KORG’s ARP Odyssey: The Hottest Sound on the Net

Korg ARP Oddysey

The Hottest Sound on the Net, February 2015

The NAMM Music trade show took place at the end of January and the product that really seems to have captured everyone’s attention is Korg’s recreation of the ARP Odyssey. The original is a classic analogue synth, originally produced in 1972, that was used by the likes of Herbie Hancock, Devo and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

This recreation has been produced in collaboration with ARP co-founder David Friend, and the original circuitry has apparently been completely reproduced in this update. This being 2015, a few additions have been made too. We now have the options of a headphone out, and Midi and USB connectivity. Furthermore, there is also a drive switch, not included on the original, that makes the VCA distort – a very nice addition if you enjoy a little grit in your synth sounds. ARP produced three generations of the Odyssey, each with a different filter circuit that had its own unique character. On this new model you can switch between each of these three different circuits at the flip of a switch.

The Odyssey will be available to buy in March. Take a look at the video below to see Herbie Hancock and Cory Henry discuss the synth.