The Korg ARP Odyssey cloned, digitised and squashed into an App. ARP ODYSSEi brings that awesome 1970’s sound to your iPad via the medium of Component Modelling Technology (CMT).
So does it have to be capitalised all the time now? Except the “i” of course, and do we still pronounce it like Odyssey or is it “Odyssey-eye”. These things do get up my nose. Anyway, the amazing reproduction of the ARP Odyssey has been captured for the iPad. Korg use something called Component Modelling Technology as their method of bringing analogue circuitry into the digital domain of software. They did the same with the MS-20 app. It’s to do with modelling the behaviour of components rather than sampling the audio or building virtual synthesis elements. This is a lot like what Roland use in their recent almost-analogue synthesizers and boutique reissues. The result is that you get a very faithful reproduction of analogue hardware in a digital space.
The app looks beautiful. It faithfully recreates the familiar ARP interface. But it doesn’t stop there – oh no. Once you get something digital you get reminded that analogue gear can be terribly restrictive. So the app has few additional features that were not possible with the hardware. There’s a voice assign mode that lets you play chords. An arpeggiator that has some very step sequencer-like editing. And a whole bunch of useful effects. You have patch saving so you can build up a library of sounds. Korg have also added some XY pads for finger control over parameters.
ARP ODYSSEi has some rather neat integration with Gadget – Korg’s funky little synth box workstation app. You can replace the Lexington gadget with the ODYSSEi – nice. It’s also compatible with Audiobus and Inter-App audio and can be used as a plug-in in Garage Band. That’s all pretty awesome really.
You can access all three versions of the ARP Odyssey and it’ll also run on your iPhone.
The Korg ARP ODYSSEi should be available later today (1st November) from the iTune App store. It will cost $19.99 until the end of the month. Still not convinced? Check out the video below – it’s rather fabulous. More information on the Korg website.