ARP Axxe

ARP Axxe Model 2310 Image

The Axxe is basically a budget-proof version of the popular Odyssey. With just one oscillator (compared with two in the Odyssey), the Axxe certainly has a thinner sound but it is still that uniquely angular and powerful analog ARP sound. It's not too exciting, but it is simple and straight forward. A perfect first vintage analog for any musician that will still find plenty of use among more seasoned synth players for quick analog bass lines, lead sounds and synth FX. It has no form of memory storage and external control comes via CV/Gate only. It came with a 155 page text book, overlay sheets, interface charts and a book of 50 patches.

ARP Axxe II Image

Like most ARP synths, the Axxe also underwent a makeover. The original models featured a black and gold design which looks similar to the the Odyssey II (aka 2810), with later models switching to the black and orange design with PPC pitch bend buttons. The Axxe has been used by 808 state, Jude Allen, Adrian Chase, Rick Davis, Baby Ford, Pascal Gabriel, Herbie Hancock, Paddy Kingsland (BBC Radiophonic Workshop), Howard Leese (Heart) and Eat Static.

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42 Visitor comments
James Reeno
June 11, 2014 @ 8:11 am
I have had one for about 2 years now and I LOVE it. I must have used it on 15 songs already for everything from bass, leads, riffs, & sound FX.

Mine is serial # 32 which means it has the MOOG-ish filter. Great overall tone....not a huge bottom end for bass, but still better than most.

I used the AXXE extensively on this album:

Paolo Albanese
April 25, 2013 @ 10:13 am
Hello everybody. Just bought at Vemia Auction an Arp ARP Axxe Mk I, version 2311 serial 0302. Anyone can tell me if in thi version should be the famous "stolen" Moog type VCF?
July 2, 2012 @ 5:56 am
I've been trying to sell mine due to financial difficulty, but annoyingly they are so rare in England that on eBay they rarely get their money's worth and I refuse to sell my near immaculate Axxe for less than I bought it. The sound is amazing, rich and fat! Love it.
June 12, 2012 @ 3:49 pm
These are great. I had the old one from late 80s-mid 90s, and stupidly sold it for almost nothing. In the last year I picked one up that needed a deep cleaning, new bushings and some other cosmetics. I still have a ground issue that makes it difficult to record with. I learned more from this synth than my DX7 or MKS50, but now I know what I am doing when I approach these complex synths. It almost has a DIY characteristic to its PCB. I would be afraid to circuit bend it, but it has crossed my mind more than once.
June 10, 2012 @ 10:49 pm
Where can i get one?
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Monophonic
  • Oscillators - 1 VCO
  • LFO - One LFO w/ sine mod to VCF or PW, sine or square mod to OSC pitch
  • Filter - Model 4075 4-pole, Low Pass Filter w/ resonance, cutoff, key tracking
  • VCA - One ADSR envelope mod to PW, VCF cutoff or VCA (+ sample&hold of pitch or VCF)
  • Keyboard - 37 keys
  • Arpeg/Seq - None
  • Control - CV/Gate
  • Date Produced - 1975 - 1981
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