Synth Site: Arp: Odyssey II: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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Paul McLean a part time user from U.S.A. writes:
Owned one since 1988 (after having to give back the 2600 I'd been using for

years). Mine's a black face with PPC pad retrofit and a switch to turn the

two-voice feature on the keyboard off (thank you Bob Yannes of Ensoniq Corp.!) I have very mixed feelings about the little beast. ARP packed an awfull lot of

stuff into this little box. The hard-sync on the oscillators sounds great, S/H

is fun and the Ring Modulator (actually, it's a NAND gate which is why is only

has rectangular waves as inputs) is good for some off the wall timbres. The

routing scheme (switched sources on VC and audio inputs w/ attenuators) was very

flexible and probably the best compromise at the time between the fully-

patchable 2600 and the fixed-patch Minimoog. (I've often wondered why neither

ARP nor Moog made more use of this arrangement). I like some of the non-typical sounds it can make, unfortunately, I can never

seem to get around it's rather thin (and sometimes, whinny) sound. Good for

more mellow and background sorts of sound rather than &quot;in your face&quot; leads.

However, I find myself almost always reaching for the Minimoog for anything

other than &quot;special effects&quot; sounds. Still love it anyway!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
dAVE a part time user from US of A writes:
I owned two, at different times. (Also an Octave Cat) I preferred

the earlier model, with the pitch and modulation wheels. I thought

the push pads sucked. When my Odessy II's filter broke, I replaced

it with a 4 pole curtis chip, and added VC resonance. That rocked,

though I should have added another ADSR. Review: Great, crisp leads, good string sounds, good pads.

I didn't think the keyboard any better or worse than the Cat.

The Odessy was never quite as Ffat as the Cat. The Oscillators were

cleaner, though. (Side note: You wouldn't believe how fat an Axxe

could be until you through a couple of sub octaves on it.)

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
Dave Barnett a part time user from Australia writes:
The Odyssey is an amazing looking synth. While it isnt up there with the MIniMoog

it is a damm fine synth.*check the movie close encounters of the third kind for footage of the

&quot;synthesiser man' Phillip Dodds of ARP INC.

(Info for all ARP fans)

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
Paul Zyla a hobbyist user from Parkersburg, WV, USA writes:
I love this instrument. One of my favorites. It's great for just about any kind of sound, and if you end up with the earlier one with the 12dB/oct filter it does great basses. I want to get my Odyssey II modded so I can switch between the two filters...

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