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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41 Visitor comments
Acrobat
March 6, 2009 @ 2:29 am
Just got repaired! I missed the punchiness and precision of the envelopes, the massive resonance (the last upper quarter of the Q slider it's ALL feedback!) and noise source w/which you can built nice kicks, percussions and the multiple modulations. Defining it a "single VCO" is kinda reductive, because it has 2 different waveforms + noise mixer and lots of modulation possibilities. I bought it many years ago from a collector which offered me, as an alternative for the same price, a Yamaha CS15D. I took the Axxe because the YAmaha was modified and I wanted a clean, original analogue. Well I certainly did the right choice afterall. This "little tiger" It's all over my production! Cheers.
psidre felix
February 3, 2009 @ 11:13 pm
When I was a teenager, I found one of these laying at the curb with someone's trash. I didn't know jack about synths. I plugged it in eventually and it just made some crackles. I took the hood off and saw that there were a few places where the wiring needed repaired. A little solder and blam-o! My bud busted out his 606, and we hooked it into the AAXE. Never was the same person again. Whoever left that thing, 1. Thanx and 2. Sorry about YOUR luck. Sad shame though, don't have it anymore. Looking at the pic just makes me want to build something as phat as this thing is. very 8-bit, but very versitile, especially when triggered with external midi. DA**.. miss that thing.
psychozombie
January 9, 2009 @ 3:13 pm
I have a mk1 (the black and gold ver not pictured.) the machine was given to me broken and I had to fix it and let me tell you it was well worth it, the sound is classic old 70's analog gold... all you need is some ext. fx. and BANG you got Blade runner sweep sounds, fat bass crazy leads or just great beep sounds. The axxe mk1 as I find out has a moog octave filter in it. ( I heard arp got sued by moog for this but I'm not sure if thats true.) I've been running other synths in to it and this were this machine is heaven sent. Digital becomes analog! When analog is getting further and further from a poor mans hands, synths like this are a clear choice.
Corey
November 26, 2008 @ 1:00 am
I just picked up the older mkI model. The machines are really quite the same as far a functions and sonic fundimentals but, I've noticed that the first models seem to have a thicker sounding filter to them. These are wonderful machines! I'm a little sad at the review VSE gave it as it's not thin sounding in the least. No, there's no MIDI but, MIDI dosen't make or break a machine. Essentially, it's the filters that are used that really give the instrument it's voice. Oscillators are really just function generators that produce the waves. It's how those waves can be manipulated that makes the difference and the Axxe can make some amazing differences! These synths aren't breaking folks banks to get one yet (and I do mean YET) so grab up on one soon if you haven't yet.
Arpnutt
November 8, 2008 @ 9:17 pm
My first synth back in 1981 was a Mk1 Axxe. It had what I guess was a prototype PPC on it instead of the knob. It was a wooden block with 1 rubber pad and a switch to change between flat, LFO and sharp. Never seen another one of these ever again.
 
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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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