600 Reborn As TheWarp Semi-modular Synthesizer

thewarp-arp-2600-cloneTheWarp is a modern reinterpretation of the legendary ARP 2600 semimodular synthesizer, produced by ARP Intruments from 1970 to 1981.

TheWarp is based on the original schematics and is built with analogue components in traditional THT mounting and soldering process. According to the developers, the functions and technical specs are identical to those of the original instrument.

TheWarp’s front panel has been modernized to fit within standard 19″ rack size. The new instrument does, though, retain the graphic design, the size of the sections and feel of the original. Continue reading

Cory Henry Performs ‘Heart At Midnight’

At the 2015 NAMM Show, Korg introduced the new Kronos workstation keyboard and their reissue of the ARP Odyssey synthesizer.

Korg’s official release event featured several performances on the new keyboards, including this jazz jam by Cory HenryContinue reading

Korg Unveils ARP Odyssey Analog Synthesizer

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2015 NAMM Show: In conjunction with ARP Instruments, Korg  has revived the legendary analog synthesizer, the ARP Odyssey.

Originally produced in 1972, the ARP Odyssey was updated with several improvements throughout its history and was manufactured until 1981, due to economic hardships and the rise of cheap polyphonic digital keyboards.

The new Korg Odyssey has a compact body, highly operable sliders, and a 37 note slim keyboard. In addition, a new ‘DRIVE’ switch is provided and connectors include MIDI and headphone output as well as Patch cables have been added.

According to the company, “Korg has brought back the ARP Odyssey for today, while preserving the basic design of the original”. Continue reading