Year of manufacture1972
Production period10(1972 – 81)
Waveforms3+33+3 (Saw, Square, Variable Pulse + PWM + White & Pink Noise)
Filters2(1 Low-pass -24dB/octave & 1 High-pass)
Features5(Sample & Hold, Pitch Bend, Osc.-sync, Portamento, FM)
Released in 1972, ARPs Odyssey was a direct answer to Moogs Minimoog. It was one of the first synths with duophonic voicing.
The Odyssey was produced in 3 models: Odyssey MK I (Model 2800, 1972-1975), Odyssey MK II (Model 2810-5, 1975-1978) and Odyssey MK III (Model 2820-2823, starting 1978) being the most famous with its orange-on-black colour scheme.
The production was ceased when ARP declared bankruptcy in 1981. The ARP Odyssey got reissued by Korg in 2015.
The Synth can be famously heard on Herbie Hancocks “Chameleon”, ABBAs “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)”, Manfred Mann’s Earth Bands “Blinded by the Light” or Peter Howells “Doctor Who”-theme, among many others.