As if Korg hasn’t done enough with their multitude of app releases, they bring us all yet another classic synth to the soft side. That’s right, The Odyssey is now in app form! Introducing the ODESSEi.
First, a bit of history:
The original ARP Odyssey was built in 1972 as a response from musicians who wanted an affordable performance analog synthesizer, as Moog’s Minimoog was very expensive. ARP took performance features of their 2600 model and built them into the Odyssey.
This is the description of the Odyssey, according to vintagesynth.com
The Odyssey essentially gives you a simplified hard-wired ARP 2600 in a much smaller and affordable package. The Odyssey is a 2-oscillator analog synth (with duo-phonic capability) and it sounds really nice; the Minimoog has three oscillators and is capable of thicker sounds. The Odyssey comes well equipped with all the tweakable features and analog goodness you’d expect: a resonant low pass filter, ADSR envelopes, sine or square wave LFO, and a sample-and-hold function.
In 2015, Korg had paired up with David Friend, the original designer of the Odyssey and co-founder of ARP to reissue a modern version of the Odyssey. Due to the success upon its release, Korg decided to follow the trend of their successful line of synth apps, and release ODYSSEi, the software version of the analog synth.
I can already hear some of the readers now: “Why do I need another analog synth app?” Truth is, you just do, and if you have to ask that question, well, just don’t. Truthfully, you can get similar sounds from different analog synth apps, but it’s more about the variety of interfaces and the unique features each one offers. It’s also worth noting, these synth apps are almost faithful recreations of the original hardware versions, with a few tweaks that could only happen in a virtual environment. Basically, you will receive a history lesson in vintage synth design without having to spend thousands of dollars.
Back to the ODYSSEi. I’ve only had a little bit of time with this app, because Korg decided that they had to take even more of my money when they released iWavestation at approximately the same time, and it has had most of my attention as of late. What time I did have, I spent scrolling through the presets and even took a crack at making my own sounds. Without reading a manual, I did manage to make my go-to sound of detuned saw waves with a bit of filtering, but it took me a bit to figure out how to do some of the automation of the cutoff frequency by way of the sample and hold setting. All in all, I really enjoyed the sounds. I plan to make a video soon, in which I’ll try to conjure up an interesting sound and see if I can make it work within a track.
As per the Korg description from the App Store:
The legendary ARP sound, exquisitely reproduced in software.
ARP ODYSSEi – A mobile analog synthesizer for iOS.
The ARP Odyssey of 1972 has earned an unshakable position as a classic analog synthesizer. In 2015, KORG produced the ARP ODYSSEY, a complete reproduction of the original. The ARP genes that shook the worldwide music scene are being passed on, and its history continues.
The next platform for the ARP ODYSSEY is iOS. We want the unforgettable ARP sound to be easily available on a device that as many as possible of today’s players can obtain; this resulted in the “ARP ODYSSEi” app for iPad / iPhone. Based on the revived ARP ODYSSEY, we used KORG’s proprietary CMT circuit modeling technology to reproduce the analog feeling and sound of the original as closely as possible. We’ve also given it numerous enhancements that are possible only with software, such as long-awaited polyphony and built-in effects.
The real analog ARP ODYSSEY, and now the uniquely evolved ARP ODYSSEi, brings the universal fascination and inimitable sound to every device.
* Due to differences in CPU speed of iPads / iPhones, iPad 3rd gen/2/iPad mini/iPhone 4s are not supported, only iPad Air/iPhone 5s or later is recommended.
[ Features ]
– Faithfully models the circuit of the ARP ODYSSEY: The circuitry has been reproduced using KORG’s proprietary CMT (Component Modeling Technology), developed over the years starting with the KORG Legacy Collection.
– New functions to create all-new ARP sounds: Added a voice assign mode that allows you to play chords, an arpeggiator that can be programmed in detail like a step sequencer, and effects that can transform the sound in diverse ways.
– Get all three of the sought-after revisions: In addition to the standard design of the Rev3 with its black panel and orange silk-screening, you can optionally obtain the white-paneled Rev1 and the black-paneled gold silk-screened Rev2 designs, together with fifty new preset sounds that take advantage of the distinctive filters of those models.
– Produce music together with KORG Gadget: ARP ODYSSEi can be used in conjunction with the “KORG Gadget” music production DAW app that has won numerous awards around the world. If both apps are installed, it can be used as the “Lexington” gadget inside the KORG Gadget app.
More info at korg.com
So there you have it, Korg knocks another one out of the park with ODYSSEi. Just shut up and give them your money, but when you do, go through here:
It’s also worth noting that this app also runs in Gadget, so if you don’t already have it, then you can get it here:
That’s it for today’s blog, please exit the car to your right and watch your step. Tune in next time when I talk about what’s upcoming for me in 2017.
Have a great day and as always, Happy Apping!