The ARP Odyssey was produced from 1972 by the American company ARP Instruments and quickly acquired a constantly growing fan base among musicians.
It was affordable, easy to play and transport, and was constantly improved by its developers over time. Despite good sales figures, manufacturing stopped in 1981 due to economic hardships and the digital surge. Loved by a wide range of musicians as a historical classic, its sound can be heard on numerous classic songs.
In 2015, KORG brought back the ARP Odyssey for today. With the expert advice of David Friend*, the co-founder of ARP Instruments, KORG has completely reproduced the original circuitry for artists looking to recreate classic sounds and explore new ones. Together the engineers at KORG and ARP were able to nail the sound and feel of the original. Every single detail, down to the semi-hard case, had to match the quality of the original.
Fans of the ARP Odyssey continue to love its legendary sound. It’s as though it never went away.
*About David Friend: Co-founder of ARP Instruments, Inc. together with the founder Alan Robert Pearlman. In addition to designing the ARP Odyssey, he was involved with the development of numerous products, and subsequently entered management, eventually becoming Managing Director of the company. His achievements as an entrepreneur have also been acclaimed, and in 2010 he received the "Entrepreneur of the Year" (Emerging Technology category) award from Ernst & Young. Currently he serves as the Managing Director and CEO of Carbonite, Inc., as well as being a lecturer at MIT's Sloan School of Management. He is also an emeritus professor of the New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music.