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KORG announces dev. of all new ARP Odyssey synthesizer
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 12:37 pm    Post subject: KORG announces dev. of all new ARP Odyssey synthesizer Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

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This is getting silly. compress

http://www.korg.com/us/news/2014/0217/#sthash.35nEWPrP.dpuf

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

They must be putting Awesome in the water supply near the Korg HQ. They are just thinking way way ahead of everyone else lately.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:17 pm    Post subject: Odyssey Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

This is fantastic! I'd like to see the whole Arp 2600 complete with keyboard and sequencer put out. If they can do it with today's SMT components it could be affordable.

We know nothing about a price for the Odyssey yet, do we?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Awesome. And it has PPC for pitch bend.

The Odyssey was in my opinion, the 2 vco synth that came closest to perfection.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:56 pm    Post subject: Re: PPC Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsUn8t9_f9Q

"The harder you pushed the more modulation or pitch bend you got, but the reality was closer to "the harder you push the more your finger hurt"

LOL I hope they improve this.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 10:50 pm    Post subject: Re: PPC Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

adnauseam wrote:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsUn8t9_f9Q

"The harder you pushed the more modulation or pitch bend you got, but the reality was closer to "the harder you push the more your finger hurt"

LOL I hope they improve this.


Maybe the rubber gets harder with age. I tried it on a new axxe in the late 70's and it was fantastic. So natural feeling.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 8:29 am    Post subject: Re: Odyssey Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

adnauseam wrote:
This is fantastic! I'd like to see the whole Arp 2600 complete with keyboard and sequencer put out. If they can do it with today's SMT components it could be affordable.


You've seen http://thehumancomparator.net/ right? Smile

No keys or sequencer, but a good start, and a lot more affordable than the vintage stuff.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 3:26 pm    Post subject: Re: Odyssey Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

elmegil wrote:
adnauseam wrote:
This is fantastic! I'd like to see the whole Arp 2600 complete with keyboard and sequencer put out. If they can do it with today's SMT components it could be affordable.


You've seen http://thehumancomparator.net/ right? Smile

No keys or sequencer, but a good start, and a lot more affordable than the vintage stuff.


I think there is a thread already about that.

The main problem is it requires you buy your own components separately, and some of them are hard to find.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 10:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Odyssey Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

GovernorSilver wrote:
elmegil wrote:
adnauseam wrote:
This is fantastic! I'd like to see the whole Arp 2600 complete with keyboard and sequencer put out. If they can do it with today's SMT components it could be affordable.


You've seen http://thehumancomparator.net/ right? Smile

No keys or sequencer, but a good start, and a lot more affordable than the vintage stuff.


I think there is a thread already about that.

The main problem is it requires you buy your own components separately, and some of them are hard to find.


Fair enough Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 10:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Odyssey Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

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The main problem is it requires you buy your own components separately, and some of them are hard to find.


Not meaning to highjack the thread I'll say that 90% of the parts are available from Mouser (here in North America) and the other 10% are available from Thonk.co.uk and eBay. Of course providing Thonk can keep them in stock.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

anigbrowl wrote:
They must be putting Awesome in the water supply near the Korg HQ. They are just thinking way way ahead of everyone else lately.


Or maybe they noticed what Odysseys fetch on eBay and decided, "Oooh yeh - we'll have some of that, especially as we won't have to spend anything on R&D!"

Just sayin' Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

glow worm wrote:
anigbrowl wrote:
They must be putting Awesome in the water supply near the Korg HQ. They are just thinking way way ahead of everyone else lately.


Or maybe they noticed what Odysseys fetch on eBay and decided, "Oooh yeh - we'll have some of that, especially as we won't have to spend anything on R&D!"

Just sayin' Rolling Eyes


You want them go to back to specializing in romplers again?

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Good article on Korg's wonder boys:

http://www.residentadvisor.net/feature.aspx?2009

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2014 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

GovernorSilver wrote:
glow worm wrote:

Or maybe they noticed what Odysseys fetch on eBay and decided, "Oooh yeh - we'll have some of that, especially as we won't have to spend anything on R&D!"

Just sayin' Rolling Eyes


You want them go to back to specializing in romplers again?


No, I'd like to see them continuing to innovate and move forwards. There's nothing wrong with reinventing the past (as they have done so well with Monotron, Volca and littlebits), but you have to be careful not to end up living there.

It's like the (vastly overpriced) MS20 kit and those other bods with the ARP 2600 repro. Maybe I'm missing something, but I just don't see the benefits - at least not for me. I mean... What would any of them actually add to my sound-producing capabilities?? Not enough that I can see, to justify the money.

Speaking of which: Any news on price? It's a higher end product than the MS20 kit, so will be over US$1399. I see three 2nd hand Odysseys on eBay for between UK£2100-2799, so I'll take a punt on a launch price of US$1999.99.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2014 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

glow worm wrote:
No, I'd like to see them continuing to innovate and move forwards. There's nothing wrong with reinventing the past (as they have done so well with Monotron, Volca and littlebits), but you have to be careful not to end up living there.


The past few decades has seen an almost explosive progress in technology - perhaps we are entering a stage where things are simply calming down a bit and good ideas are explored more closely. That's progress too. Not that I disagree with you, I think Korg is playing it very safe lately and milking trends for what they are worth. Laughing

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

After the 80's synths lost steam to Virtual Analog synths of the 90's, which then lost to native plugins, it's nice to see some actual analog revival going on.

It seemed a lot of the virtual analog and plugins where very much about recreating the oldies. So I'd expect the revival trend to continue that. What happens next, is the big question....I'm hoping for more hybrids like the prophet12, or better. The latest drum machines that are analog or hybrid (Akai, elektron, DSI Tempest, Korg, etc) are testament to the possibilities.

A lot less theft (can't copy hardware like you can plugins) might mean these companies just might get a budget to work with for development.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I, for one, do not blame Korg for doing what it takes to ensure continued cash flow. Apparently, making cheap analog gear that the young and/or poor can afford; and more expensive analog gear for the connoseurs/collector types who have not had the opportunity to own the originals; is what they have found works well for them. Good for them, I say. Korg is the smallest of the 3 major Japanese synth makers, and so they have the most incentive to do what it takes to survive.

Korg is obviously not sitting on its hands in the softsynth department even now - the new Gadget app for iPad is easy to use and sounds great.

The next steps we can reasonably expect to see from Korg is an expansion on the Volca product line - if you didn't read the article I posted, that is where it was mentioned - and improved integration of their IOS apps and hardware gear.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

ian-s wrote:
Awesome. And it has PPC for pitch bend.

The Odyssey was in my opinion, the 2 vco synth that came closest to perfection.


It was only surpassed by the ARP Quadra. Which was only a sampler section short of complete perfection.
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GovernorSilver wrote:
I, for one, do not blame Korg for doing what it takes to ensure continued cash flow.


I'm very happy for them too. And I am delighted that I was wrong about Roland! Seems they have started an independent lab for their new direction.

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