Some of the highlights of the
Duophonic (two-voice) synthesizer built from 1972 onwards
The ARP Odyssey, produced from 1972 onward, is a duophonic (dual voice) synthesizer that has undergone various technical, and also optical and haptic, updates throughout its nine-year evolutionary history.
Proportional Pitch Control
These pressure-sensitive buttons were undoubtedly an extraordinary idea for intuitive pitch blending (left and right) and modulation (center). But extraordinary doesn’t necessarily mean practical …
The Odyssey already had a professional XLR socket.
The Beatles or The Rolling Stones? Barbie or Ken? Moog Minimoog or ARP Odyssey?
Sometimes in life, you just have to make a choice! And the choice between the Mimimoog and its competitor, the Odyssey, wasn’t easy for many. The Odyssey cannot offer the Minimoog’s unmistakable sound. But it does offer much more complex possibilities for creative music makers. And it has at least equivalent interface connections for communication with other synthesizers, as proved by the back of the ARP Odyssey 2821 shown above.
Speaking of the back: Well, we like the one from Barbie better than the one from Ken :-)
Music example: Deep Purple live at the California Jam 1974
with the ARP Odyssey Synthesizer (from 1:08:53)