odyssey

KORG has now made it public: we’ll get to see their ARP Odyssey, a remake of the classic 1970s synth involving one of the original creators, in January. Some sort of working unit at the NAMM trade show seems a likely thing to hope for.

And we can also see from the image they’ve posted that they’ve opted to recreate the third-generation ARP aesthetics, faithfully reproducing the black-and-orange labels. (Click for a full-size version, without the text.)

The Odyssey is a reasonable enough synth to reissue. Moog Music has already corned the Minimoog and KORG themselves the legendary MS-20; the ARP Odyssey is a logical rival to those units, a 2-oscillator, standalone synth in a keyboard. Just as it was a more affordable, accessible entry point to the ARP 2600, so, too, is an ARP Odyssey remake today.

I’ll echo what many have been saying in recent days to me privately and in comments: just like rebooting Hollywood films, there’s a limit to how much vintage gear we’d want reissued. For instance, to Bob Moog’s credit, his Minimoog Voyager was a reimagining of the earlier instrument, not a reissue. And there’s room for other gear, too. Speaking of which: why not a sequencer? (KORG has given us now two sizes of MS-20 but not the SQ-10 sequencer that’d make all this gear more fun.)

Still, I’m not concerned. There’s plenty of synth action out there, from wild iPad synths to weird boutique models. It’s hardly as though everything is a remake.

The question now is how serious Behringer was about their own rival ARP. They’ve gone for more retro styling in their mockup, and there’s that interesting-looking display in the corner. But we’ve yet to see whether this was just a social media tease or if, bizarrely, the market will have two competing Odyssey reissues.

Anyway, next month, we’ll know more. Back to your mulled ciders and egg nogs and such; nothing to see here that you haven’t already seen. (I love the 70s.)

For now, for the first time, ever, ARP has its own official website:

http://www.arpsynth.com/en/

Welcome to the alternate universe.

40years

  • kns

    I love itthat they are reissuing these synths. Especially when they come at a good price that the rest of us can afford. Its nice to have software emulations but I am at a point now where I want to touch synths too. While Reason with Nektar and RsTouch on iPad gets me closest to the hardware experience its still nice to have different creative tools available for those days you dont want to touch the computer. So yeah instead of just hearing about these legendary synths, the rest of us who have never owned, heard or even touch one of these intruments should be happy. I am thats for sure. πŸ™‚

    • ja

      Any synth would be fine for you I think. When I paid around 600 eur for my 1st synthesizer (which was Alesis Micron) I was really disappointed, because if I had only known that I could have gotten myself almost anything else for that money as well. Juno 106 cost around 150-200 eur then and Alpha Junos were for less than 100. And then there’s this gear acquire syndrome, which you probably don’t know about yet. πŸ™‚

      • ja

        gear acquisition syndrome*

      • kns

        Well I just ordered a Vermona PerFourmer MKII it will be my first hardware synth so yeah it will probably hold me over for a while. But that Korg ARP is looking good.

        • Frank

          Its amazing synth!

          • Frank

            The Perfourmer MK2

          • kns

            So I’ve heard. I cant wait to get my hands on it. I was concerned that it was a bit much but we shall see how it goes. I need an analog drum machine now. πŸ™‚

  • kns

    I love itthat they are reissuing these synths. Especially when they come at a good price that the rest of us can afford. Its nice to have software emulations but I am at a point now where I want to touch synths too. While Reason with Nektar and RsTouch on iPad gets me closest to the hardware experience its still nice to have different creative tools available for those days you dont want to touch the computer. So yeah instead of just hearing about these legendary synths, the rest of us who have never owned, heard or even touch one of these intruments should be happy. I am thats for sure. πŸ™‚

    • ja

      Any synth would be fine for you I think. When I paid around 600 eur for my 1st synthesizer (which was Alesis Micron) I was really disappointed, because if I had only known that I could have gotten myself almost anything else for that money as well. Juno 106 cost around 150-200 eur then and Alpha Junos were for less than 100. And then there’s this gear acquire syndrome, which you probably don’t know about yet. πŸ™‚

      • ja

        gear acquisition syndrome*

      • kns

        Well I just ordered a Vermona PerFourmer MKII it will be my first hardware synth so yeah it will probably hold me over for a while. But that Korg ARP is looking good.

        • Frank

          Its amazing synth!

          • Frank

            The Perfourmer MK2

          • kns

            So I’ve heard. I cant wait to get my hands on it. I was concerned that it was a bit much but we shall see how it goes. I need an analog drum machine now. πŸ™‚

  • kns

    I love itthat they are reissuing these synths. Especially when they come at a good price that the rest of us can afford. Its nice to have software emulations but I am at a point now where I want to touch synths too. While Reason with Nektar and RsTouch on iPad gets me closest to the hardware experience its still nice to have different creative tools available for those days you dont want to touch the computer. So yeah instead of just hearing about these legendary synths, the rest of us who have never owned, heard or even touch one of these intruments should be happy. I am thats for sure. πŸ™‚

    • ja

      Any synth would be fine for you I think. When I paid around 600 eur for my 1st synthesizer (which was Alesis Micron) I was really disappointed, because if I had only known that I could have gotten myself almost anything else for that money as well. Juno 106 cost around 150-200 eur then and Alpha Junos were for less than 100. And then there’s this gear acquire syndrome, which you probably don’t know about yet. πŸ™‚

      • ja

        gear acquisition syndrome*

      • kns

        Well I just ordered a Vermona PerFourmer MKII it will be my first hardware synth so yeah it will probably hold me over for a while. But that Korg ARP is looking good.

        • Frank

          Its amazing synth!

          • Frank

            The Perfourmer MK2

          • kns

            So I’ve heard. I cant wait to get my hands on it. I was concerned that it was a bit much but we shall see how it goes. I need an analog drum machine now. πŸ™‚

  • Paolo

    it’s oh so beautiful!

  • Paolo

    it’s oh so beautiful!

  • Paolo

    it’s oh so beautiful!

  • fgvyti

    boring
    makes us something fresh and new

  • fgvyti

    boring
    makes us something fresh and new

  • fgvyti

    boring
    makes us something fresh and new

  • Gast

    Enough with the bs. Show us the cs80.

    • cmh

      haha shoot I’d take a polysix without the leaky battery.

    • REENO

      THAT Would cost $10,000

  • Gast

    Enough with the bs. Show us the cs80.

    • cmh

      haha shoot I’d take a polysix without the leaky battery.

    • REENO

      THAT Would cost $10,000

  • Gast

    Enough with the bs. Show us the cs80.

    • cmh

      haha shoot I’d take a polysix without the leaky battery.

    • REENO

      THAT Would cost $10,000

  • ejlif

    If it’s anything like the MS20 it will be awesome. I love the MS20 reissue.

  • ejlif

    If it’s anything like the MS20 it will be awesome. I love the MS20 reissue.

  • ejlif

    If it’s anything like the MS20 it will be awesome. I love the MS20 reissue.

  • Kevin E. Maloney

    Yes! But I’d much rather see the original colored sliders and original pitch knob

  • Kevin E. Maloney

    Yes! But I’d much rather see the original colored sliders and original pitch knob

  • Kevin E. Maloney

    Yes! But I’d much rather see the original colored sliders and original pitch knob

  • Well, I would love to see Korg reissueing the Mono/Poly – this time with full MIDI implementation and preset storage, please. Still one of the most inspiring synths for me. I just can’t be bothered paying those second hand prices on Ebay… So, I got a Pro 2 instead.

    In fairness, all these vintage reissues are fine. But I really prefer trying something new instead. All that old stuff comes in huge sizes, weighs a ton, is unreliable, difficult if not impossible to integrate in a regular, modern DAW environment, and needs maintenance and repair ever so often for ridiculous fees. If only they hadn’t all that wonderful mojo to make up for those drawbacks…

    • REENO

      I have always been very easily able to integrate my vintage synths into my DAW setup, and they have not broken down either.

  • Well, I would love to see Korg reissueing the Mono/Poly – this time with full MIDI implementation and preset storage, please. Still one of the most inspiring synths for me. I just can’t be bothered paying those second hand prices on Ebay… So, I got a Pro 2 instead.

    In fairness, all these vintage reissues are fine. But I really prefer trying something new instead. All that old stuff comes in huge sizes, weighs a ton, is unreliable, difficult if not impossible to integrate in a regular, modern DAW environment, and needs maintenance and repair ever so often for ridiculous fees. If only they hadn’t all that wonderful mojo to make up for those drawbacks…

    • REENO

      I have always been very easily able to integrate my vintage synths into my DAW setup, and they have not broken down either.

  • Well, I would love to see Korg reissueing the Mono/Poly – this time with full MIDI implementation and preset storage, please. Still one of the most inspiring synths for me. I just can’t be bothered paying those second hand prices on Ebay… So, I got a Pro 2 instead.

    In fairness, all these vintage reissues are fine. But I really prefer trying something new instead. All that old stuff comes in huge sizes, weighs a ton, is unreliable, difficult if not impossible to integrate in a regular, modern DAW environment, and needs maintenance and repair ever so often for ridiculous fees. If only they hadn’t all that wonderful mojo to make up for those drawbacks…

    • REENO

      I have always been very easily able to integrate my vintage synths into my DAW setup, and they have not broken down either.