ARP Omni

ARP Omni 1 Image

Omni Mk 1 (1975-77)

The Omni is an analog synth with preset Orchestral String sounds. It has polyphonic Violin and Viola waveforms as well as monophonic Bass and Cello waveforms. It is split into 3 sections: Strings, Synthesizer, and Bass synth - all simultaneously available. It has traditional and simple VCA, VCF, and LFO controls for contouring your sounds as well as a nice chorus that really thickens up the string sound. It has no program memory.

ARP Omni 2 Image

Omni Mk 2 (1978-81)

ARP later released the Omni Mk 2 (pictured above). It was basically the same machine as its predecessor, except for a few minor enhancements and a cosmetic Orange & Black color-scheme upgrade. And it did have a much more advanced triggering system for the VCF and VCA for more expressive results. The Omni has been used by Tangerine Dream, The Cars, Joy Division, Kraftwerk, Trouble Funk and New Order.

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25 Visitor comments
Johannes
October 31, 2011 @ 5:28 pm
The ARP OMNI MK2 was also featured in "I'll Melt With You" By MODERN ENGLISH!
rustyinn
October 25, 2011 @ 3:48 am
Currently being used live on tour by John Foxx and The Maths.
Pete Mo
July 30, 2011 @ 5:08 am
Great Synth! The Omni 2 was my first polyphonic keyboard. Regretted selling it, but have since got a 1976 Omni that has had all the tantalum capacitors replaced :-). If you can't get an Eminent 320U or Solina Strings then the Omni/Omni-2 is the next best thing for JMJ Oxygene and Equinox sounds, especially when you add delay and a Small Stone phaser :-D

Specification Errors:

The LFO does not modulate the string section at all, just the Synth VCF section on both the Omni and Omni 2.

The Omni 2 added Mutliple Triggering, Stacatto (Synth Bass), seperate outputs and ARP facelift
jack floyd
July 29, 2011 @ 9:56 am
@jareth - Pink Floyd used an ARP Solina from Wish You Were Here to The Wall.
Johannes
June 6, 2011 @ 3:56 am
Unmistakeningly beautiful, dark, moody synth! Quite prone to breaking down.... Yet, if you happen to stumble upon one in good working condition for less than a few hundred.
Jump on it!!!
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Divide-down architecture
  • Waveforms - 4 preset sounds: Violin (polyphonic), Viola (polyphonic), Cello (monophonic), Bass (monophonic)
  • LFO - One variable speed LFO for string section with Sine wave shape
  • Filter - Model 4075 4-pole, 24db lowpass with its own ADSR & Omni 2 added LFO control to VCF
  • VCA - Omni 1: AR only; Omni 2: ADSR
  • Keyboard - 49 keys
  • Arpeg/Seq - None
  • Control - CV/Gate
  • Date Produced -
    (Mark 1) - 1975 - 1977
    (Mark 2) - 1978 - 1981

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