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
Dar Side of the Tune
May 21, 2012 @ 6:30 am
I don't know where the reviewer listened to this at, but I played one of these yesterday and the sound is anything but thin, and totally exciting.
May 16, 2012 @ 6:59 pm
@zarn zarney
You've got one with retro fitted PPC controller. ARP upgraded the rotary pitch knob with the 3 button PPC controller on later versions of the Axxe (see picture of the black/orange version). The same goes for the Odyssey. With the Odyssey you could have this retro fitted if you wanted. What I don't get is how this would ever fit between the left side of the case and the portamento slider of the MK1 Axxe though.
Matana Teknik
May 1, 2012 @ 12:25 am
In the specs section it's mentioned that the Axxe has the 4075 filter. This isn't completly true. For the Axxe MKI there are two versions with different filters and also different pcb's. I have had several Axxe's in my workshop and own an early Axxe with factory off Moog Transistor Ladder VCF. These Axxe's with Moog filter have a rev B pcb while the MKI model with the 4075 filter have a rev C pcb. ARP had to change this to prevent a lawsuit from Moog because ARP "stole" the filter design from Moog. I have only came across a few Axxe's with Moog VCF so they are pretty rare.
April 20, 2012 @ 2:23 am
@ zarn zarney

Mine is the same way, with the rubber push button style ppc. I can't speak to it's attractiveness to a collector, but I always found it kind of hard to use.
zarn zarney
January 29, 2012 @ 5:16 pm
My 2313 AXXE, serial# in the 1100's has a (factory) upgrade or other modification. On the left side pf the case by the oct. switch there is a raised black rectangular box labeled PCC. It acts similar to a pitch wheel. The box has a white rubber "plasma style" switch. When depressed it changes the pitch and can make the sound warble a touch. It also has a three position switch and sharp and flat etchings above the switch. I have never seen another like it. Anyone have a clue if this was OEM or ? And… if it detracts or added to the value and mystic of the synth?
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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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