This is a vintage ARP Odyssey II (2813) synthesizer and original ARP flight case. This particular example, serial number 1517, is in very excellent condition. It was recently serviced and currently works perfectly. For those who are familiar, the ARP Odyssey is one of the best compact synths ever made, and it truly sounds amazing.
As the legendary first compact studio synthesizer, the Minimoog, proved to be a runaway success, ARP responded with a compact user-friendly studio synthesizer of their own with the Odyssey. An almost equally legendary machine itself (the Odyssey was ARP’s highest selling synth), the Odyssey essentially gives you a somewhat scaled-down & hard-wired ARP 2600 in a much smaller and more 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 considered fatter.
The Odyssey comes well equipped with all the tweakable features you’d expect: resonant low pass filter, ADSR envelopes, sine or square wave LFO and even a sample-and-hold function. It also added a few new features such as a high pass filter in series with the low pass, oscillator-sync capability and pulse-width modulation. It is a very professional and expressive machine that can create nice analog basses, interesting leads and great effects and sweeping sounds or noises straight out of a Tangerine Dream album! Over its 30-plus year history, Odysseys have been used by ABBA, Bomb The Bass, Ultravox, Gary Numan, LTJ Bukem, Air, Tangerine Dream, 808 State, Apollo 440, Nine Inch Nails, Astral Projection, Chick Corea, George Duke, Josef Zawinul, John Foxx, Vangelis, Elton John, Jethro Tull, Jimmy Edgar, DEVO, Sea Level, Boz Scaggz, The Starship, Kansas, Jean-Luc Ponty, Brand-X, Wigwam, R.E.M. and Herbie Hancock.
Odyssey Mk II (Model 2810-2813) This model added CV / Gate control and continued with the black & gold color-scheme seen on some late Mk I’s. The rotary pitch bend knob was also replaced by ARP’s own PPC (Proportional Pitch Controller) – three pressure sensitive buttons. Early versions of these models still had the 2-pole Model 4023 filter used in the Mk I but were soon replaced by a beefier 4-pole VCF filter (Model 4035).
This synth is in very excellent condition, however, the bottom rubber feet were removed. Otherwise the synth does not have any other significant issues or cosmetic flaws.