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
James Diamond
December 22, 2011 @ 6:24 am
The Axxe is an extremely versatile little synth. Of course it is not as fat sounding as the Odyssey but, with only 1 osc it is still fatter than anything with DCO's or digital hybrids. It takes some time and a good ear to program this baby. Once you really get the hang of it you'll love it forever. If you want a good synth and have problems programming then try the Arp Solus which is between the Axxe and the Odyssey. The Arp sound was and still is sweet.
December 14, 2011 @ 3:38 pm
Nick is right. Having owned one of these and an Ody, the Ody blows it away. But it should do for the price and spec differential. Btw if you can't find one of these but do come across an Octave Kitten, get the Kitty 'cos it sounds suspiciously similar;-)
December 6, 2011 @ 9:39 am
What an amazing little synth. I've owned plenty of polysynths and a couple of monosynths but nothing as evocative and expressive as this Axxe.

I just bought one with only the triangle wave working, but a bit of reverb and compression and a lot of tweaking and it sounds like a CS80 brass sound.

I'm getting it serviced to fix the Square wave and then i'll be in business.

The price needs updating $300 is a would be lucky to find one for less than $1000.

Mine was bought damaged for £450, but in the UK a fully functional is worth £650 upwards...same on the continent.
October 22, 2011 @ 8:02 pm
If you get the chance try and pick up the earlier model 2810 with the thicker wooden sides. The filter is totally stolen directly from MOOG...and it sounds FAT! The one pictured about was the 2nd version, which is also very nice but with a different sounding filter. MOOG caught up with ARP and forced them to change the 2810 filter.
October 16, 2011 @ 5:26 pm
YOu need a full funky bass?
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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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