Weren’t there always two groups? A big one which I would call the Minimoog fan group and another one, probably much smaller, who preferred the ARP Odyssey? Ah… you are right, there is probably also at least a third. The one which favors both synthesizers. 😉 Either way, both monophonic synthesizers have been used on hundreds of great recordings in the last decades. And beside the original vintage instruments we have seen several attempts to rebuild them.
Back in the days when I was a Korg OASYS user and a regular visitor to korforums.com I posted two wishes. One was the return of the original Korg Wavedrum and the other one was to get myself an ARP Odyssey. Many years later it seems that both wishes, at least to a certain extent, fulfilled. You can imagine my excitement once I heard about Korg bringing back ARP and that they will release the Odyssey. But once I saw the hardware my disappointment was nearly as big as my excitement. Nearly giving in sum a straight 0.
Therefore it took me a while until I ordered a Korg ARP [KARP] ARP Odyssey. It was the MkIII recreation from the limited Odyssey edition. However, the only difference between the three models is their look. Thanks to Oliver aka FunKeyLicious you can see two of them on the next photo.Once the KARP Ody arrived I was impressed by the fact that the sound came very, very close to the original. The Ody gives great bass, sync, melodic and lead sounds. So it provides a big range and covers all kind of sounds over the whole range. However, there are some disappointments which came in so strong, that made me decide to sell the KARP Odyssey.
First and foremost it is the fact that pitch of Oscillator 1 has no integrated center position or what I would call a „Zero“ zone. Moving fingers can unintentionally cause pitch changes. That’s to me a big minus! Second the toy keys. Fine for others, a „no go“ for me. Third, the PPC and fourth the MIDI implementation. Of course I understand that other synthesizer players have a completely different opinion. They like the KARP exactly the way it is. But I am not that kind of person.
If Korg decides to release a synthesizer with the same ARP sound, is programmable, comes with a complete MIDI implementation and a real keyboard, then I will definitely consider this instrument. The ARP sound is simply amazing.
Here is another example [I am sorry for the bad timing in this demo file]
Pad sound: Nord A1
Monophonic synth sound: well… you know it