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.
Korg already has a prototype design built, right.
The ARP Odyssey is a monophonic / duophonic synthesizer. It offers 2 VCOs, white/pink noise, LFO, ADSR EG, sample and hold and a 2-pole or 4-pole low-pass filter (depending on the model).
Korg also announced that ARP co-founder David Friend is joining Korg as their chief advisor on the Odyssey.
David Friend, right, established ARP Instruments, Inc. along with Alan Robert Pearlman and is a past president of ARP. He was also the lead designer of the original Odyssey, in addition to designing or co-designing many other products.
After ARP, Mr Friend became a successful technology entrepreneur. In 2010, he was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Emerging Technology category for the New England Region, he has been a lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and is now Chairman & CEO of Carbonite, Inc. He has been a trustee of the New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music.
Here’s an example of a vintage ARP Odyssey in action:
The ARP Odyssey is scheduled for release in September 2014. Pricing is to be announced.