After initially being unveiled back at NAMM in January, budget synth dons Behringer have made the surprising announcement that their take on the classic ARP Odyssey is currently in transit to music stores around the globe.
Described on their website as an 'Analogue Synthesizer with 37 Full-Size Keys, Dual VCOs, 3-Way Multi-Mode VCFs, 32-Step Sequencer, Arpeggiator and Klark Teknik FX', the Behringer Odyssey offers synth nerds with an affordable, full sized alternative to Korg's own semi-recent reissue. In a post to social media, Uli Behringer explained the reasoning for the seven month radio silence between the announcement and release of the synth, claiming that the company took the liberty of implementing feedback from Beta testers to ensure the Odyssey would be considered as a premium product.
Boasting dual analogue VCOs, a low-pass and high-pass filter, two envelopes, a noise generator and portamento functions, the Odyssey looks to remain true to ARP's own original duophonic design, albeit with a few modern tweaks. These include an onboard sequencer, arpeggiator, reverb, chorus, delay, pitch-shifting and other effects, as well as pressure sensitive buttons for modulation and pitch control, as well as essential features such as CV/MIDI, USB, headphone outputs and more. There's no patch memory on this bad boy, but that's part of the fun, because analogue synthesis is all about the journey - who cares where you end up along the way.
Stay tuned for more news on the Odyssey when it lands in stores down under. This is a big flex for Behringer, and given the surprising quality and affordability of some of their more recent explorations into the realm of analogue synths, we're very, very excited to see how people react to the Odyssey.
Read more about the Odyssey at Behringer's website.