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
Eric Rogers
June 29, 2010 @ 4:21 pm
I guess the textbook mentioned in the description is the one I mentioned? Must be.
Eric Rogers
June 29, 2010 @ 3:48 pm
I work at the House of Music in Springfield, Illinois and I recently ran across an entire box of books entitled "Lesson in Electronic Music" that was sent from ARP. The entire book teaches you the basics of synthesis using the ARP Axxe. So based on that, I think this was made to be a beginner synthesizer. One you can use to learn how synthesis works. It probably wasn't meant to be compared to the ARP Odyssey.
June 14, 2010 @ 4:55 pm
This synth is awesome. Its FM capable with the LFO and can make some crazy sounds if you are creative with it. It also has an audio input that can be used to process external sounds through the filter. For added weirdness plug the audio output into the input!
April 4, 2010 @ 7:47 am
I forgot it also has key repeat functions for those tempo matched repeating basses and it has random pitch generator for crazy fx! an an added noise oscillator
April 4, 2010 @ 7:41 am
Wow this synth has 2 fat oscillators and a beautiful sine tone when you play the resonance accross the keyboard. You can get some truly amazing sounds! It has many more features than this guy is saying.. This really is a gem, i feel very lucky to have 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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