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Korg ARP Odyssey FSQ

Analogue Synthesizer & Sequencer
Published August 2018
By Gordon Reid

Korg ARP Odyssey FSQ

Thanks to Korg, it’s once again possible to walk into a shop and buy a brand‑new, full‑size ARP Odyssey.

Somewhat over three years ago, Korg released a recreation of the ARP Odyssey, which became known as the KARP Odyssey, or just KARP. I reviewed this in Sound On Sound in April 2015 and loved almost everything about it except for one, inescapable limitation. As I wrote at the time, “It looks like an Odyssey. It sounds like an Odyssey. It has enhancements that make it even better than an Odyssey. But the diabolical Emperor Zorg has reduced it with his evil Shrink‑o‑matic ray so that you can’t play it like an Odyssey. Sometimes, the world just defies explanation.”

A year or two later, the company built a small number of full‑size instruments in New York, but these were sold almost as soon as they were announced, and I failed to get my hands on one. Then, a few months ago, a rumour circulated that the full‑size Odyssey was about to go into production in Japan, and so it proved. Lacking the super little carry case of the...

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Published August 2018