EM has an interesting review of the Arturia Origin Keyboard – a new “laptop keyboard” that features sound modules from famous synthesizers (Moog Modular, ARP 2600, CS-80, Jupiter-8, Minimoog and Prophet 5 and Prophet VS) and organs (Tonewheel, Rotary).
EM’s reviewer, Gary Yealton, was impressed with Arturia’s $3499 keyboard synth:
I highly recommend the Origin Keyboard. It’s an inspiring piece of well-designed gear at a fair price. It isn’t cheap, but you get a tremendous amount of sound engine for your money.
Although the Origin has lots of useful and interesting factory programs, it’s one of those synthesizers obviously designed with programmers in mind. If you like to build sounds from scratch, you could spend many happy hours and years exploring and programming the Origin Keyboard. If live performance is your gig, it could very effectively take the place of half a dozen vintage keyboards onstage.
I was especially impressed by the well-thought-out versatility of the ribbon controller, which may be reason enough to prefer the keyboard model over the module.
See the full review at EM. And if you’ve tried out the Arturia Origin Keyboard yourself, let us know what you think of it!