A couple of days ago a leaked image revealed the possibility of a module tabletop version of the reissued Korg ARP Odyssey. Korg have now confirmed that the ARP Odyssey module is indeed a reality and it’ll be here in October.
ARP Odyssey Desktop
Last year Korg, along with David Friend from ARP, resurrected the ARP Odyssey with a complete reproduction of the original circuitry. This release sees all the same iconic sounds and controls in a tabletop friendly module format. Available in both the famous “Rev 3” black and orange or the more exclusive “Rev 1” white to match your studio’s wallpaper. The sliders on the white one always look fiddly to me.
The layout and internals are identical to the keyboard version. Korg haven’t snuck in anything new or distinctive, they’ve simply sawn off the keyboard. As such it’s a duophonic analogue synthesizer with 2 VCO’s, a noise generator, LFO, pulse and ring modulation, sample-and-hold mixer and three types of low-pass filter. All the goodness of the originals.
On the connections side there’s CV and Gate in and out with a Trigger in/out, MIDI IN and, in a nod to the 21st century, a USB port.
Personally it looks a bit chunky to me. I’d expect something that’s aimed at being tabletop-friendly to be slimmed down a bit more. It’s still going to take up quite a bit of space. However the ARP Odyssey has been a big hit and the lower price might well put it in reach of a much wider audience who already have plenty of keyboards to hand.
The Korg ARP Odyssey module will be available in October for $599.
More information on the Korg website.