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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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King writes:
A diamond synth. Beautiful, classic and awesome sounding. Real class. They are very rare and much sought after. Few will own. Less about now and very expensive when they are. Buy and keep for ever. You will be a proud owner.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-24-2003 at 16:38
Doh! a part-time user writes:
Doh! Odysseys! Microkorgs! Mentioned in the same line. No sunny. The microkorg wasn't much good as the MS2000. Taking away the control hasn't made it any better. Now, bach to sense. Thr Oddy is a belter of a board. Sums up analogue sounds. So much variety and control. The best mono ever. Also, a real staus symbol. Looks great. Those leads are a legend. Buy if you can. Expensive and rare. Steve, the JX305 and Jupiter8 are also better than the micokorg (i'm refering to other postings.) Even the old microkorg is better than the microkorg!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Aug-26-2003 at 05:30
ricardo a hobbyist user from Paris France writes:
Lovely machine, hard to find in France... I can't keep of playing with it, hearing it.

1 - i should buy mine in US and pay taxes when it comes in france = ( cost of the ody + shipping cost) x 20% ARGHHHH ! Be careful of this fact because it makes the final price really far from the one for the synth alone...

2 - You can pass easely your ARP from 110V(US) to 220V (european) by changing the pins close to the power supply.

Forget about all this new roland, korg products... Buy you a true historical synth.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-17-2003 at 02:41
Jimbo a part-time user from US writes:
Just the business. The best monosynth of all time by miles. True class. We all love them for there huge selection of distinctive sounds. No bull shit hype, no hysteria, just truth! Difficult to track down though worth the search.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Sep-24-2002 at 13:26
la.bouch a hobbyist user from UK writes:
Over the years I've owned and sold 20 + analogue synths including a black and orange Odyssey, Avatar, Minimoog, Prophet 5, etc, etc.

After a long break I'm getting back into making music and the only analogue I've bought again is the Odyssey - I've got a 2813 black and gold with the 4075 filter.

Everyone seems to refer to the Ody as the Minimoog's poor relation. Having owned both, my view is that the Arp is every bit as good and in some respects better - it is certainly more flexible. The Minimoog feels more like a musical instrument (all that wood!) but there is no way they are worth the cash they command these days. You can literally get 3 or 4 Odysseys for the same money!

Things the Arp does well: it wails and sings! The portamento sounds like NO other synth. It will sound warm if you want, but it can also sound very clean and bright, unlike the Mini. It has an ext audio in and a filter that is worth feeding things through. The bass end of the Ody will shake your window frames and the Oscillator synch will rattle your fillings!

Things the Arp does badly: it wails and sings! Those coarse tuning sliders are not good for live performance and if you're not careful can turn a subtle moment into a wildly out of tune embarrassment.

The black and orange later versions have PPC (which I like but a lot don't) but they also have the last inch of the keys completely unprotected -bash or drop it at your peril.

I think the Odyssey is without doubt the best of the 70s/80s monosynths (all right, duosynth). If you see one for less than £600, BUY IT! It has warmth and character like a Mini, but still manages to retain sparkle and clarity. Compared to the insipid Korg MS20 (£1000 + ?? Yeah, right..)it will move your dancing trousers like no other synth..

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-20-2002 at 17:59
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