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
October 7, 2011 @ 2:59 pm
Probably one of the most underrated synths ever. In many ways I prefer it to the Odyssey. You can easily coax very beautiful and musical sounds out of the Axxe. Key word is "easily". The Axxe is super easy to use and it feels so much like a real musical instrument. You can coax beautiful sounds out of the Odyssey too, but the Odyssey is a bit more difficult to use. The Odyssey is good if you really want to go on a synth odyssey and create far out sounds. The Axxe is great if you want to jump in and start making music right away. Both definitely have their place.
September 8, 2011 @ 6:04 am
I bought my ARP Axxe from website one week ago and still playing hours and hours with it. I think the review here is not very accurate as the AXXE is an amazing synth ! I would like to have access to the manuals so if anybody have them please send me a pdf copy to synth_me (at)
Backyard Ghost
June 14, 2011 @ 8:40 pm
A Great Old Machine In The Hands Of Someone With A Bit Of Skill And Imagination,We All Can't Own A 2600!..These Are Much Sought After And Regularly Bring Well Over 500 In Nice Condition...
May 17, 2011 @ 12:38 pm
This is an awesome sounding synth! this reviewer has obviously never used one?? You get to mix saw, pulse and noise waves on it so its quite versatile- fat basses, dr dre style leads and analog 70s sounds.
February 6, 2011 @ 9:54 am
The ARP Axxe I used in 1991/92 looked different than the one pictured above, it had huge wooden side panels and a different logo. Sadly, it was in very bad condition, the sliders with those shrink tube-style handles were extremly stiff and the audio output incredibly noisy. I managed to fix some of those problems and afterwards had quite some fun with it, it's by no means a thin-sounding monosynth. During gigs, I used its audio input to spice up the sound of my boring Alesis SR-16 and its synth engine for basses and leads that I played live. I really regret selling it.
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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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