ARP Odyssey
ARP Odyssey

Odyssey, Analog Synth from ARP.

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VinceBlood 12/24/2004

ARP Odyssey : VinceBlood's user review


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The Odyssey is a monophonic synthtiseur / duophonic compact Designed for the era scne.

Its technology is in part after the ARP 2600, there are two VCO (Saw / Pulse), a Noise, a Ring mod, an LFO, two sources of modulations, two envelopes, a low pass filter and High Pass r siouplait sounding (to peter the speakers if you do not blunder!).

This does not MODEL CV / Gate of origin but it is quite common to see changes (like mine).


Pretty simple to understand, simple program, easy transport, the Odyssey is a synth idalie whose design is for those who like to program the synthse subtractive. The readability is absolutely perfect.

ARP had thought the era that the best way to get the message between the programming and synth musician, c'tait use potientiomtres rotating but not slippery. This is because we win gnial normment in clarity, however, probably did not ARP prvu that it does not rev vieillierait well and the spices become a gem for replacement .

The keyboard is well designed particulirement, his touch is quite good and can act on dclenchement envelopes with a particular use. (I did not deepen the subject).

The pitch bend Rotary, however, is not practical at all, it serves me especially given the synth.

The Odyssey Mk1 has over 30 years now. Technology era reminds us, through the Electronic schmas, not for it n'tait be stable. Today such a synthesis should be easily recalibrated every year using a procdure ncessite that the use of measuring device (nitric and / or oscilloscope). Fortunately the technical documentation is easily found on the net, those who are not afraid to open the bte viteront then a visit to the vintagologue ...


The one is in the heart of the matter, because we do not provide an Odyssey for nothing except for the sound of the 70 ARP. It's really fun.

You can not really compare the sound to the Minimoog, it is not as aggressive and big (even when there is a VCO less). However there is no shortage of charm and is warm in the low rev thanks a filter 12dB typ SEM (not this is not the 24dB filter 4012 of the ARP 2600!). For sounds very serious and powerful you have to use the rsonnance but the careful because it can get really low!

The noise standard is (mostly pink), I did not think that such dynamics could leave a small piece of cabbage as a, surprise.

For those interested in the comparison with the MODEL Vsti, I'd say the Odyssey Mk1 Submitted first noticeable diffrence with a filter that is not the same (warmer more severe on the right), and also the rglages are not really compatible.
In fact there a more Choisya Odyssey to do some live and Oddity for squence background, but overall Gmedia has performed an excellent formulation of the ARP synth sound is l.

Still, I prfre ten times the touch of the true touch of the mouse.


A great synth trs apprciable program. I love the approach that is incomparable with what we did today. This is a REAL musician and not a tool for computer / musician.

Only one regret: the easy dsaccordage temperatures requiring correct the pitch with pitch bend wheel and annual recalibration.