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
Alain DAZ
January 25, 2011 @ 10:56 am
Hello, I' m seeking information (date of manufacture, type of filter (moog), etc ...) on an ARP AXXE 2312 serial number 0150.
Thank you very much.
November 22, 2010 @ 9:19 am
Gábor Presser (keyboard player of Hungarian band "Locomotiv GT") used on "Mindenki másképp csinálja" album (1977)
October 7, 2010 @ 6:28 pm
i think im just saying a blasphemy to some but i do prefear AXXE to odissey. i got both. Axxe is easier and make me feel a musician instead of techician.
August 16, 2010 @ 4:12 pm
I don't think the axxe has a "thinner" sound compared to the Odyssey. It's pretty much the same synth but just one oscillator and a much simpler audio path. I've got the mk1 2313 which has the moog filter. It's FAT! To say it's not exciting is missing the point really. Sometimes simplicity is waht you need.

I think some of these reviews are a bit misguiding really. If I listened to this review I probably be put off buying what is actually one of my fave synths
July 29, 2010 @ 12:43 pm
I've had a MK I (2313) for about a week now, love it!
i cleaned the sliders and did a light wash of the board, but it still sounds a bit dusty.

there's a slight soft white or pink noise happening somewhere before the VCA (not the noise generator) whenever a key is pressed or the gain slider is up, can't figure it out.. that being said, this thing is capable of some very unique sounds.

i run mine through a Roland RE-301 and a maestro PS-1, sounds great!
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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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