ARP 2600 or Odyssey knockoffs in Hardware?

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ARP 2600 or Odyssey knockoffs in Hardware?

Postby griffin avid » Fri Jan 25, 2013 5:25 pm

Seeing that so many companies have copied/cloned the ...style of modules ....

acidlab bassline3/bombass = Roland TB-303
acidlab miami = Roland TR-808

I'm wondering if anyone has ever tackled an ARP 2600 or ARP Odyssey?

So far I'm seeing enthusiasts making their own set up using modular parts.
Wondering if anyone out there has made a single synth offering.

Attempts I've seen thus far....
http://m.matrixsynth.com/2010/02/arp-26 ... clone.html

http://www.fivelsdal.no/Gear/Studio%20E ... /ATC-1.htm
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Re: ARP 2600 or Odyssey knockoffs in Hardware?

Postby Psy_Free » Fri Jan 25, 2013 5:37 pm

Creamware Prodyssey. Released just before Creamware went belly-up. It's polyphonic, but stuck notes were common problem in Poly mode. Filter is selectable between Moog style & Arp Oddy style.

Hard to find though & people usually want £600+ for them.
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Re: ARP 2600 or Odyssey knockoffs in Hardware?

Postby masstronaut » Fri Jan 25, 2013 6:48 pm

Macbeth M5 is rather heavily inspired by the 2600.
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Re: ARP 2600 or Odyssey knockoffs in Hardware?

Postby StepLogik » Fri Jan 25, 2013 7:55 pm

Psy_Free wrote:Creamware Prodyssey. Released just before Creamware went belly-up. It's polyphonic, but stuck notes were common problem in Poly mode. Filter is selectable between Moog style & Arp Oddy style.

Hard to find though & people usually want £600+ for them.


I had one. Didn't really sound much like a Prodyssey or behave like one, but it sounded very good. I used it a lot. Lots of sliders made it easy to program. OS was buggy though, tended to act weird, lock up, ignore sliders, etc.

I sure as shit wouldn't pay £600+ for one.
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Re: ARP 2600 or Odyssey knockoffs in Hardware?

Postby condit79 » Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:40 pm

The best way is to do a modular. Stg soundlabs has a fantastic filter clone. Plus it'll have even more functionality for less money
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Re: ARP 2600 or Odyssey knockoffs in Hardware?

Postby Stab Frenzy » Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:43 pm

masstronaut wrote:Macbeth M5 is rather heavily inspired by the 2600.

Not when it comes to sound.
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Re: ARP 2600 or Odyssey knockoffs in Hardware?

Postby bochelli » Sat Jan 26, 2013 12:32 am

Stab Frenzy wrote:
masstronaut wrote:Macbeth M5 is rather heavily inspired by the 2600.

Not when it comes to sound.

seen one of these a early one in orange/black, looks like one yes , sounds nothing like why the hell cant designers bring something out with no pointer to the old days, synthrestore england make 2600 modules, a new filter is going in my 2600 tonus they have .
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Re: ARP 2600 or Odyssey knockoffs in Hardware?

Postby tim gueguen » Sat Jan 26, 2013 2:57 am

The Octave Plateau Cat is commonly perceived as an Odyssey copy. ARP even tried to sue them for patent infringement, although the suit apparently never went anywhere.
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Re: ARP 2600 or Odyssey knockoffs in Hardware?

Postby Don T » Sat Jan 26, 2013 6:28 am

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Re: ARP 2600 or Odyssey knockoffs in Hardware?

Postby CfNorENa » Sat Jan 26, 2013 7:15 am

The filter in the new (or, rather, forthcoming) Studio Electronics Boomstar 4075 is supposed to be modeled on the Arp 2600 filter.

Details here:

http://www.studioelectronics.com/produc ... /boomstar/

There is an online demo of this model, but by almost universal consensus it sounds terrible (I agree) -- but most are attributing that to the demo, not to the machine itself. Time will tell...
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Re: ARP 2600 or Odyssey knockoffs in Hardware?

Postby hyphen nation » Sat Jan 26, 2013 8:00 am

Don T wrote:
griffin avid wrote:I'm wondering if anyone has ever tackled an ARP 2600 or ARP Odyssey?

So far I'm seeing enthusiasts making their own set up using modular parts.
Wondering if anyone out there has made a single synth offering.


I'm hopefully going to try to make something available in the future, if I ever finish making one for myself, because then I'll have all the board art done, and will have figured out part subs where necessary. I've already built a few filter clones:

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Obviously, the one on the left is an original. Currently working on a small, modular-type motherboard to plug these modules into, as well as (a long-term) project to build an Odyssey for myself at the very least.


OMG, build your own 2600 would be amazeballs...
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Re: ARP 2600 or Odyssey knockoffs in Hardware?

Postby griffin avid » Sat Jan 26, 2013 8:57 am

Thanks for all the info!
The Octave Plateau Cat is commonly perceived as an Odyssey copy. ARP even tried to sue them for patent infringement, although the suit apparently never went anywhere.

I just came across an interesting story about that.
http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/may99/a ... avecat.htm

"This is a story about a company which, while very successful today as a computer peripherals manufacturer, was neither particularly well-known nor particularly successful when it built innovative analogue synthesizers. But, before telling you who it was, we'll begin our story with a far more famous manufacturer that, at one time, had the synthesizer world at its feet."
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Re: ARP 2600 or Odyssey knockoffs in Hardware?

Postby Infrasound » Sat Jan 26, 2013 9:16 am

I have a Creamware Prodyssey.
Lovely sounding machine, but midi can be a curse.
Stuck notes have a way of killing a good session as not only do they stick, but they can get louder and feedback. Sometimes I use the Prodyssey without midi and it's often more rewarding. A shame though.
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Re: ARP 2600 or Odyssey knockoffs in Hardware?

Postby Broadwave » Sun Jan 27, 2013 10:22 am

I'm currently building a 2600 clone. While it's not difficult to source all the components, I've found that the most expensive part is the hardware... the front panel alone will cost around £400.00 (Front Panel Express) which is way more than the cost of the PCB's and components alone.

It's taken several years to obtain the PCB foils for all the modules, but recently some kind person had taken hi rez pics of the 2600 internals, which has been a huge help in carrying the project forward.

Speaking of the Creamware Prodyssey, a few years ago I built one into a case (even if it does look like some Soviet pre cold war piece of equipment) with a keyboard for Dave Formula (Magazine/Visage), luckily it's still going strong after several tours.

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Re: ARP 2600 or Odyssey knockoffs in Hardware?

Postby Infrasound » Sun Jan 27, 2013 3:16 pm

Kronik wrote:

Speaking of the Creamware Prodyssey, a few years ago I built one into a case (even if it does look like some Soviet pre cold war piece of equipment) with a keyboard for Dave Formula (Magazine/Visage), luckily it's still going strong after several tours.

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So this one is yours?

I've admired this one for a while. I'm impressed when people not only put 'their mark' on some acquisition, but they do so in a creatively stunning manner. I've admired from afar the person (forget his name) who is Internet famous for his beautiful controllers.

If I'm correct, there's a demo on YouTube for this Prodyssey (kind of interview). I may have the wrong person, I'm not sure, but wasn't this sold on? I'm possibly mixed up, but I do remember this I case the instrument was built into.
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