Analog synthesizers are superior because of their pristine, high-fidelit —

Oh, f*** it, who are we kidding?

We want to wail on an ARP Odyssey with ridiculous modulation that turns it into a groovy, angry space alien, and then film it on VHS interspersed with some car chase, just because. Someone in Krakow, Poland agrees, and the video above is what happened.

I’m going to defend the ARP Odyssey remake. Reader reactions clearly show this is a favorite. And the video reveals why: the Odyssey captures some of the ridiculously, wonderfully diverse noises of the ARP 2600 in a keyboard. That’s really all you need to know; the Odyssey is a perfectly reasonable target for a reissue.

At the same time, I’ll repeat that remakes alone aren’t enough. It was a pleasure to see Uwe of Berlin’s MFB the other night – his instruments, like the Dominion, are something new. So, too, have we seen creative new creations from Tatsuya Takahashi and KORG in the volca series. And the Arturia MicroBrute. And Mutable’s Shruthi. And Dave Smith, and Moog. And the list goes on (even before we get into modulars). I’m more excited about the new stuff, because it can produce unexpected new sounds, and because it renews all of these design challenges.

If an ARP Odyssey is beautiful because of its association with your own music in the past, with music you made and heard, these new creations are beautiful for the opposite reason. Of course – of course we should keep inventing instruments no one has imagined in order to make music no one has yet heard.

At the same time, ready availability of these sorts of classics can continue to inspire synthesists and synth designers, so I simply can’t conjure up a world where this is bad news. Synthesizers need not be like pianos or orchestras, frozen in a single configuration from the past. We can have the full gamut: both the freedom of historical models we can reuse and the liberation of clean slates, and everything in between. And we can do it even without being deadmau5: given you can build powerful synthesizers using electronics or embedded computers for as little as about $25, no one need be left out.

By the way, go check out more of those Jexus synth reviews. Brilliant stuff.

  • lazenbleep

    the jexus vids are great. they’re definitely gear lust bait. his patches are good too

  • lazenbleep

    the jexus vids are great. they’re definitely gear lust bait. his patches are good too

  • lazenbleep

    the jexus vids are great. they’re definitely gear lust bait. his patches are good too

  • DBM

    Funny I just revisited that video last night and thought it was one that went well under the radar …. Figured it would turn up again due to current events .

  • DBM

    Funny I just revisited that video last night and thought it was one that went well under the radar …. Figured it would turn up again due to current events .

  • DBM

    Funny I just revisited that video last night and thought it was one that went well under the radar …. Figured it would turn up again due to current events .

  • DBM

    Oh , but I can’t blame him or Korg or Behringer for the gear lust to have this . That blame is strictly the fault of GForce’s emulation it was a mainstay in my in the box productions for years ! Now if Novation and Chris Hugget would just make a new Mono / 6 voice paraphonic OSCar that would end my nostalgic needs for remakes for life lol

  • DBM

    Oh , but I can’t blame him or Korg or Behringer for the gear lust to have this . That blame is strictly the fault of GForce’s emulation it was a mainstay in my in the box productions for years ! Now if Novation and Chris Hugget would just make a new Mono / 6 voice paraphonic OSCar that would end my nostalgic needs for remakes for life lol

  • DBM

    Oh , but I can’t blame him or Korg or Behringer for the gear lust to have this . That blame is strictly the fault of GForce’s emulation it was a mainstay in my in the box productions for years ! Now if Novation and Chris Hugget would just make a new Mono / 6 voice paraphonic OSCar that would end my nostalgic needs for remakes for life lol

  • aaron

    All of Jexus’s demo videos are classics. You hear what you want to hear and are treated with some nice sarcastic lowfi-ness to look @ – before coolness got in the way.

    • I will never allow coolness to get in the way of lowfi-ness. 🙂 Or… well, probably in the way of anything else!

  • aaron

    All of Jexus’s demo videos are classics. You hear what you want to hear and are treated with some nice sarcastic lowfi-ness to look @ – before coolness got in the way.

    • I will never allow coolness to get in the way of lowfi-ness. 🙂 Or… well, probably in the way of anything else!

  • aaron

    All of Jexus’s demo videos are classics. You hear what you want to hear and are treated with some nice sarcastic lowfi-ness to look @ – before coolness got in the way.

    • I will never allow coolness to get in the way of lowfi-ness. 🙂 Or… well, probably in the way of anything else!

  • Jaybeeg

    But I don’t want an Odyssey. I want something extremely compact, perhaps in a case that resembles a Roland SH-101without a keyboard but with a better sequencer/arpeggiator and more flexible voices. Four or more voices would be great, and price it reasonably.

    • Yermom

      Intellijel Atlantis does compact SH-101ish without a keyboard, but you have to supply your own sequencer/arp.

    • tdroid

      You just precisely described the Elektron Analog Four. I consider it to be reasonably priced if you add up all the things can do in one box.

  • Jaybeeg

    But I don’t want an Odyssey. I want something extremely compact, perhaps in a case that resembles a Roland SH-101without a keyboard but with a better sequencer/arpeggiator and more flexible voices. Four or more voices would be great, and price it reasonably.

    • Yermom

      Intellijel Atlantis does compact SH-101ish without a keyboard, but you have to supply your own sequencer/arp.

    • tdroid

      You just precisely described the Elektron Analog Four. I consider it to be reasonably priced if you add up all the things can do in one box.

  • Jaybeeg

    But I don’t want an Odyssey. I want something extremely compact, perhaps in a case that resembles a Roland SH-101without a keyboard but with a better sequencer/arpeggiator and more flexible voices. Four or more voices would be great, and price it reasonably.

    • Yermom

      Intellijel Atlantis does compact SH-101ish without a keyboard, but you have to supply your own sequencer/arp.

    • tdroid

      You just precisely described the Elektron Analog Four. I consider it to be reasonably priced if you add up all the things can do in one box.

  • Guest

    Jexus is the only trustworthy name in synthesiser reviews. All else is lies.

    • GmbH

      Sonicstate Nick Batt is a quite competent synth reviewer. Instead of showing vanilla sounds and presets, he presents the raw components of a synth: oscillator waves, filtre(s), envelopes, modulation capabilities, connectivity, etc.
      https://www.youtube.com/user/sonicstate/videos

  • Guest

    Jexus is the only trustworthy name in synthesiser reviews. All else is lies.

    • GmbH

      Sonicstate Nick Batt is a quite competent synth reviewer. Instead of showing vanilla sounds and presets, he presents the raw components of a synth: oscillator waves, filtre(s), envelopes, modulation capabilities, connectivity, etc.
      https://www.youtube.com/user/sonicstate/videos

  • Guest

    Jexus is the only trustworthy name in synthesiser reviews. All else is lies.

    • GmbH

      Sonicstate Nick Batt is a quite competent synth reviewer. Instead of showing vanilla sounds and presets, he presents the raw components of a synth: oscillator waves, filtre(s), envelopes, modulation capabilities, connectivity, etc.
      https://www.youtube.com/user/sonicstate/videos

  • teej

    I’ve always felt like a bit of a black sheep for having a black/gold MK I, nice to see another one out in the wild!

    Looks like they will be re-issuing the MK III, which is certainly the most stable Odyssey . Any speculation on whether it will have XLR outputs like the original?

  • teej

    I’ve always felt like a bit of a black sheep for having a black/gold MK I, nice to see another one out in the wild!

    Looks like they will be re-issuing the MK III, which is certainly the most stable Odyssey . Any speculation on whether it will have XLR outputs like the original?

  • teej

    I’ve always felt like a bit of a black sheep for having a black/gold MK I, nice to see another one out in the wild!

    Looks like they will be re-issuing the MK III, which is certainly the most stable Odyssey . Any speculation on whether it will have XLR outputs like the original?

  • Will

    Hot damn—those are some nice sounds. Especially all three from 3:00-3:55. And 6:34. What the want!

    PS. Peter Kirn the link to syntezatory.net.pl is missing the http:// so it’s resolving to http://createdigitalmusic.com/2014/12/crazy-polish-video-sums-want-korg-arp-odyssey/syntezatory.net.pl

  • Will

    Hot damn—those are some nice sounds. Especially all three from 3:00-3:55. And 6:34. What the want!

    PS. Peter Kirn the link to syntezatory.net.pl is missing the http:// so it’s resolving to http://createdigitalmusic.com/2014/12/crazy-polish-video-sums-want-korg-arp-odyssey/syntezatory.net.pl

  • Will

    Hot damn—those are some nice sounds. Especially all three from 3:00-3:55. And 6:34. What the want!

    PS. Peter Kirn the link to syntezatory.net.pl is missing the http:// so it’s resolving to http://createdigitalmusic.com/2014/12/crazy-polish-video-sums-want-korg-arp-odyssey/syntezatory.net.pl

  • Matt

    Problem with Jexus is you are hard pressed to ever match his patches in many cases!

  • Matt

    Problem with Jexus is you are hard pressed to ever match his patches in many cases!

  • Matt

    Problem with Jexus is you are hard pressed to ever match his patches in many cases!

  • ringmod76

    I have nothing truly original to add, I just needed to concur that the Jexus videos are uniformly awesome – as is his entire synth collection, his patch choices, his playing, and his general taste/aesthetic. I can tell what *I’m* going to be wasting time on at work today!

  • ringmod76

    I have nothing truly original to add, I just needed to concur that the Jexus videos are uniformly awesome – as is his entire synth collection, his patch choices, his playing, and his general taste/aesthetic. I can tell what *I’m* going to be wasting time on at work today!

    Edit to add: also, his video editing is top-notch. I’ve never wanted an AN1x so badly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VV062iZ711E

  • ringmod76

    I have nothing truly original to add, I just needed to concur that the Jexus videos are uniformly awesome – as is his entire synth collection, his patch choices, his playing, and his general taste/aesthetic. I can tell what *I’m* going to be wasting time on at work today!

    Edit to add: also, his video editing is top-notch. I’ve never wanted an AN1x so badly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VV062iZ711E

  • vik

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  • Matt

    lol the idiots at ‘createdigitalmusic’ really don’t know about Jexus vids? Everyone in the community knows about them. How is it possible to write for a website that’s all about creating electronic music without knowing about what is always one of the top suggestions from YouTube when you type in the name of almost any vintage synth and the word ‘demo’ after it? This site is totally clueless.

    • Quoth a person who assumes one person (me) counts as idiots (plural), and finds this article … a full month and a half after it’s published.

      But I can see you … I can see you all … from my omniscient position as … the site admin. 😉

  • Matt

    lol the idiots at ‘createdigitalmusic’ really don’t know about Jexus vids? Everyone in the community knows about them. How is it possible to write for a website that’s all about creating electronic music without knowing about what is always one of the top suggestions from YouTube when you type in the name of almost any vintage synth and the word ‘demo’ after it? This site is totally clueless.

    • Quoth a person who assumes one person (me) counts as idiots (plural), and finds this article … a full month and a half after it’s published.

      But I can see you … I can see you all … from my omniscient position as … the site admin. 😉

  • Matt

    lol the idiots at ‘createdigitalmusic’ really don’t know about Jexus vids? Everyone in the community knows about them. How is it possible to write for a website that’s all about creating electronic music without knowing about what is always one of the top suggestions from YouTube when you type in the name of almost any vintage synth and the word ‘demo’ after it? This site is totally clueless.

    • Quoth a person who assumes one person (me) counts as idiots (plural), and finds this article … a full month and a half after it’s published.

      But I can see you … I can see you all … from my omniscient position as … the site admin. 😉

  • carloada

    bitchin’ man…
    groovy…
    boss…