How to recreate Herbie Hancock’s Chameleon bass sound with the Korg ARP Odyssey

April 22, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

One of the most famous ARP Odyssey sounds of all time is the bass sound from Herbie Hancock’s Chameleon. Here’s the recipe…

Additional info:

For loads more on working with Korg’s ARP Odyssey recreation, check out the full Producer’s Guide in issue 291 of Future Music:

ARP Odyssey: envelopes, VCA & portamento

April 6, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Demonstration of the sound and functionality of an ARP Odyssey II synthesizer from the 1970s, concluding with a look at the voltage-controlled amplifier (VCA), envelope generators and the portamento.

The Odyssey is recorded direct with no pre- or post-processing.

ARP Odyssey 2015 Review

March 21, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

We take a look at the new Odyssey reboot from Korg – smaller and comes with a lovely case.
If you feel the urge, we made the end jam available via Bandcamp.…

Sweet sounds from the Korg ARP Odyssey

March 18, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A Korg remake of the legendary synthesizer from the 70´s , the ARP Odyssey. All sounds in this track are coming from this great sounding duophonic synthesizer. The track will be included on the Firechild album , Fireheart , release mid 2015.

ARP Odyssey: Taking a look at the oscillators

March 14, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Demonstration of the sound and functionality of an ARP Odyssey II synthesizer from the 1970s, concluding the look at the oscillators by examining some of the aspects of the synth’s duophonic capabilities.

The Odyssey is recorded direct with no pre- or post-processing.

Checking out the Arp Odyssey with the MK3

March 8, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

We let Dave from GForce Software – look at the ARP Odyssey reboot we have in for review, this is what he thought. Full review coming soon

“Denki-Soba” Analogue Synth Restaurant from Osaka, Japan

February 9, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Gears inside the restaurant:
Roland SH101(blue),TR808,
ARP Odyssey,2600,Quadra,
Korg Mono/Poly,
Gakken SX150
and Denki-Soba Hell Synth
*Special thanks to:
Denki Soba, Risa, Keizo Suzuki from Osaka, Japan.
Copyright: E.D. Music Co.

Korg ARP Odyssey Introduction With David Friend

February 8, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

At the 2015 NAMM Show, Korg introduced their new version of the ARP Odyssey.

As part of this presentation, ARP’s David Friend shared his memories of creating the ARP Odyssey.

Korg Arp Odyssey – NAMM 2015 – Live Demo

February 1, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Background video info:

Synthbug Demo of the Korg Arp Odyssey recorded at NAMM 2015. Played by Carmen Silva from Synthbug, patch design by Draven (me). Audio recorded line out directly into my recorder at 48K 24bit.

Korg 2015 Launch Event – KRONOS and ARP

January 22, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

ARP ODYSSEY; Forty Years Later, A Complete Revival

Long stopped, the wheels of history have again begun to move

Anaheim, CA– January 21, 2015- – In conjunction with Arp Instruments Inc., Korg Inc. has revived the legendary analog synthesizer, the ARP ODYSSEY. Originally produced in 1972, the ODYSSEY quickly garnered a faithful following among musicians. Well respected for its high value, ease to play and portability, the ARP ODYSSEY had undergone several improvements during its history and continued to be a long-seller until manufacturing stopped in 1981 due to economic hardships and the digital surge. Loved by a wide range of musicians as a historical classic, its sound can be heard on numerous classic songs.

Now in 2015, Korg has brought back the ARP ODYSSEY for today while preserving the basic design of the original. The new ODYSSEY has a compact body, highly operable sliders, and a 37 note slim keyboard that’s easy to play. In addition, a DRIVE switch (new function) is provided and connectors include MIDI and headphone output as well as Patch cables.

‘Together the engineers at Korg and Arp were able to nail the sound and feel of the original. Under the advisory assistance of David Friend, the co-founder of ARP Instruments, every detail was adjusted to replicate the original unit’s distinctive synthesis,’ shared James Sajeva, Brand Manager for Korg products. ‘Every aspect has been carefully considered to stay true to the quality of the original, down to the sophisticated semi-hard case.’

Korg has completely reproduced the original circuitry for artists looking to recreate classic sounds and explore new ones. The ARP ODYSSEY has been downsized to 86% of the original. Carefully selected parts are used in the familiar slider section, providing an operating feel that’s even smoother than the original.”

KORG Debuts Most Powerful Synthesizer with the New Kronos

Expanded Piano Engine, Improved Touch Panel Navigation, Improved Set List Mode, Search by Song Title Functionality, Redesigned Exterior

Anaheim, CA– January 22, 2015- – KORG USA debuted the new KRONOS, the most powerful version of its flagship synthesizer to date during Winter NAMM. For the first time enthusiast will be able to hear and see the new Kronos in action with live performances and in depth demonstrations by product experts and engineers.

‘The new Kronos features the unrivaled 9-engine structure from previous versions, with numerous improvements to both sound capability and overall functionality. Truly, the most powerful synthesizer on the planet just got more powerful,’ said James Sajeva, Brand Manager for Korg products.

‘Our SGX piano engine, already revered for its German and Japanese grands, now also includes a 9GB Berlin grand with dedicated una corda (soft pedal) samples, plus sympathetic string resonance that works on all the SGX pianos” he continued. “It’s truly an amazing piano experience. There are new banks of sounds based on famous song titles for our cover players and those looking for ‘that’ sound for their recordings, plus a ‘best of’ bank from KaPro, who has created numerous libraries for the Kronos line.’

Other new features include system-wide Touch/Drag via the Kronos’ huge color TouchView™ screen; allowing the user to edit onscreen parameters faster and more naturally than ever.

An evolved Set List mode provides the capability to resize their custom text per set list entry, and enter text via either an onscreen QWERTY or external USB ASCII keyboard. Entries can also be color-coded for better organization and visibility, and users can even decide how many set list entries appear on the screen at time, allowing for more (and larger) onscreen text to remind you of lyrics, changes, or other notes.

An improved search function helps users to find the perfect sound faster than ever. Other improvements include onscreen metering in Combination and Sequencer modes, along with the ability to edit Programs within a Combination to hear the edits in context with other parts.

The improvements don’t end with the software, either; the new Kronos also boasts a new look, including natural wood side panels, easier-to-read silkscreened text, a sophisticated – and functional – vented back panel, and gold-plated audio I/O jacks.”


ARP Odyssey Specifications


37-note (Slimkey, No velocity sensitivity, No aftertouch)

Maximum Polyphony:

2 voices for duophonic; normally monophonic


Transpose Positions: 2 octaves down, normal, 2 octave up

Proportional Pitch Control:

b (Pitch down) Pad: about -2 / 3 octave – (Modulation) Pad

# (Pitch-up) Pad: about +2 / 3 octave

Noise Generator:

Noise Spectrum Types (white and pink)


Maximum Speed: about 0.01 msec./oct

Minimum Speed: about 1.5 sec./oct

VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator):

Waveforms: Sawtooth, Square, Pluse (Dynamic Pluse)

Frequency Range: VCO-1 in low freq. mode, 0.2 Hz – 20 Hz: VCO-1 and VCO-2 (audio range) about 20 Hz – 20 kHz

Warm Up Drift: 1/30 semitone from turn on max

Pulse Width: 50 % – 5 %

Pulse Width Modulation: ADSR, +45 %; LFO, +15 %

Voltage Controlled Response: 1 V/oct

Maximum Frequency Shifts: LFO sin wave, +1/2 oct.; LFO square wave, +1.5 oct.; ADSR, +9 oct.; S/H, +2 oct.

* VCO-1 is low note priority, VCO-2 is high note priority.

VCF (Voltage Controlled Filter):

Types: Low pass (I: 12 dB/oct., II III: 24 dB/oct.)

Frequency Range: 16 Hz – 16 kHz

Maximum Usable Q: 30

Resonance: 1/2 – self oscillate

Voltage Controlled Response: C3 key (left edge): 0 V, C6 key (right edge) 3 V

VCA (Voltage Controlled Amplifier):

Dynamic Range: 80 dB

Ring Modulator:

Type: Digital

Input Signal: VCO-1, VCO-2 (square wave)

Sample & Hold:

Command Sources: Keyboard or LFO trigger

Sampled Signals: VCO-1 sawtooth wave and square wave, VCO-2 square wave and pink noise

ADSR Envelope Generator:

Attack Time: 5 msec. – 5 sec.

Decay Time: 10 msec. – 8 sec.

Sustain Level: 0 – 100 % or Peak

Release Time: 15 msec. – 10 sec.

AR Envelope Generator:

Attack Time: 5 msec. – 5 sec.

Release Time: 10 msec. – 8 sec.

Control Input Jacks:

Pedal: φ6.3 mm monaural phone jack

Portamento Foot Switch: φ6.3 mm monaural phone jack

Audio Output Jacks:


Connector: φ6.3 mm monaural phone jack

Maximum Output Level: -20 dBu@ 10 kΩ load

Output Impedance: 10 kΩ


Connector: XLR connector

Maximum Output Level: +4 dBu@ 1 kΩ load

Output Impedance: 330 Ω

Headphones Jack:

Connector: φ6.3 mm stereo phone jack

Maximum Output Level: 50 mW + 50 mW@ 33 Ω load

Output Impedance: 10 Ω

* Controllable by volume knob.

External Audio Input (Ext Audio Input) Jack:

Connector: φ6.3 mm monaural phone jack

Maximum Input Level: -10 dBu

Input Impedance: 22 kΩ

MIDI Connector:


USB Connector:

Type B

CV IN/OUT Jacks:

Keyboard CV (IN/OUT): 1 V/oct.

Connector: φ3.5 mm monaural phone jack


GATE IN: +3 V (minimum)

GATE OUT: +10 V, key down; 0 V all keys up

Connector: φ3.5 mm monaural phone jack


TRIG IN: +3 V pulse min., 10 μsec. Duration minimum

TRIG OUT: +10 V pulse on key depression, 10 μsec. Duration

Connector: φ3.5 mm monaural phone jack

Power Supply:
AC adapter jack (DC 9 V)

Power Consumption:
6.5 W

Dimensions (W x D x H):
502 x 380 x 120 mm / 19.76″ x 14.96″ x 4.72″

5 kg / 11.02 lbs

AC adapter, phone cable, mini-phone cable, owner’s manual, dedicated semi-hard case

VP-10 Volume Pedal, PS-1/PS-3 Pedal Switch”

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