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
Nick Esposito
March 18, 2010 @ 7:52 pm
The Axxe may have an amazing sound, but the Odyssey is definitely MUCH better. No offense to any Axxe users out there!
January 28, 2010 @ 11:14 am
My first synth. Purchased 1978? Long gone, but a great little machine. The sounds are creamy and thick, no doubt. This reviewer doesn't seem to get it.
November 12, 2009 @ 6:42 am
This synth is all over Depeche Mode's latest album.
October 3, 2009 @ 8:05 pm
Wow, this review needs a BIG update! I have a mk1 Axxe, and I bought it in excellent condition! All the slider caps are original! I have to say, this machine is a total BEAST! I ran it through a script logo MXR Phase 90, added a little delay, and it sounded AMAZING! Even without effects, this synth still sounds great! I recommend adding some reverb for an awesome sound!
gulley jimson
June 10, 2009 @ 8:21 pm
...and don't forget peter frampton. it was featured heavily on his '77 album, "i'm in you" great record btw.
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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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