Korg ARP Odyssey Full Size Key with SQ1 Bundle
Limited Edition - only one available of each version
ARP Odyssey + Analog Sequencer = Addictive!
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. ARP's full-sized re-creation of this duophonic analog synth legend nails the circuitry, sound, feel, and size of the originals. With its distinctive gold-and-black Rev-2 cladding, this limited-edition ARP Odyssey FSQ is bundled with the KORG SQ-1 step sequencer (branded in classic ARP colors) and two patch cables, so you can start sequencing right out of the box.
You're in good company
Synth devotees are enthralled by this re-creation of the ARP Odyssey. After all, the synthesizer 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 Odyssey FS, 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 Odyssey FS contains all three filter types — all available at the flick of a switch!
Modulation and more
The Odyssey FS gives you generous modulation options, including two envelope generators — an ADSR and an AR. Another feature is Sample & 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 FS. Be forewarned though: there will be no going back.
Analog sequencing for your Odyssey
A modern version of the famed SQ-10 step sequencer, the Korg SQ-1 puts 2 x 8 steps, a large selection of I/O, and a variety of synthesizer modes into a convenient, compact package. Although designed as a companion for Korg's MS-20 semi-modular synth, the SQ-1's flexibility lets you control everything from vintage analog synths — like the Odyssey — to the newest compact synthesizers. On top of that, the durable SQ-1 will hold up gig after gig, thanks to its sturdy metal casing — now branded for this limited edition in classic ARP orange-and-black.
ARP Odyssey FSQ Duophonic Analog Synth Bundle Features:
- Includes ARP Odyssey FS, KORG SQ-1 step sequencer, and 2 patch cables
- A faithful full-sized re-creation of a classic synth
- Development overseen by David Friend, co-founder of ARP Instruments
- 37-note keybed (no velocity sensitivity, no aftertouch — just like the original)
- Monophonic; two voices for duophonic (one oscillator each)
- Proportional Pitch Control pads; modulation pad
- White/pink noise generator
- Portamento speed control
- Two 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 & 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
- Assembled in Japan