ARP Odyssey Synthesizer Module - Black/Orange

Duophonic Analog Synthesizer Module with 2 VCOs, LFO, Sample and Hold, VCF, HPF, Ring Mod; ADSR and AR EGs, Noise Generator, CV/Gate/Trig Patch Points, MIDI in (DIN), and USB (Type B)
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Odyssey. The Module.

The historic ARP Odyssey - from those seriously funk-laden Herbie Hancock bass lines to George Duke's snarling, in-your-face leads with Zappa, the Odyssey was amazingly versatile. Billy Currie (Ultravox) called it the first punk synthesizer, with an aggressive sound that cut through raucous guitars like a hot knife through butter. The successful 2015 re-creation of this duophonic analog synth legend nailed the circuitry, sound, and feel of the original - at 86% of the size. Now, if you'e one of those serious keyboardists who demands full-size keys, Sweetwater has good news: the ARP Odyssey Module. Simply connect your controller of choice, and you're ready to rock.

ARP Odyssey Analog Synth Module at a Glance:
  • You're in good company
  • Unmatched crispness, edgy bite, and snarling aggression
  • Your choice of three classic filter designs
  • Modulation and more
  • You've got to experience this formidable synth
You're in good company

Sweetwater synth devotees are enthralled by ARP's re-creation of the Odyssey. After all, the Odyssey was instrumental in arming keyboardists with an axe that allowed them to compete with guitarists as a lead voice. The Odyssey was used by a veritable who's who of artists, including Chick Corea, Joe Zawinul, Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Gary Numan, Tangerine Dream, Elton John, Jethro Tull, Nine Inch Nails, Vangelis, Ultravox, DEVO, Kansas, Jean-Luc Ponty, Brand X, and many, many more. So you'll be in very good company when you add the ARP Odyssey to your synth arsenal.

Unmatched crispness, edgy bite, and snarling aggression

From its introduction in 1972, the ARP Odyssey gained a substantial following for its distinctive sound, which came in a wide range - shrieking leads, industrial effects, squelchy basses, and much, much more. Additionally, the Odyssey is duophonic - that's right, you can play two notes at once (each one commandeering one of the two oscillators). It also has oscillator hard sync, which lets you craft those visceral tearing patches famously deployed by The Cars on their 1979 hit "Let's Go."

Your choice of three classic filter designs

For the new Odyssey, the original design engineer, David Friend, was brought in as a consultant. Original schematics were deconstructed. Absolute authenticity was a must. For instance, it's well known that during its decade or so of production, the Odyssey sported three different filter designs. Type I was a 2-pole, with an open sound and biting resonance. Type II was a 4-pole ladder filter: round, fat, and rich - great for basses. Type III was also a 4-pole design and similar in many ways to its predecessor, but smoother and silkier when you pushed the resonance. Well, the new Odyssey contains all three filter types - all available at the flick of a switch!

Modulation and more

The Odyssey gives you generous modulation options, including two envelope generators - an ADSR and an AR. Another feature is Sample and Hold - which allows you to modulate your pitch and filter settings using a variety of waveforms. The S/H section also includes the Output Lag slider, which generates a glide effect between voltage steps, effectively rounding off the edges of the LFO waveform. When you set the LFO to be triggered via the keyboard, this gives you an outrageously cool auto-wah effect on each note you play. And using Ring Modulation in conjunction with oscillator sync or the wealth of pitch modulation available, you can create all manner of clangorous, thunderous - and completely magical musical mayhem.

You've got to experience this formidable synth

The Odyssey's Keyboard Gate and Keyboard Repeat switches let you forge all sorts of pulsing lines, perfect for bass. The Odyssey is a formidable synthesizer, and it's packed with many more unique, useful features, including Portamento, Proportional Pitch Control, a white/pink noise generator, CV, Gate, and Trig in/out patch points - and a new Drive circuit that takes the instrument's storied sonic pugnaciousness to a whole new level. But we'll stop here and simply say that if you're into analog synthesis, you owe it to yourself to have a sound design session with the ARP Odyssey. Be forewarned though: there will be no going back.

ARP Odyssey Analog Synth Module Features:
  • A faithful, 86%-scale re-creation of the classic synth's control panel
  • Monophonic; 2 voices for duophonic (1 oscillator each)
  • Proportional Pitch Control pads; modulation pad
  • White/pink noise generator
  • Portamento speed control
  • 2 VCOs with Sawtooth, Square, and Dynamic Pulse waveforms (with PWM)
  • Lowpass filter (resonant): 12 and 24dB/octave; frequency range: 16Hz-16kHz
  • Voltage Controlled Amplifier (VCA), dynamic range: 80dB
  • Ring Modulator (digital); Sample and Hold
  • ADSR and AR envelope generators
  • Low (1/4" TS) and High (XLR) output jacks; 1/4" TRS headphone jack
  • External Audio Input jack (1/4" TS)
  • MIDI in (DIN); USB (Type B)
  • 1/8" TS CV in/out, Gate in/out, and Trig in/out patch points
  • Pedal and Portamento footswitch inputs
The ARP Odyssey - now in a module!

Tech Specs

Sound Engine Type(s) Two Oscillator Analog synth
Polyphony 2 voices
Number of Presets 2 x VCO, VCF, LFO, Noise Generator
Analog Inputs 1 x 1/4"
Analog Outputs 1 x 1/4" (Low -20 dBu out), 1 x XLR (High +4 dBu out), 1 x 1/4" (headphones)
MIDI I/O In
Pedal Inputs 2 x 1/4" (pedal, portamento footswitch)
USB 1 x Type B
Data I/O Gate in/out, Trig in/out, CV in/out
Power Supply 9V DC power supply (included)
Height 3.5"
Width 19.5"
Depth 10.4"
Weight 8.1 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number ARPMODULE3

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