Synth Site: ARP: Omni 2: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.7 out of 5
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Steve P. a 0 user from USA writes:
Having owned both an Omni II and a Solina, I can definitely say that the string sounds are very different when the two are compared...with the Solina winning the contest hands down! You just can't beat that internal MuTron phase circuitry on the Solina. I love the Omni for what it is, and, being a huge fan of the Cars, sort of wish I still had it (but Greg Hawkes actually used an Omni I....listen to &quot;Moving in Stereo&quot; off the first album - nothing but Omni!). It did have a cool polysynth section, and was built like a tank! Also, I love those garish Halloween orange &amp; black markings of the later ARPs!

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
Dave Wesner a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I got mine for $75.00 after falling for the string sounds on a Quadra. The strings were there (and nothing else), but it was my first board and I loved it. Problem--it developed a low D drone triggered by any note played. Okay if playing in D : ) If i can get it fixed it will be welcome back in my studio.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
kevin kowal a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Yes, it's quite limited...no memory, no MIDI---a truly real-time machine.

(If you can handle the way it gets out of tune after powering-up)

But for strings, it's got a real thick sound. And although I'm not much

into it, the BASS has a real fat bottom. The sound for anything in this

board are quite dry, but all it takes is a little bit of reverb to liven it up---

then the strings come alive!!! And for the little bit of programmer in all

of us, the LFO &amp; ADSR sliders allow a bit of manipulation. Being able

to mix the strings and synth parts is a real boon, for sweetening up the

strings sound, for example. Not a bad vintage synth to have around... I picked-up my Omni-2 in 1994, second-hand from the original owner

for $200. That included shipping from the Minneapolis area to Chicago

area (my bargaining chip). The beast weighs about 70 pounds, but I'll

keep it for what it stands for---the good old days of the analog timeline

in synth history...(that is, unless someone wants to take it off my hands

for a reasonable price)!!!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
AdamT a part time user from UK writes:
People are hard on these because the same company marketed a far better string machine,, the SOLINA.... but again you have to like old world string machines to like even that.. IMO the Solina has a magic missing from the Omni and Omni-2 but there are far worse machines about.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
Vincent Pierins a professional user from Belgium writes:
This synth has a unique string sound, and allthough there are not a lot of controllers/functions., it will allways have a place in my studio. Three months ago i discovered a great machine, the FILTERBANK by Sherman. I'm experimenting with it in combination with my Prophet-5 an Omni-two. And it's working out great. It's easy to use the filterbank on the omni-two because the omni has a very rich sound with lots of harmonics.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
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