Korg to release ARP Odyssey

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Re: Korg to release ARP Odyssey

Post by analoglsd » Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:04 pm

syntheticsolutions wrote: As a regular gigging musician, taking a separate keyboard out is completely unrealistic. I understand how some people can just see past the mini keys but I simply can not tolerate them.
I can understand your feeling on this, and I don't care for mini-keys either, but their main demographic with this isn't regular gigging musicians, it's hobbyists in front of their computers.
That being said, when I was working at a local bar that hosted live music six nights a week, I probably saw at least two bands a week using a microKorg...
I also used a microKorg on a gig one time when my Delta died a week before the gig.

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Re: Korg to release ARP Odyssey

Post by syntheticsolutions » Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:08 pm

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As a regular gigging musician, taking a separate keyboard out is completely unrealistic.
yeah.
all those guys in the 70s and 80s with their multiple keyboards onstage were being completely unrealistic.
i see your point totally :|
Yeah, who would want to take multiple keyboards on stage unnecessarily. I don't see the need to compromise, it is 2014 after all, the 70's ended almost 35 years ago!
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Re: Korg to release ARP Odyssey

Post by Bitexion » Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:09 pm

I'd imagine mini key instruments are more for studio use where you can sit down nice and quietly and create great patches and record them. Not so much for frenetic live situations to play lead lines.

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Re: Korg to release ARP Odyssey

Post by Jorvik » Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:12 pm

My first thought -- after I'd recoved my senses, which took some time -- was that Korg are going all out to sink Roland. Roland have shown weakness and Korg are going in for the kill and are almost seem to be toying with them.

This is mindblowing stuff. It'll be interesting to see how cheap, or not, this comes out. It could be a close run thing between getting mine serviced and buying a Korg :lol:

Looking at that picture, the switches look to be in proportion to me, so I'm not so sure this is scaled down. The original switches are pretty chunky and in the up position, the hole below them is darker than the surrounding metal and sort of adds to their apparent size.

I've got small hands and fingers and I can't imagine you could scale the PPC down much and it still be usable (yeah, yeah, not that it's terribly usable at full size ;) ).

*Looks to his right again* I'll probably turn out to be wrong, but there's nothing in that, admittedly low res, image that screams scaled down to me.

I wonder whether the circuit boards will be perfect copies and have this soldered on them --------->

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Re: Korg to release ARP Odyssey

Post by commodorejohn » Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:15 pm

syntheticsolutions wrote:Yeah, who would want to take multiple keyboards on stage unnecessarily. I don't see the need to compromise, it is 2014 after all, the 70's ended almost 35 years ago!
The '70s never ended, they're just off having a joint at the moment...
Jorvik wrote:My first thought -- after I'd recoved my senses, which took some time -- was that Korg are going all out to sink Roland. Roland have shown weakness and Korg are going in for the kill and are almost seem to be toying with them.
Indeed :D I'll make the popcorn...
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Re: Korg to release ARP Odyssey

Post by Stab Frenzy » Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:20 pm

syntheticsolutions wrote:As a regular gigging musician, taking a separate keyboard out is completely unrealistic.
As a regular gigging musician, no it isn't you knucklehead.

If you're so upset by mini keys that you can't stand to play them and so rigid about what you take to gigs that taking two keyboards and a midi cable is totally out of the question for you then fine, you miss out on the oddy. No point crying to korg about it, your tears won't make it grow any bigger.

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Re: Korg to release ARP Odyssey

Post by Automatic Gainsay » Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:21 pm

As has been said, I'm the kind of guy who gripes about things like mini-keys.

But let's be clear... Korg did the MS-20 Mini with responsibly-sized and shaped mini keys... not the horrible squarish mini keys of yore. As a die-hard "I play my synths with my hands" guy, I've found that the keys on the MS-20 Mini take almost no time to adapt to, and the amount that they interfere with my playing is negligible.

Like I said when I played the new kit full-sized Korg MS-20, I realized that I missed the full-sized keys only when I actually played them. But my MS-20 Mini's place is guaranteed in my studio from now on, irrespective.

If it's an Odyssey Mini, I'll bet that the grousing about key size will be trampled by the fact that it'd probably be considerably less expensive at some 80%-type scale.

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Re: Korg to release ARP Odyssey

Post by Psy_Free » Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:26 pm

Automatic Gainsay wrote:These are magical times.
Amen to that. Now if I only had a magical wallet. ;)
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Re: Korg to release ARP Odyssey

Post by zoomtheline » Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:27 pm

See, that info has me brimming with confidence. Cheers AG.

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Re: Korg to release ARP Odyssey

Post by Darkseid » Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:30 pm

A product specialist for korg in the UK announced this on twitter earlier and was asked if it was going to be full or mini size and he said not sure yet.

I personally don't mind which it is, I will without a doubt be picking one up.

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Re: Korg to release ARP Odyssey

Post by Jorvik » Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:48 pm

I realise this is all legit and above-board, it's all in the public domain and copyrights and other IP haven't been maintained.

However, one wonders what ARP himself will think of all this. I read an interview a while ago -- I think it was brought up when the Two Thousand Six Hundred first came to light -- where he said he felt very bitter about the collapse at the time and wanted nothing more to do with the music industry and just wanted to forget it all. He seemed a bit more sanguine about it all now though, but you wonder whether it will bring back happy memories, seeing his offspring live again and being enjoyed by a new and wider audience, or whether it will be like being stabbed in the back all over again.

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Re: Korg to release ARP Odyssey

Post by syntheticsolutions » Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:56 pm

Stab Frenzy wrote:
syntheticsolutions wrote:As a regular gigging musician, taking a separate keyboard out is completely unrealistic.
As a regular gigging musician, no it isn't you knucklehead.
Hey, forums are places for opinions to be voiced. No need for personal insults and remarks.

If you don't like reading peoples opinions and thoughts then maybe you shouldn't be here never mind a mod? Childish remarks like calling people a "knucklehead" won't get you anywhere
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Re: Korg to release ARP Odyssey

Post by jimtheswede » Tue Feb 18, 2014 12:02 am

I despise mini-keys! That said, I never use the keyboard on my MkII Ody even though Kevin Lightner restored it to better than new condition with new bushings, contacts, etc. I use a Kenton USB Solo to midi it to my Kurz PC1se. That way, I can use the pitch/mod wheels AND aftertouch - avoiding the pitch wheel and sliders for expression/modulation.

Only mini-key synth I own is a MicroKorg, and I never use the keyboard on that either - have a controller keyboard for that use.

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Re: Korg to release ARP Odyssey

Post by AnalogKid » Tue Feb 18, 2014 12:26 am

Bitexion wrote: Pretty much every band in the 70 and 80s who didn't have a minimoog had an Odyssey, cos the ARPs were a bit cheaper. So that would be countless of bands.
The musician community was also kind of split in between ARP's "sliders only" interface and Moog's "knobs only" interface.

Midge Ure of Ultravox used it heavily for leads, you can hear it in almost every UV song.
It was actually Billy Currie of Ultravox who played the ARP Odyssey leads on many Ultravox tracks.

Here are a few Billy Currie ARP Odyssey solos:

The Odyssey solo begins at 4:36 in this track:



The Odyssey solo is at 2:32 in this track:



The Odyssey solo is at 1:29 in this early 80s live video clip:


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Re: Korg to release ARP Odyssey

Post by griffin avid » Tue Feb 18, 2014 12:28 am

I can't think of anything to type. This is too much.
Is the 2600 next?

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